Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below answers to the most common questions I get asked.

If you have further questions not answered below, please contact me.

When are you available for appointments?

Mondays Sidmouth 9:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesdays Newton Poppleford 9:30am – 5:00pm
Thursdays Newton Poppleford 9:30am – 3:30pm
Fridays Newton Poppleford 9:30am – 3:30pm
Saturdays by arrangement

Upon request other times may be made available to help accommodate scheduling difficulties.

Do you have a bathroom?

Yes, bathroom facilities are available.

How do I pay?

I accept cash, cheque or BACS.  You may also buy gift vouchers.

Do you do home visits?

Due to curent demand I am only available for group bookings only (minimum 4 people).

How long will a treatment last?

At your first treatment we will have a confidential consultation regarding your health and discuss the best treatment for you.

I offer 60, 75 and 90 minute treatments.

Treatments are booked via time not by treatment type.

Each treatment is unique to you and your needs on the day.

I use a variety of techniques to provide you with the treatment that you want. If you don’t know what you want, don’t worry, you’re in experienced hands and I soon get a sense of what you and your body are communicating to me.

What is Myofascial Release (MFR) & why don’t I know about it?

Myo = muscle, fascia = band/connective tissue.

Fascia is made up of 20% elastin and 80% collagen fibres.  It surrounds and interpenetrates every single muscle fibre, nerve fibre, vessel, organ and bone in your body in an uninterrupted 3D fashion.

Internationally known as ‘the missing link in healthcare’  Over the last decade leading scientists and ongoing research have now confirmed the importance of treating the fascia system which has been largely overlooked by healthcare in the past.  A reason it has been misunderstood in the past is that fascia does not show up on X-rays, CAT scans, or MRI’s.  So fascia restrictions go undiagnosed.
Restrictions in the fascia are often caused by posture misalignments, repetitive motion, tension, emotional and physical trauma or previous inflammation.  Once restrictions occur, the system dehydrates and hardens, which makes it difficult for the nutrients to reach that part of your body.  Due to the uniterrupted nature of fascia, this puts a pull on the whole system and you can feel symptoms anywhere in the body.
The good news is the fascia system responds to the trained touch to release the restrictions, which in turn helps to decrease pain and increase function.
You don’t have to understand it to benefit from the treatment, however I will ask you to tune in and feel into your body rather than tune out.

What is Swedish Massage?

The classic western massage using oil and long flowing strokes. It was developed in the 1700’s by a Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling

What is Remedial Massage?

It helps remedy muscular dysfunctions. The aim of remedial massage is to identify the root cause of a disorder, treating the source as well as the symptoms of the dysfunction. The treatment is tailor made to every client, along with relevant homecare advice to speed up recovery time.

Do you do Deep Tissue Massage?

Yes, Sports and Remedial Massage incorporates ‘deep tissue’ along with many more techniques.
Are you a member of, or accredited by an association or professional body?

I am qualified with the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists.  Established in 1986 by Mario Paul-Cassar an osteopath, massage therapist and author with the intent to improve UK massage standards.

I am also registered with the British Complementary Medicine Association
where I am bound to a professional code of ethics and practice.

Where did you train?

The School of Bodywork at Exeter Natural Health Centre, MFR UK, London, The John F Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach Seminars in America.

How long have you been qualified?

I started my initial training in 2002 and I continue with post graduate courses to present day.

I believe we never stop learning.  I love my profession as I am continuously learning new skills.