I trained and received a Certificate in Swedish Massage at the New South Wales School of Natural Medicine, Australia in 2009. I qualified with ITEC Diplomas in Body Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage and received a Certificate in Facials for Therapists from the Devon Academy for Complementary Therapies between January and October 2010. I have since qualified with certificates in Traditional Thai Foot Massage, Hands-Free Massage, Seated Acupressure On Site Massage, Nutrition for Weight Management and Myofascial Release. I’m currently studying for a Level 3 qualification in Aromatherapy. I have been a self-employed therapist since October 2010 having spent five months working full time hours with a massage company in the French Alps.
I am passionate about the benefits of massage and embrace the opportunity to help all of my clients to experience those benefits. I’m not a beautician. I don’t look for aesthetic imperfections in any of my clients; I just welcome the opportunity to help them to feel better by using complimentary therapies.
I spent eight years working in office environments and I know how taxing it can be on the body to sit at a desk using a phone and a computer, day after day. I’ve experienced the sharp pain beneath by left shoulder blade, the ache in my wrists, lower back and around my hip. I spent years learning what caused those pains and then learning how to relieve the pain effectively. This means that now, I can help you.
Working in the French Alps provided me with the opportunity to work with athletes of all disciplines, from Skiers and Snow Boarders, to Mountain Bikers, Cyclists, Olympic Runners, Hikers, Tennis Players, Squash Players, Swimmers, Footballers, Horse Riders… The list is endless. I’ve been trained not only to provide treatments for sports injuries and improve sporting performance but to successfully treat numerous “every day musculoskeletal injuries”. I work closely with Ed Ley and his team of Personal Trainers and Nutrition Experts at Absolute Health. Together, we work to help people to achieve their health and fitness goals.
I understand the need sometimes to just sit still. To stop rushing around and feeling like a crazy person. Massage is a beautiful gift because it reminds each person that their body is worth the time and effort to make feel better, to feel relaxed, to feel important. It’s not an invasive treatment. Modesty is ensured at all times. It’s a wonderful thing when someone who arrived in a completely stressed state finds that by the end of the treatment, they are smiling and calm.
I love my job and by reaching out to a range of different clients, I feel like I’m making a valuable contribution to other people’s lives, encouraging them to take care of themselves and receiving immense job satisfaction in return.
Jenny trained in three levels of Usui Reiki in 2005 and 2006 whilst living in London. After moving to Bristol, she took a Holistic Massage Diploma with the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork – an in-depth 10 month training that included Swedish massage, joint mobilisation, deep tissue and side lying massage. Since qualifying, she has worked in Bristol at the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and at the Relaxation Centre spa. Jenny is a member of the Massage Training Institute, receiving monthly supervision and pursuing annual professional development.
Jenny combines Reiki and Holistic Massage in her work and brings a high level of sensitivity and presence to her massage. Her sessions cover a range of issues, including: deep tissue treatments to address muscle tensions, relaxation sessions to help release mental stress, pregnancy massage and more gentle treatments for those who don’t want to receive deep pressure. She also offers couples massage workshops for partners or friends who want to learn basic massage skills.
“Learning to give massage was a life-changing experience for me. Every time I give a session I am reminded of why I did it – I feel grounded, in my body, deeply connected and available to be with another. I find so much enjoyment in being with other bodies and helping them to let go. Seeing clients become more at ease with, and more connected to, themselves is such a joy.”
Louise went to India in 1999 and did her first massage course with an Ayurvedic physician. In 2001 she began working in a well-regarded clinic in Oxford, Eau De Vie, where she stayed until moving to Bristol. Louise spent a number of years working alongside a personal trainer to support clients with issues requiring deep, remedial massage.
Louise is a member of CTHA and has practitioner qualifications in Anatomy, Physiology, Body Massage (ITEC), Reflexology (IIHHT), Aromatherapy (IIHHT), Cranio Sacral Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage.
“What excites me is working to help the body relax. There are many different ways and approaches to treat clients and I enjoy the challenge of trying to fit techniques to individuals. With massage I’m working directly on muscles and soft tissue to stretch and loosen them. Muscles that are tight or painful can be helped to soften. I use essential oils for an aromatherapy treatment which is using the oil from a tree or plant for therapeutic purposes. The oil is massaged into the skin and enters the body via the bloodstream and also through the sense of smell. With reflexology I’m working on the feet, which are like a mini map of the body. All organs, glands and skeletal parts of the body can be located on the feet as reflexes and can be worked on and gently massaged. Cranio sacral therapy is based on listening to the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes the brain the spinal cord and has its own rhythm and rate. The fluid nourishes the body and feeds the nervous system so when it is restricted it may be less effective. In a treatment it is gentle and done through clothing with me holding the body to help it to relax and unwind.”
In 2009, Emma studied Tibetan massage, whilst travelling in the Northern Indian province of Dharmsala. When she returned to the UK, she realised that she wanted to pursue a career in massage and so completed an ITEC Body Massage course in Bath, which enabled her to work for 3 years at Clifton Lido. Emma then went on to gain her Level 5 Sports and Remedial Massage qualification with renowned practitioner Mel Cash. Emma is a member of The Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage and continues to stay up to date with current research and treatment protocols.
“I love seeing the transition that a client goes through during massage, whether it’s being able to give that person a moment to take time out for themselves in order to relax or that through a more deeper and vigorous treatment they are able to reach their goals. Having the tools to be able to help someone mentally or physically is a wonderful gift that I am delighted to share.
For each client, I feel it’s important to create a comfortable and relaxed environment and to tailor each session to their needs. I use stretches and soft tissue techniques, to help relax over-used muscles and re-educate under-used ones. It’s my passion to help you understand what is going on in your body, so that we can work together to get you back to an inner state of balance.”
Claire qualified as a Massage Therapist in 1999 and practices Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Indian Head Massage and Pregnancy Massage. Claire went on to study Health Studies in 2001 with her final project being “Stress in the Workplace”
Since 2005, Claire has specialised in Seated Acupressure Massage within the workplace.
“Working in this area has taught me an invaluable lesson about how the body responds to external stressors and how storing this tension often translates into something more. All too often, if tension is not released it can have detrimental effects on our body as a whole.
I work with each client holistically and have a client-centred approach. I will do my upmost to ensure that the client’s needs are met and exceeded in each and every treatment. By working with the body as a whole and looking at the client’s lifestyle and postural habits, I believe positive changes will naturally occur from making small adjustments to how we carry and apply ourselves.”