I wanted to share a presentation I did this week at a networking group I attend. Presentations are out of my comfort zone but I have to say once pushed beyond your limits, it’s amazing what you can do.
Here it is..enjoy
If I go back far enough, I knew I always wanted to help people. At school we had career advisors and it was always the therapies that stood out for me. I looked into psychology, physiotherapy, psychiatry…..I remember shadowing a physio for a week when I was 15 at my local hospital in Manchester, so no, I’m not entirely sure either how I ended up in the events industry for 4 years post university. You may be thinking well, her degree must have been somewhat relevant to therapy but, alas, you’d be barking up the wrong tree. I studied classical literature. The only link I can make is a tenuous one so bare with me…..
Like Homers Odysseus I too was lost and far away from home (my massage calling!) I’d fought battles and won against, well maybe not the cyclops but if you’d seen my old events boss you could do a double take, and been enticed by the sirens who paid me a steady wage each month. But eventually, after 4 years of straying off course and in the interlude, actual traveling round the world I came back to where I was meant to be. And so starts my massage odyssey and training.
I started my training at the London college of massage where I completed my anatomy and physiology exams as well as my long course in deep tissue massage which took 9 months and a lot of case studies. In the months to follow I then completed some shorter courses in Indian head massage, hot stone treatments at the london school of complimentary health and pregnancy and baby instructor massage at the london school of massage. This was rounded off at the end of last year with a two month trip to Thailand where I studied intensively Thai yoga massage. 9-5 Monday to Friday at the international Thai massage school.
I know it sounds like a lot, but each course provided me with not only more techniques but it opened up different client bases.
Deep tissue massage is probably my most popular therapy. The people who see me for this tend to be in a lot of pain or discomfort from either a sports related injury or on the other end of the scale, from sitting at a desk too long and leading quite a sedentary lifestyle. Deep tissue massage isn’t the same as sports massage, even if most of the techniques are the same. Sports therapy looks into rehabilitation for a particular injury and is specific whereas what I do gives a more immediate relief and is more general to the affected area.
Pregnancy massage is quite self explanatory. I have to stress at this point massage can only be conducted after the first trimester which is 12-13 weeks due to health risks. Now, don’t take this the wrong way, I care about all of my clients, but my pregnant clients are quite often the reason I wake up in the mornings. I had a client last week who was 8 months and she’s having a particularly bad pregnancy. After the hour was up, she said that was the most relief she’s felt in 8 months. I can’t begin to tell you how humbling it was to hear that. In fact, pregnancy massage tends to give me the most referrals.
Following on nicely from this is baby instructor massage; I teach parents in either one to one classes or small groups of no more than 6 how to massage their babies. I could go on for more than 10 minutes alone about the benefits of baby massage but as a brief summary it’s great for sleep deprivation (both yours and baby’s!) teething, colic, bonding and learning and development. The sessions take place in people’s houses – it could be one host or they may want to change it weekly. One to one sessions are 3 consecutive weeks and group sessions are 4.
I’m going to group Indian head massage and hot stone therapy together as they’re both holistic treatments and considered more luxurious therapies. In short, they’re pretty ronseal; Indian head focuses on the head shockingly and hot stones are used in hot stone treatments. The benefits though for both are amazing. They lower blood pressure, induce deep sleep, help anxiety and depression, increase circulation, the list goes on.
And finally, Thai yoga massage. This is a completely different treatment altogether because Unlike the other therapies mentioned where oil is used with skin to skin contact, Thai massage is a fully clothed massage. It’s based on the yoga principles of stretching and it can actually increase a persons flexibility just by having a massage.
There always seems to be a therapy to suit everyone and I’m thankful I’ve had to opportunity to be able to learn so many treatments. I’m Sam and your bodies are still my business.
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