Charlie's Renewal Health Centre

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FAQ

Massage

  1. What is a treatment plan?

    The treatment plan determines which part of the body will be treated and any area in need of more attention due to pain and aches but also area to avoid due to local contra-indications e.g varicose veins – A full body massage consists of feet, back/front legs, back/neck/shoulders, abdomen, arms/hands - But each treatment can be customized according to client needs and specifications, within an agreed length of time.

     

  2. What does a full body massage involve?

    The massage will start on the back, I will be using gentle effleurage and kneading strokes and concentrate on the shoulders and lower back muscles mainly, going deeper in the muscles and using cupping and hacking strokes when necessary, those are rythmic massage movements and more invigorating to the group muscles.

    During a full body massage only the parts of the body being massaged are exposed. In order to protect client modesty, you will be drapped in towels during the entire session.

    Next, I will proceed to the back of the legs moving from the ankle, including the feet to the tops of the thigh. Feet take our weight all day, so firm thumb pressure on the arches and balls of the foot feels good.

    I will then assist you to turn over, put a pillow under your head and knees, and massage the front of the thighs, knees and feet, the same way as the back of the legs.

    The same motion on the leg will then be used on the arms and hands. The thumbs, will be pressing very firmly when massaging the palms with long smooth strokes using fingers and palms to massage the arms, from wrist to shoulder.

    Finally,  I will then massage you rabdomen to facilitate digestion, unless otherwise instructed. The abdomen areais a delicate part of the body and can hold strong emotions such as anger, so if you wish it can be left out.

     

  3. What is a fully informed consent?

    A fully informed consent is a process by which a fully informed patient can participate in the treatment being carried out and agree for the massage to take place, it is part of a holistic approach to health.

    - You are told about the possible risks and benefits of the treatment.

    - You have the chance to ask questions.

    That is why it is important to fill in a consultation form and design a treatment plan.

     

  4. When should I avoid having a massage and what is a contra-indication?

    It is important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to the session. I require written approval from your doctor for the following conditions.

    After recent surgery

    Cancer

    Severe heart or circulation conditions

    Diabetes with complication

    The following conditions are absolute contraindications (cannot receive massage at all):

    Cancer patients immediately after chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Infectious or contagious conditions

    Fever

    Underthe influence of drug or alcohol

    Phlebitis

    Pregnancy

    Bloodclots

    It is important that you disclose health information and that you inform me of any changes, when unsure please talk to me.

     

  5. What is a home care advice for?

    Giving appropriate home care advice after a treatment is part of a massage therapy. It helps improve well-being and facilitate reviewing progress – It also allow clients to take a more pro-active responsibility in the healing process that follows each treatment. Some recommendations include:

    Water intake

    Sleeping pattern

    Exercise

    Healthy eating

    Reducing stress and improve relaxation

    Breathing technique

  6. Will I have to undress?

    If you are getting a full body massage you will need to enrobe and only keep your underwear on -You will be provided with towels and I will be using appropriate draping technique to make sure that your modesty is protected at all time. Only the part of your body being massaged will be exposed during the treatment. Blankets will also be available to keep you warm at all time.

     

  7. How do you ensure hygiene and cleanliness in your practice?

    I take care of my own personal hygiene and health at all time and ensure that correct hygiene procedures for a massage treatment are respected.

    - I wash my hands before and after each treatment and use anti-bacterial geland wipes.

    - I use clean towels for each client.

    - Worktops and professional equipment are cleaned with the use of appropriate chemicals.

    - Disposable items are opted for as often as possible.

     

  8. How can I book an appointment?

    The best way to schedule an appointment is by visiting the Online Booking menus and book a suitable appointment online. First please go to the Online Booking 1st Step menu and download and fill the form via the link attached. It would be so important if you could bring this form with you. It contains some important information about your health. After you can go to the Online Booking 2nd Step menu and choose a date and time on the "One hour Appointment" link. The system send you an email about your booking to verify your booking. When you verify the email your appointment will be booked.

     

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Vacuum Therapy

  1. What is it?

    Vacuum massage is a type of therapeutic massage which is used for body sculpting, cellulite reduction and to treat such diseases as osteochondrosis, colds, bronchitis and pneumonia. The medical effect of this massage is realized by means of vacuum that causes the local rush of blood and lymph to skin from deep lying tissues, which exerts the reflex influence on vessels of internal organs. Usually vacuum massage is performed by using glass.

    Vacuum massage is believed to be one of the most trusted and efficient treatment against cellulite. It smooths hypodermic fat layer and skin becomes more elastic.


  2. Is it painful?

    The vacuum–massage doesn’t have to be painful. Massage each area at least for 5 minutes.

  3. What are the benefits of this treatment?

    The vast majority of the conditions, which are within the scope of practice of the massage therapy will benefit from the local increase of the blood circulation. One of the biggest effects of the traditional therapeutic massage is to improve the blood circulation and the incorporation of the vacuum effect as a modality gives the massage therapist a really powerful tool with a lot of new opportunities.

     

    The second most important effect is the detoxification one. The removal of the toxins from the body through the sweat and sebaceous glands is taking place.

     

    As it was discovered, the sweat-gland simply "fired" its contents as the vacuum is applied locally.

     

    We can compare the effects to cleaning the house with the vacuum machine.

     

    The vacuum cleaner does not only pick the dust from the surface of the floor, but also it removes the dust particles from within the deeper fibers of the carpets.

     

    Similarly, the vacuum massage cleans our skin, removing the toxins from deep layers and exfoliating the excessive dead skin cells.

     

    As a result, the skin looks younger, fresher and healthier.

     

    When the vacuum massage applied along the spine area, it improves the nourishment of the vertebra and the discs. That, in turn can give great benefits to those who have arthritis, DDD, and some other disk problems.

     

    Another field where it's hard to overestimate the use of the vacuum massage is the cosmetic Anti Cellulite treatment. In many European cultures people know well that the vacuum massage (cupping) is the main cure for the Cellulite and, quit frankly, almost the only method that brings the significant results.

     

    In addition the big effect of the vacuum massage is the enhancement of the immune system function.

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