Therapist Spotlight – Lucy Naud
Lucy Naud is a Swedish and Deep Tissue massage therapist who is also a qualified personal trainer, specialising in callisthenics, mobility and flexibility. She maintains her health by participating in physical challenges, including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2016, and solo hiking and wild camping the 285km Offa's Dyke path in 2020. We caught up with her to find out a bit more about how she works and the advice she has to offer for her clients.
What do you enjoy most about being a massage therapist?
I am always humbled by the trust others put in me to look after them, and their belief that they will leave my care feeling better than when they arrived.
How would you describe your massage style?
Holistic and intuitive while keeping my clients intentions the top priority. I like to use a combination of my skills in each treatment where appropriate and necessary.
What do you do to keep yourself healthy ?
Being a massage therapist is a physically and emotionally demanding job. To provide the best treatments I can, I remain physically fit by exercising regularly and pay attention to my posture while working so as not to be at risk of injury. I take my sleep and rest very seriously, and try to immerse myself in nature as much as I can to keep my mind calm and clear.
What are the next steps in your career – what courses have you signed up for and what are you wanting to learn?
I am looking forward to being qualified in pregnancy massage. Being pregnant myself right now, I know when the time comes that my joints are under more stress, I’m achy and perhaps having trouble sleeping, I will look to colleagues who perform pregnancy treatments to help alleviate my symptoms. I am also very keen on teaching massage; a path in my career that will both increase my own knowledge as well as help students to digest important tools and enjoy their own practices, or start a whole new career in helping others.
If you could give your clients you see one piece of advice what would it be?
The advice I give the most is to understand the importance of massage as a complimentary treatment. Meaning the treatment you pay good money for should be a compliment to a healthy lifestyle, including but not limited to a balanced diet, adequate water intake, exercise and a regular sleep pattern where possible, in order to allow the massage the room to provide a wide range of potential benefits.