VTCT MCThA MSWA
My journey into holistic medicine began in the early 1990’s at the College of Psychic Studies in London and from there I moved out to New Mexico to undertake a 6 year apprenticeship with a Native American Medicine Elder.
This led into an ongoing study and practice of living and walking the Path of the Sacred Feminine – which supports and empowers women to understand and embody their true divine nature. I have taught classes on Native Earth Wisdom & Spirituality as part of the Suffolk Adult Learning Programme and have led women’s workshops, courses and community circles for a number of years now.
In 2005 I qualified as a Massage Therapist and began to develop and integrate my previous training with ongoing professional development to offer clients a model of healthcare called Body Sense. I am a passionate advocate for women’s health and wellbeing and offer at the Centre one to one consultation sessions and short courses and have volunteered my services at Lighthouse Women’s Centre in Ipswich which supports women and their families recovering from the effects of domestic violence and abuse.
Body Sense Massage Therapy is rooted in the foundational practice of swedish massage – characterized by long flowing strokes, gentle kneading, rolling and deep tissue release techniques to ease tension patterns within the muscles of the body. Massage can calm the body and mind, improve circulation and reduce muscular tension commonly found in the Back, Neck, Shoulders, Legs, Arms Hands and Feet. It is of particular benefit to people who lead stressful lives due to busy work or lifestyle commitments or who carry postural related tension.
Hot Stone Massage incorporates up to 55 basalt stones heated in water and are used as part of a massage routine to induce relaxation and bring deep tissue warmth into the body.
Pregnancy Massage is available for women from their 2nd and 3rd trimesters who want prenatal and postnatal treatments to support changes taking place within the body due to weight bearing and hormonal shifts.
Myofascial Release is a form of Bodywork that works to gently stretch, open and release the connective tissue of the body which can become tight and restrictive due to poor posture, old injuries or stress holding patterns. It is also useful for those wanting the benefits of Massage Therapy without the use of oils and creams.
Ohm Tuning Fork Sound Healing and Energy Balancing available within the Body Sense range offer quantum based opportunities for deeper body mind healing and support.
Woman focused holistic consultations that incorporate massage therapy, stress management and lifestyle guidance – with take away practices that can be brought into everyday life.
Please visit www.wayofwoman.co.uk for more info.
Carmen Zahra DipMTI, CIMI
Holistic Massage Therapy and Bodywork
Trained to an exceptionally high standard by the Massage Training Institute (you can check my credentials at www.massagetraining.co.uk) 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 (www.wellmother.org) and pregnancy massage & post-natal massage & remedial therapy with Jenny Burrell (www.burrelleducation.com). 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.
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 (www.handsfreemassage.com), 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 (www.iaim.org.uk), 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.
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.
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