why willow

My name is Michelle and I am your massage therapist. Here is an introduction to me and why I chose Willow Massage Therapy to represent me and my massage.

  • I trained and qualified with Sheffield Centre for Massage Training.

  • I achieved a Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy, examining body; Massage Training Institute (MTI).

  • I achieved a level 4 diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, examining body; Massage Training Institute.

  • During my level 4 training, I attended several hours of voluntary massage work with the Macclesfield Parkinson’s group (The Alex Project).

  • As part of my MTI Diploma I attend continued professional development courses expanding my knowledge and keeping my skills current.

  • I have completed courses in Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Releasing the Neck and Working with the Piriformis Muscle.

  • I am a member of the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council.

  • I am insured with Balens; A specialist Insurance Brokers for Health & Wellbeing Professionals & Organisations.

  • I hold an Emergency First Aid at Work certificate.

The Willow Tree

Many moons ago in ancient times, the Willow Tree bark was used to treat pain and inflammation and in some cultures the Willow Tree relates to a compassionate mind. Treating pain and inflammation with a compassionate nature are what I consider useful practices in massage therapy.
The Willow Tree has a similar life-span to human kind, they rarely live to 100 years old and are mature at 70 years old. 
A Willow Tree goes to extremes to seek water and in a drought is susceptible to disease. We are made up of over 60% water, our bodies seek water more than food, and dehydrate quicker than we hunger. Water supports all the cells in our body, without it we have no strength, a sluggish mind and like the Willow are prone to disease. Our ancestors would seek and set up home near to water knowing it was needed for their village to prosper. Just like the Willow Tree we need to hydrate regularly to help keep us strong and healthy.

Before the invention of plastic, Willow was widely used to make a variety of containers, plastic is now slowly killing our planet, the way we are slowly destroying our bodies with our modern lifestyle. Our current lifestyle is causing us to lose touch with our bodies and have little self-control. 
Like a Willow Tree we need the right environment to thrive and be healthy, unlike a Willow Tree we have the power to change our environment.