Adrianna - APNT (Dip Cert) BCMA Reg. MRes BSc
A Wellness Guide and a Touch Therapist, Adrianna is based in Oxfordshire, South Portugal and at British summertime festivals. She has trained with the School of Bodywork in Exeter, Marty Ryan in the USA, Rudd Baanders in Oxford, Homprang Chaleekanha in Thailand, Janine Hurley in Manchester, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in Stroud & Bonny Casel with the School of Natural Medicine in London.
Adrianna offers restorative Swedish Massage, nourishing Indian Head Massage, subtle & powerful Myofascial Trauma Release, nurturing from the bottom up Thai Foot Reflexology, joint releasing Rocking Therapy, gentle & effective Abdominal Massage and much needed Pregnancy & Fertility Massage. Treatments may help by improving sleep, managing stress & digestion, increasing mobility & flexibility, reducing aches in the muscles & pains in the joints, reducing scar tissue and adhesion from surgery, managing trauma from pregnancy & birth, assisting in recovery from accidents, and helping to develop a general feeling of well being and peace.
As someone who has focused on health and wellbeing from before her Menarche years Adrianna has journeyed through chronic illness and physical distress using it as her own guide to create a toolbox to educate herself and support others towards the potential for expansion in to lightness instead of heaviness in pain and malfunction.
She is a Women's Wellness Yoga Teacher, a Pregnancy Yoga Instructor, a Meditation Journey guide, a Functional Body promoter and a Nutritional Coach.
More About Therapies:
Swedish Bodyworker Massage
The most popular form of European massage, the Swedish massage, works using the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Consisting of movements including effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction & vibration and encompassing the bending & stretching of joints, this massage stimulates muscles & encourages blood flow which promotes lymphatic drainage of metabolic waste. It is exceptional for increasing the level of blood oxygen, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation & increasing flexibility whilst easing tension. Adrianna uses this type of massage for those who need positive touch for restoration, assistance in healing injuries and for repetitive traumas. It can be a very deep massage if required.
A physical therapy focusing on the soft, connective & continuous web of tissue around the body (Fascia). An incredibly powerful therapy which helps to alleviate physical tension, emotional constrictions & tissue imbalances. By feeling & stretching in to the fascial network Adrianna is able to identify physical traumas within the body and facilitate the discharge of energy manifested by trauma & reinstate the natural health of the fascial system. Following physical and emotional trauma through surgery, poor posture, tensions, scarring, accidents and stressful situations, fascia hardens, dehydrates and creates restrictions resulting in pain and limitation of movement. This is Adrianna’s favourite treatment as the results can be instantaneous for anyone willing to surrender to their body’s needs. It’s a very nurturing, gentle type of treatment that is more Yin (feminine) than Yang and very effective for all over body restrictions. The neck and cranial treatment alone can assist with managing neck trauma, T.M.J., headaches and migraines.
The abdominal treatments Adrianna provide make use of three different modalities including Myofascial Release, Visceral Manipulation & Accupresure. She works initially with the fascial system, enabling structures within the tender and vulnerable core to soften, allowing for healing in more superficial tissues, before working with the digestive, urinary or reproductive systems. The sessions are able to support recovery from digestive, reproductory & urinary ailments. Illnesses can include IBS, indigestion, acid reflux, menorrhagia & menstrual imbalance, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, fertility issues, bladder problems & general tightness/restriction in the abdomen. Abdominal work is slow and sensitive, it can be very powerful to help cleanse any restrictions and make way for deeper restoration within the core.
For The Mother
Massage during pregnancy may help eliviate insomnia, cramping, carpal tunnel pain, headaches, lower back pain & sinus congestion. Techniques are often slow, gentle & encourage lymph drainage. Adrianna is also trained in naturally engaging breech babies to facilitate movement to a comfortable birthing position. Using Myofascial Release she can offer support during SPD & help to readjust the pelvis to a state of relief after the trauma of birth.
Most people are in need of more physical touch with or without knowing it. Before, during and after pregnancy a woman’s emotional and physical body requires even greater devotion and care. Adrianna offers women treatments on the reproductive system:
Before Conception - to help support ongoing fertility treatment and prepare the uterus and abdomen for physical and hormonal changes
During Pregnancy and birth - to offer relief from painful physical changes
Breech Babies - to naturally re-position fetuses and turn
After Birth - to help realign the pelvis and treat symphysis pubis dysfunction
Indian Head Massage
This 30 minute treatment can be performed sitting up or lying down and is a popular at the festivals Adrianna frequents. It’s a beautiful, relaxing treatment which is often incorporated in to a full Swedish Massage. It stimulates blood flow to the scalp, helps relieve tensions in the upper back and includes a facial accupressure massage that encourages cell regeneration. It is used in India initially on newborns and children to help promote hair grow, improve calmness and increase a sense of connection. Adrianna can incorporate this technique in to any of her treatments. It is based on the ayurvedic system of healing & works on both a physical & psychological level. This head & shoulders massage aims to rebalance energies & enhance a general feeling of relaxation.
Traditional Thai Massage
A popular Asian massage in Europe, this Thai therapeutic massage incorporates acupressure points and lines on the body similar to those used in acupuncture and tapping techniques. Adrianna works with an injury or ailment using the vitality of these points to stimulate circulation, encourage positive shifts in energy blockages and release restrictions in the body. It’s often performed on the floor however this treatment with Adrianna will be on a massage table.
Thai Foot Reflexology
Adrianna implements the Rwo Shur method which focuses on revitalisation rather than relaxation and involves a combination of thumb-sliding, knuckle pressure and a small wooden stick to apply pressure. This ancient technique explores the reflex points on the feet which highlights any body issues that need your attention whilst allowing you to restore and rest yourself during this foot & leg reflexology and massage session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2018 Emergency First Aid in the Workplace - Humphreys Training
- 2018 Certificate Thai Foot Reflexology – Thailand Government
- 2017 Certificate Source Power Yoga Therapy - Womb Yoga with Yoni Shakti
- 2016 Certificate Reiki 1 & 2 - Oxford Compassion Practice
- 2015 Certificate Manual Therapy Applications to the Pelvis - Love Your Guts
- 2015 Diploma Myofascial Release Therapy - Association of Physical and Natural Therapists
- 2015 Certificate Pelvic Diaphragm Release - Association of Physical and Natural Therapists
- 2015 Certificate Thai Massage – Thailand Government
- 2015 Certificate Womb & Abdominal Massage – Thailand Government
- 2013 Certificate Pregnancy Massage – Federation of Holistic Therapies
- 2013 Diploma Anatomy and Physiology - Association of Physical and Natural Therapists
- 2013 Diploma Swedish Massage - Association of Physical and Natural Therapists
- 2013 Diploma Indian Head Massage - Association of Physical and Natural Therapists
- 2012 MRes - University of London
- 2005 BSc - University of Wales
Member organisations *
Association of Physical and Natural Therapists
The APNT is a national multidisciplinary body covering a range of complementary and alternative therapies.
The organisation has its own Code of Ethics and Complaints procedure, and requires all members to provide proof of a relevant qualification in order to be eligible for membership.
There are five different categories of membership: Student, Associate, Affiliate, Full and Corporate.
Other available therapies
- Pre & Post Partum
- Breech Birth
- Stress Management
- Emotional Trauma
- Physical Trauma
Over Norton Therapist: £55/hr
Leamington Spa Neal’s Yard Therapist: £55/hr
Oxfordshire Mobile Therapist: £100/session of 1.5hrs
Whether you are celebrating a house warming, a birthday, a hen party or any type of gathering where you feel an injection of well being will be welcome Adrianna travels further afield. Adrianna charges £30 per half hour of treatment at gatherings and can be with you for up to five hours.
I am also a member of The Maternity Network in Berkshire and the Association for Physical and Natural Therapists: