Natalie Heng is a journalist-turned-massage-therapist in her third and final year of a degree level qualification in advanced clinical massage. Here she talks about how her passion for massage therapy developed, how she looks after her own well-being, and her most rewarding clinical experience so far...
As Lockdown 2.0 gets underway, we asked a few of our therapists for their tips on keeping happy and healthy in these uncertain times. Clinical massage therapist Joanna Mitura offers some helpful tips for physical and emotional well-being at home.
As Lockdown 2.0 gets underway, we asked a few of our therapists for their tips on keeping happy and healthy in these uncertain times. Clinical massage therapist Donna Elsey offers some great advice on how to stimulate some of those naturally produced 'feel good' chemicals. even when social distancing...
As Lockdown 2.0 gets underway, we asked a few of our therapists for their tips on keeping happy and healthy in these uncertain times. Clinical massage therapist Natalie Heng offers some practical tips and advice for how to keep your body active and healthy despite the restrictions...
Ann has always been involved in health and wellness, having originally pursued a career in personal training before turning her attention to manual therapy. Her warm and empathetic nature combines with her passion for anatomy and helping clients recover from injury, and she draws on her wide-ranging experience to offer detailed assessments and aftercare to those who need it.
She is currently pursuing her dream of competing in Strongwoman events, and is in her final year of her degree-level course in Clinical Massage Therapy at the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training, where she is also an ambassador and assistant teacher.
There is no question that having a regular massage is lovely. It’s good for your body and your mind and it’s something to really look forward to. But there is increasing evidence that suggests that it can actually have a significant and measurable impact on your immune system. With everything going on at the moment, making sure your body is fighting fit feels even more important than usual, so we wanted to explore how massage could be a critical part of staying fit and healthy.
With the threat of a global pandemic having been realised, worries and concerns about COVID-19 are understandably at the forefront of most people's minds. While we don’t know what the next few weeks and months have in store for the UK and the world, The Soma Room is committed to doing everything possible to keep our clients safe and healthy.
With this in mind, we wanted to let all of our clients know the steps we are taking to ensure that The Soma Room is as hygienic as it is cosy. While we have always maintained extremely high standards of cleanliness, we have taken this situation as an opportunity to redouble our efforts and make sure that all of us are working together to keep The Soma Room healthy and virus-free.
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year...' or is it? Christmas can actually be a great source of stress and anxiety - the combination of gift giving, hosting, financial pressure and increased workload can all result in a reduced mental wellbeing. Not to mention the increased consumption of food and alcohol, and the reduction in exercise which can impact your physical health as well! To help combat these effects, we have put together our top tips for looking after yourself over the Christmas and New Year period. We hope they help you to make this Christmas the wonderful time you deserve!
As a professionally trained actor and yoga teacher, Matt has always had an interest in bodies and movement. He has recently completed a BTEC Level 6 Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage and Sports Massage, which is the only degree-level qualification for massage therapy available in the UK. He specialises to help patients manage both short and long-term chronic issues, including pain in lower back, neck and shoulders, (including ‘frozen’ shoulder) sciatica, tennis elbow, and other musculoskeletal and systemic pathologies.
What made you pursue a massage therapy career in the first place?
I’ve always been involved with bodies and movement. I am a trained actor and also completed an MA in advanced theatre practice specialising in physical theatre and latterly six years practicing yoga regularly. Massage seemed a natural progression for me
What do you enjoy most about being a massage therapist?
I love meeting new people and working together for whatever outcome their mind and body needs at any given time. I love the fact it is a job that doesn’t feel like work, and that I can use my head, hands and heart!
There is nothing worse than feeling absolutely exhausted and yet unable to fall asleep - even more so when someone is sleeping soundly next to you! For some people, this becomes chronic insomnia - a condition whereby sleep is affected for at least three days a week during a three month period. For others it is acute insomnia - more infrequent, but still very frustrating. Below are some tips we have put together, to help you float off into slumber and wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated.