Recently, I attended two different courses to provide me with more knowledge and greater skills when treating clients. I believe that I will always be a 'student' when it comes to my chosen profession as there are so many different paths to take and new discoveries every day proving the benefits of massage.
My first course was Myofascial release with MFR UK. So far I have completed levels 1 & 2 with the final level (3) coming up in June. Having touched on this type of treatment briefly during my studies, I knew immediately that I'd like to pursue this side of things further as it fascinated me how, by treating the tissues in such a gentle way, we could have very profound effects. This is a method of treatment which accesses both the superficial and deeper layers of fascia, creating a release of tension and relieving restriction and discomfort. It's also very useful for scar tissue treatment and the realignment of tissues. It is a very effective way of treating someone who may be having postural issues or who may be recovering from an injury, or has a feeling of tension and/or stiffness in areas and is experiencing aches and/or pains. Although this type of treatment is more of a gentle approach, don't underestimate the enormous differences it can make. With any kind of treatment, there can be effects felt both during and after massage. For example, some people may experience 'fascial unwinding' This is when your tissues start to unwind and release and can feel both a little strange but a relief as well. I have experienced it myself so I can guide you if and when it happens as it may perhaps take you a little by surprise. As always with massage, different people have different reactions post treatment. You may feel tired, slightly achey, you may even have an emotional response (laughing, tears, anger) - these are all very normal reactions, this is just your body processing everything and releasing long held tension and these feelings will wear off fairly quickly. You should find that you have a good night's sleep and before you know it, you'll be feeling great and raring to go again. If you're interested in trying out Myofascial release or have any questions about it then please get in touch and come in for an appointment. You can also refer to www.myofascialrelease.co.uk for further info.
Most recently I completed an oncology massage course to help treat clients who currently are or have previously suffered with cancer. This was another route I wanted to explore as I was keen to see how I could help in terms of treatment I could provide for someone suffering with cancer. There was a lot to consider and take into account but having now gained these additional skills, I'd love to work more on this by seeing clients at the clinic but also perhaps doing some volunteer work in a hospice. So, if you are local to the Sevenoaks/Tonbridge area and know of any local hospices or care centres where they'd consider something like this then please let me know and I'll be more than happy to discuss it with them.
Having cancer can be feel very isolating sometimes and even just the gentle touch of someone can be very reassuring and stress reducing. Perhaps just having the luxury of switching off for an hour or so and not having to think about anything else could really help. All the techniques used are very gentle, oils/lotions are unperfumed and the massage is tailored to your individual needs depending on where you are in your treatment. Massage is very rarely completely contraindicated, so there's always ways that we can adapt the treatment and in cancer cases, (both during and 1 year post treatment) contact and permission would always be sought with your consultant and medical team. If you, or anyone you know would like to come along and experience a treatment or have any questions about it then, as always, please get in contact and I can discuss it with you.
Obviously it should go without saying that Sports/deep tissue & remedial massage is always available for everyone too so come along and try it!