My name is Alison Christie and having always had an interest in massage and complementary therapies, it wasn’t until my mother became ill with a terminal brain tumour in 2007 that my desire to learn more about it myself became something I really wanted to do. In 2008, 6 months after her passing away, I was made redundant from my job and decided to take the opportunity to retrain as a massage therapist whilst continuing to work as a freelance fundraiser.
In 2009 I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist through the School of Holistic Therapy in Edinburgh, gaining my Massage Training Institute (MTI) Diploma. I am registered with the MTI and insured through Balens as a practitioner. Since qualifying I have completed several advanced and specialised courses to broaden the range of treatments I can provide.
My work initially drew me towards clients affected by long-term conditions and terminal illness – and my freelance work as a fundraiser turned out not to be coincidental. I was able to provide therapies at Cancer Support Scotland and Leuchie House – for clients and at fundraising events for each.
Alison Christie, Owner
Please see below for a summary of my treatments, clicking learn more to find out more about each individual therapy.
Somatic Trauma Therapy
Somatic Trauma Therapy works with the impact on the body of sudden or cumulative trauma, which can manifest through a range of physical and emotional symptoms. The therapy brings attention to the physical sensations of the body and using slow movements and verbal guidance reduces levels of anxiety or fear.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a manipulative therapy that reduces pain through releasing constricted fascia (a three dimensional connective tissue throughout the body) as a result of injury, trauma, postural issues or repetitive actions.
Encouraging the body and mind to relax, enabling them to rebalance. The holistic approach – taking into consideration each clients individual physical and emotional wellbeing – incorporates a range of deep tissue techniques, holds & stretches, myofascial and energy work.
Comfort Orientated Massage
Comfort orientated massage can be given to people living with cancer or those affected by long-term neurological conditions or chronic illnesses. The aim is to enable individuals to relax, which provides pain relief and aids sleep.
Warm Bamboo Massage
This therapy uses warm bamboo sticks to massage the entire body and can double the results of the more traditional deep tissue massage, with much less discomfort for the client.
Reiki treatments can be provided as a hands-on therapy or as a distance treatment. This energy therapy gently nurtures and stimulates the body’s natural self-healing processes, unblocking the energy within us to promote relaxation, rejuvenation and well-being.
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