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Holistic Massage

About Holistic Massage

A holistic massage is an individual massage treatment  specifically tailored to each client. As there is no fixed routine, each massage is unique. An holistic approach treats the body as a whole, and as a holistic massage practitioner  Josie may take into account your emotional well-being, as well as your physical body.

 Josie use a wide range of massage techniques, including gentle massage, stretches, joint mobilisation, percussion, relaxation work and deep tissue techniques. The holistic approach allows them to apply this breadth of techniques flexibly, determining what is appropriate to your needs at that particular time.

As holistic massage practitioners they massage the person, not just the body. Working ‘with’ you rather than giving a massage ‘to’ you. This ensures you receive the most beneficial massage.

Frequently asked questions

How can massage help me?

Massage is beneficial in a wide range of situations. Whist many people seek out massage for relaxation alone, it can be very beneficial in aiding the treatment of a great number of medical complaints. As both the body and the mind are relaxed during massage the effects are felt through all of the body’s systems. Massage can be a powerful tool in many situations..

Am I expected to take all my clothes off?

Whilst Lucy and Josie usually massage directly onto the skin using oil, they are happy to massage though clothing if you would rather remain clothed. If you are comfortable with removing your clothes for the massage, they will agree upon what is best to remove and then you can change out of your clothes into a dressing gown in our changing room. When it is time to lie on the massage table, we raise the drape between us so that you can remove the dressing gown discretely and as you lie down, we place the drape over you from your neck to your feet so that you are covered. When we start the massage, we will move the drape back from the area upon which we are working and replace it when moving to any different area so that you are always predominantly covered.

As you work out of a chiropractic clinic, do you only massage people with bad backs?
We are happy, and qualified, to massage any area of the body that requires attention.
Who can have a massage?
We massage young and old of any gender and physicality, although we do not offer massage for infants. We are happy to massage you if you are pregnant and can support you with pillows to lie on your side during your pregnancy, or even with you sitting on a chair and leaning forwards onto a comfortable pile of pillows.
What are your qualifications and are you accredited to a national or governing body?
I have a Diploma in Holistic Massage with Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology and I am accredited to the Massage Training Institute (MTI), which is a national examining body specialising in holistic massage. The MTI accredit training schools offer practitioner level courses leading to the MTI Diploma in Holistic Massage with Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology. MTI accreditation is the gold standard for holistic massage training in the UK and the MTI is a member of the General Council for Massage Therapy (GCMT) and is actively involved in the process of setting standards for massage training in this country.
Do you do 'sports massage'?
We do not offer Sports Massage but am able to offer therapeutic massage to aid recovery from sports-related problems, and to relieve stiff or aching muscles without giving sustained, deep massage.
I cannot lie flat comfortably. Can I still have a massage?
This is not a problem – We can massage you lying on your side, with pillows for support, or seated whilst leaning forward onto some pillows on the table.

Opening Hours 

8.30am – 7:00pm

9.00am – 12.00pm (by appointment only)


Find Us

Thornbury Chiropractic Clinic
The Georgian House
6 The Plain
BS35 2AG

Tel: 01454 418259