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After Care Advice

After your appointment it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with our after care advice so you can make the most out of your treatment.

Remedial Massage

  • After a massage you may experience muscle soreness for a day or two. Don't be alarmed, this is a normal and expected outcome as proper posture and muscular health is being restored.
  • You may experience headaches or dizziness after your massage. This is a sign that the body is releasing stored stress and tension.
  • For aching muscles and tenderness – ICE is the best anti-inflammatory you will find. Before reaching for the tablets... grab the frozen peas instead!
  • Wrap them in a tea towel (do not place directly onto the skin as this can cause ice burn).
  • Place over the area of discomfort that has been worked on.
  • Leave on the area for not more than 20 minutes in any one hour and at least 1 hour between applications.
  • Drink plenty of water and/or herbal teas (caffiene free) to assist the body in elimination of waste matter and toxins.
  • A massage treatment is detoxifying and the effects of alcohol, caffeine and/or cigarette smoke can greatly reduce the benefits. Please try to avoid these within 12 hours of your massage.
  • Eat light meals. Fresh and natural foods are advisable, as over refined and processed foods add to the toxicity of the body.
  • Enjoy rest and relaxation. Refrain from heavy exercise after your massage. Though you may not be experiencing pain anymore, a spasm may still be present since spasms do not necessarily cause pain. If you ask too much of your muscles too quickly, it is likely that you will re-enter the pain-spasm-pain cycle. Please be gentle with yourself and begin a sensible program of gentle stretching and exercise when normal muscle tone and range of motion has been restored.
  • Become more aware of habitual postures or actions that caused you pain and discomfort in the first place and let your Massage Therapist know what these are. Your body awareness will greatly assist in heling you to lead a pain-free life on a daily basis.
  • Stretching is a great tool to rehabilitation and body conditioning, please try to follow the stretches prescribed to you as they will help.
  • Get a good nights rest. Most of the internal 'repair work' is carried out during the hours of our sleep. Do your best to get a good nights sleep after your massage for maximum benefit.

Waxing

  • Spotting of the skin indicates that the hairs have been removed from the follicle this is quite normal after waxing. These red spots may stay on the skin for a short period of time but will soon fade away.
  • For sensitive skin apply an ice-cold compress two or three times after your waxing appointment...this takes away the sting and reduces redness.
  • Do not apply deodorant until the day after waxing underarms.
  • The first treatment can often be painful, particularly if you have been shaving. This is because shaving has enlarged the bulb at the base of the hair shaft. Remember that the hair grows, rest, and then grows again, so it takes about 12 weeks for shaven hair to be replaced with natural hair therefore it takes two or three waxes before you "settle in" to natural hair growth. After this time you will experience only minimal discomfort from waxing.
  • For facial waxing, if the skin is still red after leaving the clinic, wrap an ice-cube in a wet handkerchief and apply it to the waxed areas. You should do this 5 or 6 times at one hour intervals. This reduces the redness of the skin. After your first lip wax you may develop some whiteheads in the waxed area, keep the area clean, this seldom reoccurs with subsequent waxing.

  • Some people are subject to getting in-grown hairs after waxing. As the hair is out of the follicle for many weeks after waxing, dead skin cells can form over the mouth of the follicle, causing the hair to grow under the skin when it appears. To prevent in-grown hairs use an exfoliating glove and after wax treatment to help to reduce in-grown hairs.
  • Some people experience itchiness after waxing. If this occurs a day or so after waxing you should follow-up with a cold compress at home. Itchiness 2 or 3 weeks after waxing is caused by the new hair breaking through the mouth of the follicle. Only people with coarse hair who have been shaving over a long period of time are subject to this problem and it usually occurs only after the first few waxing treatments. Regular exfoliating of the skin to prevent the dead skin cells clogging the mouth of the follicle is the answer. Use of an anti-histamine cream may be used to relieve itching.
  • Coarse or curly hair can create skin problems after waxing because the bacteria on the skin may enter these wider hair follicle entrances and cause a rash of whiteheads. For the first 3 or 4 days after waxing please shower immediately after vigorous exercise and use an exfoliating glove to help clear the follicles of perspiration and dead skin cells. Application of an antiseptic healing cream on the waxed area (after 24hrs) is also recommended.
  • Make sure you come in for regular waxing appointments as this minimises any pain, makes the hair finer and more sparse.
  • Use aftercare lotions everyday between wax appointments to keep the skin moisturised.
  • Don't suffer in silence - if it is too painful tell us, we want to know if you are not comfortable. We are always happy to stop & try to make you comfortable.
  • Lastly, don't be embarassed, we have seen it all before and we will do our best to put you completely at ease.

Spray Tanning

Below are some helpful tips on how to prepare and maintain your spray tan:

  • Wax/shave 48hrs before your tan. This allows the pores time to close otherwise dotting in pores may appear.
  • Exfoliate and moisturise 24hrs before your tan, paying particular attention to your knees, elbows, ankles and problem dry areas.
  • Do not apply moisturiser, deodorant or foundation before your tan or until after your first shower.
  • Always wear loose, dark coloured clothing after the initial application while the colour is developing on your skin. Avoid wearing tight clothing such as jeans, socks, bra, tights, watch, sneakers etc.
  • Avoid sitting on particularly porous surfaces such as suede, leather, pale fabrics etc as staining may occur.
  • While your spray tan is developing before your first shower, avoid any physical exercise, heat or other situations where you may sweat. Also avoid situations where you may potentially get wet as both of these factors can affect the outcome of your spray tan while it is developing. If this does occur, pat the affected area lightly with a clean, dry cloth – usually your tan will be unaffected and just the surface bronzers will appear blemished but the actual result will be indicated after showering.

  • Your spray tan should last between 5 to 10 days (except fair tan = 3 days). Using a good quality moisturiser, body oil, bath oil or tan extender each morning will help to prolong the life of your spray tan.
  • Avoid chlorinated swimming pools during the life of your spray tan as chlorine will strip the product from your skin.
  • Always remember to apply a high spectrum SPF sunscreen because although you may look brown after a spray tan, your skin still burns as fiercely as it normally would.

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