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Anna Herbert – Massage Therapist Q&A

Anna Herbert is the new Massage Therapist at CBH.  We thought we’d introduce you to her by way of a Q&A.

Hi Anna.  What led you in to the world of massage?
I have always believed in the power of massage and in 2016 began making life and career changes to help bring balance and harmony into my life. I love my job; every client is different and it is fascinating to see how massage can heal not only the body, but the mind too.
Where did you train?
I studied Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology at Morley College, South London and qualified as a therapist in 2017. Soon after, I joined the Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms Graduate Scheme in Covent Garden and worked there for 3 years honing my skills.  
I continue to build on my professional development as a complementary therapist and have studied a variety of massage techniques to deepen my knowledge and understanding. I am fully insured and a member of the CNHC (Complementary & Natural Health Care Council).
Do you have a specialist field?
I have been using customised treatments to promote healing since 2017, I currently specialise in relaxation, deep tissue massage and pre and post natal women.  
What is your USP?
I strive to help get my clients back to optimum health so they can enjoy their daily activities, more importantly the ones that make you smile!
What ailments can you help with?
The physical benefits of massage include:
– reduced muscle tension
– improved circulation
– stimulation of the lymphatic system
– reduction of stress hormones
– relaxation
– increased joint mobility and flexibility
– improved skin tone
– improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
– heightened mental alertness
– reduced anxiety and depression.
I should add that massage therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program, this includes sports training, injury prevention and ongoing stress management.  
What should a client wear for a massage?
The key thing is comfort and that you feel safe. You are very welcome to remove every item of clothing, safe in the knowledge that you will be covered and appropriately draped at all times, which protects the modesty of both you and me (the practitioner). If you want to keep more layers on, please be aware that working directly on skin is the most effective way to receive massage, but I can work through drapes and thin layers of clothing if required.
How might I feel after a treatment?
After your treatment you should have a greater range of movement, less muscle spasms, and an overall feeling of wellbeing. You should also sleep better that night and find the effects lasting for several days. 
For more information or to make a booking visit https://www.annaherbert.co.uk/