Holistic Massage: Relax Restore Revive
Holistic massage & bodywork with treatment rooms in Southville, Bishopston/Gloucester Road and Clifton, Bristol. Find space in your life, calm your mind and relax your body. Give back to yourself. Feel nurtured, nourished and revived.
Nurturing touch is a fundamental human need and it’s benefits can be experienced at every stage in life. Holistic massage is an individual, person-centred treatment that focuses on your specific needs. The effects can be felt on both physical and emotional levels, with each session designed to be as unique as you are.
Sam Lacey and Sharmila Bousa are MTI trained therapists based in Southville, Bishopston/Gloucester Road and Clifton, Bristol. Treatments are suitable for a wide range of needs – from therapeutic deep-tissue release and relaxing back massage to nourishing and restorative pregnancy massage. Massage can help you cope with the effects of stress and tension and is perfect for both calming the mind and easing physical strain on the body.
Sam and Sharmila are knowledgable and sensitive therapists, providing intuitive holistic treatments with both warmth and empathy. Sam is also a qualified yoga teacher offering private yoga sessions and group yoga classes in Clifton, Bristol.
Training, qualifications & experience
Sam and Sharmila are both MTI and CNHC registered Holistic Massage Therapists. Sam is also a RYA Registered yoga teacher.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC.
Members must abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and hold current professional indemnity insurance.
Massage Training Institute
The Massage Training Institute is a professional association which accredits training schools offering practitioner level courses leading to the MTI Diploma in Holistic Massage with Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Other available therapies
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Treatment times can be adapted to suit your needs. Typically sessions last for one hour although for a deeply relaxing full body massage or pregnancy massage it’s best to book a 90 minute treatment. Massage costs are as follows:
1 hour £45
1 ½ hours £65
2 hours £90
Appointment times can be flexible and it is also possible to see clients in the evening or at the weekend from time to time. Bookings can be made by calling Sharmila or Sam direct. Often phones may be switched off if your preferred therapist is with a client, so please do leave a message and they will call back as soon as they become free. Both therapists are very happy to receive emails or talk on the phone if there are any specific questions you might have.
Payment should be made in cash and any appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are subject to a cancellation fee of 50%. Concessions are available for unwaged clients or pensioners so please call for more information.
What is holistic massage?
Holistic massage treats the person as a whole. As holistic therapists we’ll consider your emotional wellbeing, as well as how you are feeling physically. Each session is specifically tailored to your needs and so the treatment you receive will be unique, following no fixed routine, taking into account much more than just superficial aches and pains.
Treatments draw from a wide range of massage techniques and may include gentle massage, stretches, relaxation work and deep tissue massage. The elements combined will be determined by your needs at any given time. As well as understanding the muscular-skeletal structure of the body, your therapist will also have knowledge of key body systems, such as circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory, in order to fully understand the impact of massage on all aspects of the person. Holistic massage also incorporates an awareness of the subtle energetic body so your therapist can work with this aspect where appropriate.
By tuning in to all aspects of the person and adopting this holistic approach, the intention is to create a space where you can experience relaxation at a very deep level. This not only means that the muscles are more receptive to massage, but also provides an environment where the body is more able to rest and restore itself. This is your treatment, your space and your time to relax.
Massage works by improving circulation and lymphatic drainage aiding the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells whilst at the same time eliminating toxins, releasing muscular tension and boosting the immune system. Relaxing massage will deepen the breath, calm the mind and reduce the effects of physical and emotional stress on the body.
By carrying out an initial consultation at our first session, your therapist can learn about your medical history, determine how you are today and how you would like to feel as a result of the treatment. With this in mind, we’ll create a unique massage to suit your needs. A truly holistic approach involves working ‘with’ you rather than doing ‘to’ so as well as agreeing a massage plan in advance, your feedback is encouraged both during and after the session.