Everyone has questions and there are probably some things you might like to know before we start. Feel free to get in touch and ask your questions personally. Here are a few questions I think you might want to know answers to!
Where are you based?
I live in South Ockendon, Essex, a rather large village just outside the M25.
What qualifications do you hold?
I'm a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist (BTec 5). I'm a Certified Personal Trainer (level 3), and I have a diploma in Nutrition. I'm also First Aid trained.
Questions about Sports Massage
What is a Sports Massage?
Sports massage uses a variety of techniques to work with the soft tissues, muscles and fascia. Sports massage can help improve muscle performance and help with rehabilitation from injury.
Does it hurt?
A good sports massage will may be a little uncomfortable at times, more so than a therapeutic massage. People often refer to a sense of "good hurt" and we work closely with the client monitoring their sense of pain as we work.
How long does it take?
The first session includes an initial assessment and screening process and can take up to an hour and fifteen minutes, including initial treatment. After that, sessions are typically an hour long, and the massage element is around 45-50 minutes depending on what we are trying to achieve. Testing muscles, range of motion in joints, and other physiological changes is an important part of the treatment process.
How much does it cost?
A 60 minute treatment costs £40.
Questions about fitness training
Am I okay to start an exercise programme?
That really depends on so many factors. A level 3 qualification means that as a Personal Trainer I can work with apparently healthy adults. Obviously lots of things contribute to being either healthy or unhealthy. Before we begin any programme we will assess your readiness to take part. If necessary we may need you to get something from your doctor to say it's okay.
But don't worry, we can discuss this in more detail when we meet.
Do you do exercise referral?
No. That's another qualification, which I haven't done yet! I hope to add that over time, but at the moment I'm only qualified to work with apparently healthy adults. It's really important that you check you trainer's qualifications. Doing exercise carries some risks, and you need to know that. Of course the benefits outweigh the risks, but you should know that there are always some risks. Who hasn't fallen over while walking or running somewhere?
How much does it cost?
This is a bit like to "How long is a piece of string?" question. My goal is to make personal training affordable. Depending on whether we're working one-to-one or in a small group. I hope my prices will be both competitive and affordable. I want you to get the most out of our time together.
How often should I exercise?
Well that depends a bit on your goals. To have a healthy heart it is recommended that you accumulate 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5-7 days a week. To increase your fitness you will need to train a bit harder but less frequently, say 3 times a week, although you still need to maintain a healthy heart.
If you goal is to lose weight for example then you will need to combine exercise with good nutrition. The key is to do the right exercises for the goals you have in mind.