Holistic therapeutic massage

How Not to Finish a Massage Session

My colleagues and I take massage very seriously. However, we do like to have a laugh too! Here is a hilarious comedy sketch from my friends Sinead Kelly-Barber and Krzys Klinowski from Busy Hive, a fantastic online resource for massage therapists. For a good laugh, in the knowledge that this would never happen to you in a professional massage session, watch this brief video. Equally, if you teach students and want an amusing way of demonstrating what not to do,…

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What is Massage?

Hear’s a link to a great interview with Earl Abrahamson, chair of the Massage Training Institute and a greatly admired colleague of mine. Here, he is being interviewed by Dr. Toh Wong, as a preview to his talk at the Integrative Health Conference in October. As coincidence would have it, I was only at Dr. Wong’s surgery in Exminster last Friday, giving a talk and demo on massage and the CNHC – small world! Here’s Earl’s talk, where he explains…

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What matters to you?

Today is ‘What matters to you’ day, which aims to encourage and support conversations between healthcare professionals and the individuals / families / carers who receive that care. It wants to shift the focus of conversations from ‘what is wrong with you’ to ‘what matters to you’.   I would like to think that this is how we work as holistic therapists. In my own journey towards becoming a massage therapist and aromatherapist in spite of my own disability, client-centred…

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“Hay fever put my back out!”

I was supposed to meet up with a friend tomorrow, but sadly, this is not to be. Why? She sent me an apologetic email this morning to explain that her hay fever was bad and that during a sneezing fit, she had put her back out. In my work as a sports and remedial massage therapist, I hear all sorts of crazy stories about how people have hurt themselves. I’m no longer surprised, although often highly amused! This is not…

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Celebrating #StressAwarenessWeek with #massage and #aromatherapy in Exeter, Devon

I’m celebrating #StressAwarenessMonth by offering new, improved bargain prices for my treatments . Having a one-off massage can be a pleasant and relaxing experience. However, to combat the long-term effects of stress, such as poor digestion, low immunity, low mood and poor sleep, a course of massage treatments at regular intervals, such as fortnightly or monthly, may have more long-term benefits, by helping to rebalance your nervous system. The essential oils which I use for aromatherapy help enormously with stress, as their…

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Massage on the NHS

Many people view massage as a luxury, rather than a necessity. When money is tight, massage goes on the back burner. However, as a massage therapist, I have first-hand experience of how it has helped people when conventional medication could only do so much to alleviate chronic, unpleasant symptoms.   I would never claim to have cured anyone. However, I have seen countless massage and aromatherapy clients who have spontaneously reduced their pain-relieving medication, started sleeping better and experienced markedly…

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A Festive Aromatherapy Massage

Have you ever thought about having a holistic aromatherapy massage with a Christmas theme? I had the pleasure of doing this for a client this time last year and he loved it, so now I’m offering the same to you. Imagine lying on a comfy couch with a heated blanket warming you right down to your toes; being massaged with Christmassy oils, like cinnamon, orange, Christmas tree and frankincense; your favourite Christmas carols are playing quietly in the background. After…

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In a Nutshell: an Introduction to Massage Oils – Bristol

I am really pleased to be presenting this three-hour workshop at the Bristol School of Massage and Bodywork in Bristol. First devised in Sheffield, I have previously had the privilege of teaching this workshop at the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training, the Exeter School of Bodywork and now we’re off to Bristol. If you would like to add a trip to your school to our events calendar, please get in touch. For details of the Bristol course and to book,…

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Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Massage and Aromatherapy for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

In my post for #StressAwarenessMonth in April, I discussed how 45% of days taken as sick leave are owing to stress and mental health issues. In the same way that massage affects the parasympathetic nervous system and alleviates the symptoms of stress, it can also have positive, life-changing effects on those with long-term illness, including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder (formerly manic depression). I have had the privilege of working with many clients experiencing mental health issues and the results have…

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Final post for #StressAwareness Month: Research on Massage and Stres

When I posted on the stress response last week, I hinted about some research which has found massage to be helpful in reducing stress and enhancing emotional well-being. Here is a link to a literature review which I wrote with my colleague, Diana Newson, for the Massage Training Institute (MTI) research group: http://www.massagetraining.co.uk/research-studies/massage-research-up-to-2013/emotional-and-psychological-issues-in-massage-1.html   I wasn’t sure which image to include here, but I have decided on one of a face massage. Our emotional responses are directly linked to the…

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I am the only CNHC registered massage therapist practising in Exeter city centre and the only CNHC registered aromatherapist in Exeter.

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I am currently the only MTI registered massage therapist in Exeter. To find out more about why we at MTI are in an excellent position to help you, please watch this brief video introduction to MTI.

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