Massage Therapy By Victoria – Massage tailored to suit the individual
In June 2014, I relocated from England to Manhattan Beach, California with my husband and two boys. I qualified as a Massage Therapist in London’s City and Islington College in 2004, where my focus was on Anatomy and Physiology. I have always been curious in how the body works it’s structure, function and the relationship between the mind and body; it was this curiosity that inspired me to study massage, anatomy and physiology. I am now qualified and licensed in both the UK and California. I am trained in remedial and clinical massage, sports massage and rehab, pre and post op, lymphatic drainage, Trigger point, neuromuscular therapy,pregnancy, pediatrics, seniors, physically frail and dementia sufferers.
In the UK, worked in Winchester for 9 years at The Natural Practice medical center. This is a holistic medical center with G.P.s, Osteopaths, Acupuncturists, Reflexologists, hypnotherapists and Physical Therapists. This has lead to a good understanding of remedial massage and bodyworks.The center focused on the importance of working with other disciplines to create an integrated approach to healing. It allowed me to treat patients of all ages, with a broad range of medical conditions. During sessions, I aim to teach my clients how to live effectively in their bodies given the constraints of our 21st century western life style; correcting imbalances in posture with massage to release tight muscles and stretches and exercises to carry out at home.
My intention has always been to bring massage to everyone and that given the correct modalities massage is a fundamental need. Given this, in 2013 I started a new business in the UK with a Partner Phillipa Walker, called Mind Body and Soul our aim is to bring massage to the elderly and physically frail with an emphasis on dementia sufferers. The focus of this form of massage is to use massage as a form of communication to patients who maybe nonverbal or disorientated with the intention of grounding and relaxing them. This has been incredibly effective and we are now working in 3 independent care homes in the UK.
I am passionate about the positive benefits of massage and firmly believe that massage can benefit everyone; if tailored correctly to that individuals needs.
I have worked with Victoria for a number of years at The Natural Practice, Winchester, UK and also been a very grateful recipient of her services. She is a pleasure to work with, always friendly and very easy to get on with. I work as a Hypnotherapist and Victoria and I have had a number of mutual clients e.g. those suffering from chronic back/neck pain. Patients have always been very complimentary about her treatments. During my own pregnancy I suffered a lot of lower back/SIJ pain myself and Victoria very kindly treated me for this. I found her treatment helpful and only wish she were still here now that I have a very active toddler who sometimes puts a strain on my back! Victoria would be an asset to any practice and I would be very happy to work with her, or be treated by her if she were ever to return to the UK.
Dr Ruth Dyson, Medical Hypnotherapist and General Practitioner BM, MRCGP
I have had the pleasure of working with Victoria for 9 years at The Natural Practice, an integrated medical practice in Winchester. The practice is a team of practitioners including osteopaths, a Chinese medicine specialist, medical hypnotherapist, massage therapist and doctors specialising in homeopathy, acupuncture and environmental medicine and allergy. A patient may be supported by an individual or a team of practitioners, but all are key to the delivery of healthcare. Victoria was a committed and dedicated member of that team. She attended and regularly contributed to the quarterly practitioner meetings where case discussion was integral to the meeting and patient care. Her patients in Winchester miss her greatly as do her colleagues. She is skilled at making patients feel at ease and is extremely competent in delivery of care. She is equally happy to lead on patient care or to deliver care as part of a team. I have no hesitation in recommending her unreservedly. I feel that any clinic working with her is fortunate to have her as a team member and wish her well.
Dr Patricia Ridsdale MBChB DRCOG MRCGP FFHom Integrated Physician
My first massage with Victoria several years ago was a most relaxing experience – leading to a sleep after lunch and a feeling of euphoria for the rest of the day. As I’ve got older, more creaky and arthritic, Victoria’s capable hands seek out the sore knots in my back, shoulders and neck. Iarrive stiff and bent, but after an hour of handwork as she irons out the problems, I am able to stand upright again and can say I sail forth feeling 20 years younger than when I arrived. As I am now nearly 90 this is an achievement all round for which I am most grateful.
Marry Harris Winchester
We had the pleasure of being treated by Victoria when my teenage son woke up with a stiff neck that he could barely move. She made time in her busy schedule to see him as fast as possible and we saw her that same day. She had his neck moving by the end of the session and my son felt well enough to go back to school. Her office is so convenient, right next to the Arco station on Manhattan Beach Boulevard with parking underneath. The office is bright, spacious and clean and she made my son feel relaxed in the environment. She is a mother herself and so really knows how to make children feel comfortable. I highly recommend her services for both adults and children.
Catherine, Manhattan Beach
Victoria is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced massage therapist, and if you need it, she has hands of steel. Don’t let it fool you that she’s about a 5’4″ small British woman. I’m a 6’3″ athletically built 54 year old man. I’m a martial artist and I’ve had lots of injuries over the years. I saw her the first time for what my doctor called “a strained arm”. After working on me a short time Victoria determined that it was a shoulder injury. She has worked tirelessly to release all of the painful, knotted, seemingly fused muscles in my arm, shoulder and back that resulted from it. In England she worked at a Holistic Health Center along side General Practitioners, Osteopaths, Acupuncturists and Physical Therapists. When she works on you she’s extremely intuitive about how what she’s doing feels to you and that comes from experience. I’ll continue using her to keep my overused body in balance long after my shoulder’s healed.
Greg, Redondo Beach
‘I have seen a huge improvement in Mum’s posture, tension, mood and anxiety levels over the 4 months she has been receiving massage therapy from Victoria.
Her gentle, light touch is totally appropriate for an older, frail individual and has particularly helped to reduce the congestion in Mum’s shoulder and back muscles after years of using a zimmer frame.
Mum is able to guide the massage to areas which are troubling her with her movements, which, with her advanced stage of dementia, she is unable to express verbally. I wholeheartedly recommend it.’
Ali Mackay, daughter of Jill Mackay
‘I Have known Victoria since becoming one of her massage patients several years ago. She has a deep understanding of what makes people tick and a particular empathy with the elderly, infirm and those with dementia, the latter occupying a special place in her heart. She has my absolute and honest recommendation
I started coming to Victoria after a car accident. I was rear ended and suffered from whiplash. Victoria has worked with an osteopath in England, and knows how to work on problem areas, and knows exactly the kind of pressure and technique to use when working with someone with an injury. She is professional, knowledgeable and has wonderful, healing hands! Highly recommended!
Jeri, Manhattan Beach
‘I Have known Victoria since becoming one of her massage patients several years ago. She has a deep understanding of what makes people tick and a particular empathy with the elderly, infirm and those with dementia, the latter occupying a special place in her heart. She has my absolute and honest recommendation.
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