The Salty Monk
I am on a mission to bring massage to the people of East Devon.
With a career spanning nearly 20 years and having worked at some of the UK’s top spas including Champneys Forest Mere, I want to change our perceptions that massage is merely a luxury treat.
With over 19 million days lost to stress-related illnesses between 2013/14, our modern-day bodies are in revolt.
“Massage therapy is becoming such a valuable ally to mainstream medicine and its benefits are vast. A regular massage can contribute hugely to redressing many of our modern day ailments.”
Massage helps to relieve stress, encourage relaxation, improve posture, lower blood pressure and improve flexibility and range of motion. It also helps promote restful sleep. Overall, massage helps provide better body awareness, the first step to taking greater responsibility for our health and well-being.
Luke Budden, a strength and conditioning coach at the Lawn Tennis Association High Performance Centre, says: “As a keen athlete I have had more than my fair share of physiotherapy and massage. Tim is among the best massage therapist’s that I’ve had the pleasure to meet. He has a fantastic knack for finding all of those little knots! Highly recommended.”
“Tim firmly believes that massage is a therapy, i.e. ‘a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder’. It should not be considered a luxury, but an integral part of our lives. His treatments are second to none, his fees are extremely reasonable, and the setting is peaceful and relaxing. On top of all that, Tim is the nicest guy you could ever wish to meet ... what’s not to like?!” Ali Champain, Sidmouth.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied physiology, anatomy and body massage (ITEC) at the Shen Dao school of Oriental therapies before going on to work at some of the UK's top health spas including Champneys' Forest Mere and Grayshott Spa.
I have also worked alongside the health care team at a Cheshire home for adults with serious physical disabilities such as MS and paralysis from major accidents. As well as helping to improve range of mobility and to ease muscular tension, I was also able to offer something as simple as touch to people often locked into the lonely prison of their disability.
Having recently moved to Sidmouth, I have now started a practice where I want to re-educate people into viewing massage as a valuable on-going part of their health and fitness regime, and not merely an occasional luxury treat. Therefore I have made the decision to keep my fees at an affordable level.
For a full-body massage I charge £37 and for a half-hours' back, neck and shoulders treatment I charge just £24. Also, for a block booking of six treatments I offer a 15% discount.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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