I’m an Massage Training Institute qualified and registerd Holistic Massage therapist.

My holistic massage is based on Swedish techiniques which are used to warm up and manipulate body tissue in order to ease out the knots and tensions. However, added to this I use a range of other techniques depending on what the client requires:
– Myofascial release – these techniques works on the connective tissue that surrounds muscles and muscle fibres helping to ease restrictions and bad habits that cause imbalances, distortion and discomfort in the body. It involves deep slow pressure and the client engaging particular muscle groups to iron out wrinkles and adhesions around and between the muscles and muscle fibres.
– Deep tissue (particularly useful for those with on-going and deep routed muscular problems or for sports related injuries and strains)
– Acupressure (used to balance out the bodies energies and for particular problems such as headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain and sinus blockages)
– Stretching and joint mobilisation (these techniques are great for creating space within joints and gently increasing the range of movement where stiffness and imobility is an issue)
– Holds and energy work (the power of touch never ceases to amaze me and clients find that even gentle holds can encourage relaxation. Reiki energy can flow through at these times and help healing both generally and for specific problems)
– Understanding and appreciation of the clients whole state of mind,  body and spirit. (This is where the holistic side of my treatments comes in. Our mental/emtional state is often reflected in our physical state and using the holistic approach, depending on the clients needs and wishes, I create a treatment that will not only bring physical well being but one that will also encourage mental, emotional and spiritual well being).

Massage has been used as a therapy for well over 5000 years. In the past evidence has been anecdotal but the Massage Training Institute is currently working to bring together a peer reveiewed paper highlighting results from detailed research intosome of the key benefits. In the meantime you may find that massage helps:
– relieve stress and insomnia
– assist with digestive problems
–  ease tired and aching muscles
– improve recovery from injuries, strains, sprains and broken bones
– help with reducing blood pressure
– improve the imune system
– help motor function
– reduce anxiety and distress levels
– improve self esteem
– aid concentration
As well as helping with problems such as reptitive strain injury (RSI), carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, neck and shoulder problems.

In 1887 an eminent Victorian Physician Dr. Stretch Dowse said
“the mind which before massage is in a perturbed restless, vacillating and even depsondent state, becomes after massage, calm, quiet, peaceful and subdued; in fact, the wearied and worried mind has been converted into a mind restful, placid and refreshed”