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The massage consultation

In my last massage post, I gave a lengthy account of what to expect from a home massage, from the moment I arrive on your door, to the moment I pack up and leave.

A massage consultation

A massage consultation

I touched briefly on the need for a consultation before the massage itself. The first consultation is always the longest, as it is when I take down the most detail. Consecutive ones can be considered as more of a “topping up” to check on ongoing problems or talk about new ones.

Massage, at least in the UK, is considered a holistic therapy treatment.

The word holistic is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms”. Therefore a consultation helps me get an overall picture of you from a holistic point of view.

Important information would be any factors which may affect your physical and emotional health, such as medical history, diet, lifestyle, occupation, sleep patterns, exercise and relaxation.

To understand why these factors are important, consider someone complaining of tension in the shoulders and neck. During the consulation I may establish that the person works in front of a computer all day, rarely exercises and is often tired. These are all contributing factors to the muscular tension, so in addition to a massage I would also suggest lifestyle changes (more exercise, taking breaks from the computer screen in the day with neck, shoulder and eye 5-minute exercises, no late-night computer sessions etc.)

Any medical information given is necessary to establish there are no contra-indications to massage.

Some conditions may be totally contra-indicated – an example is a fever or high temperature. A fever indicates the body is fighting infection. Massage risks spreading infection due to increased circulation. However it is highly unlikely that anyone would feel like a massage when they have a high temperature.

Other conditions may be locally contra-indicated – an example would be a cut or bruise in the treatment area. The affected area just needs to be avoided, but the massage can be given as normal elsewhere.

We’ll talk in detail about contra-indications in a later post.

The consultation also helps me to find out if you’ve had massages before or if this is your first time. First time clients may be nervous as they don’t know what to expect – or what to do. A consulation is the first point of contact with you and gives me the opportunity to reassure you and allay any fears.

We can pinpoint any particular tensions or problem areas and I can suggest the best massage for you if you have not already chosen one, taking into account what YOU want from the massage (relaxation, tension relief, stress relief etc.).

This includes which massage oils you would like me to  use (neutral or with essential oils such as lavender, orange, peppermint, frangipane).

choosing massage oils

choosing massage oils

A final point: all the information I take down is and will remain confidential.

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on:


Great hair – the natural way

If the sun, sea and swimming pool are taking their toll on your hair this summer, try these easy home treats.

Silky soft

Rehydrate hair by adding one or two drops of Roman camomile, lavender or rosemary essential oils to a carrier oil (try sunflower or grapeseed).

Massage into hair and leave overnight (protect pillows with a towel, or a scarf around your head).

Shampoo off in the morning.

Make it shine

Mix together 3tbsp mashed avocado (why not use an over-ripe one that’s blackened and is no good to eat), 2 tbsp carrot juice, 3 tbsp olive oil and a drop of essential oil such as ylang ylang or jasmine.

Work the mixture into wet hair and cover with a scarf or clingfilm.

Keep it in overnight and rinse out the next day.


Source: Essentials magazine

Unlock your neck

When we are stressed, we often get into the habit of jutting our chins forward, particularly in the car or when sitting at a  computer.

Because the head is so heavy, as soon as it is out of alignment with the spine, it puts extra stress on the neck muscles.

To counteract this, try this exercise:

Sit tall on a chair against a wall, so that your back and head are both against the wall. Press the underside of your tongue to the roof of your mouth (which unlocks the muscles at the front of the neck) and slowly draw your chin towards your chest, using just the muscles at the back of the neck.

It’s a subtle exercise and needs to be done slowly.

Source: Woman and Home magazine

Essential oils for smelly feet

Pure essential oils should not be used neat on the skin except in a few exceptional cases, but they can be used neat in many simple, highly effective ways around the home.

If, like me, your football-mad sons have smelly feet and trainers/football boots, that leave an undesirable odour around the house, here’s a quick and easy solution using essentail oils.

Add 2 drops each of tea tree and lemon essential oils to a tissue and immediately rub the entire insole of the shoe with it.

Leave the tissue in the shoe overnight.

Thought of the day

They did not know it was impossible so they did it.

Mark Twain

Gaze into the flame

Meditation is a wonderful thing to master but most of us, even if we haven’t blanked the possibility as alternative mumbo-jumbo, will go a long way to avoid sitting down and observing our grasshopper minds.

Besides, it’s very hard to just sit there and meditate.

You need to creep up on the technique in stages, so try this instead.

Light a candle and place it on the table in front of you.

Sit at the table and watch the candle flame.

Concentrate on deep breathing, while watching the changing, flickering flame.

Keeping your eyes occupied like this makes it easier to focus on your breathing.


Source: Woman and Home magazine

Mini-massage for lighter legs

With temperatures rising, your legs may be suffering.

Here’s a quick recipe to help boost circulation in your lower legs.

Mix 5 drops of cypress (cupressus sempervirens) essential oil and 5 of  mastic (pistacia lentiscus) essential oil in 20 drops /20 ml of  sunflower oil or grapeseed oil.

Massage the lower leg with this blend using long upward strokes from the foot up the calves to the knees.

Help yourself to Happiness

Psychologist Dr Robert Holden, director of The Happiness Project (, says we feel happiest when we begin to get to know who we truly are.

We want that lovely feeling of having no worries, not feeling pressure and not having to compare ourselves to anyone. He says we need to make more choices to support being happy.

So how to go about doing that?

First, ask yourself what would my day be like if I made a decision in the morning to have as much fun as possible that day?

Happiness isn’t about having more and more THINGS in life, it’s about working out the real “more” for you.

More time with loved ones?

More time to be creative?

More time just relaxing?

What is the real “more” for you?

And remember, how much you laugh is a good indicator of how much happiness you’re allowing into your life.

Use the questions below to help you think about the short-term and longer-term future and the right steps to take.

What are the most valuable changes you’ve made during the past year in your work, your relationship and your life as a whole?

Now work out what inspired those changes and what helped you make them.

Next, identify the key changes you want to make in the next three months in the same three areas: work, relationships and your life as a whole.

Finally, ask yourself what and who can help you make these changes? The answers to all these will show you the next steps to take.

Source: Woman and Home magazine

Thought for the day

Love and Let Live

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.

Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we fnd in them.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), USA

3 ways to brighter eyes

Treat your eyes with one of these natural problem solvers:


Soak two cotton pads in iced water and put them over your eyelids.

Sit back and relax for five minutes for fresher, toned eyes.


The humble potato will eradicate horrid puffy eyes in minutes by encouraging the release of water retention around the eye area.

Cut very thin slices of raw potato, put them under your eyes, then sit back and relax for 10 minutes.

Remove the potatoes and splash your eye area with tepid water.


Place two cold used tea bags over your eyes for up to five minutes.

The caffeine in tea helps dilate your blood vessels, lightening dark circles.

Source: Essentials magazine