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

 

Team update

We’ve had some team changes over the past few months at The Bath Massage Company. The lovely Eve King is now away on maternity leave after having had a beautiful little girl, and Laura Beaumont is now back after having had maternity leave.

We have also recently welcomed a new team member Kasia Gigon. Some of you will have had the pleasure of meeting her already and have experienced her amazing treatment, if you haven’t then do book in to see her as she is a fantastic therapist.

Kasia is a highly qualified Sports Massage Therapist and has experience working at the injury clinic at  the University of Bath, and has worked with Bath Rugby Foundation. She has an extensive knowledge of the Anatomy and offers a very professional approach to her treatments, including help with posture and aftercare support.

Kasia currently works from our venue on George Street, Seasons Health Store during the week, so if you’d like to book an appointment with her please get in touch.

 

The Benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology: Mel Williamson

You may have heard about the amazing benefits of having Reflexology during pregnancy, there are numerous advantages for the pregnant woman as our bodies change so much throughout pregnancy, it’s no wonder we feel more aches and pains than usual.

Melissa Williamson, one of our specialist maternity therapists at The Bath Massage Company, explains more:

Pregnancy Reflexology is a non-invasive, gentle therapy that can help to treat the whole body, not just the feet! And if, like many pregnant women, you don’t want a body massage,reflexology allows all these niggling ailments to melt away through a relaxing, therapeutic foot massage.

A session typically lasts 60 minutes during which time the client is sitting comfortably, supported with pillows. A full history of the client will be taken in order to address the main pregnancy related issues, as well as any other ongoing issues the client may be experiencing. As well as allowing the body the time to relax, the treatment will also encourage better circulation throughout the body and decrease any swelling or build of fluid that typically occurs during pregnancy. The benefits of pregnancy reflexology are vast, but common ailments which reflexology can help include:

Respiratory – during pregnancy it is common to experience rhinitis of pregnancy which makes it hard to breathe. By working the sinus reflex points on the feet, congestion can be reduced and kept under control.

Muscular
– as the baby grows and pushes on the diaphragm, there is often discomfort in breathing and shortness of breathe. The reflex point for the diaphragm can be worked on to help soothe this discomfort.

Skeletal – as pregnancy hormones kick in, and as the body starts to change shape the bone structure is compromised. It is very normal to experience lower back pain and hip pain. By working the spinal reflex and the hip reflex on the foot the client can feel relief in these areas.

Neural
– many pregnant mums experience sciatic pain often as a result of the piriformis muscle pushing against the nerve due to changes in the pelvic structure. This can be incredibly uncomfortable and can continue post pregnancy if not dealt with effectively.

Digestion – Pregnancy hormones cause the bowel muscles to relax, making it hard for them to work efficiently, and as the baby grows, room for all the organs is reduced, often causing digestive issues, mainly constipation. By working the reflex points for the stomach and small and large intestines better digestion can be encouraged.

Lymphatic – fluid build up and poor circulation can cause swelling especially in the legs and feet.

These points outline the benefits for prenatal reflexology, but pregnancy reflexology isn’t just for mums-to-be, it is a very effective post-natal treatment as the body is now being tested in a very different way, including possible breastfeeding, holding a new baby, pushing a pram, and feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. It is a wonderfully relaxing treatment, and can really help with fatigue, milk production, digestion and back problems, especially aches and pains from carrying and feeding baby.

It is not advised to have treatments before the second trimester, however, reflexology can help with nausea, fatigue and relaxation in the first trimester”

Top 5 reasons to get a Pregnancy massage by BMC therapist Jo Greenwood

 

It’s good to know that massage can be enjoyed throughout pregnancy, from the pre-conception phase, through each of the three trimesters, to the postnatal period and beyond!

Here are my top 5 reasons for getting a pregnancy massage..

1 Massage may help reduce stress
It is well thought that massage is a great de-stressor. This is because during massage the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is activated. The PNS is responsible for switching on the body’s rest and repair capacity, reducing the presence of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, and restoring the body to balance.

Whilst the effect stress hormones have on the unborn baby is not yet fully known, it’s fair to say that you will likely feel the benefits of a body restored to balance, which has to be good for both you and your baby!

2 Massage may help with the physical and emotional changes pregnancy brings
Pregnancy is a time of massive change, both physically and emotionally. Physically, your body shape will be changing to accommodate a growing baby, potentially affecting your posture for example. The influx of pregnancy hormones causes many changes, particularly in relaxing, softening and stretching the body’s ligaments. Often, these physical changes are accompanied by aches and pains, from a mild achy back, to more significant pelvic girdle pain. Other common physical complaints include oedema (the accumulation of fluid under the skin), leg cramps and “rib flare” (pressure on the ribs from a growing abdomen).

Massage can work to address any aches and pains you might be experiencing, and can complement work provided by your health care professionals.  It can also offer the opportunity to reflect on the emotional impact such changes are having, in a safe and nurturing environment, and could provide a continuity that may be missing in a medicalised environment.

3 Massage may help you connect with your baby and changing body
All too often, the pressures of modern life can cause us to “live in our heads”! Massage offers a chance to leave everyday stresses behind, enjoy the sensation of touch and in turn, tune in with the wisdom of your body at this important time. An abdominal massage can be an obvious way for you to connect physically with your growing baby, and can be further enhanced with breath work and visualisations.

Partners are welcome too! We can show you a variety of massage techniques, including a wonderful abdominal “gathering” one that a partner or a loved one can do for you.


4 Massage may help you prepare for labour
Pressure points can be stimulated throughout your pregnancy and can help ease symptoms including nausea among others. Towards the end of the third trimester, certain pressure points can be stimulated that help prepare the body for labour. These points might also be useful to be worked if your “due date” has passed and you wish to avoid being induced. Birthing positions can be discussed and again, partners are always welcome! The Bath Massage Company also offers “hypnobirthing” which helps couple prepare for the birth of their baby.

5 Massage may help you postnatally
A postnatal massage can be restorative, providing an ideal opportunity to rest and recover from the physical act of giving birth, as well as providing a much-needed space in which to reflect on this exciting new change.  Whilst many of the aches and pains experienced in pregnancy are reduced, others may become prevalent, for example, a tight neck and shoulders from feeding and cradling your new born, and carrying them in a sling or pushing them in a pram. Massage can help address any aches and pains.

As already mentioned, massage can be a great stress reliever and can help with the continuing hormonal and emotional changes experienced during the postnatal period – and you are always welcome to bring your baby with you to your massage appointments with us.

And finally, massage and skin to skin contact with your baby can assist with the bonding process. The Bath Massage Company offers a wonderful Baby Massage Course where you can bring your baby along and learn how to massage them which, as well as being soothing for your baby, can help reduce the symptoms of colic, for example. It also offers the ideal opportunity to meet other mums and relax over a well-earned cuppa!


Jo Greenwood specialises in Pregnancy massage as well as other massage treatments at The Bath Massage Company. To make a booking with her visit our Book page.