Meet our therapist – Polly Chadwick

Q1. You founded the Bath Massage Company in 2010. How has it changed since you first welcomed your first client?

When I look back to when I first started my business I really can’t believe how much it’s changed and grown. When I set up the business back in 2010 I had a vague dream that one day I would like to have other therapists working with me and be able to provide many different treatments to cater for everyone’s massage needs. Over the past 8 years I have been so fortunate to have met some amazing therapists and bring some of them into the business; we are now a team of 4 and between us offer a great selection of treatments including specialist pregnancy massage and Reflexology, Sports massage, Hot Stones and Warm Bamboo treatments to name a few. I am very lucky to have Kasia, Jo and Mel who are all excellent therapists and with them my business has been able to grow and become what it is today.       

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

My background is Fashion and Beauty PR, I was working in the Middle East for 2 years prior to moving to Bath for a French/Arabic advertising agency where I worked with Luxury brands in the PR department. Prior to that I was in London working for various PR agencies. My degree was actually in fashion design and that was what I really wanted to do, unfortunately when I graduated the fashion industry was moving out of the UK and into Europe and jobs in design were few and far between which is why I ended up in the PR world of fashion.  

Q3. Are there any exciting plans for the bath massage company in 2019?

2018 saw quite a few new things happen with Mel starting in the team and new therapies such as Reflexology, Hot Stone massage and Warm Bamboo being added to our menu, and a new location in Bristol opening.  I’m working on some new plans for 2019 at the moment but it’s a bit early to reveal them ….you’ll have to watch this space!

Q4. What do you think makes a good therapist?

There are a few factors that make a good therapist, the first without a doubt is a good listener. That may seem odd as we use our hands to work, but actually listening to our clients is so important so that we can tailor the treatment and the type of massage work we do with them to reflect how they are feeling at the time. A client may come in and want deep pressure work but the next time want lighter more relaxing work so a therapist needs to be able to gauge what the client wants, and needs. We do not do a one massage fits all, we always aim to give a bespoke and individual treatment for everyone we see.

I think flexibility also is a very important trait to have. You never quite know what issues/aliments a client will arrive with and depending on how the consultation goes we may need to adapt the massage we decide do with them or bring in additional skills, being as flexible as possible makes sure that the client leaves feeling like they have had a great focused session and that we have gone the extra mile to cater for what they needed.

It goes without saying that a therapist needs to have excellent technique, but I also think what makes a good therapist stand apart is one who is always developing and learning. We all go on various courses and learn new skills every year to add to our skill set – one of the best compliments I have had is from a client who has been coming to see me for about 6 years who said “every time I see you it feels like you do different techniques and movements on me, no 2 massages every feel the same”.         

Q5. What treatments and therapies do you specialise in?

I specialise in all things maternity. I teach Hypnobirthing courses and Baby Massage courses as well as pregnancy massage. Both Jo & Mel also specialise in pregnancy massage and Mel in Reflexology, together this is our Bump, Birth and Baby offering. I love seeing clients from their pregnancies, through to the births and then meeting their babies afterwards in the baby massage classes is such an amazing journey that I always feel privileged to be part of.

Q6. Do you have a favourite essential oil or blend and why?

Without a doubt it Rose Oil, its always been my favourite oil. I’ve used it personally for years and then when I started massage I incorporated it into my treatments. For me it evokes memories of wonderful childhood summers playing in my Nana’s rose garden in Cornwall. Its very uplifting and a great hormone balancer

Q7. How do you relax and rejuvenate when you are not working?

Having an 11 month old baby doesn’t leave much time for relaxation to be honest, but since I’ve had my baby girl I’ve joined an amazing running club in Bristol called This Mums Runs,  – this is my head space time 3 times a week and it not only helps me feel like I’m getting fitter it actually helps me unwind and relax; the nights I run I have the best nights sleep!

Q8. What are you most grateful for?

Gosh this is a hard one to answer as there are so many things I’m grateful for. I’m grateful I have an amazing, beautiful baby daughter who makes me laugh so much and I just feel so blessed every day when I look at her. I’m truly grateful I found my soulmate who became my husband and together we have created a family life that is filled with love and fun and we have so many wonderful family and friends around us. And of course I am grateful that I have a successful business with amazing people that work with me, I absolutely love what I do and wouldn’t swap it for anything. I wake up most days and thank the universe for what I have, I do believe in thanking the universe for the abundance it offers and never to take anything for granted.    

If you’d like to meet Polly for a treatment or learn more about her Hypnobirthing and baby massage courses please contact us.

New online booking

IMG_0734We have now launched an online booking service where you can check our availability and book your appointment with ease.

You can use the BOOK page on our homepage to make all your bookings, and your details will be securely kept on our system making it even easy each time you book.

New team member – Mel Williamson

We are very (very) excited to announce that we have a new member of the team…introducing Mel Williamson.

Mel trained here in Somerset, where she completed the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage. She has been practicing in St. Kitts for the past few years where she partnered with local practitioners to expand her knowledge base and create an individual style blending deep tissue, Swedish, active release therapy, and trigger point therapy.

Her extensive practice and broad client base allows Mel to address conditions with the most efficacious techniques, leading to rapid, lasting results and permanent resolutions of not only symptoms, but also the underlying causes.

Mel also specialises in care of pregnant women, and completed a specialist course in antenatal and postnatal care in London, and she also gained the ITEC Level 3 Reflexology Diploma to compliment her treatments and provide yet another avenue to healing the body naturally.

Mel not only addresses the physical structure through various massage techniques and reflexology, but also incorporates diet and stress management techniques to help create a lifestyle that is not draining but rather rejuvenating. This results in more energy, more productivity, and a happier work and home life.

Treatments available with Mel include: Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Reflexology and Pregnancy Massage.

We are delighted to welcome Mel into our team x

New Warm Bamboo Treatment now available

Have you heard of Bamboo Massage? Our amazing therapist Kasia Gigon is now offering this unique massage treatment from our Bath venue.

If you’re wondering what is it, pieces of smooth bamboo are gently heated and used for kneading tight muscles and rolling out tension.

Sounds painful? Not at all, the bamboo is surprisingly pliable and you’ll find yourself wondering if it’s Kasia’s hands or the bamboo that’s kneading and massaging you! Read all about this lovely new treatment here.

New weekend opening

IMG_4210We are delighted to announce that from April 1st 2017 we will be JOGRN_a
open on Saturdays at our Bath clinic on George Street.

Jo Greenwood has joined the Bath Massage Co team and will be available for treatments including relaxing Swedish massage and Deep Tissue massage.

Booking is essential for Saturday appointments so please get in touch to book.

 

 

Sciatic pain and massage

sciatic-nerve-and-nerve-painDid you know that the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body!

Have you ever experienced sciatic pain? If you have you will know how uncomfortable and painful it can be. But what can you do to relieve it? We see many clients who are experiencing sciatic pain (from pregnancy clients to those who do a lot of lifting and repetitive twisting in their work) and we offer therapeutic massage which can really help to ease the discomfort and release the pinched nerves.

How does massage work with Sciatica? Well it can help to relax tight lower back muscles which can place stress on your nerve roots. It works by loosening these muscles and can help prevent pinching or irritation.

You may have heard of ‘Trigger point’ massage therapy, which while not as relaxing as your typical massage, can bring a major dose of healing to your sciatic pain.  In trigger point therapy, we manipulate trigger spots (areas that cause pain to other parts of your body) through cycles of pressure and release.  It can take several sessions to work through the trigger spot, but doing so can bring great relief, more quickly.

Swedish or deep tissue massage can also be extremely helpful for treating your sciatica symptoms.  A tight lower back can put pressure on inflamed sciatic nerves.  Working out those knots and tight spots can ease that pressure, and bring relief.

Also, don’t underestimate the power of released endorphins when you’re in pain.  These powerful “feel good” hormones including endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, all of which are known for calming nerves and promoting healing, are released during a massage and can act as a whole-body pain reducer helping you feel better.

 

Selfcare – using a foam roller

Using a foam roller in between your massage appointments with a therapist can help maintain relaxed muscles and prevent them from tightening back up.

2._massage-420x420_0At The Bath Massage Company our therapists, Jo and Kasia, can prescribe specific foam rolling exercises to cater to your personal needs and course of treatment. We also stock and sell foam rollers at our venue. Here’s a little article on some exercises to get you started before your next treatment!

https://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/10-ways-use-foam-roller

 

Supporting your running with a ‘pre-run’ massage

If you are planning in taking part in an organised run, whether it’s a Marathon, 10K, 5K for example, you may want to think about having a pre-run massage as there are several benefits to be had. Some people are wary about having someone massage them before an important race.

We advise to have a massage a few days before to allow time for the muscles to recover and be ‘run ready’. It is also a good idea to have a few massages in the lead up to an important race, rather than a one-off, this will allow your body to get used to the manipulations used, and also for you to get to know the therapist and they you so they can work with you and have a good understanding about what you need.

Having a massage can increase your circulation due to vasodilation and the mechanical pumping and squeezing. This then helps increases the supply of metabolic waste products from tissue assisting in recovery from your activity. It also increases the supply of nutrients to vascular tissue enhancing its health and aids in healing and repair helping to reduce pain by the removal of pressure build up due to congestion and metabolic irritants.

The relaxation and mobilisation of soft tissues benefits from an increase of range of movement, thereby reducing risk of injury and aiding in efficiency of movement. It also can aid in pain reduction by releasing tension in muscles and increases functioning of the muscular system.

We work with our clients with a personal and holistic approach meaning we don’t just look at what massage they may need, but we consider other elements, such as their posture, aftercare including stretches, nutrition (Annie Bassil who is based at our venue is a fantastic nutritionist).

It is important to note that the effects of massage are cumulative. This means that the effects and benefits increase with sequential, repetitive massages. Receiving one massage prior to a race will not reap the same benefits as a regular program of massage therapy throughout your training. Massage therapy also works best as a preventative program.