Excited to announce that you now can use the Book Now button here and on my Welcome page to check what appointments I have and book your next massage with me online. Why not check it out now?
I am on the Portobello Natural Health Booking calendar, so you can even see what therapies my colleagues have available if you would like - and I can recommend them all!
This will really suit some of you I know, but for those who prefer to phone, email, or use the Contact page you will still be able to do that.
Do let me have any feedback on how you find this new booking system, it is a new venture and I would like to know if it works for you or if it can be improved in some way.
I have been working at Portobello Natural Health (previously Meadow Therapies) as a Massage Therapist for 2 years now. Pic below shows me (the short one) at a recent Open day with lovely colleagues Kaz Bauer Medical Herbalist, Julia Woodman Alexander Technique Teacher and John Whelen Sports & Remdial Therapist. I am blessed to be part of a team of inspiriational and dedicated professionals.
Life at PNH has recently become even more exciting as I have also been Clinic Manager here since July 1st. Our previous Clinic Manager Jill Stotstein (also a very talented Acupuncurist) has moved on to focus on her new clinic in Aberfeldy & her practice in Albany Street in Edinburgh.
You can find us all here next to the wonderful Earthy Food & Goods in Windsor Place Portobello. To find out more about all the practitioners including our Massage & Bowen Practitioner Caroline Madden, and our new Acupuncturist Carol Cooke please go to www.portobellonaturalhealth.com
Self-massage tools come in many shapes and forms and can be easily and safely used to alleviate pain and encourage healing between regular massage sessions. They do not have to be expensive; you may even have a suitable ball or roller at hoime already.
I will often give my client a tennis or pet ball at the end of a session to use against the wall at home so thay can continue to relieve trigger points (on gluteal or rotator cuff muscles in particular) Although initially finding the tight areas with the ball can be tricky, most quickly take to it and find this technique very helpful in speeding recovery and 'trouble shooting' problem areas.
The spiky ball favoured by many physios is another option which some find more effective, and which comes in different sizes for targeting different muscle groups (illustrated below)
Other possibilities are rolling a golf ball on the floor under the sole of your foot, using a wooden or foam roller on tight quad muscles or IT band.
Whatever tool you use the general rule is little and often, and only to a point of tenderness or mild discomfort rather than pain. It is easy to become over-enthusiastic and overwork tender areas which can in turn aggravate rather than relieve your pain.
If in doubt check in with your massage therapist about how you are approaching self-massage between treatments.
I like shoulders, I really doss; I have had a fair bit of success in treating shoulder pain and restriction them through massage, so when a new client comes to me with a soft tissue shoulder problem, I am fairly confident I will be able to help them.
Sometimes a new client will tell me they have a frozen shoulder (also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, a condition which can be helped by massage but is never a quick fix - we are talking many months for it to resolve) Often however as I assess and start to treat, we find that it is not true frozen shoulder at all, and 2-4 sessions of releasing trigger points and using streching techniques will get them out of pain and back to normal range of motion.
The client featured below is slightly different in that she had been stuck with a very limited range of motion for many years follwing Adhesive Capsulitis and did not expect this to improve after all that time. This was not the primary reason she sought massage from me as she had no expectation that this could improve.
But as you can see with the before and after pictures, range of motion in abduction has increased markedly and the client now feels she has almost full function back. he
I first met this client in an office onsite massage situation (where sessions are infrequent, on a chair and through clothes) The work I did on her right shoulder always left it feeling freer but there was no marked improvement.
This client subsequently came to see me for monthly wellbeing body massage, primarily for stress relief. During one session she reported her shoulder was particularly troublesome so I spent most of this session on a more clinical assessment and treatment of trigger points in the rotator cuff musckes. It was then that the increase in range of motion became noticable.
A further session focusing on the shoulder muscles was all that was needed for profound change to occur after many years of considerable limitation and this change has been maintained, much to my client's surprise and delight.
Monthly massage now continues to focus on general wellbeing and whatever trouble spots present on the day.
I have just been to my first Neil's Yard Remediies's Independent Consultant training session and come back unexpectedly excited by the very lovely products on offer. The aroma and texture of these do not translate well to the page or screen so smelling and touching them was fantastic.
I am still learning but am now able to advise you on some of these products and you can buy from me via https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/kerryoliver
Aromatherapy for Christmas!!
One of clients said this to me recently after a trigger point session which took her out of pain she had had fairly constantly for 20 years. This is one of the reasons I do this job! I have heard similar words from clients many times now but they always seem a bit magical - certainly magical to a client who has been struggling with pain for months or years and who attributes the wonderful absence of pain to my massage treatment...
Improvement is often not so dramatic, it is more often steady, sometimes slow, with the odd setback thrown in. And it most importantly, it not just about me and what I do as a Massage Therapist; it is as least as much about the commitment of my wonderful clients to the process of improving their health - often after a wake-up call of recurring pain, repetitive stress condition, or persistent ill-health that the medical services cannot relieve.
Typically clients who see big improvements put their time effort, and yes money, into it as well....they
But there will always be the odd magic moment on my massage couch, when the one-off treatment resolves the client's pain condition, hopefully for good....
I had a new client today at Portobello Natural Health. She had a lot of pain and tightness in the cervical and thoracic region after being hospitalised with Pneumonia recently, so was in need of a comprehensive upper body treatment.
Although she hadn't booked a Hot Stone session I asked, as I often do, if she would mind if I used hot stones to help warm and release the tight muscles.
10 minutes later she said, 'I don't understand how this stone thing works, I can only feel your hands but they feel really hot. Actually it feels amazing...'
Hot stone fusion should mean means that hands and stones blend into each other without any sense of tools being used, so I was pleased to hear that this worked for my client.
And she booked her daughter in for a Hot Stone Massage later in the week......if you want to try this treatment yourself do get in touch
Kerry Oliver - massage therapist