About

Bodyworks Edinburgh was established in May 2013 and focused on Remedial and Sports Massage Therapy to help improve clients postural issues, muscular conditions, sports performance and treat RSI/sports injuries. To improve our service and offer clients more therapy options, Bodyworks Edinburgh broadened it’s range of treatments to include Physiotherapy, Medical Acupuncture, Sports Rehabilitation and Complementary Therapies such as Reflexology and Aromatherapy Massage.

To ensure clients get the best care possible and the most out of their treatment at Bodyworks Edinburgh, there is an initial health consultation followed by a physical assessment to find the source of the problem and to develop a treatment plan for future sessions. We tailor our treatments to each client as none of our bodies or muscular issues are exactly the same so why should your treatment be the same. Our service doesn’t stop there as we also give you stretches and exercises to take home to work on as this will ensure you get the most from the massage therapy or physiotherapy and reach your health goals as quick as possible.

Our team of therapists are highly trained in their field and are all members of relevant professional governing bodies ensuring we keep up to date with continuous professional development (CPD) and our quality of service. If you require a therapist to be with a specific governing body for insurance purposes, please get in touch before you book your appointment to ensure you are with the correct therapist.

If any referrals are needed between therapists here at Bodyworks we will ensure, with your permission that a good handover is given so that we can continue working with you (without another in depth consultation) towards your end goal.

 

Meet the Team:

 

Ashleigh Clark

Clinic Manager and Remedial & Sports Massage Therapist, SMTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashleigh is a fully qualified Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage Therapist & a Nutritional Therapist. She graduated from Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, in 2012 with an honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science, she then went onto accomplish a diploma in Swedish Massage in April 2013 and a diploma in Remedial and Sports massage in April 2014 from Scottish Massage Schools. She has a background knowledge in nutrition, exercise prescription, anatomy and sports injuries and is able to adapt her massage for the individuals specific needs. She qualified in Kinesiology taping, levels 1 and 2 enabling her to provide non-athlete and athletes with sports injury or support taping and is trained in Seated Acupressure and Aromatherap Massage.

Ashleigh has a passion for the health and fitness industry and has previously worked in gyms, and has worked with Aberdeen Football Club providing sports massage for the players. She is a keen football player herself having played from a young age and is currently playing for Boroughmuir Thistle.

As Ashleigh is very passionate about the field of health and fitness she is always looking to study new courses and develop her knowledge. She maintains continuous professional development in order to provide the best treatments for her clients.

 

 

Sacha Brown

Head Therapist, FHT

 

 

 

 

 

Sacha gained a HND in Beauty Therapy in 2013 at West Lothian College where she qualified in Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Swedish and Remedial Massage. Sacha’s passion for massage and the known benefits gained from it, encouraged her to build upon her knowledge to further study a HND in Sports Science in 2015. This foundation allows Sacha to link the health benefits of massage to the health benefits of sport and well being, focusing on biomechanics, nutrition, exercise plans for health and specific exercise prescription which aims to improve technique and improve overall performance.

In 2015, Sacha applied to Glasgow Caledonian University where she is now currently studying to complete her BSc Physiotherapy (Hons) degree which ends early 2019. This overall holistic approach to anatomy and physiology ensures that Sacha will provide a massage treatment that uses clinical reasoning to address the needs of the client. Lifestyle advice, evidence-based home exercise plans alongside the appropriate massage treatment is the foundation of Sacha’s treatments to support clients to better health.

 

 

Jade Davidson

Complementary Therapist, Remedial & Sports Massage Therapist & Receptionist, FHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jade Davidson is a qualified and fully insured Complementary Therapist, graduating with an HND in Complementary Therapies from Moray College in Elgin. She chose to focus her second year studies in Advanced Aromatherapy and Remedial massage, whilst also studying Swedish massage, Stress Management for clients, Lifestyle advice, Indian Head massage, Stone therapy and Reflexology, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Pathology, botanical science, Organic chemistry, Integration of healthcare services and Perspectives of health.

Her interest in health, well-being and complementary & alternative treatments developed during a gap year in Australia. Jade is very passionate about Complementary therapies, providing relaxing and holistic treatments to the clients best needs and is always looking to expand her knowledge and skills further with Continual Professional Development through attending further courses. She has recently qualified in Pregnancy massage, Lymphatic Drainage massage and just qualified in Remedial and Sports Massage in December 2016.

 

Raul Hernandez-Girones

Physiotherapist specialising in MSK Injuries, HCPC, CSP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raul is a qualified Physiotherapist registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy). Raul is originally from Alicante Spain and moved to Edinburgh in 2013.

Whilst still in High School he studied diversus alternative therapies such as: Deep Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Aromatherapy Massage and Reflexology. Once he finished High School he continued to pursue his career in health care at University studying Physiotherapy.

Since then he has been working with all kind of musculoskeletal injuries including: fractures, muscular pain, tendinitis, posture issues, sport performance, scoliosis which have all expanded his knowledge with a Masters in HealthCare Management in Catalonia, Spain.

Raul considers himself a sporty person, making sports a part of his life routine and studies. He volunteered for a year with a football team in Spain where he perfected his skills in tailoring training, stretching programs and detecting injury patterns.
His philosophy of treatment is to find the cause of the problem, fix it and teach how to prevent it so it doesn’t happen again. He likes a challenge and particularly likes complex cases where the root cause has not been found by any other therapist before.

 

Inma Bosch Racero

Physiotherapist, EPC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inma is a fully qualified and registered Physiotherapist. Inma graduated from University of Malaga, Spain, in 2013.
Since Inma finished her studies, she has been working in different clinics and rehabilitation centres, where she has treated patients with a wide range of injuries (back pain, headaches, postural dysfunctions, post-operative problems…) and neurological disorders (eg. stroke, cerebral palsy). She has also spent some time volunteering in India, treating hospital inpatients.
Inma has qualifications in dry needling, Pilates, Reiki level 1 and has gained in-depth knowledge of KinesioTaping and Indian Head Massage. She is always searching for new courses to develop and improve her skills.
Inma also specialises in the Bobath Concept, which is a holistic approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals of all ages and all degrees of physical and functional disability.
Inma considers herself a friendly, hardworking and creative person, who loves spending time reading and self-studying.

 

Steven Glass

Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP

 

 

 

Graduating in 2011 from The Robert Gordon University with a Bsc(hons) in Physiotherapy, Steven has 6 years experience working in Private Musculoskeletal Outpatients Physiotherapy. Professionally he has an interest in Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine and Lower Limb Biomechanics. Postgraduately he is accredited in Medical Accupuncture and Spinal Manipulation. Out of work he can be found rock climbing, mountain biking or day dreaming about owning a dog!

 

Ioana Gheorghe

Complementary Massage Therapist, FHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ioana is a fully qualified Massage Therapist who can offer a wide range of treatments for her clients. She is originally from Romania and is very passionate about therapies and has a great interest in people and helping them.

3 years ago she decided to learn about the art of therapy back home and studied Massage Therapy covering all aspects including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stones Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy Massage, Thai foot and leg Massage, Facial Massage, Indian Head Massage, Medical and Sports Massage.

She has a wide range of knowledge allowing her to tailor her treatments to the individual’s needs and to offer the best advice for a long healthy lifestyle.  She loves to relax her clients with her relaxation techniques and to bring the body back to balance.

 

Matthew Thompson

Sports Therapist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy and is qualified in carrying out deep tissue and sports massage, as well as a wide variety of manual therapy techniques including: mobilisations, taping and strapping and providing full rehabilitation to injuries using an array of advanced techniques. Matthew is also a qualified Kinesiology taping practitioner having completed levels 1 and 2 during his time at university. Having a high level knowledge in anatomy and sports injuries he can incorporate manual and rehabilitation techniques for treating injuries to both athletes and non-athletes.
Matthew has experience working with Teesside Barbarian power lifting club, national and international power lifters, Middlesbrough Rugby club and also working in general remedial massage and injury clinics ranging from elite athletes to non-athletes.  As a keen martial artist and football player, Matthew has a wide knowledge of the demands and injuries related to both sports. Always looking to keep up with his continuous professional development and expand his knowledge attending new courses and keeping up to date with the newest literature available is important to him.  He is now qualified in Thai Massage and Medical Acupuncture. Setting high professional standards for himself he is committed to solving people’s problems and giving the best treatment available.

 

Mel Broughton

Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, SMTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel grew up in New Zealand, giving her a love for the outdoors and all things sporty. She has been fascinated by the body and all it can do since a young age. Being an all-around active person, she naturally gravitated towards learning about biology, anatomy and physiology.

Mel has spent the last 4 years gaining as much knowledge in these areas as possible including; Diplomas in Remedial and Sports, Sports Event, Swedish, On-Site Chair Massage and Nutritional Therapy. Certificates in Medical Acupuncture, Kinesiology Taping, Hot Stone Massage, First Aid, Sports Event First Aid and is an active member of the SMTO. She also plans to continue this learning with more CPD throughout the years ahead.

She has worked with elite athletes such as the New Zealand All Blacks, Argentina’s Los Pumas and the New Zealand Rugby League team to amateur athletes who just love to move including runners, cyclists, basketball players and skiers.

Having worked with such a wide variety of cases Mel approaches each person with an individual, friendly and inquisitive manner. She encourages people to get more involved in the injury treatment and prevention process, helping to not only ease their aches and pains but to also improve their knowledge

 

Conor Smith

Sports Massage Therapist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conor is a highly skilled Sports Massage Therapist specialising in Sports and Deep Tissue Massage Therapy to help treat minor injuries. Conor has studied a HND in Sports Therapy which allowed him to develop excellent massage therapy skills and gain a solid knowledge of rehabilitation exercises to assist with injury management. Conor has had the chance to further develop his skill set by working in a professional sport environment having provided Massage Therapy for elite runners at the Edinburgh marathon as well as working with professional rugby squads such as Edinburgh Rugby, Southern Kings and the Scotland and Australia National teams.

Outwith Sports Therapy Conor is a competitor in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who has picked up multiple Regional and National titles as well achieving medals in British and international championships. Being a regular competitor himself, Conor understands the importance of looking after the body through rehabilitation to ensure the best can be applied during training and competition. He uses this knowledge to promote the best recovery for his clients during his treatment sessions.

 

Edel Roche

Sports Massage Therapist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edel is a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist. She graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2015 with an honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science. During her time in the University of Limerick she went onto accomplish a level 1 certificate in Strength and Conditioning from which she became head Strength and Conditioning coach for two senior Gaelic Game teams in Ireland. Currently, Edel is currently completing a Masters in Physiotherapy and will graduate the end of 2018 from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Edel is passionate about all things sport, with a keen interest for her native Gaelic Games as well as many other field sports. Her strength and conditioning background enables her to adapt her massage to the clients specific requirements for that sport. Due to Edel’s Sports and Exercise background she has extensive knowledge in nutrition, exercise prescription and rehabilitation. Edel hopes to expand her knowledge and skills further with continued professional development through further courses in 2018 to continuously meet the needs of her clients.

 

Alicja Wypasek

Nutritionist

Listening to your body and honouring its signals is one of the true forms of self-love!

Alicja is a fully qualified Registered Nutritionist with a Masters in Public Health Nutrition, and wealth of experience on helping people to become healthy, energised and fit, equipping them with knowledge and techniques to improve their life style.

Some of Alicja’s key areas of expertise include weight management, gastrointestinal diseases (Crohn’s, Irrit. bowel syndrome, celiac, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, etc), any eating disorder, food intolerance, thyroid problems, pregnancy and preconception, fatigue, skin health, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune disease (including Hashimoto’s Disease), etc.

Alicja enjoys providing women’s nutrition and healthy eating guidelines, focusing on pregnant women and new mums, helping them to recover and get in shape after all the changes in their bodies, as well as delivering them workshops on weaning and childhood nutrition, including fussy eaters.

Additionally,  Alicja works with clients looking for Sport Nutrition Strategies for their athletic performance or to manage their medical conditions with a balance diet.

If you have chosen to become Vegetarian, Vegan, Whole Food Plant-Based Diet or just to remove dairy and wheat from your diet, Alicja can guide you to make sure you are not omitting nutrients as well as help you to create a delicious menu of options so you do not miss out on the enjoyment of food.

Alicja’s Qualifications:

  • MSc Public Health Nutrition
  • MSc Bio-Organic Chemistry
  • BSc Chemistry
  • Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with the Association for Nutrition – the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) (http://www.associationfornutrition.org)
  • Active member of The American Nutrition Association, which keeps me up-to-date with work of world’s top nutritionists and scientists.
  • Sport Nutrition course, The Fitness Training Company

Training courses by Health Promotion Service and NHS:

  • Promoting Healthy Eating in Young Children & Families
  • Healthy Eating in the Early Years
  • Understanding Health Promotion
  • REHIS training

Alicja is also a Personal Trainer with focus on Pre & Post Natal fitness and BuggyGym Instructor.

 

Selena Gress

Managing Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a PhD in Marine Biology and a background working in outdoor pursuits, Selena has always had a passion for physiology, health and fitness. Running an online marketing company developed her skills in staff management, administration and customer service. With a keen interest in nutrition, Selena hopes to incorporate this into Bodyworks Edinburgh in the near future.

Outside of work Selena enjoys nothing more than being in the outdoors. Setting herself new goals physically and mentally is very important to her; she recently completed a half Marathon.