All posts by LouiseEnticknap

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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Having a massage during the Coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak

I am committed to ensuring that you feel safe and comfortable whilst having any massage treatment with me.  As such, I am sharing with you the precautions I am taking to ensure that I can continue to offer you massage treatments during this period.   As a  small, private practice I am able to carefully monitor clients and allow adequate time between clients to properly clean (as outlined below).

At all times I will adhere to the latest advice from NHS UK www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/, respecting any enforcement periods of isolation etc that may be imposed. This information may change to reflect latest governmental advice.   If you are in any doubt as to whether it is appropriate to have a treatment do please give me a call on 07817 202516.

As always I will maintain a high standard of hygiene and request that all clients:

• DO NOT come to appointments if you are ill, and in particular if you are currently experiencing any respiratory/ flu like symptoms –cough, fever, shortness of breath, or if you have been in self-isolation.
• Consider carefully whether you have a treatment if you are in a high risk category e.g. have a suppressed immune system or serious underlying health issues.
• Wash hands on arrival for a minimum of 20 seconds. Professional grade hand gel is also available.
• Use and bin tissues to catch any coughs or sneezes.

To protect your health I will:
• Not run my clinic if I have any of the cold, cough, respiratory or flu-like symptoms as advised by NHS
• Wash my hands as per the guidelines, before and after each treatment and use hand gel during treatments should it be necessary
• Change all linens/covers that have been in contact with the client
• Clean the areas of the massage couch, hot stones etc exposed to clients, using hot soapy water and cleaning gel/spray
• Keep the treatment room clean, in particular high use surfaces such as door handles and common areas.
• Restrict handshaking & hugs – a difficult but necessary measure, sorry!

During this period there will be no cancellation fees charged for cancellation or postponement due to illness. Voucher expiry dates may be extended if treatments cannot be taken within the stated period, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

I am aware that many self-employed people (such as myself!) may be struggling financially.  If you need a treatment during this period I am happy to consider an appropriate skills-trade, so do ask!

Thank you for your continued support at this tricky time, and I hope that you and your family stay healthy.

Special Mother’s Day Massage Treat… £10 off all 90 minute treatments

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Help restore her with the gift of a deeply relaxing 90 minute massage this Mother’s Day.

Relaxation massage    £57
Pregnancy & Post-Natal   £57
Hot Stone Fusion Massage   £67

£10 OFF all 90 minute treatments

Click here to buy a voucher


FREE NOM NOM MINI BABY SET (worth £18)  for the first person to buy a Mother’s Day voucher for a pregnancy or post-natal massage.

Nom Nom organic skincare products make lovely gifts for expectant and new mums.   You can order via me and receive a 10% discount.
See www.nomnomskincare.com


Gift cards or e-vouchers must be purchased by Saturday 21st March and are valid until 30 June 2020. Home visits can be arranged at additional cost of £20, does not include Hot Stone treatments, sorry.   Price shown above includes the £10 discount. Gift vouchers also available for any treatment or amount.

 

Do you know that I now offer onsite workplace massage?

IT’S A CONVENIENT WAY OF HELPING STAFF REDUCE STRESS LEVELS AND MANAGE BACK PAIN, RSIs AND HEADACHES, WHICH ARE WIDESPREAD IN MANY WORKPLACES. MASSAGE IS A GREAT WAY TO THANK STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS TOO.

Successful companies and organisations know the importance of supporting their staff to stay healthy and valued. In 2018/19 6.9 million working days were lost in the UK to musculo-skeletal disorders. In the same year, stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 54% of all working days lost due to ill health. Whilst massage therapy is not a magic cure, many people find that it can help them manage stress, and to relieve back and other musculo-skeletal pain.

Workplace packages can be tailored to suit your requirements and budget, inclouise_massage_photosHR-0234luding fully funded by the company, subsidised treatments or paid for by staff.   Seated treatments range from 10-20 minutes, are fully clothed and ideally require only a small quiet space. I bring all equipment.

I also offer couch-based therapeutic massage, pregnancy and Indian Head massage, which allows me to treat a wide range of clients within a workplace setting. Therapy can also be extended to service users, customers, volunteers and employees’ families through well-being days or events. I also collaborate with other trusted therapists to provide onsite yoga and reflexology.

If you think that your colleagues and workplace might benefit from massage therapy, please contact me  for further details.

Share the love this February: Buy one massage, get a second half price

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Treat a loved one and yourself! Perfect Valentine’s gift or to share with a friend.

 

 

Choose from a luxurious and deeply relaxing Hot Stone Massage, a pain-relieving Therapeutic Massage, soothing Relaxation or Pregnancy massage, or invigorating Indian Head Massage.

Hot Stone Fusion £55 for 60 mins/ £77 for 90 mins
Therapeutic/Relaxation/Pregnancy £45 for 60 mins/£67 for 90 mins
Indian Head Massage £25 for 30 mins

For example: two 60 minute Therapeutic Massages will cost £67.50 rather than £90, saving you £22.50

Home visit upgrade: I’ll treat you both in the comfort of your own home for an additional £20

Offer ends Friday 14th February 2020.

T&Cs:

  • Vouchers for two treatments will be issued to be used by Friday 1st May 2020.
  • The 50% discount applies to cheapest treatment.
  • One offer per person; each valid for two people.
  • Home visits Monday & Thursday evenings and weekdays 9.30am-3pm only; max 20 min drive & subject to available working space and parking

Do give me a call if you have any questions about the right treatment for you. I look forward to hearing from you.

Louise

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Massage Gift Vouchers Christmas Offer Save £10 or more on Hot Stone Fusion treatments

Massage gift vouchers make the perfect present at Christmas, especially for those who need more time to relax and restore, rather than more unnecessary stuff.

Here are two fabulous offers for the seriously relaxing, winter-blues busting Hot Stone Fusion treatments:

A warming, luxurious 60 minute Hot Stone massage
£45 (saving £10)

Or upgrade to 90 minutes, to include deep tissue work, face & feet
£60 (saving £17)

Vouchers also available for:

  • Therapeutic massage from £45
  • Pregnancy and post-natal massage from £45
  • Indian Head Massage, £25
  • Any value and home visits

To buy your vouchers:

email          louise@therapeuticmassage4you.co.uk
text             07817 202516
message    www.facebook.com/therapeuticmassage4you/

Hot Stone offer must be purchased by Friday 20 December.
Offer vouchers are valid until 30 June 2020 will be issued by post or email. Offer valid for West Wickham therapy room only.
All other vouchers are valid for 12 months from issue.

Thank you for your continued support, and wishing you all the best
for
Christmas and 2020.

Louise
Therapeutic Massage for You

p.s if you have a previously received or gifted a massage gift voucher, do check the expiry date!

Christmas break: I will be taking a break between Friday 20th December and Monday 6th January, back to normal on 7th Jan.