If you have a question not answered below, please feel free to contact me, I’ll be very happy to answer your questions.
On arrival, press the intercom button for “REMEDY MASSAGE” inside the front door. When the buzzer sounds push open the inner door and you will be met in the waiting room. If this is your first visit, you will be given a health screening form to complete as you wait, so please aim to arrive 10 minutes early.
Free client parking is available in the laneway beside the Therapy Rooms (9 spaces). Park anywhere in front of Ling-Ling, AcuLife, Belissima, etc, however not Canty Dental during main business hours – thank you. Tesco also have free parking – from Dennehys Cross, the Tesco car park is first left on Magazine Road, parking at Level 2.
Bicycle parking is available in the laneway beside the Therapy Rooms just inside the entrance to the basement.
Paid car parking is available at the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Dennehys Cross (Model Farm Road entrance), 2 minutes walk away. A prepaid car park is also available on the Carrigrohane (straight) Road, 4 minutes walk.
On-street parking is available in the vicinity of the Therapy Rooms via parking disc or mobile phone app. The time limit is 2 hours, between 08:30-18:30 Mon-Sat. Parking is free and unlimited outside of these hours including Sundays and bank holidays.
The locality may offer free parking along residential streets or other locations, though may be further away and requiring a longer walk. Suggestions include the satellite car park of the UCC/PBC Sports Grounds on Magazine Road; the rear car park of the County buildings on Farranlea Road; further out along Farranlea Road beyond the parking disc zone; the small free car park at the traffic lights of Victoria Cross beside the larger prepaid one; the Kingsley Hotel car park. Parking in any of these locations is entirely at your own risk and consequence and not endorsed by Remedy Massage.
The following bus routes serve the Therapy Rooms:
Carrigrohane (straight) Road: 233, 235
Victoria Cross/Wilton Road: 201, 208, 220, 233, 236, 237, 239
Dennehy’s Cross/Model Farm Road: 201, 205, 220, 223, 233, 241, 260
The Therapy Rooms Victoria Cross are step-free and wheelchair accessible, though not to DAC level as yet. A ramp takes you to the front door, although the door itself requires manual pushing to open from the outside. All rooms and facilities are on ground level and a wheelchair accessible toilet is available (it does not have hand support rails). The narrowest door width on the way to our suite is 33″/84cm. Wheelchair users may wish to call first for a chat.
A wide circle of the general population with musculoskeletal or neuromuscular complaints have benefited from treatment with Remedy Massage.
Complaints include whiplash, numerous other neck problems, frozen shoulder, headaches, numerous hip restrictions, low (lumbar) back pain, mid (thoracic) back pain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tight shoulders, shinsplints, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, tight calf muscles, pulled hamstrings, strained adductors, rotator cuff (shoulder) problems, groin strain, gluteal amnesia.
Other conditions include anxiety, migraines, fibromylagia, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy.
Many people come on a regular maintenance basis to release tension built up over time; my most popular treatment is for the back, neck and shoulders, and is an effective antidote to today’s frequently chaotic and stressful pace of life. This is also a popular choice for gift vouchers.
An appointment usually lasts one hour. The actual treatment time, or length of time on the massage table being worked on, would typically be around 45-50 minutes. Some people prefer longer sessions (90 mins), which can also be arranged [Note: 90 min sessions are currently suspended due to Covid restrictions], as well as shorter sessions (30 mins) – great for focused work or as part of a rehab programme. 30 minute sessions are unavailable for new clients due to time taken with the health screen and consultation, which varies from person to person.
Some situations or conditions contraindicate massage and in these cases it would be better to wait until they have improved, healed or stabilised, as a massage therapist may advise against treatment and, in some cases, may refer you to your GP or recommend a specialist. Some are systemic (whole body) and others are localised to an area, and may worsen symptoms or affect your health, or spread infection either to another part of your body or to the therapist.
Whilst an assessment will determine whether massage is appropriate, major contraindications to look out for include:
Acute inflammation, fever, open wounds, infectious, fungal or bacterial skin diseases including spots, blemishes and rashes of certain kinds, recent bruising, scar tissue from a recent accident or medical procedure, unknown lumps, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins, pregnancy (depending on trimester & health), menstruation for abdominal massage, haemophilia, cardiovascular conditions, chemotherapy, prolapsed disc (depending on type and severity) and diabetes dependent on type and state.
Always seek professional medical advice regarding health concerns.
On your first visit the therapist spends some time taking your personal and medical history. Your doctor’s details are also required as a referral might be needed in some cases. Together you decide on a treatment plan that best suits you.
In subsequent sessions a few minutes are spent at the start reviewing recent health and agreeing the treatment for the session. Then simply time needed to get undressed to your comfort level & draped with towels, then afterwards get dressed again and conclude the session. The therapist normally leaves the room when undressing or dressing, for discretion, privacy and ethics.
A light oil or lotion is normally used to reduce or control the amount of friction or glide on the skin. Sessions usually last an hour and all treatments are completely confidential between you and your therapist.
For someone coming in for a relaxing massage, the treatment is very soothing and you’ll feel more grounded, have a sense of wellbeing and feel freer in the area that was massaged, with usually an absence of a familiar pain or ache, or an ease in restriction.
For more demanding work, there may some level of discomfort but treatment should not be painful. Many conditions can be treated pain-free, or relatively pain-free, but this again depends on the extent of work required to resolve your issue.
Feedback is usually checked with you during the session. People may experience some discomfort – typically stiffness or soreness – for a day or two after treatment. This is an entirely normal reaction, as it may take a little time for the body to adapt to the soft tissue changes from treatment.
Wearing ‘form-fitting’ clothing/shorts is recommended so that the therapist can get a clear view of muscular/postural changes in the body. Loose-fitting clothing is sometimes suggested, for example, access to working on the upper thigh (loose shorts).
You may be asked to undress to your level of comfort. Towels are provided for appropriate draping and the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked. Intimate areas are never exposed.
Whilst a treatment requires some degree of undress pertinent to the body part being worked, you are otherwise draped in towels for discretion, comfort and warmth. Intimate areas are never exposed. The therapist normally leaves the room when undressing or dressing, for discretion, privacy and ethics.
Ages 16 (sixteen) and above may receive massage without prior consent. Anyone the age of 17 (seventeen) or under, needs a parent or guardian to sign a consent form, allowing treatment to go ahead. Whilst not required to be present during treatment, it is usually preferred that the parent or guardian stay. In some cases, the therapist may insist that the parent or responsible adult be present.
As a massage therapy clinic I specialise in manipulation and release of soft tissue, which includes fascia, muscle, tendons, ligaments and other structures supporting joints and the skeleton; so no I do not crack bones as such. Osteopaths and chiropractors are skilled in the adjustment or setting of joints (i.e. cracking of bones). This practice is generally discouraged for anyone without specialist training, particularly in self-treatment.
With regret, all mobile services are currently suspended due to Covid restrictions.
Yes, whether to your home or a preferred location (such as an office, hotel, and so on). This service is subject to availability but generally available daytimes, evenings and weekends. Mobile massage is available in the Cork City area and satellite towns, i.e. within reasonable traveling distance, as a travel expense is usually added to the appointment booking.
Yes, gift vouchers are available at the standard rate of a normal session. Anybody can buy a gift voucher.
Since 2018 the term “Physical Therapist” became a protected title for the exclusive use by members of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists who have completed an approved medical degree programme, or other students of physical therapy completing an equivalent, approved, programme. I am not a Chartered Physiotherapist and I cannot refer to myself as a “Physical Therapist”; however, this has no bearing whatsoever on my provision of Neuromuscular Therapy along with other forms of advanced remedial bodywork that integrate with, or go beyond, massage. It simply means that I’ll not be referring to myself as a “Physical Therapist”, though people may still view what I do for them as ‘physio’.
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes, please.
The therapist may be with somebody at the time, so please leave a message, remembering to include your contact details, or send a text. Calls and texts are always returned. You are also very welcome to contact me via this website.
Payment is due at time of treatment.
Preferred payment type is cash.*
Debit and credit cards with chip & PIN are accepted in person.*
Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted in person.*
EFT payments are accepted for direct bank transfer (please ask for account details).
Cheques can be made payable to Remedy Massage.
Phone payments are possible for debit or credit cards with a 3 digit CVV number on the back.
* Cash is preferred over card due to the high cost of fees.
All registered practitioners must adhere to the code of ethics and disciplinary procedure of their association. It is there to safeguard the client and protect the therapist.
Irish Massage Therapists Association’s Code of Ethics and Practice can be found here.
Association of Neuromuscular Physical Therapists’ Code of Ethics can be found here.
Irish Life Health endorses massage therapy and neuromuscular therapy as a member benefit from IMTA and ANMPT members, with a claim of up to 50% or €30 per treatment and subject to your policy. You may need to check your policy document to see if this benefit is included in your policy.
Laya Healthcare recognises neuromuscular therapy received from members of the Association of Neuromuscular Physical Therapists. Once again this is subject to your policy and you may need to check with Laya to see if your policy includes this benefit.
Please ask for a receipt if you wish to claim, telling the therapist the name of your health provider.