I was in my early 30s when I discovered that I loved receiving massages and found them really helpful relieving the deep pain in my shoulder which developed when I had a desk job and was working at a computer all day. I didn’t begin giving massages until some years later and I began by providing hand massage to older people in residential homes and day centres.
The benefit of simple touch was very apparent, but hand massage also proved very effective at reducing the pain and decreasing the stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in the hands. This and the experience of working with people who had Parkinsons and Multiple Sclerosis encouraged me to train in full-body massage. I am now qualified in Swedish and advanced clinical and myofascial techniques – in 2016 I gained the Certificate in Advanced Clinical Techniques awarded by the Jing Institute in Brighton after a year of study. In 2017 I qualified in Myofascial Release work and now use fascial techniques in almost all my treatments. In 2019 I qualified in Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage and in 2021 I completed training in specialist Oncology Massage.
I’m also qualified in aromatherapy using pre-blended oils , so I may suggest using massage oil or wax containing essential oils to enhance the effect of the treatment.
In my treatments I begin with a discussion with the client as to the issues which they have and what they want to get from the massage and then I combine different techniques to create a unique treatment to suit them on the day. This might include rocking and gentle pulling and specific stretching as well as the more familiar massage strokes. I can advise clients on appropriate stretches or other self help techniques to do in between treatments in order to maximise the benefit of the treatments.
I’m experienced in working with older clients and those with degenerative conditions such as Parkinsons and am passionate about bringing massage therapy to people who may not have considered it before.
I’m a member of the Complementary Health Professionals association and am of course fully insured as well as holding an enhanced DBS check and an Emergency First Aid At Work qualification.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Last year I began the two year training to become a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. I had a series of craniosacral treatments myself just prior to the pandemic, and was amazed by the effect on my own well-being. Craniosacral work is a hands-on therapy but using a very light touch and the client lies on a couch or sits in a chair, fully clothed. The practitioner uses touch to connect with the internal systems of the body to help support the regulation of the client’s nervous system and thereby to support the restoration of health and wholeness. The process enables the client to feel heard and held at a very deep level. Craniosacral therapy can be beneficial for physical and emotional issues and also for those who want simply to explore the essence of their being. I expect to qualify as a biodynamic craniosacral therapist in September of next year but, in the meantime, the approach working on an energetic level to support each client to access their own health resources is one which is increasingly underlying my current massage and myofascial treatments.