Why should I chose a Remedial Massage Therapist? Remedial therapists must have a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy in order to understand how the body works and this knowledge assists them in identifying muscle and postural related health problems. RMT’s have the knowledge and skill to design individualised treatment plans which target a clients condition. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit? Regardless of the type of treatment chosen, your appointment will begin by filling out a confidential medical history form to establish your current level of health and to ensure that there are no contraindications to massage therapy. It is important to list all current & past conditions including allergies & medications being taken so that your therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. Remedial & Sport Massage After reviewing your health history form & before commencing your treatment, your therapist will guide you through an postural assessment, a selection of special tests & a short interview regarding your presenting symptoms in order to ensure they develop the best possible & most effective treatment plan for you. Swedish & Relaxation Massage After reviewing your health history form & following a short interview in order to ascertain your goals for the treatment, your therapist will commence with a treatment tailored to your needs. Will my private health insurance cover the cost of my massage? Every plan is different, but in general most health insurance companies will provide you with a rebate for a RemedialMassage however it is advised that you check with your provider prior to booking an appointment if you are concerned about reimbursement. Unfortunately at this stage we are unable to process your claim on site however you will receive a receipt that you can submit to your health insurance provider. What do I wear during the massage? For a full body massage most people will undress down to their underwear. All RMT’s are trained in proper draping techniques to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during the treatment so once on the table your therapist will ensure you are covered. with a towel or sheet and will only uncover the part of the body being worked on. What do I do during a massage treatment? Make yourself comfortable, many people will close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk, it’s up to you, if your therapist wants you to adjust your position they will ask you during the course of the treatment. Do not hesitate to ask questions or make specific requests eg. in relation to the pressure your therapist is applying, if you get too hot or too cold, if you don’t want background music playing etc and always ask any questions you may have in regards to your treatment during or after the session. How often should I get a massage? This really depends on what your reasons for having a massage are, your goals and of course your budget. As with exercise the benefits of massage are cumulative and increase with regular treatments, most people who want to make massage part of their health & wellness maintenance program will get a massage every 1 - 6 weeks, If you decide to become a regular client please ask us about our special rates, they are a great way to make your sessions more affordable. What should I expect after my massage? After a session, most people feel relaxed, many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over months of tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days. As toxins are released from your tissues during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage. Depending on the massage techniques used during your session, it is possible that you may feel some soreness for 24 - 48hrs following your massage, similar to the sensation experienced after a good workout but don’t worry this is a normal response within the body.