After working and managing teams in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry, I decided to leave and retrain as a massage therapist. I trained at the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) and qualified as an ISRM Certified clinical sport and remedial massage therapist in 2016. I have since passed professional development courses and diplomas in Forearm & Deep Tissue Massage, Kinesio Taping and Hot Stone massage.
“I was familiar with the calming, peaceful atmosphere of Natural Balance but it was my first treatment with Michael Jarvis. After discussing the main problem: a very sore neck and shoulder, Michael went about treating the problem area thoroughly. Not only was my pain much better but I felt completely relaxed and invigorated. Michael was interested in what had caused the pain, the anatomy and the techniques he used were really effective. I’ll be booking in again soon!” (Soumen 13.08.17)
It was through triathlon, running, playing golf, and surprisingly through working in offices over the last 20 years (aching neck, back, wrists) that I became fascinated in massage not only as a means to recover from injury, but also to prevent it. Being so active and hating being injured, I would have massage treatments to help recover from those aches and niggles, and I soon realised the treatments also helped prevent those aches and niggles. I also discovered the benefits of massage for my mental and emotional well-being. Simply put, I had discovered the full range of benefits that Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy can offer and my passion for massage as a therapy was born. I have since become fascinated by the musculoskeletal system, and how the various massage techniques, plus improvements to a person’s posture and strength, can help relieve people from their chronic pain and stiffness.
Each of my treatments are tailored to the needs and goals of the individual, whether it be to relieve everyday postural aches and pains, prepare for and/or recover from surgery, manage both pre and post event training, or to simply zone out for an hour or more. They include assessment, treatment, and if needed, rehabilitation advice.
“I came to Michael with a lot of pain. I have fractured my shoulder and was given a support collar to wear. As a result of this necessary support of my arm my neck and back muscularly were extremely tight and painful. Michael took great care to find a way to give me deep tissue massage – I was unable to lie down so he found a good sitting position and made sure I was comfortable … the massage helped very much…. also I was feeling fragile (!) and it was really comforting to be treated so kindly…..on every level just what I needed.” (Mary 07.08.2017)
I am a full member of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage (ISRM) and have professional indemnity insurance and first aid training.
- BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sports & Remedial Massage (London School Of Sports Massage)
- Forearm & Deep Tissue Massage (Jing Advanced Massage Training)
- Diploma in Hot Stone Massage (Brighton Holisitics)
- Kinesiology Taping (ProActive Training)
- Taping & Strapping (ProActive Training)
- FAA Level 2 Emergency First Aid At Work (QCF)
Treatments I offer:
- Sports & Remedial Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Hot Stone Massage
- Deep Tissue with Hot Stone Massage
I work at Natural Balance Therapies Mondays, and alternate Saturdays and Sundays plus cover other shifts on occasion.