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.
Our team’s vision is to be the go-to clinic with the highest reputation for care and excellence in private healthcare and to offer you a multi-disciplinary approach with the most up-to-date research and evidence based treatments. To have a happy working environment for staff to improve and grow, enjoy their work and have a healthy work-life balance.
Meet the Team:
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 Aromatherapy 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.
Steph graduated from Mary Reid Spa Academy in Edinburgh in 2013 as their Student of the Year. She studied beauty, holistic massage, electrical treatments, spa therapies and Indian head massage whilst at college, qualifying with distinction in each subject. Additional courses she attended were for Deep Tissue and Aromatherapy Massage.
Since then Steph has worked in 4 & 5 star spas, enjoying a year down in Bath where her passion for body and healing treatments deepened. In these spas she has expanded her knowledge by learning lymphatic, bamboo, pregnancy & cancer touch therapy techniques. Steph truly believes that every client’s needs are very different and therefore enjoys offering bespoke treatments to address her client’s concerns to achieve optimum results.
She has also over 7 years experience with a financial firm and 16 years in customer service. This has given her opportunities to develop her administrative and leadership skills, and has sparked a desire to be involved with her community and engage with local charities.
Steph has raised over £3000 in the last 3years for a Scottish mental health charity by organising different fundraising events and taking part in their unique stair climbing at Murrayfield stadium covering all 7400 stairs. She regularly gives blood and volunteers her time to local charities.
Head Therapist, CTHA
Zuzanna is currently on Maternity Leave.
Zuzanna has been practising Massage Therapy for almost 13 years. She graduated from the University of Physical Education in Poland with MSc in Physiotherapy. During her final year she also trained and certified in Nutrition to fulfil her therapeutic education. On arrival to Glasgow she completed her diploma in Swedish and Sports Massage at the Western School of Glasgow. Over the years she has gained hands on experience in variety of therapy-care sectors in UK and abroad for instance Cancer Day Centre in Poznan, Chiropractic Clinic in Glasgow or Windsurfing Beach Club in Zakynthos Island.
Zuzanna has worked with a broad range of patients including amateur and professional sports people a wide range of skills in treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in patients of all ages and from all levels of activity. She uses a mixture of Remedial techniques, including Trigger Points, Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial and Positional Release. She appreciates the field of holistic therapies and expanding her knowledge is always a priority. Her special interest lies in prenatal care. As a result of providing wonderful relaxing pregnancy massage she can reduce general pregnancy discomforts.
Outside of work Zuzanna loves to keep herself active. She enjoys hillwalking, road cycling, working out at the gym and practising yoga in her free time. When she’s not busy breaking out in a sweat, you will find her trying out new healthy recipes in the kitchen.
Senior Complementary Therapist, 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. Jade is a Senior member of the Bodyworks team, she has worked with Bodyworks for over 4 years now and is responsible for the Complementary side of Bodyworks.
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 qualified in Pregnancy massage, Lymphatic Drainage massage and qualified in Remedial and Sports Massage in December 2016.
Senior Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP
Steven is a fully qualified Physiotherapist with HCPC and CSP registration. Graduating in 2011 from The Robert Gordon University with a Bsc(hons) in Physiotherapy, Steven has 6 years experience working in Private Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapy. Professionally he has an interest in Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine and Lower Limb Biomechanics.
Steven enjoys getting to the root cause of an issue/ailment and prides himself on not only treating the symptoms. Postgraduately he is accredited in Medical Accupuncture, Kinesiology Taping and Spinal Manipulation. Enjoying an active lifestyle, out of work he can be found rock climbing, mountain biking or day dreaming about owning a dog!
Physiotherapist, HCPC, MCSP
Bertie graduated from the Master’s Physiotherapy program at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2017. Prior to that, in 2007 he obtained a BSc in Applied Sports Science from Edinburgh University.
Since qualifying Bertie has worked for NHS East Lothian specializing in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Here he gained experience in treating a wide range of injuries and conditions; in a broad range of patients- from young athletes to elderly adults.
Bertie works with clients to help them get the best out of themselves. He believes that in order to make lasting changes we need to challenge ourselves. To assist you in doing this he typically uses a combination of exercise therapy, soft tissue massage, dry needling and mobilisations.
Outside of work Bertie enjoys keeping fit and active. He is keen hill walker and most weekends you’ll be most likely to find him trekking over the Scottish hills or planning his next adventure. He is also a keen runner, gym trainer and cyclist, having completed LE-JOG and a touring trip to the south of Spain.
Massage Therapist, SMTO
Yair is a fully qualified Massage Therapist. He got his qualification in 2013 in Spain. Yair also finished a Sports therapy HND at Edinburgh College in 2018 and he is also qualified as a Personal Trainer.
He has an in-depth knowledge of different techniques such as Clay Massage, Sport Massage, Relaxation Massage, Reflexology, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Anatomy, Nutrition, Rehabilitation programmes and Electrotherapy, adapting each treatment to meet the particular needs of the client.
Yair has been working in luxury resorts, urban spas and private clinics when living in Spain. He kept working as a therapist here in Edinburgh providing, among others, Sport Massages and other therapies to MTS Edinburgh CrossFit members.
Yair is passionate about sports and physical and manual therapies. He loves swimming, CrossFit and weight-lifting. Yair is constantly continuing his education in order to help his clients to achieve their best possible outcome.
Sports Massage Therapist, FHT
After 10 years of working and volunteering within the health industry, Katherine recognises the significance of prioritising your health and well-being in order to prevent injury and disease.
She is a qualified sports massage therapist with a deep understanding of the importance of massage in recovery and injury prevention. Using techniques such as trigger point therapy, muscular energy techniques, kneading and myofascial releases to ensure your muscles are in the best possible condition for the physical and daily activities you participate in. She enjoys assessing each client’s needs and tailoring the massage to deliver a high standard of treatment.
In the constant pursuit of learning and bettering herself, she hopes to gain further massage qualifications and begin a masters in Physiotherapy next year (having already a degree in Biomedical Science). Katherine often reads medical journals to keep up-to-date with current research.
Outside of work Katherine loves to keep active by regularly running, surfing and attending crossfit classes. She has ran a couple of marathons, one triathlon and has a black belt in Shukokai Karate (1st Dan).
Junior Massage Therapist, MGHT
Justin is qualified in Swedish Massage, Seated Acupressure and is currently studying Sports Massage. This passion for physical therapy, came about through his own injuries from being an avid rock climber. Having to learn how to rehab and avoid injuries from happening again, developed a strong interest in the biomechanics of the body, athletic performance and effective training methods. He hopes to begin a masters in Physiotherapy this year (already having a degree in Physics) to pursue his dream of being a climbing Physio specialist.
Interested in healthy eating, Justin has previously worked at a health food shop and stays up to date on the latest research in nutrition. He finds eating a plant based diet boosts his performance in climbing and improves his all-round well-being.
Sports Therapist, FHT
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.
Advanced 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 has recently completed her Advanced Remedial Massage Course with Scottish Massage Schools and is now a tutor for their On-Site Chair Massage course. 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.
Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP
Claire is an experienced Physiotherapist who graduated from Brighton University in 2005. In addition to Physiotherapy assessments and treatments, Claire is qualified in Swedish massage & Aromatherapy massage. She completed her diploma in Swedish massage with the Scottish School of Massage in 1996 and in 2010 was awarded a diploma in Aromatherapy from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine. Claire takes part in regular professional development courses – she gained a postgraduate diploma in orthopaedic medicine in 2018 and is always eager to keep expanding her knowledge.
Claire is passionate about exercise and feels most at home when teaching exercise classes. She hold a Bsc in Sports Science, a RSA certificate in exercise to music, a diploma in Yoga teacher training from the Sivananda school and Pilates Matwork certification from APPI. She will be offering private Yoga and Pilates classes in the clinic.
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.
- 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
Alicja is also a Personal Trainer with focus on Pre & Post Natal fitness and BuggyGym Instructor.
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.