FAQs

What should I wear?

We will need access to your area of injury or pain, ideally down to the skin. It is easiest for both client and therapist for you to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to remove. Shorts are preferable if leg massage/treatments are to be included. For women, bras with clasps are ideal, we can massage around sports bras however it may not result in the best possible treatments being delivered. We always use towels to protect your modesty at all times; they can also be used to maintain warmth and comfort during sessions.

Do you only treat people who are into sport?

Absolutely not; everyone can benefit from a Sports Massage. Stress, posture, pregnancy, desk work and manual labour are just a few examples of activities that can contribute to overuse injuries, muscle strains, aches and pains. At Function and Fitness we will look at your daily activities and lifestyle to determine potential causes. We can then treat, advise and refer if necessary regardless of lifestyle, fitness or age.

Will the treatment be painful?

Generally, no. We deliver sports massage to each individual client’s needs and tolerance. We have a variety of techniques at our disposal, some can be uncomfortable in order to reach maximum lasting effect. However, we always explain our treatment plans to our clients and work to what is comfortable. Too much pressure can cause you to tense your muscles. This can prevent us from treating the problem area. If you feel any pain or discomfort through the treatment, just communicate with your therapist!

How often should I have a sports massage?

Our recommendations vary from person to person, however the biggest factor for people will likely be availability and budget. Ignoring these, most people would benefit from a weekly treatment to complement their lifestyle and training.

What happens during a treatment?
At the start of all sessions a brief history is taken including details on your daily lifestyle, occupation, sports goals, injuries and expectations. We may do some assessments (with the client fully clothed) to look at joint mobility, range of movement and posture. These are often a combination of standing, sitting or lying depending on the joint we are assessing.

If you have chosen to have our full assessment on your initial session, the above process will be performed in detail, taking up to 15 minutes. This does not detract from the hands-on treatment time. We recommend having this as it allows us to perform far more specific treatments and give more accurate advice, which will ultimately give you the best chance of recovery.

Where are you based?
We are currently based at Wild Training Gym, voted UK’s best gym. You can find the address on the ‘contact us’ page.
Is there a governing body?

Yes. We are governed by the ISRM: The Institute of Soft Tissue Therapists.

Can you come to our event/ match/ tournament to offer pre and post event massage and/ or work with competitors/ teams in our club?

Yes, we would love to! For this, send us an email or give us a call for more details!

Do I need to see a Doctor first/who can have a treatment?
On our website we have a detailed page including conditions that require GP consent prior to massage. If you do not meet any of that criteria then the answer is yes we can see you! If you are unsure about the effects of massage on any of your current health conditions, feel free to get in touch with us.
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Contact us

Stephen Woodus:
+44 (0)7917 416895

Hannah Golightly:
+44 (0)7834 831591

stephen@functionandfitness.co.uk