Tips and hints to keep your body in tip top condition. Stretches and post massage aftercare advice is all here! So if you have forgotten, what you were supposed to do after your session, you should be able to find it in this section.
Are you on my VIP List yet?
Have you missed your regular treatment? Pick up the phone and I’ll add you to my priority list.
Are you on my VIP waiting list? Have you missed your regular treatment? My December diary is open and ready for your bookings.Don’t delay!
Why should you be on my list?
Do you have regular treatments with me?
Would you like to be seen as soon as possible post lockdown?
Then you should be on my list!
All you need to do is contact me and I will add you to my priority booking list. There a few on it already so don’t delay!! We did this in the summer after the first lockdown and it worked really well.
As soon as the restrictions are eased and I can come out to you, I will be on the phone booking you in. The same Covid declarations and PPE regulations still apply and I think they will be here to stay for some time.
If you want to research your geographical area for the latest Covid infection rates or other related information there is a link to the government website at the bottom of the page along with a link to my website.
Stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you soon. 🙂
What does chemotherapy mean? Drugs, treatment, cancer, often shortened to Chemo….
Everyone imagines different settings and meanings when they hear the word chemotherapy. Treatment, hospital rooms, cancer……..
We have all heard or used the term chemotherapy but what is its origin and what does it actually mean?
What is the definition of chemotherapy?
Working with cancer clients, they come to me at different stages in their journey.
Whether they see me privately in their own home or at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Group where I volunteer my skills once a week. Which is why, I thought it would be interesting to find out its true meaning.
I started to do some research on the internet about it, because I wanted to increase my understanding and knowledge. Happily, I have found a book called ‘Coping with Chemotherapy’ by Dr Terry Priestman.
What have I learnt so far?
Did you know the word ‘Chemotherapy’ was originally used as a term to describe infection medications, like Antibiotics?
However, since the 1960s, cancer drug medications have been included under the umbrella of Chemotherapy. Probably because it was about this time that their efficacy came to light.
Of course nowadays we commonly refer to it as ‘Chemo’.
It is easy to see how the word is put together. ‘Chem’ from chemistry and of course therapy.
Now, chemotherapy relies purely on the use of drugs.
Once in the blood stream they are carried around the body. Helps to explain why the whole body can suffer from the side effects of the treatment and not just the cancer affected area.
Radiotherapy is a completely different type of treatment. Often grouped with chemotherapy but more often confused with it.
There will be more on Radiotherapy another time.
Three Main Types of Cancer Treatment Drugs
Briefly outlined below are the three most commonly used types of cancer chemotherapy drugs.
1. Cytotoxic Drugs: their mission is literally to damage the cancer cells. Sadly, normal cells are affected during the process, hence the hair loss and other negative side effects we have all heard of.
2. Hormonal Treatment: these are commonly used for breast cancer and prostate cancer. They can be very effective at their job. Unfortunately, not so successful with other types of cancer. Good news, generally a client will have less side effects though.
3. Targeted Drug Therapy: Abnormalities in cancer cells are deliberately attacked during this treatment. Which generally means the normal cells are left alone and not damaged. This is a huge step forward and results in fewer side effects as well.
The drugs can be given in tablet form or by infusion into the vein. Both are usually done on as an outpatient.
By being aware and understanding more about chemotherapy, my role in my clients care is even more effective. Helping my clients with their physical aches and pains is not my only role though.
With this extended knowledge, we can discuss their fears and anxieties as they undergo treatment and hopefully put many of them to rest.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their cancer journey the best thing you can do is ask for help from any cancer related group near you. They offer amazing support and have an abundance of experience you can draw on.
Covid19 August 2020 Update. Here is the important information you need to know and how it will affect your massage….
Covid19 KWM operating protocols update August 2020.
I have amended my protocols in line with the industry requirements. This comes after the recent Covid19 Government update on Thursday 13th August. Here is the important information you need to be aware of now and how it will affect your treatments.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.
Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, please can I ask that you wear a face mask or face covering for the duration of my visit and your treatment from now on. (I generally have spare masks with me if required and NO, I will not charge you if you need one.)
I can make exceptions of course, based on your needs. For example, if you are lying face down for your treatment, wearing a mask can affect your breathing. You maybe exempt from wearing one for health reasons. I will be record these adjustments in your treatment notes at the time.
Many of you have already seen me in my surgical mask and or face visor, however the new updates require me to wear both a face mask and a visor for all treatments regardless of the location from now onwards. Yes, it is time for Darth Vader Massage!
I apologise now for any heavy breathing over the coming months! I will keep using gloves where possible and all my other ‘normal’ treatment practices will continue.
Rest assured I am complying with all my industry and insurance guidelines. These are based on the government regulations. They are designed to keep us both safe during your treatments.
I will use copious amounts of hand sanitiser before, during and after your treatment!
All my equipment is cleaned including the car which is also ventilated.
Dettol is your new best friend.
Here is a link to the full government document stating the Covid19 Update.
Call me to discuss and triage your symptoms. This is free of charge. There is no obligation to continue after this.
If you chose to book an appointment, it will be confirmed once your payment by bacs has been received.
The normal 24 hours cancellation policy applies.
Prices currently valid until 01/07/2020.
During Your 30 Minute Consultation
Using a video link, we will 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.
You will receive a tailored rehab plan by email.
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.
Testimonials April 2020
This new service has been well received.
“Hi Kirsty, your new software is great – very comprehensive – I like that it gives guidance on lifting/icing as well as the exercises” Diane in Cowfold, West Sussex.
“Dear Kirsty, thank you for organising and sending me these exercises specially tailored to my needs. I found the phone call extremely helpful in understanding what I need to do, to help myself.
After my local hospital physiotherapy department discharged me, with a small set of exercises to do as they were closing due to the Covid19 pandemic, I really wanted to keep up my with my physio and do more once I had exhausted the original NHS exercises.
The exercise plan that you provided me, has not only forwarded my recovery but has lifted the pain that my trapped nerve had caused me, helping have a better night’s sleep.
The diagram sheets that you provide along with the video clips are so easy to understand that I manage to do them right every time.
I love the exercise diary, it’s a tick off to remember that you’ve done them list which I have printed out and stuck on my fridge.
This is such a great service you provide in these challenging times and once lockdown is over I can’t wait to book you for therapeutic massage.
Thank you for all your help”. Best wishes, Sophie in Horsham, West Sussex
I am here to help if you have any of the following:
Muscle Aches, Pains and Niggles
Old Recurring Issues
All you need to do is ring me.
Have a look at my website for more information and testimonials from clients who have already used this new service. www.kwmassagetherapies.co.uk
I am happy to talk about video appointments with you and answer any questions you may have. Just give me a ring : 07966 292427.
Getting out of my comfort zone and attending a networking meeting
Why is networking important for my business you ask. There is only me in the business, there are only so many clients I can see in a day. So why bother? How is it going to help me? I went once and it didn’t work! If any of these resonate with you, then please read on!
Why is networking important?
I do not find these meetings easy. That is the honest truth. I am way out of my comfort zone, attending a strange venue, not knowing anyone, walking in on my own, not knowing a soul, making small talk; oh the list goes on!
However, I have pushed myself over the last 12 months to commit to networking. It is not enough to just join though. More importantly, I have committed to attend 3 different local network groups. I have found and joined a couple of online ones too.
Reasons to attend
Personal development, a much over used phrase these days but, I have improved my self confidence, self belief and mindset by attending.
Pushed my comfort zone barriers which has helped me in other areas of running the business.
Made good connections within the community so my brand is better known.
So, networking is not all bad! It has given me the opportunity to meet the people who have helped my business grow and get it to where it is today. Social media, marketing, photographers, IT solutions, financial advisors……Each group has such a varied selection of industries you never know who you are going to meet. No, the business has not reached it maximum yet and it is still growing. I will keep attending regularly and contribute to the online groups with helpful advice and information.
If your mindset is that you are there to just ‘sell yourself’ you need to change it. My expectations were completely wrong as I thought that too!
Networking is not just about ‘getting new clients’ it is about building connections in your area and community.
If you meet someone at a meeting and their services are not relevant to you at the time, it might be that you know someone else who could benefit and pass on their details.
If I have inspired you to attend a meeting, heed my advice.
Avoid being boring! Especially, when you introduce yourself and give your 1 minute talk.
Say something memorable and make them laugh. I often refer to my broomstick parked outside and ‘witchy woo’skills, whilst waving my hands about. My hands are the key tool of my job, they help people manage their aches and pains, injuries and side effects of cancer medications and so on. Therefore, rather than saying “Hello, I’m a massage therapist and you must come and see me” (yawn, yawn), engage them as an audience, tell it as a story, give advice, hints, tips or a demonstration.
After all the hand shakes, card swapping and the meeting has finished, they might not remember my name or where I work, but they will probably remember me standing up and waving my arms about like a mad woman and something about being a witch!
As someone who considered networking as something only bigger business did, the thought of attending a group filled me with horror and brought me out in a cold sweat, let me assure you it is not as bad as you think. Yes, you may need to try a few groups to find the one that suits you best but when you do find it, join and commit to going. Most groups will allow you to attend a meeting free before you pay your subscription.
If you want your business to grow,expand, take over the world or whatever you targets and goals are, search for your local groups and get out there and network. Be you, make an impact and you never know, if we meet each other at a meeting, so please don’t trip over my broomstick on your way out!
I would love to hear your ups and downs of networking, use the comment box below and if you would like to receive my newsletter, you can sign up on the front page.