Questions About Massage
I would like your time with me to be as comfortable as possible. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions for the massage beginner. If I have not answered your question, feel free to use the form I have supplied at the bottom of this page. No question is too silly.
What do I wear?
For the Asian styles such as Traditional Thai Massage, it is best to wear loose fitting clothes such as what you would wear to a yoga class. Layers are best. Natural fabrics. An old pair of trackkies and loose t-shirt will do. For any of the massages where we use oils, or herbs, the massage will be performed with you in underwear. Briefs rather than boxers for the boys. I operate an appointment system at Chill. I will be the only person you will see during your experience so wear what is comfortable. No need to have your hair done or wear makeup. Imagine what you would wear chilling out around the house. That is good enough for me.
Will it hurt?
I get asked this question a lot. Especially by people that have had Thai massage in Thailand or Sports massage. Massage should not hurt and will not hurt at Chill. A massage that hurts is either performed by an inexperienced masseur or someone that buys into the 'no pain, no gain' philosophy . All out masseurs have 1000's of hours experience and will not cause any discomfort. As for the 'no pain, no gain' theory .... if you cause pain then the system will tense up. This is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve. Therefore Chill is a 'No Pain Zone'.
How do I get the best out of my massage?
1. Plan your route. The number one stressor is a client hitting traffic (or losing our address) and arriving late. Not a great way to start a massage with the client stressed, and the masseur having to rush.
2. Try to get some down time before your massage. Rushing from work isn't a good idea.
3. Down time after ... again heading back to work or onto the gym isnt recommended. Home, feet up, glass of wine, nice food and a black and white movie...Perfect.
4. Drink plenty of water for a few days before...BUT lay of the water 90 minutes before the massage. or else you will be running to the loo during the massage.
5. Mobile phones ... tell people that you will be turning it off.
6. Eat a small meal at least 90 minutes before your massage.
7. If you are arranging to be picked up after your massage . Text us before hand and find out what time the masseur will wrapping up. We give our clients a little rest time after the massage.
Will massage help my bad back?
Or sprained ankle, tennis elbow etc. There is no way to tell if coming for a massage with us will help you without a consultation. A lot of massage centres and spas will list the benefits of massage. I think this is dishonest and irresponsible. There is no way a massage can make that sort of claim without seeing the client and doing a full medical consultation first. We realise that you might not want to invest in a treatment unless you can be sure that it will help. So .. here's the deal. All treatments start with a consultation. Voice your concern during the consultation .. i.e.. " I don't want to pay for a massage unless it will help". Our reply will be "that's fair". Then the masseur will tell you the likely outcome of the massage. You are then free to decide. If you chose not to have the massage. You can leave with no hard feelings. We completely understand the value of money and pride ourselves on having an honest relationship with our clients. We will never mislead you or do a massage just for the payment!
Do I take cards?
Yes ... I accept cash and UK based cards (cards must be connected to a UK post code).