Massage Therapy & Holistic Bodywork

Carmen Zahra   DipMTI, CIMI
Holistic Massage Therapy and Bodywork

About Me
Trained to an exceptionally high standard by the Massage Training Institute (you can check my credentials at at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork where I attained a level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage with Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. I then went on to study the WellMother pregnancy massage diploma with Suzanne Yates ( and pregnancy massage & post-natal massage & remedial therapy with Jenny Burrell ( After qualifying I set up a practice from my home therapy room in Bristol, then relocated to Capel St Andrew in January 2019 where I am self-building a new home.

I offer a range of treatments including holistic massage, deep tissue therapy, pregnancy massage and postnatal massage & remedial therapy.

Through receiving massage, you will get a much greater understanding of your body and improved postural awareness. I passionately believe that we need to stop thinking about massage as a treat for special occasions. Rather, it is a treatment that can be used as part of your everyday wellness, to restore you physically and mentally. This is traditional medicine and should be integrated within everyday modern medical care programmes.

I am a firm advocate in developing myself as both a therapist and as a person, so regularly attend Continuing Professional Development workshops and professional supervision sessions on a monthly basis.

Holistic Massage
By listening to you talk about your body – your pain or discomfort, what you do on a daily basis, how you work and how you play – I design your massage to suit your needs at the time of your appointment. This means your massage changes as your requirements change, with no two treatments exactly the same.

Deep Tissue Massage
By means of Hands Free Massage techniques developed by Darien Pritchard (, I am able to work deeper and more firmly, while taking you to a level of calm you are unlikely to have experienced before.

Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage and Remedial Therapy
I am trained to work with you throughout your pregnancy, not just the second and third trimesters, supporting you while you adjust both mentally and physically and helping you to enjoy your changing shape. Your partner or birth partner is welcome to join us during the latter stages of your pregnancy when we can design a care package you can take home for relaxation and preparation for labour and then on into the birthing room to assist with pain relief.

Following the birth, when you are ready, we can begin to use massage to help heal your mind and body, correct postural misalignments and help reduce the appearance of your caesarean wound.

Infant Massage Classes
This baby-led programme for parents and babies progresses over a six-week period. Each week you will learn how to massage a new body part, leading up to a full body massage. So, as a Certified Infant Massage Instructor trained by the International Association of Infant Massage (, we can continue working together to provide you with some of the most powerful tools to there are to help you develop a deep and nurturing bond with your baby.

The Fascial Facial
This non-invasive and non-cosmetic treatment is an effective technique to enhance skin tone, texture, promote relaxation and wellness, as well as provide a feeling of softness to the face and neck.

Whilst myofascial release, in general, is a full body remedial therapy, the fascial facial can be used as part of a regular full body massage or as a stand alone treatment.

Without using oils, the technique is based on feeling resistance within the tissue and waiting until it yields to the sustained gentle pressure, resulting in a softer, brighter appearance.

Based at the Natural Health Centre on The Thoroughfare in Woodbridge, I also work mobile for those with greater accessibility needs. Infant Massage classes are held at various venues in and around Woodbridge.

To book call the centre on 01394 380580  or contact me directly on 07708 094420  if you would like to talk through your requirements.


Sonja Ayres.
Level 4 diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy

In 2019, Sonja attained a level 4 diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy at the same college in Bristol as Carmen, so you may well find that they work in a very similar way.  This training is to an exceptionally high standards, which allows Sonja to listen to your needs and design a treatment, or programme of treatments, to move you from a place of pain to ease of movement.

Here’s Sonja to tell you a little more about herself:

I have recently moved to the area and am excited to start working at the Natural Health Centre where I will be working initially on Monday afternoons. 

My aim in massage is to cultivate a safe environment that allows my clients to move into a more relaxed state and enjoy increased comfort and deeper connection to their bodies. Through respectful attention and intuitive use of a range of techniques including mobilisations, massage and holds, I aim to encourage and support my clients to let go of unhelpful holding or tension and increase mobility and awareness within the body.  

In order to tailor the massage to your needs, the first session I will include time for a consultation so I can begin to understand how you are, how you use your body and what you are looking for from the massage.

For further information or to book a massage please contact Sonja on 079 48 54 70 62.  


Bernard Ross    ITEC Dip Tui Na

Tui Na Massage

Tui Na Massage is one of the ancient healing arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with acupuncture and herbal massage. Although Tui Na is available today in hospitals and clinics in China, it is now only becoming known in the West.

Tui Na as practised in China treats conditions that would require an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist. It is as effective as these since it works not only on the muscles and joints but also at a deeper level, affecting the flow of vital energy Qi in the body. Tui Na applies pressure to the meridians and specific points on them, affecting the f low of Qi so that it moves freely around the body.

Bernard has a BhTEC in sports science and subsequently trained at advanced level at the body harmonics centre in Cheltenham. He trained under Maria Mercati a leading exponent of Tui Na in the UK, she has been featured in newspapers and is credited with bringing Tui Na to Europe.


For More information please Call Bernard on 07506721711