Holistic massage is a physical therapy generating a response in the body, enhancing health and well-being. Massage will also alleviate muscle tension, stress and anxiety. Holistic massage will nurture and support, enhance energy and revitalise the mind and body, restoring calmness within. Kathy works with clients assessing physical and emotional needs to provide an individually tailored treatment, working instinctively to address areas of tension and stress. Kathy uses a variety of clinical, evidence based massage techniques and pressures to suit individual needs, providing the optimal treatment for all clients.
Kathy is experienced in working with a variety of conditions that may benefit from holistic massage.
- Stress and anxiety
- Back, neck and shoulder problems
- Lower back, hip and sciatic pain
- Sports and exercise enhancement
- Post exercise recovery
What to expect at a treatment
Your treatment starts with a full consultation, including a postural assessment ensuring your individual needs are met. Treatments are provided on a massage couch, using massage wax in all treatments, which can optionally include aromatherapy.
How will I feel after the massage?
Each client responds to massage uniquely. Clients feel many benefits, including reduced muscle tension, increased relaxation. They will feel calm and uplifted, nourished and grounded. Following the initial treatment, you may require further treatment to achieve the results you are looking for. After your massage you need to allow time to relax a little and drink water to avoid dehydration. Kathy will prescribe a homecare programme to support your massage treatment.
Holistic massage (level 4) MTI, 2017, part of degree in Complementary Healthcare B.Sc (Hons)
MTI Conference workshops and training days – 2017 & 2018
Assessing and treating the neck
Releasing the neck
Advanced Massage Techniques (level 6) – Cardiff Metropolitan Uni – 2019
Massage and pregnancy Diploma – APNT – 2020
Research & Evidence
Massage therapy has short-term benefits for people with common musculoskeletal disorders compared to no treatment: a systemic review. Bervoets et al, (2015). Journal of Physiotherapy.61(3); pp. 106-116.
Adhesive capsulitis: Prospective observational multi-centre study on the Niel-Asher technique (NAT). Niel-Asher et al, (2014). International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 17, pp. 232-242.
Massage benefit: quality of life for breast cancer
Effects of therapeutic Massage on the Quality of Life Among patients with Breast Cancer During Treatment. Sturgeon et al, (2009). The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 15(4).
Massage benefit: pain manage, relaxation, sleep and psychological aspects in acute care
The Effects of Massage Therapy on Pain Management in the Acute Care Setting. Adams et al, (2010). International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 3(10); pp. 4-11.
Benefits of massage, reflexology and other manual therapies for pain in labour.
A systemic review of Massage, reflexology and other manual therapies for pain management in labour. Smith et al, (2018). The Cochrane Collaboration.
Soft tissue massage techniques manuals
Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective Strain-free massage. Pritchard, D. (2007). Chichester: Lotus
Muscle Energy Techniques. Gibbons, J. (2011). Chichester: Lotus.
Soft Tissue Release. Sanderson, M. (2012). (3rd Edn). Chichester: Lotus.
Anatomy and physiology for massage and body workers
Anatomy, physiology and pathology for the massage therapist. Fox and Pritchard. (2010). (2 Edn). Gloucestershire: Corpus.
The concise book of muscles. Jarmey and Sharkey (2015). Chichester: Lotus.
Trail Guide to the Body. Biel, A. (2014). (4th Edn). USA: www.booksofdiscovery.com