Is your body’s MOT due yet?

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!

Re-opening 12th April and ‘Key Workers Fund’ package


We thought we’d bring you some good news and let you know what we are up to! We can’t wait to open up fully again, and will communicate any changes after the 5th April (date of the next government announcement). Hopefully the 12th of April will go ahead as planned, and we have therefore opened our online booking schedule starting on the 12th of April. This means that you can now book your appointments online again. Be quick as we expect it to be busy! You may be aware (or not), that we are still open for people in medical need, i.e., those who are experiencing pain that impacts their functioning, mobility, and work or quality of life. These appointments can only be booked by phone. At the moment, Eva, Anna, Laarni and Kasia are still seeing clients after a risk assessment. We are working much less, but we are trying to put this time to good use. Meanwhile, those who have not yet taken advantage of our Keyworker Fund Package, there is still time to do so. There is one available per person until 30th June. Key Workers Fund’ Package: Three 45min treatments for £99 We are putting out some more of our ‘Key Workers Fund’ packages! 10% of this package will go into a Key Workers Fund, out of which we can provide cheaper treatments for some of the wonderful key workers who have gone through so much over the last year and who certainly deserve a little bit of care for them. This package consists of three 45 minute treatments of your choice, and costs £99 in total. This means you save at least £36! (45min are normally priced at £45 or £50 respectively, so you save £12 or more per treatment). 1 available per person, until 30th June. Click on the button below if you want to purchase this package: Q: What is it? A: The Keyworker Fund Package is Therapy Room specific (although our professional association, the Massage Training Institute, is looking to also start a nationwide initiative). It is set up as a gift voucher on our system. In this case a gift to yourself and to the fund! Q: Who is it for?A: It is for anybody, keyworker or not. It will be used to create a fund to give keyworkers money off their treatments. Q: How can it be claimed?A: To claim from the fund, all a person needs is an nhs email address. This will be on a sliding scale, as keyworkers are in different positions themselves, and self-determined by them, as long as funds are available. Typically, we give £10 to £15 off, but if our fundraising should exceed all expectations, more may be possible. Should any money be left, we will allocate it to people on benefits and those struggling with long term conditions, like long covid, M.E., fibromyalgia, and so on. Q: What about non NHS keyworkers?A: We would love to help everybody, but we are only a small business! We would like to ask those who are keyworkers in other positions or those on really low income to get in touch with and ask them to be put on the list for upcoming, low cost student clinics. Q: Can I book more than one?~A: It is limited to 1 per person. True to covid rules, it can be shared between members of the same household, but needs to be self-managed, so the person in whose name the package is has to book in the other members of their household with their code and email address 🙂 Q: What treatments are available on this package?A: Included in this package are 45 min of– Hot Bamboo – Therapeutic Massage – Deep Tissue Massage – Sports & Remedial Massage – Manual Lymphatic Drainage– These treatments can be mixed and matched. Q : What is not included?A: Hot Stones, Deep Oscillation, Face Massage, Shiatsu, Feldenkrais, Myofascial Release, Hypnotherapy and Hypnomassage are not included in this package. Q: What if I want to support the fund, but not take out a package?A: You can simply buy a voucher through our system, and enter your name and telephone number, but as email address, so we know that the gift voucher is to be allocated to the Keyworkers fund. Q: Is there an expiry date for the use of the code issued with this package?A: As with any of our gift vouchers, the expiry is 18 months from date of purchase (this has been extended massively because of the Covid situation and has also been retrospectively applied to all our gift vouchers). Any money left on a gift voucher after 18 month will be allocated to the Fund.We recommend to keep treatments quite closely together to get the most benefit. Q: Can I get a refund if I cannot use the voucher?A: Gift vouchers are not exchangeable for money. We will allocate any value left on the voucher at the expiry date to the fund. Q: What is the cancellation policy for treatments booked under this package?A: Same as for all our other treatments, there is a 24 hour cancellation period. Should a booked treatment be cancelled or rescheduled less than 24 hours before the start of the treatment, or missed altogether, the treatment will be forfeit. Please let us know if you have any more questions (or suggestions), we are happy to help! Warm wishes,Eva & the Therapy Room Team

‘Magic’ aromatherapy blends

Our ‘Magic’ products are safe for pregnant women, those with epilepsy and high blood pressure, people with asthma, children over 6 years. ‘Magic’ products can aid Covid recovery due to the anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties of the ingredients. MUSCLE MAGIC Warming massage oil for muscles and joints. May be used before exercise, to relieve pain and tension, to improve circulation, for conditions which respond to heat, e.g., osteoarthritis, aids healing in sub-acute and remodelling phases of recovery, aids healthy digestion. Good for nut allergy sufferers. Olfaction smell training for those with Anosmia or Parosmia. M.E. and fibromyalgia sufferers, Helps with muscle stiffness, Helps with a nice nights sleep IngredientsRosemary (clears congested lungs, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant, venous decongestant, neuromuscular);Marjoram (analgesic, antispasmodic, neurotonic [parasympathetic action], hypotensive, sedative;Black pepper (analgesic, antispasmodic, rubefacient);Plai (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, local anaesthetic, muscle relaxant);Mustard and Sesame [carriers] (warming) NERVE MAGIC Soothing massage oil for nerves and muscles. May be used in treatments for nerve impingement conditions, e.g., sciatica, piriformis syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis/golf elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome. Also for clients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, or after exercise as a cooling relaxant. IngredientsEucalyptus staigeriana (anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming, immunostimulant and hypotensive);Cornmint (anaesthetic, analgesic, antimigraine, antispasmodic, cooling, neurotonic, stimulant);Roman chamomile (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antispasmodic, calming);Sweet birch (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, astringent, rubefacient);Hypericum [macerated] (anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic) SCAR MAGIC Nourishing massage balm for scars and adhesions. May be used from two months pre-operatively (to prepare the surgery site), post-operatively (after removal of stitches), following myofascial work on scar tissue, for cross-fibre massage techniques over internal and external scars (during sub-acute and remodelling phases of healing) IngredientsLavender (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cicastrisant, cytophyllactic);Lemongrass (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, vasodilative, tightens elastin fibres in fascia);Frankincense (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophyllactic, vulnerary);Helichrysum (anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, cicatrisant, phlebotonic, vulnerary); Carrot [macerated] (anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating);Rosehip (regenerating, nourishing) RESCUE MAGIC Cooling cream for early recovery May be used after exercise (especially if injury suspected), during the acute phase of recovery (48 hours after injury or longer if inflammation persists, following deep tissue massage (which has overworked an area), with or instead of icing treatments. IngredientsGeranium (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophyllactic, decongestant, haemostatic, lymphatic stimulant, relaxant, vulnerary);Lavender (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophyllactic, vulnerary);Peppermint (analgesic, anaesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, vasoconstrictive)German chamomile (analgesic, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, cicatrisant, vulnerary);Arnica [macerated] (anti-inflammatory);Comfrey [macerated] (antihaemorrhagic, astringent, cell proliferant, vulnerary)

We Are Open!

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Lockdown has now been relaxed enough and massage therapists have been given the green light to return to work. Therefore, we are now ready to make appointments. There will be some changes in the process both before and during each session, to help ensure both yours and our safety. Before you leave your home, please check your temperature, and consider if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms: – Dry persistent cough Temperature over 37.8° Centigrade Lack of taste or smell If yes to any of those questions, please postpone or cancel your appointment. If you are a first-time client, your pre-session consultation will now take place via the phone or video-conferencing – rather than face to face. And/or a consultation form emailed for completion prior to the visit. If you are an existing client there will be a short update consultation – to see how you have been since pre lockdown and whether you have any Covid-19 issues. Also, via phone or video conferencing. There will also be a consent form to complete regarding exposure to Covid-19. If you are considered a high-risk client, it may not be possible to massage you at this time. (If appropriate, add list of high risks for the client to see). All consultation & consent documents can be signed & brought on the day or emailed beforehand. Please bring you own pen if you need one (and you will!). Please also bring your own water – so we do not use any glassware. Please wear easy to remove clothes. You will be given a container in which to put them when you undress. Please avoid wearing jewellery as this makes the process simpler. When you arrive, you will be required to put on a mask (unless you are arriving wearing your own), take off your shoes, wash your hands (drying them with paper towels) – and walk into the practice room without touching anything. If there are soft furnishings in the practice room, they will be covered by couch roll. Cushions and soft furnishings will have been removed. The massage table will have been thoroughly disinfected. The linens are all clean, and you will be encouraged to wear a mask. The therapist will be using personal protective equipment – until the requirement relaxes. The apron may be replaced with a button up top, but they will wear gloves, mask and a visor. Being massaged in gloves is not unpleasant – you will barely feel it. (This might change as the situation regarding use of PPE is fluid). The massage will continue as per usual, though we would recommend not chatting to avoid droplet formation. When the massage is over, please leave all the linens and towels on the table. Please do not help fold them. Put your clothes back on and exit again without touching anything. You may also wish to use the bathroom and wash your hands before you put your shoes back on. Please leave with your mask on (if your own), or put any disposable masks in the pedal bin provided next to the door. Payment ideally should be made prior to the appointment via Direct Transfer or PayPal to avoid touching card machines or money. There will be an approximate 30-minute gap between clients, to enable disinfection of the practice space, therapy table and equipment, hallways and bathrooms etc, with enough time to dry and take effect.

We are temporarily closed

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Following advice by the government and our professional bodies, we are currently sadly closed for face to face, hands-on treatment. We are waiting to hear from the relevant authorities when it will be possible to re-open, and what form this may take.Meanwhile, you can still call us for self-massage advice, and we are also putting out some little videos you can use to massage the people in your household. Marilla is also running Feldenkrais sessions remotely, which is working really well. Gift vouchers are still available and will be valid for a period of six months from when we open again. The same applies to any gift vouchers that were valid on 17th March. Our therapists are doing well in their various lockdown locations. Some had to take up other jobs whilst the restrictions are on, others are taking some online courses, or are even putting on some online courses 😉We are certainly spending much more time in front of the computer, as the rest of the population. Self-care is more important then ever now, as well as sticking to some routines. Nothing can beat a good, hands-on treatment though, and cannot wait to be able to get treatment ourselves!Keep an eye out for our newsletter, and check in on facebook to see what we are up to.We would love to hear from you, be it by email, phone or on social media. Stay in touch, and we hope to see you soon! Much love,Eva & the Therapy Room Team