When I was 19 years old, I suffered a neck injury whilst playing rugby which led to debilitating back problem causing the arches in my feet to collapse and a very painful elbow which was unbearable to touch. I had lost most of the grip in my hands, unable to tense my thigh muscle, was in constant pain due to sciatica and unable to turn my head to the right. I had tingling and numbness in my hands and shoulder and unable to sit for long periods of time. Even the pain caused by sneezing was mind blowing! I had regular massage sessions but it would cause intense pain as my body felt so solid. I have learnt over the years that tight muscles are weak muscles. This was the point when my journey into alternative and preventative medicine began when I was having Tao-Yin, Oriental Corrective Medicine. After training as a Swedish Massage Therapist, I subsequently ventured into Sports Massage and studied Chinese Therapy for three years which I found, over time, helped me to get to where I am today; going to the gym regularly, weight training and teaching Tai Chi. It has also given me a greater understanding of how the human body works and how our bodies adapt to injuries.
I offer a combination of the following therapies
Abdominal Chi Massage
Massage therapy involves the rubbing and kneading of soft tissues and muscles in the body to promote healing and enhance a person’s health and well-being. It is thought the term ‘massage’ originates from the Greek word, ‘Massein’ meaning ‘to knead’. It is also linked to the Arabic word, ‘mash’ which means to ‘press softly’. Both aptly describe the treatment. There are more than 250 variations of massage and bodywork therapies used today. Despite the differences between each modality, all of them involve touch and manipulation techniques to move muscles and body tissue. The aim is to relieve stress, tension, pain, and a whole host of other ailments.