My name is Emma the wild child behind Wabi-Sabi Holistic Therapy. I Know what it is like when you find somewhere new that you are thinking about going to for a massage or health coaching session. It can be scary, you may feel apprehensive and you may never give a go because of these feelings. So I just want to give you a little bit of information about who I am and my back ground to hopefully ease any of those feelings you may be having.
All my life I have tried to live a natural lifestyle because I be-leave being in tune with nature instead of fighting it is the only way to live a fulling life. I have had to climb mountains at some points in my life at at other points my life has been a smooth road. Although I adapted this type of lifestyle at a young age, if I was really honest, I never really truly fully embraced it until I gave birth to my children (Paul, Eleanor & Jemima). I found being responsible for mini me’s made me look deeper into what I be-leave and how I wanted to live my life, so I started looking into holistic lifestyle and holistic healing in more depth.
Cutting a long story very short 19 years after the birth of my first child, I completed my Holistic Therapy training, health coaching training and opened the doors of Wabi-Sabi Holistic Therapy. Although I completed this training, I strongly be-leave there is more and more things you can learn, so I am continually training. Since opening the doors of Wabi-Sabi Holistic Therapy I have completed my Masters in mindfulness and am half way through completing my diploma in herbalism and nutrition.
Are you thinking about having a massage but not sure if you have the right body type or how your body may respond? Are these unknown niggling worries holding you back from feeling the benefits of a massage?
Let me put you at ease, my advice is just relax, take a deep breath in and release. You are not alone having these concerns, although massage therapy has become the norm as part of our healing process. There are many people out there who are asking themselves the same questions as you; Do I have to take all my clothes off and get naked? Will I embarrass myself if I fall asleep and snore or worse fart? Does massage hurt? What does the therapist do during treatment? All these questions are very normal and before I ever had my first massage I felt nervous and had the same questions as you.
If these worries are keeping you from feeling the benefits of massage therapy, here are a few things you should know to ease your nerves.
Do I have to get naked? No is the quick and easy answer to this question. You take off as much clothing as you like. For example for a neck, shoulder and back massage I advise you take off only your top layer of clothing, if you are nervous about taking your bra off, you can leave it on and as a massage therapist I can work around your bra. If you are having a full body massage I advise you take off all your clothing expect your pants. And for reflexology all you need to remove is your socks and shoes. For both full body and neck, shoulder, back massages you are fully covered by towels and during treatment only the area I am massaging is uncovered, ensuring your dignity throughout. But most importantly you only have to take off the amount of clothing you are are comfortable with because at the end of the day you can not relax if you are not comfortable.
What if I snore or fart? When you are fully relaxed your body starts its healing process and hay that may even happen before your massage has even started, as our bodies are wonderful machines that only start to heal when we are fully relaxed. So during your massage your digestion will start to heal itself, so your tummy may get a bit noisy or you may fart. This is completely normal and is a sign your massage is doing what it’s supposed to be doing healing your body. Also if you are fully relaxed, you are highly likely to fall asleep and when some people sleep they snore, others don’t depends on your natural rhythm of sleeping. Falling asleep while having a massage is a massive compliment to me as your massage therapist, as It means you feel completely safe and relaxed in my hands. I really don’t bat an eyelid when it comes to body noises, as they are completely natural, after all sometimes I fart and snore while I am having a massage, we are all human after all.
Do I need to shower and shave before a massage? If you have time before your massage to have a shower, it’s a good idea because it warms your muscles up before your massage. But if you have no time for a shower before your massage, it’s no big problem at all as I warm your muscles up before your massage starts any way. The choice is completely up you and your time schedule. As for shaving, bodily hair is completely natural, if you have forgotten to shave, I am not going to be shocked or grossed out by hair. Remember it’s how you most feel comfortable, I am not going to be nitpicking at your body, to be honest I wont have the time because I am going to be spending all my time ensuring you have a relaxing massage and your message is working towards healing your body.
Does massage hurt? This is your message and the massage you receive will be personally tailored to you. If you don’t feel comfortable with something, the pressure is to hard or light you must speak up and say, so I can modify your treatment to cater to your own personal bodies needs. Massage therapy only works if there is good communication between yourself and myself. If you stay quiet you may not feel the full benefit of your massage therapy and will leave your session feeling disappointed.
What happens during a massage therapy session? You will be offered a cup of tea and over a cuppa I will ask you lots of questions about your medical history and your lifestyle. You must be must be honest when answering these questions. I am not going to be asking them to be noisy about you, but from the answers you give I can tailor your massage therapy to you and your bodies needs, or in some cases your massage may need to be postponed until your medical condition is stable to receive a massage. After your consultation, I will go through with you what will happen, leave the room while you get changed and then come back in to perform for massage. At the end of your massage I will offer you a glass of water with a slice of lemon and talk you through how your massage went, advice on further treatment if needed and some tips on what you can do at home to help increase your healing process.
The most important thing I want you to remember, is your body body is AMAZING. I honestly mean that, we are told over and over again by the media and corporate companies that we are supposed to look a certain way. But the truth of the matter is we are all individual, not one human body is the same as the next one and they are all amazing. Because of all the negativity we hear or read all the time about our bodies we forget to listen to our body and instead we keep locked away stress out and listen negative thoughts about ourselves. Which then plays itself out in our bodies by muscles being full of tension, headaches, aches and pains, anxiety, depressed, heart issues, bad circulation, just to name a few things. But by receiving massage therapy you are taking a big step to start listening to your body and unlocking all the negativity that you have stored up and your body can start to heal itself. As a holistic massage therapist it’s a complete privilege to be part of this healing process with you and be with you throughout this period of your life.
I am looking forward to getting to know you all and learning with you.
Have a great week.
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