Frequently asked questions
When should I avoid massage therapy?
COVID-19 NOTICE: IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS PLEASE RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT- YOUR CANCELLATION FEE WILL BE WAIVERED IN THE EVENT OF RESCHEDULING DUE TO COVID-19 RELATED SYMPTOMS. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE AND REBOOK IF YOU ARE DEEMED TO BE SUFFERING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS ON ARRIVAL:-
A NEW, CONTINUOUS COUGH
A HIGH TEMPERATURE
A LOSS OR CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE
Massage should be avoided if you are feeling unwell, suffering from a cold, flu or other contagious illness.
Please do not book a massage if you have any of the following conditions:-
Recent operations or acute injuries
Undergoing cancer treatment
Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Fever, diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours
Pregnant- first trimester
If you have any of the following conditions, please provide a letter from your GP or physician approving massage before booking:-
High blood pressure
Nervous or psychotic conditions
If you have any of the following conditions, please inform your therapist so that your massage can be adapted to avoid that area:-
Cuts, bruises, abrasions
Skin conditions including warts, verrucas, rashes, eczema
If you are unsure about any of the above, please contact The Olive Retreat to discuss prior to booking.
What should I wear for my massage?
Your modesty and dignity will be respected at all times during the massage. For a full body massage, you will be given privacy to change into your underwear prior to settling on the massage bed. Please keep your knickers/pants on for the massage, but remove your bra. I will provide a modesty towel to ensure that your are covered at all times, and I will only expose the area that I am working on at that time. Please remove all jewellery prior to your massage.
Will I feel any side effects after my massage?
Your muscles release toxins during a massage and this can lead to mild headaches, tiredness and sometimes feeling achy, hungry and thirsty after a treatment. Some clients may feel emotional after a massage due to the deep relaxation experienced. All of this is common should pass within 24 hours.
Aftercare- what should I do after my massage?
Relax! Try to embrace that wonderful post-massage feeling for as long as possible. Drink lots of water to flush out the toxins released during the massage, avoid caffeine, alcohol, heavy meals or exercise immediately afterwards.
Do you offer massage treatments to men?
Regrettably The Olive Retreat can only offer massage to female clients at this time.
What is your treatment room like?
The Olive Retreat is based in a purpose-built garden building at my home address. A quiet, relaxing, welcoming environment dedicated to massage and pampering. We also have a cloakroom in the building with a toilet and sink.
Is there parking available?
Clients may park on the driveway.
How can I book?
Submit an enquiry online, through our social media pages, or contact Hannah direct on 07792857715 for availability and bookings.
How can I pay for my treatment?
The Olive Retreat currently accepts cash or online bank transfer.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes. In the event that you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Any cancellations made after this time will be subject to a cancellation fee.
Please see COVID-19 notice at the top of the page.
Yes. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.
(1) What information do we collect?
We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:
information relating to any transactions carried out between you and us on or in relation to this website, including information relating to any requests you make of our services.
information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters.
any other information that you choose to send to us;
(2) Using your personal data
enable your use of the services available on the website.
send to you details of services requested via the website, and supply to you services purchased via the website.
send statements and invoices to you, and collect payments from you.
send you general (non-marketing) commercial communications.
send you email notifications which you have specifically requested.
send to you [our newsletter and other] marketing communications (relating to our business which we think may be of interest to you by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications to be sent by emailing us at
deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website.
We will not without your express consent
provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.
(3) Other disclosures
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk); and
to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset which we are (or are contemplating) selling.
(4) International data transfers
(5) Security of your personal data
We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
(6) Policy amendments
(7) Your rights
You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information may be subject to the payment of a fee.
(8) Third party websites
The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.
(9) Updating information
Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.