Do you have a medical condition or a disability?
Massage can have beneficial effects in a lot of medical conditions and disabilities, either by supporting your health and well-being generally, or by positively creating changes to improve the condition specifically (see the references in Benefits of massage). Sometimes, treatments require specific adaptation, either to the massage itself (for example, some techniques or areas should be focussed on or avoided), or to the conditions surrounding the massage (for example, to the position you have on the couch, or the support for your body). In a few instances, however, massage is contraindicated. Contact me, and we can chat about what your requirements are.
I work with clients with a range of medical conditions and disabilities, including chronic illness and pain, paraplegia, depression, anxiety, and special needs, among a range of other medical conditions. I enjoy and immensely value working with these clients, and establishing the particular requirements each person has. Please do get in touch, and we can talk about how to give you the very best massage.
Do you have sensitivities to touch, either physical or psychological/emotional?
Massage is powerful. It is used to help people's health, and it is used to help people who have survived trauma, and/or hold emotions in their bodies (in fact, we all hold emotions in our bodies, but we are not all aware of it). How massage is applied is extremely important, so please contact me to discuss how we can make this a really positive experience for you.
We can discuss whether some touch is acceptable, and if so, what form it would take. This would be an ongoing dialogue, so you could change the treatment at any moment. You may prefer certain areas to be focussed on, or avoided altogether, and again, this is something that we would discuss and keep under review, so if anything changes, your treatment would too. Even if you prefer some areas not to be touched, it is possible to do energy work around them if you like (but not if you do not). Remember that it is possible just to massage, for example, your hands and feet, or your shoulders, and that massage can be long (up two hours) or short (30 minutes, or less, if you prefer).
It is also possible to alter the conditions surrounding the massage (for example, to remain clothed, or for me to tell you where I am and ask if you are happy for me to move to the next area). In short, you will always be in control, and I will always respond to your wishes.
I work with clients who have pain, numbness, or ticklishness in certain areas, and also with clients with a history of abuse, as well as people with mental illness, and those who carry emotions in their bodies. I deeply value and appreciate doing so, and would love to meet you, too. Please get in touch and we can discuss how to give you a really wonderful massage.
“Having a complex set of interconnected neurological and musculo-skeletal problems, I have always been wary of massage. However, Emma took a very careful and thorough history and applied her deep understanding of the subject, with the result that I found the treatment amazingly helpful and keep returning. I highly recommend Emma to anyone with chronic pain.”
- Judy, TV production.
"Emma took a brief medical history to ensure the correct treatment was given, she took time to explain what was involved and maintained an appropriate level of information during the massage itself. This was balanced well with the meditative quietness which allowed the feeling of indulgence and relaxation.
As a paraplegic, I find things are not always straight forward. However, I felt Emma had a good level of understanding into my specific needs and treated me with dignity and professionalism throughout... I would not hesitate to use Emma again or recommend her professional, competent, relaxing massages to anyone else."
"A highly professional and personalised service. Fantastic attention to detail and highly intuitive, especially as I suffer from a number of medical conditions and chronic pain."