Massage FAQs

How can it help me?

Massage is beneficial in a wide range of situations. Whist many people seek out massage for relaxation alone, it can be very beneficial in aiding the treatment of a great number of medical complaints. As both the body and the mind arre relaxed during massage the effects are felt through all of the body’s systems, and massage can be a powerful tool in many situations.

Am I expected to take all my clothes off?

Whilst I usually massage directly onto the skin using oil, I am happy to massage though clothing if you would rather remain clothed. If you are comfortable with removing your clothes for the massage we will agree upon what is best to remove and then you can change out of your clothes into a dressing gown in our changing room. When it is time to lie on the massage table I raise the drape between us so that you can remove the dressing gown discretely and as you lie down I place the drape over you from your neck to your feet so that you are covered. When I start the massage I will move the drape back from the area upon which I will be working, and replace it when moving to any different area so that you are always predominantly covered.

As you work out of a chiropractic clinic, do you only massage people with bad backs?

I am happy, and qualified, to massage any area of the body that requires attention, although of course this does not include sexual massage.

Who can have a massage?

I massage young and old of any gender and physicality, although I do not offer massage for infants. I am happy to massage you if you are pregnant, and can support you with pillows to lie on your side during your pregnancy, or even with you sitting on a chair and leaning forwards onto a comfortable pile of pillows.

What is your qualification and are you accredited to a national or governing body?

I have a Diploma in Holistic Massage with Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology and I am accredited to the Massage Training Institute (MTI), which is a national examining body specialising in holistic massage. The MTI accredit training schools offering practitioner level courses leading to the MTI Diploma in Holistic Massage with Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology. MTI accreditation is the gold standard for holistic massage training in the UK and the MTI is a member of the General Council for Massage Therapy (GCMT) and is actively involved in the process of setting standards for massage training in this country.

Do you do 'sports massage'?

I do not offer Sports Massage, but am able to offer therapeutic massage to aid recovery from sports-related problems, and to relieve stiff or aching muscles without giving sustained, deep massage.

I cannot lie flat comfortably. Can I still have a massage?

This is not a problem – I can massage you lying on your side, with pillows for support, or seated whilst leaning forward onto some pillows on the table.

Do you offer free consultations?

Yes, if you are not sure if massage if for you, or if I am the right therapist for you, I am happy to offer you a free fifteen minute consultation during which we can discuss any questions or issues that you may have. You are also welcome to email me with any questions prior to booking an appointment and I will be happy to answer them. My email is lucy@lucylukemassage.co.uk.

What type of massage do you you offer?

I offer Holistic massage. An holistic massage is an individual massage treatment that is specifically tailored to each client. There is no fixed routine, so each massage is unique.
The holistic approach treats the body as a whole, and as an holistic massage practitioner I may take into account your emotional well-being, as well as your physical body.
I use a wide range of massage techniques, including gentle massage, stretches, joint mobilisation, percussion, relaxation work and deep tissue techniques. The holistic approach allows me to flexibly apply this breadth of techniques in a way that will be determined by their appropriateness to your needs at that particular time.
As a holistic massage practitioner I massage the whole person, not just the body. Working 'with' you rather than giving a massage 'to' you to ensure that you receive the most beneficial massage for that particular time.

Bamboo Massage

Warm Bamboo massage is given using heated bamboo sticks that have been made by steam pressing and shaping bamboo to create smooth, solid sticks perfect for massage. They look rather like wooden rolling pins, in a range of diameters and lengths, which allows me to use them on many areas of the body. The advantage of using the bamboo is that it introduces a beautifully soothing warmth and a broad pressure to relieve tight muscles without giving a feeling of the pressure being too focussed. I integrate the use of the Bamboo wherever appropriate during a session, or in response to your preferences.