Therapist Spotlight – Aurélie Splawski

Aurelie Splawski is a remedial massage therapist with twelve years of clinical experience, having trained in the USA and Australia and worked around the world. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her experiences of working abroad, how she looks after herself, and her love of french cheese and wine,,,

What inspired you to pursue a career in massage therapy?

Through receiving massages during my travels abroad, and realising how beneficial they were for my body, mind and spirit. One day I gave a massage to a friend with a sore back and sore feet after a long hike, and she gave me such positive feedback that I felt encouraged to look into proper training. Initially, I just wanted to learn some massage techniques and understand human anatomy a little more. It wasn't until I started practising my new skills on people, after graduation, that I realised that I wanted it to become a career.

How would you describe your massage style?

Strong, deep, energetic but flowing. I really love channelling care through therapeutic touch, and bringing comfort and wellness to bodies and minds. I’m a nurturer and I particularly enjoy working with clients who bring out that side of me.

Do you have a great massage story to tell?

Years ago when working in a massage studio in Paris, an older lady came in with her granddaughter, who had bought massage vouchers for them both as a surprise. The grandmother was dismayed and refused the massage, asking instead for a refund. She explained that she was uncomfortable with any sort of physical touch, particularly from someone she'd never met.

I suggested that I could offer her a massage for her head, hands and feet, which would allow her to stay fully dressed, with no other part of her exposed or touched. Reluctantly, she agreed. To her own surprise, she loved the experience and was radiant after her massage, and thanked me repeatedly for making her feel safe and heard.

Whats been your favourite massage experience so far ? 

I lived and worked in Australia for a while. Massaging on a deck by the sea in Sydney was probably one of my greatest massage highlights - feeling the ocean breeze, the scent of tropical flowers, the exotic parrots singing and the soothing sounds of the waves.

What do you do to keep yourself healthy ?

I'm a big believer in getting the basics right. I make sure to eat and sleep well and I exercise regularly, particularly running, swimming and walking. I take time for reading and self-reflection and feel happiest spending time alone in nature and with animals. I also find playing with my 2-year-old labrador, Simba, a great form of self-care!

What are the next steps in your career – what courses have you signed up for and what are you wanting to learn?

I'm looking to do a refresher course in sports massage and soft tissue therapy - it's been five years since my sports massage diploma and I'd like to get reacquainted with some of the techniques which I haven't practiced as much.

Whats your 'not so guilty' guilty pleasure?

A glass of red wine with some good french cheese and bread (on rare occasion!)

If you could give your clients you see one piece of advice what would it be?

To take better care of their bodies - to slow down, be kind to themselves and listen to what’s going on, rather than pushing themselves to breaking point.

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