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Massage Treatments Resume!

I am very pleased to announce that you can now book in for massage treatments.  I have very much missed massage and my wonderful clients, so I am delighted to get back to hands-on work at last. 

I know that many of you will have had a challenging few months and of course the threat presented by Covid-19 is still real.  Inevitably I have had to make adjustments to help ensure your safety and mine.  These procedures reflect current Government regulations, and guidelines and advice from my professional body and insurance company,  and will be kept under review.  Click here for further details:

  • Covid-19 Measures (including PPE, enhanced cleaning & online consultations)
  • What to expect when you book a treatment

So if you have stored up some aches and pains, or need to take some time out to de-stress, please do get in touch to book in.  I’m offering daytime, evening and weekend appointments to suit everyone.  If you are not currently able to receive a hands-on massage at the moment, remember that I also offer online and telephone consultations and self-treatment plans.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about your suitability for a massage at this time.  Thank you for your kind messages of support and patience over the past few months.   I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Louise

07817 202516

louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk

Massage is back!

You may have seen the exciting news that massage therapists are able to return to work.  I intend to fully resume my hands-on practice in early September 2020, and if I can, to offer a limited number of appointments in late August.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be contacting all those on my waiting list to book you in.  Furthermore, I will continue to offer online or telephone support for managing your aches and pains until I can see you.

I am very sorry that I am not able offer face-to-face appointments sooner, as much as I would like to.   I know some of you are desperate for a massage! Firstly, I am still translating into practice what the new regulations and guidance mean for my business.  It will not be ‘business-as-usual’ sadly, as we are a close-contact profession and as far as possible must minimise the risk posed by Covid-19.  Secondly, personal circumstances, including the school summer holidays, vulnerable family members and household commitments, mean that I cannot re-open my home practice straight away.  I thank you for your understanding and patience.

Creating a safe massage space

I am committed to providing you with effective and relaxing massage therapy.  As such, over the last few months I have been investing in training with my massage school on how to create a safe massage space and how to provide support to clients beyond the massage table.

In order to create as safe an environment as possible for both you and me, some changes are necessary which are briefly set out below.  These changes are consistent with the latest Government regulations (i.e. what we MUST do) and guidance issued by the GMCT – The Council for Soft Tissue Therapists, all of which determines our insurance cover.  These are subject to alteration as we progress and learn more about Covid-19. Further details will be available on my website and on booking.

Changes

Include: Covid-screening for clients and therapist; shorter treatment times supplemented with online & telephone consultations and support; restrictions on massaging high-risk clients and high-risk areas such as the face; enhanced cleaning regime and use of PPE; full risk assessment; and application of NHS test and trace.

Further support

At all times our safety and well-being must remain my priority and I will endeavour to provide a caring and responsive service during these challenging times.

Please do contact me  if you would like to book in for a hands-on treatment in September, an online or phone appointment to help manage aches, pains or stress over the next few weeks, or if you have any questions.

Your support over the past few months has been invaluable and I very much look forward to seeing you face-to face again soon so I can do the work I love so dearly.  I hope this message finds you and your family well.

Thank you and best wishes,

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Wellbeing Workshops for Teams

If you work as part of a team, whether a business, school, charity or public sector, then take a look at our new online wellbeing programme, aimed at supporting people’s physical and mental health during these testing times.   

It’s a great way of supporting your colleagues by giving your staff some time for self-care and an opportunity to come together in a safe and relaxing environment.  It is also an ideal way of thanking them for their hard work during the last few months.  

Priya Khan, a mindfulness coach, and I will carefully guide you through tried-and-tested mindfulness, stretching and self-massage techniques to ease tension and stress.  Each session is private for your group and can be tailored to the needs of your staff and organisation. 

CONTACT ME TO BOOK A FREE TASTER SESSION: louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk

Louise Enticknap @ Therapeutic Massage for You

Priya Khan @ Little Crystal Minds

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UPDATE: return to hands-on therapy

Government has this week asked massage therapists to wait a bit longer until we can offer our hands-on treatments safely, effectively (and legally!), as our work is extremely close contact.  Covid-19 still poses a real risk to health, especially to the most vulnerable, and as frustrating as this situation is, our priority must be to enhance our clients’ heath (and protect our own) and certainly not undermine it.

There is currently no date for a return to hands-on work, but I will of course keep you informed.  When I re-open fully, I will be following the Government and professional guidelines to ensure that your treatments are as safe, effective and relaxing as possible.

Pre-book your next treatment

I have a waiting list of people to contact once I know when I can resume hands-on work, please let me know if you would like to be added.  louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk

Still here to support you

Most of us will be getting some aches and pains due to a different routine, workspace and stress.  Usually you’d go straight to your massage therapist, right?!  But until I can return to work normally, here are a few ways that I can continue to support you:

ONE-TO-ONE PRIVATE SESSIONS

  • Self-treating your aches, pains & injuries;
  • Simple breathing & meditation exercises for stress and anxiety
  • Seated partner massage – I can teach someone else in your household
  • Super stretches for desk bunnies or couch potatoes

You will get a video, phone or even doorstep consultation and assessment of your needs, plus supervised self-massage, stretch and relaxation techniques.  First consultation is FREE.  Additional time is a suggested donation £20 per 30 minutes, or whatever you can afford if you have lost or have a low income.

Please do contact me louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk if you need some support or even just for a friendly chat – I am happy to listen.

GROUP SESSIONS FOR WORK TEAMS etc

If you work as part of a team (or have a group of friends or family that might be interested), then take a look at our new online well-being programme, aimed at supporting people’s physical and mental health during these testing times.  In collaboration with my friend and mindfulness coach Priya Khan, we are offering guided mindfulness, stretching and self-massage sessions.  For more info, just contact me: louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk

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Finally…Thank You!

Your kind messages of support have kept me going over the past few months.  I am looking forward to seeing you all again in person sooner rather than later I hope!

Best wishes,

Louise

07817 202516

louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk

NEW 5-week ‘Restore & Relax’ Online Programme: booking now!

If you are looking for a regular session to relax and restore your mind and body then our new 5-week programme of online workshops could be for you.

R&R

As restrictions on our daily lives continue, and with all the uncertainty that this pandemic brings, we are still seeing a great need for tools to help relieve anxiety and tension. A regular practice of meditation and self-care can have a cumulative and positive effect to reduce stress levels and maintain health.

Over five weeks we will be using mindfulness, self-massage and stretching techniques to explore the following topics:
Breath – Sleep – Self-Care – Self-Compassion – Daily Awareness

We will share our expertise so you will become familiar and confident with simple meditation and self-care techniques that you can apply beyond the sessions. Participants will be supported by a private Facebook Group with additional free, self-care resources. The programme is suitable for all levels of experience and ability.

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When
Each session lasts 60 minutes and takes place at 8pm every Tuesday. Starting on Tuesday 23rd June at 8pm.

Cost
The 5-week course costs £50, or £45 if booked for in advance by Tuesday 16th June.

To book
Please email louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk by Friday 19th June.

Further support
• Team sessions: a new online programme specifically aimed at businesses, organisations, charities and special interest groups. Tailor-made one-off sessions or a package are available.
• 1-to-1 sessions: If you would like to focus on a specific struggle or emotion using mindfulness or if you have a specific ache or pain.
• For further information please contact us.
We hope to see some of you on the next programme, and do feel free to share with any friends or relatives who you think could benefit.
Louise & Priya
Therapeutic Massage for You and Little Crystal Minds
www.therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk
louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk
07817 202516
www.littlecrystalminds.co.uk
priya@littlecrystalminds.co.uk
07957325503

 

Possible return to Hands-on Work in July…

I am pleased to share some good news at last – current Government guidance indicates that massage therapists may be able to re-open from 4th July 2020.  I know many of you have been storing up aching backs and sore necks, and, inevitably, many of you will have been experiencing increased anxiety and stress during this challenging time, so I plan to resume some hands-on work from July, subject to further Government confirmation.

This has been a very uncertain time for all of us, including massage therapists. I have had moments wondering whether I will be able to continue with this profession that I love so much. But of course massage has been around for millennia, and people need touch to help heal their pains and hearts. So I will continue to do the best I can, albeit with a few changes!
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Will it be safe to have a massage?
Of course we cannot practice social-distancing, but there are many measures that can help prevent infection. No, I won’t be wearing a hazmat suit, but I will need to make sure I properly protect your health and mine whilst Covid-19 is still in the population. For some individuals (for example those deemed ‘extremely vulnerable’) we may have to wait a little longer before hands-on treatments can resume.

I have been carefully monitoring the advice coming from the massage governing body (GCMT) and professional bodies to decide how I can re-open my practice safely and effectively. As a sole-practitioner I have the advantage of being able to carefully control my schedule, clients and environment.

Preventative measures
Here are some of the immediate measures that I will be taking to protect our health; a complete list of measures will be on my website nearer the time, to be kept under review and in accordance with professional guidelines.  I hope some will be only temporary.

1) PPE (mask, gloves etc) for me.
2) Enhanced deep cleaning of couch, room, equipment and all common areas.
3) Enhanced hand-washing practice for all clients & alcohol-gel available.
4) Fewer clients per day to allow deep clean and reduce contact opportunities.
5) Until September, treatments will be restricted to a maximum of 60 minutes and in my treatment room only.
6) Online consultations & self-care sessions where possible.
7) Pre-treatment health questionnaire for all appointments. If I or any or any members of my household are ill, I will reschedule my appointments.
8) No cancellation fee for 2020, and payments by card or bank transfer.

Priority treatments
I am aware that many of you will have been self-isolating for the last couple of months. Subject to completing a pre-treatment health questionnaire, I will be prioritising seeing these clients when I re-open.  This is to minimise my exposure, and therefore yours, to others who may have had more potential exposure to Covid-19.

I will also prioritise clients whose bookings I had to cancel in March and April.

Gift vouchers: I have extended the validity date until the end of 2020, and if necessary beyond, to give everyone time to have their treatments safely.  I may not be able to fit everyone in straight away so please be patient.

Further support
If you have any aches or pains in the meantime, do please contact me. I am offering 1 to 1 online or phone consultations and self-care advice, and propose to continue this indefinitely to supplement my hands-on work. I also offer ‘Restore & Relax’ sessions for groups and organisations, please contact me if you are interested.

I am mindful that some of you may have been touched directly by Covid-19. I am always happy to be a listening ear should you need one, indeed I consider that a core part of my work. I can recommend talking therapists should you require professional help.

Next steps
I anticipate that I will have my clinic fully up and running again for everyone from September, again, subject to Government guidance, when I will hopefully be able to offer a wider range of treatment options. As most of you know I have two school-age children who need support with home-schooling so I cannot fully re-open any earlier, as much as I would love to.

I will contact some of you in the next few weeks to reschedule appointments, but of course feel free to call or message me if you have any questions or would like to book in.

I am sending this message with a heart full of hope and compassion, and hands that are ready to help heal.

Best wishes,
Louise

louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk

07817 202516


NHS staff
Watch this space…I am also part of an exciting nationwide initiative to offer free treatments (either hands-on or online) to NHS workers later this year! So if you or anyone you know is eligible please contact me.

 

NEW: Four-week online programme to restore and relax

Following the success of our ‘Easing anxiety, stress and tension’ taster online workshops,  I am pleased to launch on new 4-week programme to restore and relax, in collaboration with Priya Khan of Little Crystal Minds.  We believe that it is vital for all of us to take care of ourselves, even more now than ever.  A regular practice of mediation and /or self-care can have a cumulative and positive effect to reduce stress levels and maintain health.

If you are looking for a regular  session to relax and restore your mind and body then we would love for you to join our 4-week programme of online workshops starting on Tuesday 12th May at 8pm and Wednesday 13th May at 2pm.

We will share more of our expertise so you will become familiar and confident with simple meditation and self-care techniques that you can apply beyond the sessions.   Participants will be supported by a private Facebook Group with additional free, self-care resources.  The programme is suitable for all levels of experience and ability.  Each session is 60 minutes and weekly.

We will cover of the following topics:
Breath  – Sleep  – Movement –  Gratitude
using mindfulness, self-massage &
stretching techniques.

Cost
We suggest a £10 donation per session or £35 for the course if booked and paid for in advance. We know that many are struggling financially; if you currently have a reduced income due to Covid-19 outbreak we invite you to please join us for free or for whatever you can afford. The workshops are free for all NHS staff.

To book
Please email louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk by Friday 8th May, stating whether you would prefer Tuesday at 8pm or Wednesday at 2pm. There is flexibility to switch between the two should you need to.

Feel free to invite anyone that you know who might benefit from these sessions, and get an additional 10% off the 4-week programme if they sign up too.

1-to-1 sessions
We are also offering bespoke, private 1-to-1 sessions, especially if you would like to focus on a specific struggle or emotion using mindfulness or if you have a specific ache or pain. Please contact us for further details.

Louise & Priya
Therapeutic Massage for You & Little Crystal Minds

louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk
07817 202516

www.littlecrystalminds.co.uk
priya@littlecrystalminds.co.uk
07957325503

 

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Easing anxiety, stress & tension online workshops…FREE taster

I am delighted to have teamed up with Priya Khan, my friend and mindfulness expert from Little Crystal Minds, to create this workshop programme. We are both passionate about wellbeing and the need for a healthy mind and body. We believe that now more than ever we need to share simple, but tried-and-tested techniques for dealing with stress.

Relax, Don't Stress Out.

During these strange and difficult times many of us are feeling increased levels of anxiety, stress and tension. These are normal feelings when we are faced with a threat to our safety or uncertainty about our future. If this resonates with you then our online workshop will be just for you.

This 45-minute session will guide you through a meditation to relieve anxiety and stress, and simple self-care techniques to ease physical tension throughout the body. We hope it will leave you feeling restored, relaxed and refreshed. Giving you that important time for self-care.

Find out if this is for you…register now for a FREE taster session :
● Tuesday 28th April @ 8pm
● Wednesday 29th April @ 2pm

The session will also introduce you to our new four-week online programme starting in May, which will explore mindfulness and self-care techniques in more depth. To register for the FREE taster and for more information please email me at louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk  by Monday 27th April.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Louise & Priya

Priya Khan, Little Crystal Minds www.littlecrystalminds.co.uk
Louise Enticknap, Therapeutic Massage for You www.therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk

“A beautiful calming meditation and amazing thorough self-massage with Priya and Louise” Fiona, London

“I was initially sceptical about whether online meditation was for me. I joined the session feeling stressed but by the end felt noticeably calmer and my headache was gone. The guided meditation was really helpful and the massage techniques simple and easy to follow. I loved it.” Rona, London

 

How are you?

Firstly, I hope that you and your families and friends are well. No doubt you will be having a range of emotions and experiences at the moment and, naturally, your ‘fight or flight’ instincts may be on high alert right now.

What can you do?
Whilst we cannot control the forces around us, we do have some control over our inner world.

So I’d like to invite each of you to find 10 minutes a day without any distractions (so no TV, radio, internet, phone, kids, pets). For those in a busy household, head for the garden, the shed, a locked bathroom, the cupboard under the stairs!

Take those 10 minutes to: check in with how you feel mentally and physically; breathe; stretch and move; or simply stare out of the window.

What can I do to help you?
That’s easier said than done, right?  So I am offering a free 20 minute call (or video call) to each of my clients to offer some 1 to 1 advice, tips on self-care or simply some space in these testing times. The call might include:

• A chat – just talking about how you feel is extremely beneficial
• Guided breathing and meditation exercises
• Self-treating your aches and pains
• Stretches for desk-workers or couch potatoes!

I will be available for your free 20 minute chat every Monday to Friday 10-11.30am and 2-3pm, and Thursday evenings 8-9pm. We can use the phone, or video calls through Whats App, Duo, Google Hangouts or Zoom. I am developing a low-cost support service should you want regular sessions. If you would like to book a slot please text or call me on 07817 202516, or email louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk.

If you have serious concerns about your own or someone else’s physical or mental health do seek medical help. NHS 111 online, your GP and the Samaritans (call 116 123) are all good starting points. Know that you are not alone.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish you all well during this tricky time.
Louise x

UPDATE: Coronavirus response

Hi lovely people

‘Building resilience’ was my new year intention for 2020 – I have to say this is not quite what I had in mind!

It is with a heavy heart to advise that my ‘hands-on’ massage clinic will be hibernating until such a time that this Coronavirus outbreak has passed.

But my business remains open – I can provide support and advice about health and wellbeing, so should you have any aches or pains that we would normally deal with through a massage, do contact me. I am also acutely aware that this is a worrying and isolating time, so I am very happy to just have a chat. Watch this space, I will be sharing some tips over the coming weeks for maintaining our physical and mental wellbeing.

Vouchers are still available to purchase for Mother’s Day, birthdays etc, all with expiry dates until the end of 2020 (or beyond if necessary).  I know many of you will be financially constrained during this time and I will be considering how I can offer massage therapy at an affordable rate for those people, once we’re the other side of this outbreak.

I wish you, your families and friends good health. Know that this will pass, and I hope that we may find inner resilience to guide us through this tough time.

Namaste,
Louise

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