There are a number of questions that I get asked so I have compiled a list of the most common ones which are hopefully of use. If you do have a more specific questions please do let me know.
Q. What should I expect from my Swedish massage treatment?
A. Swedish massages tend to be quite firm, working on areas where you may perhaps be experiencing pain, stiffness or aches. Most of the treatment is performed using thumbs/knuckles but I do also use my elbows and forearms. At times you may experience what is known as ‘good pain’ where you can feel that the area is being manipulated but you should never feel in a lot of pain. The level of pressure varies according to what the client wants and also depending on whether they have a particular area that requires more work.
Q. What is involved in a full body massage?
A. Full body massages work on the legs (front and back), arms, chest, neck, shoulders, back and stomach. Some clients prefer for certain areas such as the stomach to be left out. This is fine, it is your treatment and will be adapted to suit you. During the treatment only the area being worked on is exposed to ensure you feel comfortable at all times. The treatment tends to take place on a massage couch which enables your body to full relax.
Q. What is a sports massage?
A. Sports massage is described by the Sports Massage Association as ‘the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments’. During the treatment you will receive a consultation so I can assess any areas of focus. I will then carry out a range of movements check to visually see and feel any tightness of muscles and any areas of restricted movement. The massage will then be carried out, the muscles are stretched out and then the range of movement checks are re-visited. This enables the client to see first hand the benefits of the massage and to highlight any areas that are still showing signs of tightness / restricted movement that may require additional sessions.
Q. How do Swedish and sports massages differ?
A. Swedish massage focuses on the superficial (top level) muscle groups and aims to provide clients with a relaxing treatment. Sports massage concentrates on the individual deeper muscles and is used when clients have a more specific area of need. For example, if you had an aching back then you may choose a Swedish massage to help eliviate any aches and pains and make you feel generally better. If however you had pulled a muscle in your back you would require a sports massage. Sports massages are not just for sporty people so if you are unsure what would be best please call.
Q. What is involved in an Indian head massage?
A. Indian head massages are much gentler and focus on the back, shoulders, neck, arms, scalp and face. The treatments take place in a chair and can be performed with or without oils. This is a very relaxing treatment, so make sure you have time to rest afterwards.
Q. What to I sit/lie on?
A. A full body massage requires a couch but the back, neck and shoulder/Indian Head massage can be performed on a chair.
Q. What do I wear?
A. The treatments are best performed using oils, so generally for Swedish massage clients wear underwear and are then covered in towels. Please note underwear MUST be worn at all times. Shorts maybe worn on top if you prefer. For Indian head massage, some loose fitting trousers are fine. Chair massages can be performed over clothing if you would prefer. Sports massage tends to involve a bit more movement from the client so shorts may be more comfortable if you are having your legs worked on.
Q. What oils do you use?
A. I use a selection of natural oils from ID Aromatics. I also have oils that are suitable for pregnant clients. A consultation form is carried out ahead of the treatment to ensure I am aware of any allergies.
Q. Do you massage men?
A. I provide treatments to men at my salon in Calverley and at both physio clinics in Farsley and Chapel Allerton.
Q. What hours are you available?
A. I am available Monday – Friday, during the day and evenings.
Q. Where do you work?
A. Treatments available at my shepherd’s hut in Calverley, at physio clinics in Farsley and Chapel Allerton, at the office, at clubs, at events or pitch side; during the day, evenings and weekends.
To check availability call Kathryn on 0774 864 0257.
I am always looking for new ways to expand my business, so if you work for a company which might benefit from my expertise then please let me know.
I am also able to offer pampering parties, baby showers and hen do parties (alongside other therapists). Each party is bespoke to you so please get in contact to find out more.
Q. How do I book an appointment?
A. Click here
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
A. Where possible I try to re-arrange appointments, however if less that 24 hours notice is given I will have to charge 50% of the fee.
Q. Do you offer gift vouchers?
A. Yes, I do so why not treat a friend to a thoughtful present of a gift voucher? Whether its a birthday, anniversary, thank you or just to show how much you care everyone loves a massage so why not put a smile on someones face today?
Gift vouchers available for specific treatments or £values (£5-£40).