Massage Therapy & Emotional support services
HOW I WORK AND SUPPORT YOU
I have practised Massage therapy since 2004 and would see many clients arrive at an appointment physically and mentally drained. They were very happy to have the opportunity to sink into the massage table, speak, or not speak, and have their chronic or acute pain relieved.
Our autonomic nervous system keeps our heart beating and our lungs breathing, the nervous system also gets broken down into the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).
When faced with a stressful situation either environmentally or psychologically, the SNS reacts by activating a ‘fight or flight’ response giving us the energy to fight, or flee to safety. On the other hand, the PNS restores our body to a calm and restful state when the ‘stress’ has passed. (1).
Sometimes, our bodies can also overreact to stressors, we stay in ‘fight or flight’ and can find it difficult to ‘switch off and relax’.
Through my knowledge and experience of how people can react to ‘touch’ a lighter, I came to understand how muscles can melt, and relax, letting me work deeply on ‘tight spots’. When pain lessens or subsides, a body and mind can rest. I realised how beneficial a ‘relaxing massage’ can be.
Massage and emotional support go hand in hand.
Sometimes, we may find ourselves in an unprecedented life-changing situation leaving us feeling anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, fatigued, and possibly experiencing physical pain, often not knowing which way to turn first. It can be difficult to just ‘manage’.
These feelings are common, you aren’t alone.
Being a massage therapist, I have also learned people sometimes just need a bit of emotional support. Very often, giving a person a non-judgemental safe space to speak, hear themselves think, be listened to, and communicate how they are feeling, can help them reflect on their thoughts and feelings leaving the negative thoughts behind.
Offering emotional support is not imposing personal views, opinions, or finding a solution it’s about letting someone feel accepted for expressing how they feel.
By listening, and understanding a client’s needs, I adapt and blend Sports, Swedish, Deep Tissue Massage with Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release combined to create the most suitable treatment for each person. My true joy is seeing a client leave an appointment feeling relaxed, physically and mentally.
(1) From Harvard.edu ‘Understanding the stress response’.
Through my work offering Massage Therapy and Emotional Support at a dedicated information and support centre for all people affected by the diagnosis of cancer: the patient, the carer, and the bereaved, I have become all too familiar with the impact that cancer can have on a person’s physical and mental health. This work has allowed me to discover the relief that massage and a safe,non-judgemental space to be heard can bring.
Historically massage has been thought to be questionable, however, research has demonstrated that it can offer numerous benefits that can help to improve a client’s journey back to health, diminish the side effects of treatment and offer comfort to those suffering from end-stage cancer. Alongside the research, NICE (2004) guidelines state that when used together with orthodox treatments, complementary therapies such as massage can provide psychological and emotional support through the relief of disease and treatment symptoms.
Some of the potential benefits of massage are:
- improves the quality of sleep
- offers pain relief
- offers distraction
- stimulates digestive system
- relieves muscle soreness
- increase uptake of nutrition
- increase range of motion
- increase relaxation
- alleviates anxiety
- less isolation
- gives back a sense of control
I hold a certification in Oncology Massage and a post-graduate certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and am registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), allowing me to offer this highly beneficial form of therapy to patients and their families in similar circumstances.
Full body relaxation massage is a combination of massage techniques using essential oils to assist with feelings of anxiety/depression helping you to unwind and relax from the general stresses of everyday life.
60 minutes £65.00
The importance of touch during cancer treatment can be extremely powerful, helping to encourage a sense of calm for even the shortest amount of time. This is a very gentle treatment to aid relaxation and ease feelings of mild to moderate anxiety and depression.
60 minutes £45.00
For those experiencing chronic pain either because of musculoskeletal issues or common unhelpful emotional thoughts. This treatment is ideal for the management of ongoing causes of chronic pain.
30 minutes £35.00
WORK WITH ME
Rochelle Bell, hereafter referred to as ‘The Therapist’ provides massage therapy and emotional support in a variety of forms, but none of these services are a substitute for professional medical care or counselling. The Therapist will not diagnose, prescribe medication or medical treatment of any kind and will always recommend referral to a GP or other qualified medical specialist or practitioner.
The client has a duty to provide accurate and true medical and personal information, to the best of their knowledge, and to keep the Therapist to date with details of any medication, symptoms, medical concerns or treatments they are having investigated or undergone treatment for.
The Therapist may refuse to treat any client or part of their body with just and reasonable cause and reserves the right to terminate any appointment at any time if they believe that it is not safe or in the client’s best interest to continue.
Likewise, the client has the right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment at any time, regardless of prior consent given.