I just had my first treatment with Eddie. Oh my goodness, it was utterly beautiful, so restorative. Thank you so much for bringing him to the Therapy Rooms, it has done me the world of good already and was much needed. – LR
My interest in massage comes as part of a lifelong fascination and exploration into the art and science of healing. I believe that the body has an innate impulse to return to a state of wellness and that there is much we can do to encourage it in this direction. As a practitioner, it is my intention to help clients both through periods of dis-ease as well as providing them with the tools to support themselves to remain well.
A qualified Massage Therapist (L4) (MTI) and Medical Herbalist (BSc) (NIMH), I have much experience in supporting people on their healing journey toward balance in body, mind and spirit – acknowledging the three as deeply entwined. At the Therapy Room, myself and the client may also do some work with herbal medicines – alongside massage – if this is something you are interested in.
Massage can be an excellent way to reconnect with our bodies. It can help us to retrain our nervous systems to remember how to relax, pulling us out of our often over-expressed ‘fight or flight mode’ back into ‘rest and digest’. The effects are both instant (hands up if you’ve ever fallen asleep during a massage??) and long lasting – it is quite normal to see client stress and tension scores descend when they choose to prioritise massage as a part of their regular self-care routine.
Massage is also invaluable for various conditions, in particular, pain. In what has been referred to as ‘a silent endemic’, chronic pain can range from slightly irritating to completely devastating, and due to its invisible nature can be a lonely burden to bare. It is my great pleasure to work with clients in this area, helping them to feel lighter in themselves, making day to day life more pleasurable.
So, whatever your background, whoever you may be – whether it be to schedule in some all-important ‘you’ time and find a place of deep relaxation, or you’re interested in working out some problem areas – be it knotty shoulders, tense calves or shooting pain – let’s get to it!
In a fast paced world where stress and anxiety are increasingly affecting us, Therapeutic massage offers a way for the body and mind to relax. It does not just offer relaxation, but can also help reduce pain, tension and muscle soreness. It improves the circulation, giving you more energy. It lowers the heart rate and helps with high blood pressure. Therapeutic massage also benefits the immune system.
Regular therapeutic massage gives you all the above benefits and helps to keep you in top shape. It has been likened to an “MOT for the body”, but you won’t get a certificate at the end! Other people use therapeutic massage to go on a “mini-holiday”. In current times, this is probably the easiest way as the Therapy Room is not yet on the amber list.
Jokes aside, it is good for you and has no unwanted side effects.
What’s not to like?
To get yourself an offer on your ‘MOT’ please head to our Offers and Events page here for more details!
My journey as a massage therapist began in 2019. It complements a 20-year career as a Speech & Language Therapist in the NHS, working in stroke and brain injury neuro-rehabilitation, palliative care, elderly medicine, and mental health. Throughout my career in traditional healthcare I have become increasingly curious about the broader issues of our health – what it means to be physically well, but also how our physical selves interact with our individual emotional, thinking and spiritual selves. I believe that bodywork techniques such as therapeutic massage can help towards healing and re-integration of these aspects, and can complement traditional medical treatments available.
Massage can teach us much about our own body and mind, how we best function, and how to live well. Sometimes we simply need a period of complete calm and relaxation to help us recharge. In these instances I can use massage techniques to guide your system to a place of greater balance and rest. At other times we might need treatment that considers the individual health conditions we carry and the specific symptoms we experience. In this type of remedial approach I aim to help relieve specific symptoms of pain, stress and discomfort affecting you. I do this by combining my knowledge of anatomy, physiology and health conditions with your knowledge and experience of yourself and your own body. This collaboration forms the bedrock of my practice. My main focus is exploring the question ‘What works for you?’ My passion lies in relieving symptoms and supporting you in your journey of understanding your own health and recovery. The first relationship you have in life is with yourself and your own body – make it a harmonious one!
I qualified with a Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Therapeutic Massage in 2019 through the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training. I am accredited by the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I am a trauma-informed practitioner, with an interest in trauma conditions such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Though I don’t offer direct treatment for trauma conditions, I offer sensitivity to and awareness of trauma-related issues that may arise in connection with receiving a treatment. If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to contact me. I also aim to provide a safe, informed and welcome environment for transgender clients whether to address health issues, or for general relaxation.
That technique has worked really well on my shoulder, much less painful. Thank you!