FAQs - Sage Massage And Movement in North Perth, WA, AU

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Welcome to our FAQ section! Here, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to provide you with quick and comprehensive answers to common queries.

  • What should I wear to my massage?

    Wear any clothes you like, whether it’s your comfy casuals or straight from work business attire. We will provide you with a sanitised warm refresher towel at the end of your massage so you can remove any excess oil before you redress.

    Just make sure you wear underwear as this is a requirement. We have disposables for those who forget.

    If you are booked in for an Assisted Stretch session, please wear loose comfortable clothing.

  • When is it NOT ok to have a massage?

    It’s important to know that there are some times when we can’t massage you or we need clearance from your medical practitioner.

    Because your safety & wellbeing comes first at SAGE.

    Total Contraindications

    When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

    • Fever
    • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
    • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription painmedication
    • Recent operations or acute injuries
    • Neuritis
    • Skin diseases

    Local Contraindications

    The therapist can massage but not over any areas affected by:

    • Varicose veins
    • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
    • Bruising
    • Cuts
    • Abrasions
    • Sunburn
    • Undiagnosed pain
    • Inflammation, including arthritis

    Medical Contraindications

    If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session by your medical practitioner.

    • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension,heart conditions)
    • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
    • Oedema
    • Psoriasis or eczema
    • High blood pressure
    • Osteoporosis
    • Cancer
    • Nervous or psychotic conditions
    • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
    • Epilepsy
    • Diabetes
    • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
    • Gynecological infections

    Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place? Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases it is best to have advice from your medical practitioner. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

    If you are in doubt, please call and speak to one of our receptionists who will be happy to answer your questions.

  • Who should I book in with?

    All of our therapists at SAGE have different styles, different techniques and a different approach so it can be difficult sometimes to know who to book in with. If you’re not sure who you should see, perhaps give us a call and we can recommend someone based on what you’re hoping to get out of your session, ie – specialisation to treat a particular issue. Once we know a bit more about the reason why you’re coming in, we will be able to suggest someone who we think is a good match.It can be very personal, someone might love a particular therapist and the next person might prefer someone else, and that’s ok, everybody likes different styles (that’s one of the benefits of SAGE, there is a team to choose from!

  • How strong will my massage be?

    At SAGE we don’t believe in “one size fits all” massage – your personal preference is important to us.

    So when it comes to pressure, your therapist will make sure it’s just right for you. This requires your feedback so please don’t be shy. They won’t want you leaving disappointed that it was too light or too strong.

    Of course it also depends on what type of massage you are having.

    – Relaxation massage needs to be a little lighter to calm the nervous system and help you drift off as general muscular tension is released.

    – Deep Tissue or Sports massage (except pre-event) can be stronger, targeting deeper layers of muscle tissue to bring optimum release of chronic tension.

    – Remedial massage can be relaxing, strong, or anywhere in between. It really depends on the issues you are addressing and what will bring the best result.

    An experienced therapist will sense the feedback from your muscles too. There’s a point with every individual where just the right pressure – combined with breathwork – brings optimum release and that’s what we are aiming for.

  • How is Remedial massage different to Deep Tissue?

    We get asked this a lot….

    REMEDIAL massage is a specialised treatment more therapeutic in nature & designed to help with chronic muscle tension, postural issues or injury recovery.

    Your therapist will perform a postural assessment & range of motion testing followed by a treatment tailored just for you – using the pressure you prefer.

    Remedial massage can be strong or relaxing and may be covered by private health insurance if you have Remedial massage cover on your policy.

    DEEP TISSUE massage is more general in nature, like a strong Swedish-style massage aimed at releasing general muscular tension.

    Your therapist will target the deeper tissue structures of the muscle, fascia and trigger points, again the pressure is adapted to your personal preference.

    Deep Tissue massage is not able to be claimed with private health funds.

  • What happens during a massage session?

    Whether you book for a Remedial, Sports, Relaxation or any other massage, your session will start out similarly. Your therapist will take you through to their room and have a bit of chat with you to see how you are feeling on the day, what they can do for you and if you have any specific issues or anything they need to know about.

    From there, if you are having a Remedial treatment your therapist will proceed to do some testings. What are the testings and assessments for? To determine where the issue might be coming from, so that they can tailor your session for your needs. Also, to be able to compare the range of motion/feeling before and after the treatment (even for you, you can see the improvement).

    Once you’ve agreed to the therapist’s treatment plan, they’ll leave the room so you can undress (or stay clothes if you prefer), relax and get ready for your massage

    After your massage, your therapist will check in again to see how you are feeling, re-test to assess results, give you some self-care tips/stretches and advise you on when you might like to book in again for a follow up if required 🙃 happy days… you’re on the mend!

  • Can my child have massage?

    ABSOLUTELY!… Young people can benefit so much from massage. However, you want to make sure they’re in skilled, qualified hands. Our experienced therapists can help them with:

    • Muscle tension & posture
    • Effects of growth spurts
    • Decreased cortisol = reduced stress/anxiety
    • Increased dopamine = improved mood = feeling happy + balanced
    • Improved quality of sleep
    • Boosted immune system
    • Ability to concentrate & cognitive development
    • Oncology massage
    • Cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism, down syndrome, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, depression, eating disorders

    Children under 16 need to have a parent or guardian in room; under 18 need parent/guardian signed consent. There is no limit to how young your child can be to receive the benefits of massage. For really little ones 30min massage may be best at first to see how they go.

    Private health rebates apply to Remedial massage which is tailored to your child’s specific needs and can use a lighter, relaxation approach.

Why Membership?

  • It’s monthly – so you’ll start to enjoy the changes in your body that a monthly massage makes!
  • It’s flexible – LOVE it, or leave it. You’re only committed for 3 months
  • Let your self-care journey begin!

What Our Members Say?

“I love the way my membership prompts me not to forget – it makes me come in and I’m always so glad that it did!”

- Amy S.

“A member discount and an hour for me every month – it’s WIN WIN!”

- Scott A.

“I love the whole experience, the Members Lounge, the massages, the staff. I always arrive feeling welcomed and leave feeling fantastic.”

- Michelle J.