Your therapist

Hiya, I am Rachel.  I have been practising massage therapy since 2002 and hold the following qualifications:

  • B.Sc Applied Chemical & Biological Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Body Massage, Anatomy& Physiology, ITEC-UK, CMH School of Massage, London
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy, Foëldi Klinik, Hinterzarten, Germany.
  • Yoga Teacher, Viniyoga School of Spain, Dénia, Alicante, Spain

You might want to know more about me…I am a musician, singer and songwriter.  I am a passionate student of yoga, as well as a teacher. I am a computer buff, and used to know a lot about networking, UNIX and Open Source stuff.   I laugh out loud, a lot. I write short stories that I might publish someday…

It is always hard to write about oneself in this kind of context.  I hesitate to use the word “healer” because it is, frankly, overused.  But, I have heard time and again that there is something special about my hands.  Combined with a good intellect and and appetite for learning, which grounds me in anatomy, physiology, contra-indications and when to refer, my natural healing hands do some nice work.

Introduction

Welcome to my web site.  I am glad that you have arrived here.  if you are looking for top-quality, professional massage therapy in Altea and surroundings, you have come to the right place.

What makes me stand out is the length of time I have practised (since 2002) and the depth of my experience.  I decided from the start that being a jack-of-all-trades is not interesting. I prefer to be an expert in a few things.  Thus, I developed an in-depth knowledge of just three things:  body massage, yoga, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

I am an anatomy nerd.  I love seeing the body in motion and what I most recommend to my massage patients is that they also become yoga students.  I am breathing expert, it goes with the yoga territory, and I use guided meditations during bodywork treatments to transform a short, shallow breath in to a long deep one.  This is transformative work and makes the effects of the massage last much longer.

It is hard to find good quality massage.  In my extensive experience as a massage client, I know that finding someone who works deeply, without hurting you, is hard.  It is just as hard to find a therapist who controls their ego enough to allow the patient some silencepeace and quiet during their treatment.  It goes without saying that first class, preferably organic oils and balms are paramount – anything based on petroleum or petrolatum is only going to harm the body as the skin absorbs most of what it comes into contact with.    A massage room must be hygienic and the temperature tightly controlled.  There is nothing worse than shivering, or sweating, your way through a massage.

The therapist must be knowledgeable, and demonstrably trained.  Of course, they must also be professional enough to refer you to another professional if they are not able to help you themselves.  I have a circle of professional colleagues who I confidently send patients to in the event that the patient is better served by, say, nutrition, osteopathy, acupuncture or chiropractic.

Medical Massage

I call the massage that I give “Medical Massage” as it seems to be the best way to resume what I do.  Although in Spain, neither massage nor “medical massage” as a modality is recognised, elsewhere in Europe, it is.

Medical massage is bodywork that uses evidence-based assessment and remedial techniques to help restore movement and reduce pain.  In Spain, I am not allowed to diagnose anything (say frozen shoulder, or foot pronation).  This is the domain of physiotherapists in this country and I have to be careful what I write and what I claim. Also, outcomes are usually quantified using Range-Of-Motion, strength testing and subjective perception of pain reduction.  I can do all this, but not officially.  So, if you are here and looking for a physiotherapy experience, you might be better off elsewhere.

My massage is a mixture of Swedish Massage, that is, on a massage table with oils, and Tui Na (chinese massage) with passive movements, breathing and stretches and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.  I use tuning forks and my voice as sound therapy tools to deepen and enhance your experience.

I use only organic food-grade coconut oil as my carrier oil. Coconut fat is only the fat fraction and does not smell of coconut, in case you were worried.  I use high-quality natural essential oils – never fragrance or parfum – to add aroma.

I have, sadly, never tried my own massage, but routinely get comments like “that was the best massage I’ve ever had.” I am very grateful for these compliments as I am passionate about my work and feel fortunate to perform skilfully a job that I love.

 

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