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!
I don’t see any particular type of client, but I do tend to see people who will trust me with a bespoke massage and know that I will use a range of techniques to help them out of pain.
What’s been your favourite massaging experience so far?
I was really pleased when a client in his late 70’s said it was the first time he could put his jeans on unaided after I worked on his hips and lower body. It is very rewarding when you make a difference. Working post-Marathon is also very exhilarating.
What are your biggest challenges as a massage therapist?
It is a challenge and an opportunity to keep up with all the latest research and translate it into your work, but I love the fact you never stop learning and always have a curiosity and a beginner’s mind. Another challenge is to heed our own advice and take time out!
How would you describe your massage style?
I would say my style is intuitive, or a ‘listening touch’. I don’t really have a style apart from I will always use a mixture of pace and pressure. I suppose my style is a blend of western techniques like sports, deep tissue and myofascial techniques, but equally I take from eastern practices such as Thai stretching, Japanese Amma Fusion and Chinese acupressure points.
What do you do to keep yourself active and healthy?
I am a keen Yogi and practice differing styles of yoga depending in my mood and energy levels and listening to my own body.
What are the next steps for you in your career - what courses are you wanting to take and what else are you wanting to learn?
I definitely would like to learn pregnancy massage, hot stones massage and continue with my exercise rehabilitation to complement my massage skills and continue my symbiotic relationship with my clients.
If you could give all of your clients one piece of advice, what would it be?
When your body whispers, pay me a visit before it begins to scream!
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