Seasonal Health

It’s nearly October and there is definitely a chill in the morning air. As often happens a change in season can spark our health to change and often, we get colds and sore throats.

Now is a good time to look at your nutritional intake and adjust it to support the changes occurring. We are lucky to have Inga here at our venue who is trained in nutrition and can advise and recommend key supplements and products to use to support and boost our systems.

As therapists we have to take extra care of ourselves so that we can support our clients, and we are big fans of the delicious Pukka Elderberry Syrup, which is an organic blend including Ginger and Thyme, Elderberry juice, acacia honey and thyme, along with the other herbs in this syrup, and has long been used to help support seasonal health. It is a concentrated broad-spectrum syrup and contains the highest organic grade, sustainably cultivated herbs, carefully selected to bring you the full potential of nature’s goodness.

New treatment offering: Craniosacral Therapy

We are really excited to be now offering a new treatment, Craniosacral therapy (CST).

Bronwen Williams has joined our ever-growing team and offers this gentle but potent way of working with the body using a light touch. CST supports your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself as well as helping to reduce stress and build underlying energy.

It is suitable for everyone, from new-born babies to the elderly. Bronwen also treats women in their pregnancy, and mothers and their babies for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both mother and baby to settle into calmness.

If you’re keen to learn more then click here to read all about it.

Meet our new therapist – Ruby Stansfield

1. Tell us about yourself Ruby, what brought you to the world of massage and well-being?

I’d have to say my mum brought me into the world of massage, she is a trained aromatherapist and so growing up I was lucky to receive regular messages from her and also give them in return. This meant that by the time I was an adult I had grown up with an intrinsic understanding of how wonderful it was to receive a massage. At university, it’s something I practised casually with friends. Eventually, I realised it was the thing I loved doing most in the world and decided to formalise it to be officially training to be a massage therapist!
My own journey has also led me to experience many different types of holistic therapies which inspire me to expand my own practice to offer treatments that draw on all kinds of different healing modalities. To me, the journey of well-being that each of us has is the most gratifying experience and I’m so pleased to be able to be on that journey myself and now be a part of others’ journeys too.


2. Are there any particular areas of well-being you really love and are interested in?

Most definitely! I am partially passionate about massage for mental health and wellbeing. I think massage is a wonderful tool for mental wellness and it’s a big part of my professional practice and how I want to develop as a practitioner. I wrote my final project when studying massage on working in sync with women’s cycles and adapting my massage practice accordingly. In my personal well-being journey, I love to experience different somatic (body-based practices) as a way of exploring emotions and really enjoy treatments from Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners. 


3. Do you have any exciting plans for the summer now we can go out and about again! (was thinking about your massage at festivals here?)

Yes, I am hopefully going to be massaging at some festivals this summer so keep an eye out for me! Having a massage at a festival is the best thing after camping and long nights dancing so I’m excited to be practising in that arena, also I’ll be growing and developing myself at the Bath Massage Company which I am very excited about. Oh and hopefully a holiday in there somewhere too!


4. How do you relax and rejuvenate when you are not working?

I practice yoga twice a week with my favourite teachers in Bristol where I live. I also am massively into ritual skincare and baths, and tailor both of those to my daily needs as well as being a big proponent of naps and making the most delicious nourishing food, if you follow my business’s Instagram you’ll be able to see all the yummy food I post!


5. Where is your favourite place in Bath?

Rooted Cafe is the best vegetarian/ vegan cafe in the southwest, in my opinion, their full Indian breakfast and poutine are must haves, and their staff is so friendly it’s always a wonderful experience!


Ruby works Saturday – to book an appointment with her please click here

Winter candle with Wild Fig – now available in our shop

Our latest candle has now launched for Winter – Velveteen with Wild Fig

We are very excited about our latest limited edition candle, which has been hand-poured and created by us.

Infused with Wild Fig and Cassis, this winter edition will certainly warm up and home and create a relaxing and fragrant atmosphere, perfect for the Christmas season, and the dark nights ahead.

Why not treat a friend or family member to a little bit of luxury this season, and take advantage of our ‘Voucher & Candle wellness gift set‘ and receive 10% off the candle price – details can be found here.



Meet our therapist – Helen Hudson

Q1. You’ve recently joined the Bath Massage company, what brought you to join the team?

I wanted to experience working with a new team of people and I know how passionate everybody at BMC is about massage.  It’s a really friendly and supportive team to work with and the standard of massage is really high.  I also like working in Bath for the shopping opportunities!


Q2. What did you do before you joined the company?

I continue to work at Babington House, near Frome on a part-time basis and I’ve been there for 14 years. I love the buzz of the place as well as the beauty of the environment. I also work at an Osteopathic Clinic in Corsham and have been working with them for 10 years.

Q3. What treatments and therapies do you specialise in?

I like massages to be really relaxing as well as being therapeutic which is something that has stemmed from working in a Spa environment for such a long time.  I think massage should be as much about soothing the nervous system as it is about soothing muscles.  My massage is very much influenced by my studies of Myofascial Release. I also practice Reflexology and often incorporate it into my massages.  The feet can tell us so much about the body and Reflexology is incredibly relaxing. 


Q4. Tell us more about Myofascial release

I discovered Myofascial release a few years ago and studied at the School of Bodywork in Exeter.  Fascia is amazing stuff.  It’s a continuous 3D matrix of connective tissue in the body that is the body’s shock absorber and has approximately 6 times more sensory nerves than muscles and they relay information back to the central nervous system and help the body hold its shape and balance.  Fascia is found everywhere; in tendons, muscle, bone, ligaments and all the organs of the body.  Fascia can become stuck and bound down causing pain and restriction in movement and Myofascial release is about tuning into the fascial system and releasing those restrictions so that healthy function and a flow of nutrients ‘in’ and waste products ‘out’ can be restored.      


Q5. How do you relax and rejuvenate when you are not working?

I love walking (and occasionally even running) in the countryside and I also like swimming and yoga.  I’ve recently got into Yin Yoga which is very focused on the fascial system as the poses are held for a few minutes which is really relaxing for mind and body.  I also love having massages (of course) and do regular swaps with colleagues.  Apart from that, I love listening to all sorts of podcasts, and have a passion for music, comedy, animals and nature. 


Q7. What do you love most about your work as a therapist?

No two days are the same and every massage is different.  It’s a real privilege to work with people’s bodies and be able to help people feel better for a living.  It’s endlessly satisfying and interesting work, even though it can be physically tiring.

Helen works every Wednesday – to book an appointment with her please click here

New product launch: Coastal Blossoms plant based candle

We are delighted to be launching a new candle for Spring/Summer. . Coastal Blossoms.

Hand made by BMC owner, Polly Chadwick, this new candle evokes days at the beach and sunny days out.

Infused with Jasmine, Cat Mint, Rose and Sea Salt, this scent is sure to transport you to your favourite coastal place.

Take a look here

Wellness shop now online

We stock a variety of products in our Wellness shop, all designed to nourish and support your health and wellness.

From Birth balls for Mum-to-be, exercise mats, massage balls, to our bespoke plant based candles, there is something for everyone.

Available now online through our website and delivered directly to you!

Take a look here

What is Myofascial Release (MFR)

You may have heard of Myofascial release but maybe are unsure what it actually is. Here one of our resident therapists, Helen, explains what is is.

“Some people subscribe to the ‘no pain, no gain’ theory, but through my experience of treating many people over the years I believe that bodywork can be more effective when more subtle techniques are used, and these approaches can bring about the biggest positive changes to the body.

The fascial system is a continuous and uninterrupted 3D web throughout the body that feeds back to the central nervous system. Its function is like a shock absorber that gives us shape and helps us to resist stresses both internally and externally. As a continuous web, a restriction in one part of the body can lead to discomfort or pain in another part. Through trauma (either physical or emotional), poor posture, repetitive movements and surgeries, fascia can solidify and shorten causing distortions in the body.  Fascia will lay down extra collagen fibres along the lines of tension and because of its continuous nature, this can pull on other areas of the body causing pain and restriction of movement.

MFR techniques are safe, gentle and effective in getting positive and lasting results by freeing up myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore function”

We blend this technique along with deep tissue and Swedish massage – if you are interested in this treatment please get it touch for further details.   

Why spending time in nature is vital for good mental health

Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression. The modern way we live has changed radically from life in the savanna, but our brains have mostly stayed the same. We still have a deep connection with nature, and research shows that if we don’t nourish that bond despite our technological advancements, we may suffer in many ways.

There is a therapy called Ecotherapy which is a type of formal treatment which involves doing activities outside in nature and which has shown to help with mild to moderate depression. There isn’t one single definition of ecotherapy, but it’s often used to describe a regular, structured activity that includes being led by trained professionals (sometimes therapists), who are there to support you, focus on doing an activity, rather than on your health, takes place in a green environment, is related to exploring and appreciating the natural world, involves spending time with other people, (although you can always choose to interact at your own pace).

It can also be described, depending on whether the activity has an emphasis on exercise, horticulture or therapy, as green exercise, green care, green therapy, and horticultural therapy. This combination of being in a supportive environment doing regular physical work, and interacting with other people in nature has had positive results for many people with mental health issues.

Connecting to other people and nature offers a positive experience and helps support the senses by tuning into them, it can bring compassion and caring actions towards nature, which in turn can help lift mood and ease mild depression.

Being outside in natural light can also be helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that affects people during particular seasons or times of year. Symptoms can include a persistent low mood, lacking in energy and sleepy during the day.

It is thought that SAD is linked to reduced periods of sunlight during shorter seasons. The main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the hypothalamus working properly, which may affect the production of melatonin which is a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher-than-normal levels. Production of serotonin which is a hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression and, the body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm). Our bodies use sunlight to time various important functions, such as when we wake up, so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt our body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD.

Getting as much natural sunlight as possible and exercising regularly can really help to improve the symptoms –Vitamin D is produced in your skin in response to sunlight and so is really important as insufficient vitamin D levels can lead to a number of health problems, including depression and other mental health issues.

There are numerous different reasons being in nature may help you feel better mentally and physically, examples are:

Fatigue – if you are constantly multitasking in the daytime, for example you might face a combination of kids, working from home, chores, devices all vying for your attention. Your prefrontal cortex can only take so much distraction before it needs a recharge. Luckily, time in nature has been shown to restore mental abilities like short term memory and processing 3D images based on drawings.

Disconnected – one of the most basic human needs is to feel that you belong and you’re part of a larger tribe. But studies show that this concept goes beyond human relationships alone. Time in nature results in a sense of belonging to the wider world that is vital for mental health.

Stressed – nature presents scenes that gently capture your attention instead of suddenly snatching it, calming your nerves instead of frazzling them.

According to some experts, just 15 minutes outside each day is all you need to reap the benefits the great outdoors has to offer.

A better back by Jess Wenlock

Jess, our specialist Sports massage therapist looks at how the changes in some of our working life’s are having an effect on our physical wellbeing – and offers some tips on how to look after ourselves, especially our back area.

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to work from home, the vast majority of clients are experiencing back related problems, whether that be neck and shoulders or lower back.

In some ways this isn’t surprising, you’d be impressed to find out just how many risk assessments are carried out and how much money is invested in the workplace to prevent such problems.

The same, however, can’t be said for inside our homes. Some lucky people may have been provided with a fancy desk chair by their employer, however the vast majority of people have been forced to make do with the furniture they already own. In most cases, this usually means spending hours on end sat in a poorly made dining room chair, at some sort of make-shift desk.

With life already stressful enough, which in itself can cause an unwanted build-up of tension, we could all benefit from being comfortable when working from home. Here are 5 useful tips that may help to relieve pain or prevent the onset of back problems. Give them a go if your work-from-home setup is far from ideal.

Tip number 1

Whenever you find yourself with a free minute or two, try to stand up and move around. This can be as simple as walking from one end of your house to the other. Sitting in one position all day can cause both your joints and muscles to tense up.

Tip number 2

Exercise! This tip is time permitting; however, research suggests that 60 minutes of moderate exercise a day begins to counteract the negative health effects of prolonged sitting. This could involve simply going for a walk or even doing some yoga (there are loads of great YouTube videos out there to follow along to!)

Tip number 3

Be aware of your posture. This is definitely easier said than done as we often find positions of poor posture to be more comfortable. After all, who wants to engage their core all day right? Joking aside, here are some key checkpoints you can go through to assess your posture –

  • Sit with legs uncrossed, with both feet flat on the floor (use a footrest if your chair is too high)
  • Sit right into the chair with your back fully against the back rest (if your chair doesn’t have sufficient back rest you can fold up a towel and place it behind your lower back)
  • Sit upright – lift your chest up with your shoulders relaxed
  • Maintain a neutral head position
  • Focus on an engaged feeling in your core – this doesn’t mean heavily tensing all day, but if you feel yourself start to slouch, actively engaging your core slightly is a good way to correct your posture

Tip number 4 

Stretching your back and the joints around it whenever you get the chance will help to decrease tension and improve circulation in the area. Again, there are some great YouTube videos out there that take you through quick and effective stretching routines. Main areas to focus on are…

  • Glutes and hamstrings
  • Hip flexors
  • Lumbar spine mobility stretches

Tip number 5

Use a hot water bottle or microwavable wheat bag across the shoulders or lower back. This is a super easy tip that can be really great for pain relief and reducing stiffness. When sitting or lying down, place a warm wheat bag or hot water bottle over the shoulders or lower back. This functions to dilate blood vessels and promote blood flow to the area which can help sore or tight muscles to relax, whilst also promoting a sense of calm.

Whilst these tips are not guaranteed to solve or prevent back problems, if consistently performed, they can certainly go a long way to making work-from-home life more comfortable for a lot of people. That, and coming to see us for a massage”

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