Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect in a session?
Your first session will commence with a health and lifestyle consultation. You will then be given time to undress privately - how much you take off depends on what feels comfortable for you . Orla will ask you to lie down on the massage couch underneath towels or sheets. You will be discretely draped during the treatment itself and only the area of the body being worked on will be uncovered. Orla will make you feel as comfortable as possible by using a knee or ankle support for example. Music can be played to help you switch off and let go. During the Massage the soft tissue of the body will be manipulated using the therapist’s hands and forearms. Firm and gentle techniques will be incorporated allowing the body to relax and release tension. Orla may ask for feedback on pressure for example seeking to achieve the optimum outcome for you.
It is not necessary to chat during a session and you are more likely to benefit if you can quietly focus on your breathing and bodily sensations. Time for deep relaxation will be provided at the end of the treatment and before you get up take time to notice how you are feeling and what feels different. Please allow enough time to enjoy the treatment and not be rushed.
What does the initial consultation
The consultation will allow a detailed medical and lifestyle history to be taken before the treatment. This is extremely important to ensure that there no health conditions or recent operations for example which would prohibit massage. Any information provided is confidential. Orla will also spend time discussing Massage and answering any questions you may have.
What should I wear?
Loose and comfortable clothes are preferable to ease the process of undressing and dressing. Bring a warm jumper or coat as you may feel cold after the treatment ends.
Is Therapeutic Massage suitable for all?
Whilst Massage is an extremely safe therapy it is important to be aware that there are some contraindications. For example, Massage may not be suitable for anyone who has high blood pressure or has had recent surgery. Therefore it is important that any health conditions are discussed in full during the initial consultation.
Is the whole body massaged?
During the 60 minute massage the back, shoulders, legs, arms, abdomen, neck, scalp and face are generally all treated. This ensures a truly holistic approach. The time spent on each area will vary according to the clients needs. If there are parts of your body you would prefer not to be treated please let Orla know and she will happily accommodate your request. The full body Massage is adjusted during the half hour treatments in order to best meet the individual’s health requirements in the time available.
Is there anything I should do before or after
It is generally preferable not to eat a heavy meal, drink alcohol or caffeine just before or after the Massage. Try to drink plenty of water during the day before the treatment and in the 48 hours following. This helps the process of eliminating toxins through the lymphatic system.
How often should I have a Massage?
This depends on each person’s particular circumstances, their health and their finances. Even a one off or occasional massage can be helpful. Longer term benefits of regular treatments include becoming more aware of your body and its needs. Regular treatments are particularly useful in the management of stress. You can learn to notice the signs of stress in your body sooner, and find new ways of coping with or preventing illness.
"I really felt a difference after a course of massage with Orla. The tension in my neck disappeared and I noticed a general relaxation. She even sorted out my cellulite, which I hadn't expected at all!" J. Norie