Please don't hesitate to get on touch with any questions you might have.
Meanwhile, here are some FAQs which might provide a faster answer...
Qu: What are your nearest public transport links?
Kingston train station is a 7 minute walk away.
65 Bus Route: Get off at the "Kings Road" bus stop.
Buses travelling towards Kingston from Ham & Richmond: the 'Kings Road' bus stop is outside The Oak pub which is on the corner of Richmond Park Road. Walk to clinic: less than 1 min.
Buses travelling towards Ealing Broadway from Kingston: cross the Richmond Road & head towards The Oak pub, which is on the corner of Richmond Park Road. Walk to clinic: 3 mins (due to waiting for the traffic lights)
Qu: Do you have Free Parking?
Yes! For the duration of their appointments, my clients are able to park their car on my private driveway, which is off-road and therefore exempt from parking charges. Please ensure that all 4 car wheels are on the driveway and not over-hanging on the pavement, as our local parking wardens are 'very efficient'.
Bicycles can be secured to the iron-railings on the side of the driveway.
Qu: Do you sell Gift Vouchers?
Yes! Click here to have a look. You can purchase a scheduled gift voucher and book somebody in for a treatment on a specific date and time (eg on their birthday or after their exams finish), or you can purchase a general gift voucher which allows the recipient to choose an appointment date, time and type of treatment.
Qu: Can you travel to me for my treatment?
Yes! I have a home-based clinic in North Kingston KT2 6AH but am mobile by arrangement within Kingston-upon-Thames, Richmond & the surrounding areas for those who have mobility issues or for Oncology Massage clients who are too unwell to travel. Transportation and travel time costs apply, please ask for a quote.
Qu: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Please let me know as soon as you decide not to attend an appointment.
Rescheduling: It is possible to reschedule appointments with more than 24 hours notice, in emergencies or in cases of sudden illness. Clients who habitually reschedule appointments may be declined future bookings.
Cancellation: if you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hour's notice you will be invoiced for 50% of your treatment fee and will be unable to re-book until payment has been received.
No-Shows: To help prevent forgotten bookings, you will be sent a reminder the day before your appointment. If you do not attend a confirmed appointment, you will be invoiced for 50% of your treatment fee and will be unable to re-book until payment has been received.
These policies are in line with most local private healthcare providers (eg dentists, physiotherapists, cosmetic clinics etc) and will be exercised in good faith.
Qu: What if I am late for my appointment?
If you are running more than 10 minutes late for your scheduled arrival time, please let me know by phone/text if possible, otherwise you will be called to check that you are on route and have not simply forgotten.
Please be aware that in the case of late arrivals it is not possible to extend beyond your scheduled departure time and you will still be charged for the full appointment. Having said that, some time is factored in to your appointment slot in addition to your time on the couch, for health update, aftercare advice, undressing/dressing etc, so if you are a few minutes late but able to change etc quickly, you won't miss out.
Qu: How long will I be at my appointment?
On your first visit to Richmond Park Therapies, please expect to be here for an extra 40 minutes on top of your treatment time. ie if you have booked an hour's massage, expect to be here in total for one hour 40 mins.
For all subsequent visits, please expect to be here for an extra 20 minutes on top of your treatment time. ie if you have booked an hour's massage, expect to be here in total for one hour 20 mins.
This extra time allows for any necessary discussions prior to and after treatment and for you undressing/dressing.
Qu: What forms of payment do you accept?
For appointments: cash, debit or credit card payment on the day of your visit, or bank transfer in advance.
For Gift Vouchers purchased remotely: bank transfer to be cleared before voucher is posted.
Qu: Should I leave a tip?
Qu: How often should I get a massage?
For those using massage for general wellness, I recommend a frequency of once/twice a month, which allows people in normal good health to receive maximum benefits as each session builds upon the positives of the last. Bodies used to massage respond to it better and faster to it than those who have not experienced it before or in some time.
Research demonstrates very strongly that massage helps to combat depression, stress, anxiety and insomnia-related-to-stress, so for people going through a particularly difficult life situation or for those in high-stress professions, I suggest aiming to have a massage every one to two weeks.
For the treatment of a chronic condition eg arthritis, or for an acute problem eg muscular injury or postural aches, people generally need to receive massage more frequently in order to see any real improvement. I advise my clients individually on the type of schedule I believe most suits their needs, but very broadly speaking: approx once/twice weekly for the first four weeks, then gradually increasing time between sessions as symptoms improve, before moving down to a maintenance schedule. These 'decreasing intensity' schedules are most likely to have the best results on improving mobility or painful symptoms. You wouldn't expect to reach peak fitness after one exercise session, the same is true in harnessing the benefits of massage.
With pregnancy massage, it very much depends on the individual progress of the pregnancy and the mother's health in response to it, but many women find that in the last trimester particularly, weekly massage helps to improve stress levels relating to the impending birth and can certainly alleviate common pregnancy symptoms such as swollen ankles, back ache, headaches and sciatica.
For those aiming to enhance athletic performance, massage is a superb support mechanism for reaching peak physical fitness whilst providing some level of injury protection. People heavily involved in sports recreationally, or those competing at a serious level professionally are advised to have a massage twice (or more) a week during periods of intense training and perhaps once or twice a month during their off-season to maintain muscle health and flexibility.
The bottom line is that people who wish to treat specific conditions or symptoms will need to have massage more frequently than people who use it purely for enjoyment and relaxation. Not everyone has the time or financial ability to commit to 'ideal massage schedules' however, so to them I say "Some is always better than none!" Ask yourself how you felt after your last massage... When you need that feeling again, book yourself in.
NB: Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a different kettle of fish altogether and the above guidelines are not directly applicable to it.