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Mad Monk
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Hi folks, this is my after care advice sheet. Can anyone think of anything I may have missed or would anyone dissagree with what I have said? Feel free to use it if you like it!


Post Massage Advice

  • Take it easy, avoid strenuous activity

  • Do not have a hot bath

  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine.

  • Avoid alcohol

  • Avoid any other Holistic Treatments for 24hrs

  • Eat a light meal


Always:

  • Drink plenty of water (6-8 glasses/day)

  • Get your “5 a-day”


Expected Side Effects

Please do not worry if you experience any of the following after a massage:

  • Increased need to urinate

  • Headache

  • Achiness

  • Bruising

  • Change in sleep pattern (heavier or fitfully)


These side effects can be a sign of a good massage. I would be interested to hear about them next time I see you.

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Lynora
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

Bruising? Not sure I would want to see that on my aftercare sheet! 😉

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sportstherapy
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

unfortunately if you dont have bruising on your advice sheet, and you cause bruising you can leave yourself open to complaints or worse.

My advice would be keep bruising in!

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Mad Monk
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

Thanks for the feedback,

I suppose mentioning bruising might scare some people off but as my preference is to give a firm massageI will stick with it for the time being......Not that I have ever caused any. (Wellto my knowledge!)

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AngelFish
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

I prefer not to use words like "side effects" and simply use "after treatment you may feel". Personally, I don't think too many people pay much attention to aftercare sheets & simply just see it as another bit of paper, not that it should be excluded from your treatment. Before treatment I discuss possible reactions to treatment eg. bruising, feeling nauseous, muscle discomfort etc, that way they are totally aware any possible reaction before they consent and there is greater opportunity to discuss why deep tissue work might cause brusing.

From the holistic angle, I sometimes say things like "before the body can heal itself, it has to rid itself of toxins, this is a positive reaction to treatment".

Hope our thoughts are of some help.

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Reflexkate
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

Hi Mad Monk!

I agree with Angel Fish. I do not use aftercare sheets in my practice. I explain possible reactions to treatment at our first consultation and give aftercare advice after each treatment. If a client then wants me to write them a quick list of aftercare tips i do this before the end of the session.

However, i do think they look professional and if you wish to use them then i don't see any reason why you shouldn't.

I would like to make one suggestion.......You have written 'get your 5 a day', i would suggest explaining what this means i.e. 'Make sure to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day!'
You will find that some people don't know this to be true, and you could find that 'get your 5 a day' could be open to interpretation by your clients.

Hope this helps

Best Wishes
Kate xxx

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Gussie
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

[link= http://www.healthypages.net/forum/tm.asp?m=220166]http://www.healthypages.net/forum/tm.asp?m=220166[/link]

Mines in there, about the fourth posting down.. I would probably change the titles of advice and always. Perhapsbreak it down to 24 hours after treatment and a general healthcare advice section?

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Mad Monk
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

Thanks all,

I hadn't expected much, if any, response to this post so it has been intriguing and very exciting (my first real post!)to hear different peoples spin on things.I have taken all the advice on-board, particularly aboutleaving things open to interpretation and look forward to deciding how best to implement it in the future.

The biggest questionnow is: ‘Should I use an aftercare sheetat all or justgive verbal, individually tailored advice at the end of each treatment?’ I suppose this comes down to individual style and a bit of trial and error!!

Thanks again

Adam

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Silverlace
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

Hi
I personally would verbally go through the aftercare with my client and also give them, if it were their first appointment, an aftercare leaflet just so that they could read it when they arrived home, as the information you give them after their treatment doestnt always sink in.
Here is a copy of the one that I used whilst at college

Body Treatments After Care Advice

To gain maximum benefit from your treatment today please follow these simple instructions

Drink plenty of water - Toxins and waste will have been released during the treatment. Drinking water will help your system to flush them out

Avoid strenuous activity - Your body needs to be allowed to continue to balance itself after treatment, resting will assist this process. Try to relax as much as possible!

Avoid alcohol/tea/coffee - Your body will be working hard to eliminate the toxins released, adding more toxins will make your treatment less effective.

Eat a light meal this evening - This will enable your bloodstream to concentrate on clearing the toxins from your body

You may experience some mild effects following your treatment today, these are nothing to worry about, and are all part of the natural healing process. These should not last for more than a day or so, if you are at all worried please feel free to contact us for further advice.

You may experience none of the following effects, this does not however mean that your treatment has been ineffective.

Nausea, headaches, tiredness, aching muscles, tingling limbs, heightened emotions, light headedness, increase in urination, mild flu-like symptoms

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Mtbw
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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

unfortunately if you dont have bruising on your advice sheet, and you cause bruising you can leave yourself open to complaints or worse.

My advice would be keep bruising in!

Agree! Keep browsing in but write also that they can use arnica cream/oil over it or spmethig similar.
You cannot guarantee that client skin is ‘perfect’ even if he/she is absolutely healthy

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RE: Holistic Massage- Aftercare Sheet

Thanks all,

I hadn't expected much, if any, response to this post so it has been intriguing and very exciting (my first real post!)to hear different peoples spin on things.I have taken all the advice on-board, particularly aboutleaving things open to interpretation and look forward to deciding how best to implement it in the future.

The biggest questionnow is: ‘Should I use an aftercare sheetat all or justgive verbal, individually tailored advice at the end of each treatment?’ I suppose this comes down to individual style and a bit of trial and error!!

Thanks again

Adam

I usually give a paper; one side - after care advice, other side - healing effect

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