The Soma Room has gone West!

After a brief period of homelessness, The Soma Room is now once again up and running - and this time I've decided to experience another part of London. Having recently moved to Ealing Broadway, I stumbled across an ad for The Treatment Room at The Broadway Studio almost by accident, and jumped at the chance to rent this little space just three minutes walk from Ealing Broadway station. Featuring a timetable packed with dance, martial arts and fitness, The Broadway Studio...

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Pregnancy Massage – What to Expect (When You’re Expecting)

So you have a little one on the way and you've heard that pregnancy massage might be a pretty good thing. Perhaps you have some aches and pains, you haven't been sleeping very well or you just feel like you need to do something to pamper yourself and relax - all excellent reasons to give pregnancy massage a try. But there can be some anxiety around the actual treatment too. How is my therapist going to position me? Are there...

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What I learnt in 2012

As far as yearly round-ups go, this one is a little late - but since I've been galavanting around the States for two weeks, I hope that can be forgiven! 2012 was a big year for me - I started a business, became a Structural Integrator, embarked on my Feldenkrais training, became qualified in pregnancy massage, spent a week in a dissection lab, discovered the importance of skepticism and critical thinking, and started to explore the wonderful world of neuroscience,...

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How to Choose a Massage Therapist You’ll Want to Keep Forever

It can be tough trying to find a really great massage therapist in the UK these days. With few regulations compared to countries such as the US and Canada, a 'therapist' can become qualified and insured after just a day of training, or even from a distance learning course. The quality and skill of practitioners can therefore vary wildly, and you won't know which camp your therapist falls into until after you've paid your money and either enjoyed or suffered...

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10 Steps to Giving an Awesome Massage

We all know people who, despite having no massage training, just seem to know exactly how to give an amazing massage. We call it different things, such as having 'healing hands' or 'the magic touch'.  But as with most things, this is not a mystical quality. With a simple set of rules, you too can transform from a ham-fisted wannabe into a massaging expert with the power to turn anyone into putty beneath your fingers. Read on to find out...

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Welcome to The Soma Room!

The paint is almost dry, the books are arranged neatly on the shelves and The Soma Room is now finally ready for business! My name is Sophie, and I'm a massage therapist and board certified Structural Integrator. I've lived in London for eight years, and have been working as a massage therapist in one form or another pretty much since I arrived. I adore studying and learning new modalities and ways of working - most of the money I earn...

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