Kirsty Wales Mobile Massage Therapies
Covid-19 Pandemic Situation and Massage Therapies.
Helping you get out of pain during Covid-19.
Lockdown status in Sussex
I am open for online virtual appointments.
Using a video link, we can discuss and analyse your symptoms. With this information, I can prescribe exercises and stretches to get you out of pain and moving again at home. This self-help rehab information is emailed to you as a detailed report. Your PDF document contains all the exercises and stretches with diagrams and instructions on how and when to perform them. Each one has a link to a YouTube video for you to watch. You can refer to this as much as you need to throughout your rehab.
This 30-minute appointment will get you back on your feet again and costs £25.00
The initial triage session prior to booking an online session is absolutely free and of course has no obligation to continue. Once you have agreed to a session then your booking is confirmed when your bacs payment has been received. The normal 24-hour cancellation policy applies.
I am happy to talk about video appointments with you and answer any questions you may have. Contact me to discuss your options.
Thank you and stay safe. 😊*T&Cs apply.
Oncology (Cancer) Massage
If you have, or have had cancer, I am here to help you feel better.
First of all, I want to put your mind at rest. It is now clinically proven and accepted that oncology massage does not spread or move cancer around the body.
How can I help you feel better?
By using approved, specific and non-invasive massage therapies I can improve your overall feeling of wellbeing by reducing the negative symptoms of your treatments and medications.
This is achieved by ...reducing fluid build up in the body, increasing your freedom of movement, improving recovery times and healing post-operative scar tissue. One of the greatest benefits of the session is the reduction in stress, anxiety and tension around the body. This allows the body to focus on healing itself by acheiving deeper sleep, better digestion and therefore improved overall recovery and potentially less time in hospital.
Let’s not forget, this is your massage. You are in control of your massage. Each session will be tailored to suit your needs on the day, especially if you are having a bad day. The specialist oncology massage training I have been taught, enables me to make the adaptations required to help you feel better whatever stage of your cancer journey. For example, sometimes you may only want a hand or foot massage, other times you may prefer a neck and shoulders massage. The choice is yours.
The certified techniques used during the session are provided in the comfort and privacy of your own home so you don’t have to make awkward, uncomfortable and unnecessary journeys.
No Travel, No Parking, No Stress.
You don’t need permission to have a little ‘me time’.
So, give yourself, or someone you know, some TLC with my Oncology Massage for only £60 for 60 minutes.
Contact me to discuss your options.
Massage and the treatment of scars following operations or accidents has been developed by Sharon Wheeler in the USA. I have embraced Sharon’s methods along with my cancer massage therapies. They can go hand in hand
with each other and provide a holistic approach to your recovery. ScarWork Therapy is still relatively new in the UK and I am thrilled to be one of about 300 therapists currently registered in the UK who can deliver
these specialist and valuable techniques.
I was so lucky to train with Emma Holly, who is one of a handful of registered tutors in the country who can deliver this course. During my training, I was able to see first-hand the amazing results that can be achieved, sometimes within a single session. ...I worked on a multitude of scars including burns, breast cancer surgery, Caesarean sections, road traffic and sporting injuries; all affecting different parts of the body. No scar seems to be immune to this therapy and the feedback from the clients was overwhelming. Many commented on seeing noticeable visual improvements and also feeling the difference in the tissues during and after the session.
Fortunately for me (but unfortunately for my husband) I was able to put my new-found skills to work at a very early stage. Having suffered not one but two prolapsed discs he had to undergo a double micro-discectomy. This meant I observed his scar and the changes to it as he healed. Once his consultant gave permission, I successfully began using many of those newly acquired techniques on him.
This therapy uses VERY gentle but effective techniques to achieve results in the management and impact of your scar as it continues to heal. Amongst others, the aim of any session will look to release tightness and adhesions. These are caused by layers of tissues sticking together post-surgery and are all part of the natural course of healing. By releasing these we can improve your skin and muscle mobility as well as your overall feeling and movement in and around the wound site. Over-sensitive and painful areas may also benefit from the calming effect of the therapy as we work together with your body to promote your healing, well-being and overall recovery in your tailored healing programme.
The techniques used involve direct contact with your scar and the surrounding skin and tissues. At the end of the session a moisturiser may be applied to assist in re-hydrating and soothing your scar. It is very important to keep your scar hydrated daily whilst it is healing.
There are different categories and sizes of scars. Naturally, results will differ accordingly. The potential for improvement is not just limited to new scars. Old scars are responding just as well to the therapy techniques. The main benefits are often seen as a general flattening, softening and smoothing accompanied by less itching, irritation and general pain in and around the wound.
Your tailored scar healing programme can only begin once you have full permission in the form of a letter from your consultant and they have effectively signed you off from any further treatment for the area. This is usually at 6-8 weeks after your surgery but times will vary. On our initial consultation we will discuss the finer points of your programme and decide the best course of action to take. Your first massage will follow immediately.
An appointment lasts for 60 minutes and costs £60
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage
This sadly, is a common result of some cancer treatments and surgeries where nodes are removed. The reduction in the number of nodes in the body (nodes are the exit points for the lymph to drain through), puts the lymphatic system under pressure to drain the same amount of fluid through less nodes. This is why excess lymph (fluid) accumulates just under the skin, not in the muscles, and causes local swelling in the limbs and around the body.
A gentle touch is used in this specialised technique ... to encourage the drainage and reduce congestion. By moving the lymph to its nearest exit (nodes) and enhancing the natural flow within the lymphatic system, pain relief and range of movement can be improved. Regular treatments help to improve overall health and wellbeing.
This treatment requires skin to skin contact lying face up on the table. Before trying to move the lymph, the nodes must first be emptied. I use a gentle, light press and release technique for this. Next, applying a light pressure to the skin, I use circular motions with my hands and fingers to move and push the excess lymph under the skin along the limb to the nodes. This is not painful and can be quite relaxing. The treatment is applied to the whole body starting at the head and neck, progressing to the arms and then the legs and feet. Deep breathing techniques are used to enhance the treatment. Clients can often see quite an obvious reduction in the size of the swelling / limb after their treatment. Keeping well hydrated is an important part of managing lymphoedema.
Working with your care team, we can design a maintenance programme to keep you mobile, healthy and the negative impact of your lymphoedema under control.
An appointment lasts 1 hour and costs £60.00.
Contact me to book your massage.
Sports Massage Therapy
Firstly, let's dispel a myth. Just because this is "Sports Massage Therapy”, you do not have to be sporty in any way and it definitely doesn’t have to hurt.
Historically these were often only available to sports professionals - and this is how the tag came to be - but we now know that anyone can have a "sports" condition and be treated with targeted massage therapy.
Sports Massage is the name for a specific massage therapy designed ...to assess, analyse and address soft tissue and joint problems in the body. Muscles, tendons and ligaments or fascia all make up soft tissues in the body.
Problems can arise from virtually any activity but it is usually when these activities are not performed well or properly that we first notice anything wrong. Even if we think we’re doing them correctly. For example;
- Sitting badly at your desk or in the car causes your back to ache.
- Carrying bulky items awkwardly brings on shoulder pain.
- Repeated work activities bring on headaches.
- Old mattresses do not provide adequate support which leads to poor sleep and tension.
- Protecting old injuries seems to aggravate other areas.
- Simple poor posture makes ‘everything’ hurt.
If these issues are not addressed, they can develop into long term pain and discomfort.
Sports massage therapy can be used along-side other complementary therapies to treat current or recurring injuries. When used as part of a maintenance programme it can help to prevent injuries in the longer term.
Why does Sports Massage tend to hurt then?
Sports massage (also known as deep tissue or remedial therapy) generally uses a deeper pressure to reach the underlying tissues. This is why people often think that the session has to hurt. Anticipating pain creates tension in the tissues and that counteracts the effects of the massage. It shouldn’t be painful, although it may not be as comfortable as a relaxation massage.
So, as long as you are somewhere in the range from Couch Potato to Adonis, I will have a session for you.
Each session lasts for 1 hour and costs £60.
Sessions will be based on your needs. Aftercare advice will be given so that you can continue to heal and help you get back to where you want to be in your daily life or sporting activities.
Contact me to discuss your options.
Do you need to relax and re-charge?
Are you stressed, tense and full of aaarrrrgggghhhhhh!?
Let me turn that in to oooooooohhhh and zzzzzzzzzzzzz. Just unwind with some soothing relaxation massage, all in your own home.
Would you like to ...
- Lose yourself for an hour?
- Forget about the outside world?
- Feel those tight muscles release?
- Reduce your headaches?
- Feel generally more relaxed?
- Experience a better night’s sleep?
This massage uses long, soothing flowing massage strokes, a lighter pressure and is delivered at a much slower pace.
The added advantage of this massage is that you don’t have to get dressed and rush about afterwards as you are already at home. You can even stay in your dressing gown if you wanted too!
So, go on, treat yourself to some you time, all in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Each session lasts for 1 hour and costs £60.
Contact me to book your massage.
How often have you thought “I could do with a massage right now!” but ‘now’ is when you’re at work?
Fat chance of that ever happening eh?
Well maybe not…
I will bring my skills to your office or workplace and help to alleviate your aches and pains allowing you to stay motivated, focussed and pain free throughout ...the day and beyond.
It is now widely recognised and proven that happy, healthy staff take less time off due to stress and ill health.
Are you fed up with;
- Lower back pain by elevenses?
- Tight shoulders by lunchtime?
- Headaches by mid-afternoon?
Then workplace massage is definitely for you.
Amongst the immediate ‘ooh and aah’ of having that massage just when you need it most, there are many other added benefits. You will;
- Feel less stressed and your blood pressure will be lower.
- Banish muscle tensions and tightness.
- Gain better team working and morale.
- Improve concentration and problem solving.
- Have more motivation for the task in hand.
- Increase productivity, mental health and wellbeing.
Clothing does not have to be removed as oils or lotions are not necessarily used.
Each session is up to 15 minutes long and focuses on the back, neck and shoulders as these carry the most tension resulting in headaches and muscular aches and pains.
The massage can be at your desk or in a quiet area, depending on what you have available and is convenient.
Minimum visit of 1 hour (up to 3 full fifteen-minute sessions plus handover) - £60
Prices vary after this depending on the number of clients.
Contact me to discuss your options.
Who I am and what I do.
Hello, I am Kirsty, the healing hands and face behind KWMT.
I am a qualified oncology massage therapist and a ScarWork therapist. I get great pleasure from helping people to feel better, reduce their recovery times and manage their anxiety and stress levels.
Prior to this I have been involved in sports and remedial massage alongside my personal training business.
As a child I was fascinated by pictures of Christiaan Barnard performing heart transplant surgery in a Sunday magazine, and having kept the magazine for years, it was from here that my passion in anatomy started.
Sadly, due to our current lifestyles, our bodies simply can’t always operate as effectively and efficiently as we would like, and over the years, this became more and more apparent to me as I spent my working time within the education, fitness and personal training industries. Prompted by a desire to do more, I continued my studies to understand, in more depth, how the body moves and works, and this has resulted in the enhanced massage therapy knowledge I have today.
I have never stopped learning and developing myself, my qualifications, and my skills, and was fortunate to do my oncology training at the renowned North London School of Massage with Susan Findlay, an expert in the field of oncology massage.
I am proud to be one of about 300 registered Sharon Wheeler ScarWork therapists in the country (as of May 2019). I was trained by Emma Holly of Restore Therapy who has a wealth of experience in this field and has now opened a practice in London’s famous Harley Street (December 2020). To further enhance your recovery, I am qualified to offer Manual Lymphatic Drainage for post-operative and lymphoedema clients. This will again further the use of my massage skills to ease so many symptoms and discomfort, including those caused by cancer, surgery and its associated treatments.
My mission is to help as many people as I can that are recovering from cancer, surgery and the side effects of these treatments, by using my specialist post-operative and rehab massage therapies. I believe the best way to achieve this is in the comfort of a client’s own home, with no additional travel stress and complications, and so my mobile service that encompasses most of the Horsham and Mid Sussex areas was born.
I am a member of the Complementary Health Professionals, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and also very proud to be a volunteer at The Olive Tree cancer support centre in Crawley where I attend on a weekly basis. There I can see first hand where and how this independent cancer support centre offers valuable help to its members. I feel privileged to be part of this incredible team and I look forward to continuing this support when they extend their service into Horsham during 2019.
When I am not working, you can find me out and about in Cowfold, walking my lovely dog and running (a term I use loosely!) around my local fields and tracks as part of my fitness routine. Even a massage therapist needs to be fit and healthy!
I have worked with many people from all walks of life and so if you have any queries or questions, whether for you, or a friend, or relative, please contact me and I will do my best to answer and help where I can. I have a passion for helping people feel better, and leaving a client with less pain, or improved function, along with a greater sense of wellbeing is an amazing reward.
Where I Cover
I am based in Cowfold, West Sussex and cover almost the whole of the Horsham and Mid Sussex areas.
"From Horsham to Hassocks",
"Haywards Heath to Henfield"
and "Handcross to Hurstpierpoint"
(Towns beginning with other letters of the alphabet are also covered)
Even if you are outside of these areas, give me a call or drop me a line and I'll see if I can accommodate your requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find some often asked questions related to massage.
If your question isn't listed here, drop me a line and I'll do my best to find your answer.
How do I pay?
Payments are made 24 hours prior to your appointment by Stripe, a safe and secure online payment platform (Rather like PayPal). An invoice will be emailed to you with a link to follow to make your payment. Most major credit and debit cards are accepted through Stripe.
I thought massage was just massage. Why are there different therapies?
All massage therapies help to release tension from the muscles and relax the body and calm the mind. Each type of massage will have its own way of targeting the muscles and their problems. For example, aromatherapy utilises natural oils to enhance the senses during the massage, hot stones are applied to the body to increase the warmth of the target area prior to massage. Deep tissue is more appropriate for muscle tension as the therapist works into the deeper tissues of the body rather than superficially. I use a variety of massage techniques to ensure your massage is the best for you.
What do I have to wear?
Comfortable clothing that you can feel relaxed in. It is best to avoid tight fitting or restrictive clothing. Depending on the type of massage you have, it may not be necessary to undress at all.
Can I have someone present with me?
Yes of course by agreement.
I have skin allergies. What oils and lotions do you use?
All conditions and allergies must be disclosed and an appropriate massage medium will be used. If the massage is through clothing, lotion or oil may not be necessary.
I have a skin condition. Can you still treat me?
This will be dependent on the condition itself and gaining your GP’s consent.. Normally, massage will NOT be undertaken for any of the following. Vomiting / Diarrhoea, Fever, DVT, Varicose Veins, Infectious Skin Complaints. Please contact me to discuss. It is the client’s responsibility to disclose such information at the time of booking or prior to the massage.
I have visible injuries that are being treated. Can you still perform massage on me?
It is most likely that the injury site will not be treated but the surrounding areas may be. Please discuss this with me prior to your session.
I'm physically disabled. What can you do for me?
The sessions are designed to relieve stress, anxiety and reduce muscle tension. Sessions are tailored to your needs. My service is mobile within most of the Horsham and Mid Sussex areas, so I come to your home or workplace.
Do I have to provide a massage table or any other equipment for you?
I will bring all the equipment required for your massage, however, we may utilise your own furniture, towels and pillows to ensure you are as comfortable as possible throughout your massage. It is advisable for the room of your choice to be calming, warm and cosy as this benefits the muscles during the massage. A cold room will make the massage less beneficial and relaxing. You are welcome to play your own suitable background music if you wish.
How much room do you need for you and the table?
The table is 1.9m x 0.9m (6'03" x 3'00") so allowing for space around the table, an area of about 3.0m x 2.0m (10'00" x 6'06") will be required.
Are there any side effects?
Depending on the type of massage you have, it is not uncommon to experience a little reddening or tenderness after your session. You will be encouraged to drink plenty of water after your massage and as part of your daily routine for effective hydration. You may feel more tired as part of being relaxed after the massage, so plan your day suitably if you think this will affect you. Potential side effects will be discussed at the end of your massage along with your aftercare advice.
Will this interfere with any other treatments that I am receiving?
No, GPs consent is obtained prior to any massage and I will work with all the agencies involved in your care to ensure clear communication avoiding any negative effects.
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