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I had a massage yesterday. Why am I sore today?

A deep tissue massage is very much like doing a workout. If the muscles are not used to it, they often respond with some soreness. This is completely fine and should last no longer than a day or two after the treatment. Drinking plenty of water after the massage and for the next couple of days can help speed up the process. As you get more treatments and get rid of the tension in your body, you’ll find this happens less and less.

How long will my massage last?

The initial session usually take a minimum of 1 hour as it includes getting a case history and initial assessment prior to starting your personalised treatment.

Subsequent treatments range between 1 to 2 hours. This is the average treatment length our clients prefer, however your therapist will discuss this with you to ensure the treatment length is convenient for you.

During your treatment your therapist will request that you disrobe down to your underwear. You will be draped well during your treatment with the only part exposed being the area treated at the time.

Are there any conditions that would prevent me from receiving a massage?

Yes! There are certain conditions that will prevent us from treating you:


Cancer – only with doctor or professional health advice.

After recent surgery, whiplash, or other serious injury (wait up to 3 months for post injury/surgery).

Fever or high temperature

Cold or flu – massage can make it worse in the short term.

After recent alcohol intake – preferably no alcohol 24 hours or at least 12 hours prior to your massage treatment. In the case of heavy alcohol intake, please allow 48 hours to lapse before your next treatment.

Skin conditions such as eczema, burns or sores, allergy, etc.

High blood pressure (unless under control).

Any condition where your medical professional has advised you against having massage.

What should I do after my massage?

Massage encourages detoxification in your body. We recommend you refrain from drinking alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee for at least 12 hours immediately after your treatment, or if possible for 24 hours. For best results, increase your water intake to aid the detoxification process during this period.

Keep yourself warm for a few hours immediately after your treatment.

It is normal to experience a tingling feeling on any part of your body that was treated. The tingling will dissipate on its own and is no cause for concern.

How effective will my massage be?

Results and improvement levels may vary as every person’s physical and emotional condition is different. Nevertheless, Massage Central therapists will work hand in hand with you to achieve a healthier and happier you.

What is a healing crisis?

After receiving any sort of bodywork therapy, you may experience what’s known as a “healing crisis”. This occurs when the body is going through a period of rapid detoxification. After a massage your body is working feverishly to rid itself of toxins. However, your body may not be able to eliminate these substances quickly enough, causing the healing crisis to occur. Although it may sound like a negative experience, a healing crisis is actually quite healthy for the body.

The most common healing crisis can take the form of an emotional release where you may feel like crying or having feelings of anger, headaches, a sore body, cold like symptoms, or fatigue. Just know that this is a natural process that must occur in order to cleanse the body, and that it will pass once the toxins have been removed.

A healing crisis may occur quickly and without warning, so being prepared for it will help you deal with the experience. Be kind to yourself, keep hydrated (avoid alcohol and soft drinks for 24 hours), and allow yourself plenty of rest. Remember that a healing crisis is normal and healthy as it signifies the release of toxic substances from your body.

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