Note: I am NOT related to Callum Urquhart, the unqualified 'masseur' who was sentenced to a custodial sentence last year for his criminal activities.
The recent BBC Radio 4 program 'Assaulted by my Massage Therapist' profiles this person and his criminality, the harrowing effects on his clients and in so doing unfortunately and understandably casts male therapists in a very poor light.
I have delivered 1200 plus massages since starting my business in 2017 with no complaint. I offer non sensual massage as well as sensual massage and the two are completely different modalities to achieve different outcomes.
My non sensual massage is performed under strict ITEC college rules (I received ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Swedish Massage on 12/10/17) with regard to towel coverage and I require that clients wear at least underwear for this type of massage to ensure that modesty is protected.
For sensual massage, these rules are relaxed, but respect is always guaranteed. If a client does not like a certain component of the massage then it stops and an alternative component can be selected by the client. This in itself is only required if a client feels pain in a particular area as boundaries are always discussed with a sensual massage due to the relaxed rules and expectations from that particular modality.
Please note that I only offer sensual massage to women and heterosexual couples; in the case of a couple, only non sensual massage is offered to the male. This is my choice. Sensual massage clients have always been encouraged to have their partner accompany them for extra support, and this will always be the case.
Siochaint Massage Therapy provides a range of massage therapies from my premises in North Swindon, Wiltshire, or at your home.
I am an ITEC qualified holistic massage therapist and I am fully insured. You are assured of high standards of care and respect at all times.
I have had success in treating clients who have chronic pain (pain issues persisting in excess of 3 months), and my repeat clients have found that massage has proved beneficial in the following areas:
- Stress and tension headaches
- Frozen shoulders
- Tightness in neck with impaired movement
- Lower back pain
- Sciatica like symptoms from Piriformis issues
- Tight quadriceps and hamstrings from sports
- General pain and discomfort
ITEC Level 3 Holistic/Swedish Massage
FHT Accredited Deep Tissue Massage
FHT Accredited Seated Massage
Back - £20 (neck, deltoids, trapezius, rhomboids, lower back, lumbar, sacral and glutes)
Legs - £20 (Iliotibial Band, quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, calves and feet)
Full body massages (60 min) - £40
Seated (clothed) massage - £15 (30 minute session covering back, arms, neck, head, shoulders and electric percussion massage to back and shoulders)
Does massage work?
In short, yes. To the extent that it 'works' depends on one main thing: massage is all about body and mind, and those who I find benefit most from massage, are those who have the ability to relax readily. When you relax, your muscles start to lose their residual tension and they become more flexible and may be worked on with less pressure.
I have found success in combining manual massage movements with the heat of hot stones and the percussive therapy of the Thumper percussion massager.
Before the massage, I will ask you about any injuries or other conditions that you may have, including areas of tightness or pain, allergies, recent medical procedures and any medication that you may be receiving.
You can also tell me if you have a preference for light or firm pressure in massage and the types of massage you have had previously, if any.
After the consultation, I will tell you how to lie on the table - face up or face down, and how to drape the towels and then I will leave the room while you get ready. You will tell me that you are ready before I enter the room again. This of course is not required for seated massage as clothes are worn during this type of massage.
You are very welcome to bring a friend or family to sit with you during the massage treatment.
Please note that I am a masseur, or male therapist. People often appreciate a masseur to perform their massage as a properly trained masseur who is willing to perform deep work can offer a larger spectrum of pressure with less reliance on elbows to perform deep tissue work. This makes the massage more comfortable for the client while providing a beneficial treatment.
I work on a maximum of 3 clients per day to ensure quality of service. When a masseur is able to take proper rest breaks between clients, he will be fresh for each appointment, giving the client a better experience.
I use quality materials; my massage couch is one of the most deeply padded available and is electrically heated for the cooler months. 95% of my work is manual but I use heat lamps and electric percussion machines when required.
I am committed to providing high quality massage services and I back my work with my guarantee - if you are in any way unsatisfied with your massage, you are not obliged to pay.