About me…

Hi, my name is Abi and I run a part-time massage practice in Cheltenham.  I encourage people to take time out of their busy lives to look after their physical and mental health.

You only have one body. Try to take care of it every day and don’t take your health for granted.”

Treatments are thorough and adapted to your individual needs – no set beauty massage routines.  A consultation is done at your first appointment where we discuss your lifestyle, medical history and any aches and pains you may currently be experiencing.

I trained in holistic massage in 2012 whilst searching for a better work-life balance.  Previously I worked in Project Management and Charity Administration in Central London and was living a fun but full-on life.  Becoming a parent was a natural stage for me to review how I lived my life and to try to slow down a little – easier said than done!

A small amount of self-care and relaxation is so beneficial for us but we often find it hard to justify finding the time and the finances.  Everyone has different demands on their time – caring responsibilities, work, hobbies, study etc – but it is so important to also allow ourselves downtime to rest.  Chronic stress is becoming an increasing problem in modern medicine, especially after the Covid pandemic.  I encourage people to realise that massage is an investment in their health rather than a luxury.

 

Why visit Glenfall Massage?

> I am trained in a variety of massage and soft tissue therapy techniques which I often blend together.

> My treatment room is relaxing and comfortable and I use quality laundry (no couch roll here!)

> Most importantly I offer a friendly and non-judgemental service.


Why is Massage Beneficial?

Massage can reduce muscular tension and bring relief from everyday aches and stiffness.  It encourages relaxation of the mind and the body by re-balancing the nervous system and can help to reduce stress and anxiety.  After a massage you normally feel calmer, have an increased sense of well-being and sleep often improves.

If you would like to understand this in a bit more detail, please keep reading…

Modern day life is busy and an increasing reliance on technology can make it harder for us to switch off.  All of this stimulation increases the activity levels of our sympathetic nervous system or the “fight or flight” mode.  This is our natural protection mechanism which is very useful to protect us from short-term danger e.g. running away from a lion in the wild but if the sympathetic nervous system is activated long-term this leaves us feeling wired, stressed and unable to switch off.  Longer term exposure to stress can eventually have a negative effect on our health by supressing our natural immunity, disregulating digestion and sleep and eventually this can increase the likelihood of developing chronic illness. 

Massage and activities like deep slow breathing and meditation activate the parasympathetic nervous system or the “rest and digest” mode where the body is able to restore physiological balance.  Entering this state helps to reduce the level of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in our body and helps to regulate and lower heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.  Processes for maintenance and repair of the body increase and digestion and the immune system are no longer suppressed.  Regulating the autonomic nervous system (the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems) is really important to keep us healthy and happy.  Living fast and stressful lives that continually activate the sympathetic nervous system with no rest and respite can eventually lead to long-term stress and eventually physical and mental exhaustion.

My Qualifications

Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy with the Institute of Soft Tissue Therapists (ISRM)

Level 4 in Holistic Massage, accredited by the Massage Training Institute (MTI)

Level 3 in Indian Head Massage, accredited by MTI

Advanced Practitioner training in:

Table-Thai Stretch Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Advanced Massage and Clinical Anatomy

Myofascial Cupping

Emergency First Aid at Work

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