Run Body Run

Rochelle Bell

Massage Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach.  PG. Cert CHP, CNHC Registered

Let me introduce myself. My name is Rochelle, and I am the founder of Run Body Run.

Having worked as a qualified Sports, Swedish massage therapist for the past 16 years, I see many clients arrive at a massage appointment physically and mentally exhausted due to personal life circumstances such as illness, work, sporting performance, and being ‘overwhelmed’. My massage practice combines trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and relaxation techniques to suit each client’s individual needs. After a massage treatment, I thoroughly enjoy seeing my clients leave feeling physically and mentally relaxed.

A little background:

Moving to the UK from New York in the mid-1980’s made me feel like I had stepped back in time; 4 tv channels (not 13?), shops closing at 5:30 (not 9 pm at the mall?), dented food cans (what about Botulism?) It was exciting!!

Rochelle

However, there was a flip side. I had left behind everything that was familiar: family, friends, job, cat, culture…

Feeling somewhat lonely, sometimes anxious, and worried about what I had got myself into, combined with being ‘programmed’ with a constant desire to lose weight, I discovered running. Disregarding any weight loss, I realised that running, particularly within nature, was able to lift my mood and reduce my negative thoughts. Whilst strength training and nutrition improved my running, I also noticed an easing of negative thoughts and a calming of my anxious mind. 

These discoveries led me down a new path.  I became a sports massage therapist and later gained a degree in Sports Psychology and a postgraduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am also a mental health first aider.

My own experiences of negative thoughts and mind/body knowledge led me to my own journey which included becoming an Ultra-Trail Runner with numerous 250k/180k multi-day events medals hanging in my kitchen! Talk about mind-body!!

RUN BODY RUN

Our Mission

Through personal and professional experience, I have become an ardent believer in the mind-body connection, and understand that they work in unison, for the good or bad! The completion of my post-grad ‘evidence-based’ CBT certificate certainly verified my beliefs that negative thinking can cause us both mental and physical distress and that changing our behaviour can make us feel more positive. Certainly living ‘in the moment’ can bring us all a sense of calm.

Using evidence-based strategies, and 30-years of experience, RunBodyRun aims to provide knowledge and encouragement in nutrition, physical fitness, and mental health inspiring you to keep moving forward, step by step, to help you ‘reset,’ and feel like yourself again.

In a nutshell, RunBodyRun is here to support you, one-step-at-a-time, on your journey to keep mind, body, and fuel working together in harmony.

RunBodyRun; hit your stride.


Sometimes we may read articles that bring up unexpected emotions and/or feelings that may be a little overwhelming.

If you ever have that happen to you and feel a little alone, you could always get in touch with the Samaritans 24/7. Another valuable resource is mind.org.

They are there to give support.

And you can give back yours. There are always fundraising walking and running events going on throughout the year. Click on the button below to find an event near you.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

You can get involved with their fundraising challenges. Click on the link below to find out more.
The Mulberry Centre is a cancer charity that supports anyone affected by cancer. All the services they offer are free of charge.

The centre isn't funded through the NHS, Central or Local Government so in order to keep our doors open we need support from volunteers!

We can make a difference by spreading the word, fundraising, volunteering, or making a one-off donation.

I volunteered for the centre previously for two years providing holistic massage for patients and their carers. It was so rewarding that I will be working with them again from Spring 2020.

If you would like to get involved and show your support in any way, please visit their website to find out more.
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