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I qualified as a Massage Therapist in 1998 and since then have continued with on-going training, but my greatest teachers have been my clients. They have constantly inspired me, confirmed to me the need to look at each person holistically.

“The problem is rarely the problem “

“ It’s my goal to get you back to being able to do what you want to do, and what you need to do “.

I pride myself on investigating the actual deep seated cause rather than just treating the symptoms. As many of my clients have said “Its much more than just a massage. A treatment with Jackie is difficult to put into words”. Well I take that as a compliment.

I have a passion for peoples wellbeing and thoroughly enjoy being part of their support network as they return to great health. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if massage was available on the N.H.S. ? I would be first in the queue if it was !!

Over the years I have developed a great referral team of other therapists, so if I feel that massage is not the exact therapy you need at the time, I would quite possibly know the therapist you should be seeing; be it an osteopath, a reflexologist, nutritionalist, or hypnotherapist etc.

When I am working as a Massage Therapist my main aims are to ease the muscle tension in the body by addressing both the soft, and the deep tissue. Basically I squish you a bit, stretch you a bit and squash you a bit ! I’m sure there are more technical terms I could use, but I think I’ve explained it in a way where you’d get the general idea !

When muscles become tense the flow of blood is decreased resulting in “stagnation”. I imagine it as a stagnant pond rather than a flowing river. As that blood flow is increased through the massage fresh blood flows in bringing with it oxygen and nutrients, and removing toxins and waste products. As oxygen depravity causes pain it is no wonder that massage can bring much comfort, allowing the body to enter a state of ease and relaxation.

Benefits of massage.

These can differ person to person. For some its simply time away from the stresses of life and the chance to fully relax. For others it is a regular appointment to help them manage or cope with certain problems, be they physical, mental or emotional.

In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence ( NICE ) massage and other manual therapies are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain. There is certainly growing evidence that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as Fibromyalgia, lower back pain, neck and shoulder tensions.

Massage should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other medical professional for medical attention and advice.

What to expect and costs.

Upon meeting for the first time a full consultation will be provided, including questions about your health and lifestyle. This ensures the massage is right for you and to help guide me to the actual cause of the discomfort. I adapt each treatment to the individuals needs, and the pressure applied will be adapted to the clients preference. However I usually work with a deeper, firmer pressure than you would expect from an aromatherapy massage.

An initial consultation and treatment costs £40

Subsequent treatments last 55 minutes at a cost of £35.