Lisa Collins MSMA, MAR
Training & Qualifications
Lisa is a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist and Complementary Therapy Practitioner. Her interest in bodywork initially stems from her time as an athlete on GB Rowing’s Development Programme, as she could see how effective bodywork combined with natural health could affect her and those around her to recover and relax. She started her massage training while being in full time sport and continued after to qualify in Sports Therapy Massage. In between training she volunteered in Hawai’i at a Cancer retreat, which lead to her interest in energy work and complementary health. This inspired her to train in aromatherapy and reflexology upon her return. Lisa has developed the concept of Bodylynx to provide an inclusive range of therapies to variety of clients, from athletes and sports people of all levels, to people wishing to discover how complementary therapy can enrich their lives and improve their wellbeing. Treatments can be one discipline or a combination of treatments and are always tailored and adapted to the needs of the client.
- Qualified in Holistic Massage, Reflexology & Aromatherapy
- Qualified in Sports Therapy Massage at St Mary’s University College
- Proceeded to do courses in Pregnancy Massage, Advanced Reflexology and Maternity/Fertility Reflexology
Lisa’s experience in sports therapy and complementary health ranges from working direct with Sports Clubs, in a 5* environment in Mayfair, to working direct with International Athletes, at major sporting events and working in private practice.
- Lisa is a member of the Sports Massage Association www.sma.org.uk
- Lisa is a member of the Association of Reflexologists www.aor.org.uk
- Please visit Lisa’s website for more information: www.bodylynx.co.uk
Sports Therapy Massage
This treatment is a firm pressure massage treatment often focused on specific areas or combined for recovery purposes to full body and can be combined for excellent result with aromatherapy. Sports massage assists the musculoskeletal system to work efficiently by treating current muscular injuries and bodywork which helps prevent future injury. This is done by focusing on problematic areas and working out tension, therefore improving muscle flexibility and enhancing the mobility of the area. It is also common that previously undetected areas of soft tissue damage are discovered during a massage. In this case, the condition of the muscle can be improved before a more serious injury may occur.
Reflexology & Pre-Conception Reflexology
Reflexology is a natural holistic therapy using special techniques on the feet or hands to stimulate specific points and initiate a beneficial response in a corresponding area of the body by working to clear Qi pathways in the body. All the systems of the body are worked on, musculo-skeletal, respiratory, digestive, genito-urinary, endocrine, nervous, and lymphatic. The physical, emotional and spiritual body all benefit from this treatment. In the first treatment an in depth consultation (& medical history) is taken and establishing desired outcomes. When treating a particular problem, a course of treatments is recommended – taken over a period of time they will have an accumulative effect.
Reflexology is suitable for many conditions, especially:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Fertility issues
- Pregnancy Treatments/Post Natal
- Stress related digestive disorders
- Disturbed sleep patterns/Insomnia
- Joint pain & general aches & pains
- Lack of energy & stamina
- Emotional upsets & anxiety
Reflexology for Pregnancy
Reflexology treatments in Pregnancy generally begin in the 2nd trimester and continue throughout the pregnancy up until the birth. Specific points and “reflex” areas are treated according to individual needs. From the 38th week onwards the aim is to help facilitate labour and this is done by adapting the treatment and reflex’s worked on throughout this time.
Holistic/Deep Tissue Massage
The aim of holistic massage is to rebalance the body so it achieves homeostasis. Massage benefits both mind and body and is a relaxing treatment which helps to remove tension, relaxes muscles and promotes a sense of physical and emotional wellbeing. The benefits of massage are rewarding for your body and also your health. It improves health by acting directly on the bodies muscular, nervous, circulatory and immune systems.
Treatments are tailored to your needs and preference on pressure by using a combinations of traditional massage techniques with a combination of triggers points and stretching to help ease ailments. This treatment can be anywhere from light to firm in terms of pressure.
Aromatherapy is a gentle, natural and relaxing massage using essential oils. Essential oils have been used for centuries and date back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans. They are extracted from plants (like many modern medicines) and have a therapeutic effect on many of the body’s systems when they are absorbed through the skin. Pure essential oils are the unadulterated essence from the leaves, flowers, fruit, gum and root of plants and trees. Some essential oils are soothing and relaxing, while others are stimulating and invigorating. Besides benefiting a number of physical, mental and emotional ailments, aromatherapy massage promotes long term well-being & health . A full medical history will be taken prior to treatment and then a blend made specifically for you.
Indian Head Massage
Traditionally practiced in India this is a specific therapy for the scalp, neck, shoulders and face. It can help to ease stress and tension from the upper body. Indian Head Massage has been used in India for many centuries to promote wellbeing. It relaxes and de-stresses as well as stimulating and balancing the body’s energy system.
This massage has been specially designed to treat women after the first trimester. Specialist training for pregnancy massage ensures relief and relaxation for you and your baby during this time. Giving attention to how you feel during different stages of your pregnancy, with special attention to positions and massage techniques for your comfort and safety during the treatment. A side lying position gives the client more comfort during the pregnancy. Attention to gentle and more passive massage techniques restore balance and harmony to the changing body. This caring contact can be a vital support system helping to prevent ill health during pregnancy. Treatments can be adapted to help with anything specific like: swelling, insomnia, muscular aches/pain, fatigue or leg cramps throughout your term.