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 offer clients more choice in massage therapy, Bodyworks Edinburgh has broadened it’s range of treatments to include physiotherapy 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 and reach your health goals as quick as possible.
Meet the Team:
Clinic Manager and Remedial & Sports Massage Therapist
Ashleigh is a fully qualified Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage 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 in Seated Acupressure and Aromatherapy.
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 is currently studying Nutritional Therapy and provides Antioxidant Consultations within the clinic at the moment. She hopes to maintain continuous professional development and keep up to date in order to provide the best treatments for her clients.
Complementary Massage Therapist & Receptionist
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.
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.
Anna Maria Risso
Anna Maria is a fully certified Physiotherapist with a Masters degree from Kings College London in NeuroMusculoskeletal Rehabilitation. Originally from Malta, Anna Maria has over 6 years of experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal and sports related injuries. She has a special interest in spine rehabilitation and in view of this she has completed several APPI Pilates courses and is now a qualified APPI Pilates instructor. She has been teaching Pilates for the past 5 years including Pilates for back pain, scoliosis, runners, swimmers, ballet dancers and rehabilitation following surgery from back, neck and shoulder. She is currently pursuing a PhD in rehabilitation at Queen Margaret University with the knee being her area of research.
Her main focus of treatment is manual therapy using techniques such as manipulations, mobilisations, soft tissue release, massage, medical acupuncture, taping and exercise therapy. Anna Maria is a firm believer that the body is made up of one continuous chain and that the client’s treatment should be a holistic one including a mix of local treatment, education, exercise therapy and mind-body connectivity which she uses in her treatment through the use to Pilates based exercises. Anna Maria is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and a member of the HCPC regulatory body.
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.
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist
Ryan is a fully qualified sports and remedial massage therapist, graduating back in 2014. He is currently going into his final year studying Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is also qualified in Kinesiology taping as well as first aid trained. As well as studying full-time in Physiotherapy, Ryan also works at Heart of Midlothian FC providing match day first aid support to the academy squads, as well as attending rehabilitation clinics to support players in their recovery.
Ryan has a passion for health and fitness and demonstrates an enthusiasm for sports rehabilitation, focusing on not only the physical recovery, but also the psychological involvement that is required to return to the highest possible level. Having been a keen footballer himself, he has great insight into the rehabilitation of a sports person to return to their desired activities and the process that recovery entails. Ryan is always looking to expand his scope of practice and knowledge base by continuing to learn new skills and courses to ensure that he is maintaining the most recent level of evidence-based treatments to ensure that patients are receiving the best possible care at all times. He believes that physical activity is vital for a maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can help any client to get involved with exercise and improve their overall wellbeing.
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist
Carles is a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist who has recently moved to Edinburgh from down South. In 2012 Carles ruptured his Achilles tendon. After a string of system failures and a whole year of recovery the tendon hadn’t healed properly and he had to have surgery which took him back to square one. The frustration, pain, and the accompanying lack of mobility motivated Carles to learn how the human body responds to injury and the processes that can aid recovery.
His interest was drawn to Sports and Remedial Massage from this – besides injury recovery it can help optimise training for a wide range of physical activities, improve balance and posture, and help fight every day aches and pains. 3 years after his injury he graduated in Sports and Remedial Massage at the Oxford School of Sports Massage in February 2015.
Carles is currently working towards his Pilates Instructor qualification and hopes to use Pilates along side his treatments to aid recovery.
Leanne is a fully qualified and insured Massage Therapist, she graduated from Mary Reid Spa Academy in Deep Tissue, Swedish and Indian Head Massage. She has experience working as a mobile therapist both with Urban Massage and her own clients within Edinburgh and the Lothians. Leanne has always had a keen interest in Human Anatomy and helping others which made her combine both to have a career change from an Office Administration role into Massage Therapy. She is also keen to further her knowledge in hot stone massage and Sports Therapy in the near future.
Leanne can give you a full body relaxation massage to a deep tissue to de-stress not only yourself but your muscles too. Having regular sessions with clients and working with injuries, she is confident she can help to relieve muscle pain and tightness by ensuring every treatment is adapted to the individual needs of the client.
Complementary Massage Therapist
Loraine is a fully qualified and insured Deep Tissue and Complementary Massage Therapist, graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2013, with BA (Hons) in Complementary Healthcare.
Upon leaving school it was Loraine’s growing interest in maintaining good health and well-being, with the use of natural health philosophies and methods, which led her to study Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM).
Her studies first began in 2006 where she completed a Diploma in Holistic Therapies focusing on Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Swedish massage, she is also fully qualified to provide Hot Stones Therapy & Indian Head Massage.
She then went on to further study Complementary Therapies at City of Glasgow College in 2009 advancing her knowledge in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Lifestyle Advice and Stress Management for Clients, Botanical Science for Aromatherapy, Advanced Reflexology, aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Perspectives of Health and Integration in Health Care Services.
Loraine is very passionate in the field of Complementary Healthcare and with her dedication to providing quality therapeutic treatments, she is always looking to progress her skills and knowledge by maintaining continuous professional development and attending further courses. She is currently working towards completing her diploma in Remedial & Sports massage.
Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist
Agata is a fully qualified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, registered with BANT (British Association with Nutritional Therapy), CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), NNA (Naturopathic Nutrition Association) and accredited by GNC from College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her experience revolves around general health support through Nutritional guidance.
Agata’s main interest lies in healing from the inside out through food. She believes that physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual health and consequent beauty come from within.
In 2010 she created the hypotheses that Nourishment could be the main root cause of worldwide dis-ease status. Due to her belief in the power of Nature and interest in Ancient and Traditional Medicine she opted on Naturopathic nutrition Diploma with CNM.
After graduating and practicing in Angola and in Portugal she realized clients were majorly concerned about weight loss, body composition and performance. Hence, she decided to embark on an MSc in Performance Nutrition with Middlesex University and a Diploma with the International Society of Sports Nutrition with the aim to act as Functional Sports Nutritionist.
In addition to Nutrition she exerts on body mechanics on the realms of Clinical Reflexology, Shiatsu and Indian Head Massage. Lastly, regarding spiritual health, she fundamentally believes on the principles of Reiki and Meditation.
Her interest is to continue acting in the field of Prevention and because Agata believes in a complementary healthcare system, where natural and allopathic medicine would perfectly blend, her training is enhanced every year, either through conventional or alternative medicine trainings.
BSc hons, affiliated Nutritionist
Ashley Bichard is an affiliated Nutritionist with the Nutritionist Society currently based in Oban but working at Bodyworks one weekend day per month. Ashley graduated in 2014 from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, with a BSc in Nutrition and in June 2015 started her own nutrition consultancy business called Feel Nutritious.
Ashley has now been working in the field for over two years and she loves it! Ashley does a range of nutritional consultations, whether it’s one to one, couples, families or maybe a small group of friends with similar goals.
Ashley works with a wide range of clients with a number of different goals, whether its weight loss/gain, improved sports performance, a medical condition or maybe you’re just at a loose end with your children’s eating habits.
She has always had a passion for health and fitness having previously worked with a GP referral scheme where she qualified as a gym instructor as well as a level 3 GP exercise referral trainer in Oban as well as gyms in the Edinburgh area.
Ashley’s love for nutrition stemmed from her great love of food. Not just the amazing flavours but the massive influence food has on our physical and mental state. Ashley loves creating new recipes for herself and her clients to fit their nutritional needs.
Veronica is an experienced Administrator with a background in the recruitment sector. Before this Veronica spent many years working in management positions within the Retail sector. Over the past few years she has spent time working abroad in Australia, Norway and is now back in her home city of Edinburgh. Veronica has a strong interest in health and well-being and enjoys yoga, meditation, holistic therapies, cycling and walking outdoors. She supports charities including animal, environmental and health organisations. Being half Latin and still having family in both Italy and Spain, Veronica is very much interested in traveling and experiencing other cultures.
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.
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