We hear from our experts on returning to their work as therapists and the importance of self-care.
Wow, what a time we are experiencing, it is so good to be back at the Refinery offering massage treatments.
We are for sure on a corona – coaster and what a turbulent ride it is. I am finding more than ever there is a need to reconnect to the body, ground yourself and take time for self-care to navigate our way through.
In my treatment room, there have been a lot of pains and niggles cropping up, sometimes old chronic pains resurfacing or new neck, shoulder and back pain from home working. It has been beautiful to meet each person where there are and help them to heal.
I specialise in the Jing Method TM advanced clinical massage. I am qualified to treat a range of chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions including low back pain, neck pain, headaches, whiplash, RSI, fibromyalgia and many other ongoing pain conditions. I use a range of safe and effective soft tissue and massage techniques that aim to reduce your pain and increase your movement in 1-6 treatments. Techniques I use include fascial work, trigger point therapy, acupressure and tailored self-care.
A warm and heart-centred approach is at the centre of my practice. I take account of all your physical and emotional needs and am committed to working alongside you to get the results you need.
To book with Jessie
It’s been a strange year. Coming back to work has been a joy and an eyeopener.
As a therapist, we are aware of the benefits a massage will provide you. It’s why we do it, we believe in it and we have experienced it. Both personally and through every client that has entered our therapy rooms.
Returning from lockdown was different. Those who I treated weekly, felt different. The absence of weekly treatments was really evident. People have cried, laughed and struggled trying to explain their feelings. Their existence. Why they were there. Some were up front. “I’ve been alone for 4 months, I need to be touched. I need to connect.”
Before lockdown, maybe about 3 out of 10 people laughed because parts of the treatment tickled.. that’s normal. You feel ticklish when there is tension in the muscle. After lockdown, almost everyone has laughed on the table from feeling ticklish. And in the most bizarre places. The calf, the hamstrings, the deltoid! In all my years of treating people, I have never experienced so much of this. It’s been lovely and it’s opened conversation. A real shared experience.
One thing is for sure, they have all left The Refinery treatment rooms different. They changed, I changed. Body work is not just about loosening and aligning the body. It will also increase blood flow, stretch the muscle, encourage lymph drainage, release joints, increase oxygen flow to the brain and tissue improving skin and muscle tone.
It will also do a lot, lot more.
It will give you space to think. To feel. To develop a new awareness of your body. Where you are at within yourself. It will connect you. Mind, body and spirit. To help facilitate your healing process.
And it can be uncomfortable. Change is uncomfortable. But, out of that change comes a release.
You’re breathing improves. Your back and shoulders feel better. You stand taller. You feel calmer. You make better decisions because you have a new perception of yourself and your surroundings. You sleep better, move better. It makes you want to be a better person to yourself.
When I treat, I work from different angles. Thai, sports, deep tissue, myofascial. I’m also qualified in aromatherapy and other skills. I source my own essential oils. You may have sniffed them out in the treatment room. You can also purchase them to bring home and extend the treatment experience. I don’t mention “holistic” massage, because it’s all holistic. From the moment you enter The Refinery. It is all part of your healing journey. You have chosen to be here. When you enter my treatment room – my part of the chain is to try to help you discover what works for you. My aim is always the same.
This has been such an uncomfortable year for most people. The light from the tunnel has been the fact that people have returned – wanting to connect. With themselves and those around them. To stop fighting with themselves. It has actually pushed people into wanting change. To heal and move forward.
To book in for a treatment you can book directly via the MindBody App. Ring The Refinery or contact me directly via www.nuamassage.com to discuss a time that works for you.
It’s been a strange year, but there is still time. We are still living and we have that to be grateful for.