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Finding the right Massage Therapist

Aug 6, 2015   //   by dav003   //   Advice, Heather's Blog  //  No Comments

5 Things to consider when choosing your Massage Therapist.

finding the right massage therapistLet’s be truthful, we’ve not all had great experiences with massage therapist.

We have either asked for a deep tissue massage and instead it has felt like we were being stroked by a feather, or we wanted something relaxing and have come out feeling battered and bruised, not to mention experiencing cold treatment rooms and dirty salons.

All this can leave us feeling more frustrated and stressed than when that when we went in, but I have good news! It doesn’t have to be like this as listed below are five steps you can follow to help find the right therapist for you.

  1. What do you want to achieve from the treatment?

We all want different results from a massage, so it’s important to ask yourself what you want to get out of the treatment?

Are you looking for pain relief in a particular area, treating medical condition like a trapped nerve, or are you just looking for some relaxation and down time?

Different types of massage achieve different results, for example, if you have tension in a certain area, a deep tissue massage therapist should do the trick rather than a holistic therapist.

A medical condition/sports injury, you should look for a sports therapist or a physiotherapist, or if you are just stressed out and want some general tension relief, most therapist’s should be able to help, as we are all first trained in Swedish massage before we can progress onto other areas.

  1. Read about the different types of massage offered in your area.

Reading up about the different types of massage available in your area will help you determine the best massage that will achieve your treatment goals.

As mentioned above if you have a specific problem a deep tissue or sports massage would be for you, however, do keep in mind massage therapy may not be the therapy for your needs. There are other body therapies that help relieve pain like cranial sacral therapy and rolfing, plus many more. You can talk to a specialist about these.

  1. What environment do you want your massage in?

Do you prefer to relax at home, so after your massage you can roll into bed?

Or do you do associate your home with chores and children and prefer the sanctuary of a spa?

Whichever you prefer, make sure when you are searching that your therapist provides a treatment in your chosen environment.

  1. What do you know about the therapist themselves

  • What type of qualifications/education do they have? Is it officially recognised? – Look for ITEC, BABTAC, VTCT, NVC.
  • Are they insured to carry out the treatments they are providing?
  • How many year’s experience do they have? The more years, the more experience.
  • What types of clients do they work with? Check to see if they specialise in a certain area (elderly or sports injuries) and if they do, do you fit in that area?
  • Read reviews and check out their website.
  • Finally, if in doubt give them a call. A quick phone call can answer any questions you may have.
  1. The only real to know is to try.

One of the best ways to find out if a therapist is to your liking is to book a treatment and give them a try!

You don’t have to try an hour at first, you could try 30 minutes to start off with and if you think the treatment ticks all of your boxes, next time you can book for an hour or even 90 minutes.

And remember just because the therapist may tick all the boxes doesn’t mean you will necessarily gel with them or like their style of massage and that’s okay, as it means you are closer to finding the right therapist for you.

A new year – a new me!

Jun 30, 2015   //   by dav003   //   Heather's Blog  //  No Comments

Happy New Year one and all!
I truly hope 2015 brings you everything that you need.

It’s that time of year again where we reflect and think about how we can improve ourselves and make this year better than the last.

We make lots of resolutions and promises and most of the time put lots of unnecessary pressure on ourselves to uphold these unrealistic goals.

Here is a thought, what about if we simply made one promise to ourselves and that is to love ourselves a bit more?

Being in hospital before Christmas made me realise the need to look after myself mentally and physically as stress really can bring on some nasty effects.

I am so good at telling others how to look after themselves but forgot to listen to my own advice! Well from now on I have finally listened to my own body and will be respecting it and loving it a bit more.

I will be taking more time out for me, I will be saying no a bit more often and I will be learning to not let my thoughts get the better of me.

If we just simply love ourselves a bit more, everything else will fall into place and that all starts from within us.

In 2015 I am offering treatments within your home. So if you are wanting to give yourself more you time, you don’t even have to leave home.

However, if getting away from your house gives you more peace, then I have treatment rooms in Richmond and Kingston. If you would like to find out more about the treatments I have available then feel free to take a peak.

Let me help you take the first steps to loving yourself a bit more with the gift of relaxation and time.


September Surprise!

Sep 23, 2014   //   by dav003   //   Heather's Blog  //  No Comments

Surprise! September is here!

How did that happen and where did the summer go? Take me back, please!

If you’re feeling the same as me after an amazing summer, I am here to help ease you into the new season.

September doesn’t have to be sad, instead see it as a new beginning, a time to focus back on the those goals you had before they went out of the window during the summer holidays. A time to set new goals perhaps, as we head into a new season and as we set these goals take it as important time to focus back on the self.

Coming for a treatment to take some time back for ourselves after working hard to look after everyone else during the summer holidays is a great way to reconnect with ourselves.

Reflexology can re-balance and ground, massage can detoxify and reenergise and reiki can uplift and focus.
So whatever you are feeling there will be a treatment that can be adapted to your needs and help you find your groove again.

Look forward to hearing from you soon

Positively Yours


Massage: Pampering or does it have a purpose?

Aug 5, 2014   //   by dav003   //   Heather's Blog  //  No Comments

Massage: Pampering or does it have a purpose?

‘It’s such a treat’, ‘I’m really indulging myself having this massage’ and ‘I wish I could do this more often but I can’t justify pampering myself too often.’
These are just some of the sentence’s I hear my clients or random walk-in client’s say to me.
This frustrates me to say the least that massage after all these years and after many studies showing how beneficial massage is, is still seen as ‘indulgent’ and ‘pampering’. I feel massage has come such a long way from these two words.
Yes going to a spa and putting on a white fluffy robe and comfy slippers is seen as indulgent, but can you really put a price on that big ‘ahhh’ when you finally lay down and have someone else’s hands placed on you and work out those knots.
Our bodies are hardworking engines and like the engines of cars we put them through many miles of physical and mental strain but unlike our car’s we do not regularly service our bodies or give them an MOT. We push our bodies and minds on and on until something breaks and then we realise we need to see someone and do something about it.
Prevention is better than cure as the saying goes. Look after your body and mind and it will serve you well.
I could list all the benefits of massage but that would bore you and me as we all know it helps to relax, helps the circulation, improves flexibility, and lowers blood pressure bla, bla, bla….
What is an hour once a month to have some ‘ you’ time to let your mind wonder away from work, and have those ‘niggles’ seen too. What is an hour once a month to maintain your engine? You wouldn’t think twice about adding oil to your car, or pumping the tyres up. Don’t we all get a little deflated sometimes and need to be lifted?
Most of us will be working well into our 70’s now and need to maintain ourselves physically and mentally. We need to realise what we put in our mouths is more powerful than anything you’ll find in a bottle of pills and that listening to our bodies and taking time out with some hands on therapies is giving our bodies the service it needs and deserves.

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