A LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY PRACTICE...
I’ve worked to create both a space and experience which is tailored to the needs of LGBTQ people. At the heart of this is the feeling of safety and the power this holds to enable people to bring their true self into my massage space to reconnect with their body, reduce pain and tension and reset their nervous system.
This is how I do that:
LGBTQ+ friendly pre-massage consultations.
Before your massage, either over the phone, zoom or via text, we discuss the massage, your body and what you want to get out of your appointment. We talking about your physical body, your mental health and plan the massage together. This helps inform me of any issues you have, such as different conditions or anxieties, and allows me to tailor the massage to suit your needs. For a lot of LGBTQ people coming to me, I am their first experience of massage and so this also helps break the ice and calm your nerves before the appointment. I want you to feel safe, warm and heard during the massage so this consultation together is a vital part of that.
Background in trauma.
My original background is in trauma and I bring this into my massage practice to ensure the experience feels safe and sensitive to my clients trauma. I am aware of the high rates of trauma particularly amongst my Transgender clients and do my utmost to ensure my practice is respectful of this. I practice active consent through out my massage, monitor your breathing and responses for signs of a trauma response and work to avoid any recognised triggers that may come up for you through experiencing touch.
Awareness of LGBTQ+ prevalent and specific pathologies.
As part of my massage qualification, I am qualified in Anatomy and Physiology. I am also currently studying for my Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Qualification and hoping to use this to research some of the conditions which are common, or specific, to our community. I have experience working with the impacts of Gender Dysphoria such as pain and tensions connected to binding, hormone treatment and gender affirming surgeries and understanding how these issues impact the body physically. In particular I am looking at the possible connections between binding and early symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Pectoralis Minor Syndrome.
Your body, your rules.
This is a key part of both making people feel safe and honouring the often difficult relationships LGBTQ people can have with our bodies. I allow for you to make the decisions around a number of areas in the massage so that you can feel in control of the practice. These include: where you do and don’t want to be massaged, towel placement, use of scented oils/waxes, what clothing you remove and how we communicate during the practice.
After your massage, I spent some time grounding with you before allowing you some time to yourself to come to slowly. During my massage your heart rate will reduce and your body will enter its parasympathetic nervous system. A lot of clients describe this as feeling “floaty” or “spacey”. Allowing this extra time is important to allow your body to prepare to re-enter the world outside my practice and to feel how your newly relaxed body feels.