About

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to look through my website; I hope you’ve enjoyed it so far. This page is in place so that you can learn more about who I am, what I do and why I love doing it.

Lauren Southey Massage & Bodywork is a homegrown, one-woman business, with a primary focus on improving worldwide wellbeing, one massage at a time.

It is my core belief that appropriate, therapeutic touch is a very powerful healing tool, and vital to our overall health and happiness. Touch is the only one of the five senses that doesn’t diminish with age; a lack of caring touch in infancy has shown to lead to higher levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone”, later in life; touch is central to our identities, and governs how we experience a wide range of feelings. I love my profession for the fact that it recognises the power of touch and uses it to create space for healing, at a physical, mental and emotional level.

I believe that massage promotes health in the body and mind; the whole of the self. Research has shown that bodywork can be very beneficial for mental health; a 2004 study demonstrates that multiple sessions of massage therapy can have positive effects on symptoms of depression and anxiety that are “similar in magnitude to those of psychotherapy” [1].

I’m sure it’s obvious by now that I’m very enthusiastic about my work… In my spare time, I’m equally enthusiastic about good food, dancing and brilliant books, and sharing all these things with my wonderful friends and family.

So now you know a little more about me, and why I do what I do. If you’d like to discuss how I could help you, feel free to get in touch via the contact page; I’m very much looking forward to working with you!

 

[1] Moyer et al, 2004. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14717648

 

My Training

 

I completed my initial training in massage and bodywork at Peter Symonds Higher Education College in Winchester, Hampshire.

I studied both complementary therapies – including Swedish massage, aromatherapy and reflexology – and sports massage. I loved having to opportunity to learn about both kinds of massage; relaxing and remedial. This background has enabled to combine both elements in my work, placing relaxation and pain relief on an equally important level.

My further training includes studying the foundations of Fascial Therapy with Steven Goldstein, looking at working with the connective tissue system using myofascial release techniques (May 2018).

In November 2018, I completed a week long course with Alex Cat of The Yoga Clinic UK; “The Neurobiology of Trauma”. It was a fascinating, in-depth workshop on how trauma – both everyday and outstanding trauma, in single or repeated incidents – affects the brain and body.

 

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