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Remedy Your Winter Aches and Pains with Regular Massage Treatment

November 2020

Written By Graham H

© Trusted Touch TherapiesAs the cold weather begins, the temperature starts to fall and the barometric pressure takes a dive south, all of our bodies faces some unique challenges during the winter months, especially as you get older and recovery times for muscle injuries and overuse get longer. 

Lower back pain, in particular, is a common injury culprit in the winter as you can overdo it to keep the winter weight down or  accidentally slipping and falling on ice covered pavements. In fact, research indicates that 70-85% of the people will experience lower back pain at some point. Lower back pain is thought by many to be one of the most common and costly musculoskeletal problem in modern society. 

Luckily, research supports that massage therapy can minimise pain, while increasing recovery speed. Massage specifically is beneficial for patients with subacute (lasting four to 12 weeks) and chronic (lasting longer than 12 weeks) non-specific low-back pain, especially when combined with stretching and strengthening exercises. (Furlan AD, Imamura M, Dryden T, Irvin E. Massage for low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008) 

A variety of academic reviews conducted by various universities revealed that massage therapy has helped to reduce pain and  more rapidly improve muscle function than traditional medical care, in people with chronic low-back pain. 

Back pain is a health problem that affects many people from mild discomfort to almost debilitating pain. Back pain is the most common medical condition for which people use complementary and alternative medicine practices, such as massage therapy. 

Whether you are preparing yourself for family fun winter activities or recovering from a wintertime sports injury or accident, therapeutic massage sessions combined with a consistent stretching regimen should be your go-to strategy for minimising aches and pains this winter season. 

Contact us for more information and to book a massage this winter. 

Written By Graham H

© Trusted Touch Therapies

We are now fully Mobile

September 2020

Enjoy a massage in the comfort of your own home. All the benefits and skill of one of our therapists, right in the comfort of your own home.

Prices are as follows:

Deep Tissue Mobile: 1 Hour - £80

Deep Tissue Mobile: 1 1/2 Hours - £95

Holistic Mobile: 1 Hour - £80

Holistic Mobile: 1 1/2 Hours - £95

Relaxing Mobile: 1 Hour - £80

Relaxing Mobile: 1 1/2 Hours - £95

CBD Oil Massage Mobile: 1 Hour - £90

CBD Oil Massage Mobile: 1 1/2 Hours - £105

Contact Us For More Info

We Now Offer CBD Oil Massage

August 2020

The CBD Oil Massage is a perfect treatment for releasing tension, alleviating aches and soreness, working out knots and aiding muscle recovery. It can be done as a relaxing massage or a stronger deep tissue treatment.

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of over 100 plant compounds called cannabinoids that come from cannabis. THC (the psychoactive ingredient of Cannabis) content does not exceed the legal limit of 0.2% in the products we use. This is done by only extracting CBD oil from cannabis plants naturally low in THC.

Our producers vigorously test their products carefully for THC content in line with UK and EU legislation. They closely monitor the CBD content of their products for transparency.

They are proud to make the claim that there is a minimum of:

  • 1% CBD per 100ml of massage oil, which translates to 1000mg total CBD - 5ml (about 2 pumps of oil) provides 20mg total CBD
  • 1.6% CBD in per 60ml of massage balm, which translates to 1000mg total CBD - 2.5ml (a generous lump of balm) provides 40mg total CBD.

What Is Topical CBD Good For? Surveys report the most common uses of topical CBD application was for

  • pain
  • joint pain
  • arthritis
  • psoriasis
  • dermatitis and
  • muscle pain

CBD is:

  • Anti-inflammatory - which may aid joint pain, muscle pain and recovery
  • Vasodilator - may increase blood flow to muscles, speeding recovery
  • Analgesic - may reduce neuropathic pain
  • Antioxidant - may help with the general maintenance of healthy, vibrant skin
  • Antibacterial - may help eliminate bacteria affecting underlying skin conditions

What does this mean for your massage experience?

  • May enhance muscular relaxation by calming the nervous system.
  • May increase the relief of neuropathic and inflammatory pain.
  • May soothe damaged skin via anti- inflammatory and antioxidant action.
  • May speed muscle recovery and reduce soreness by easing inflammation and increasing blood flow.

See our Treatment Page for More details

Great News!! - We are now Open!!

Great News!! - We are now Open!!

July 2020

Great news to all our customers and clients. We are now open after nearly 4 months of waiting. 

Thank you to everyone who helped in supporting their communities to bring the spread of this unprecedented situation, under control. 

It just goes to show what we can achieve as a society when we work together  

Thank you to Felicity Buchan MP for Kensignton for your kind, inclusive and supportive response

Thank you to Felicity Buchan MP for Kensignton for your kind, inclusive and supportive response

July 2020

Dear Mr Hyman,

Thank you for your recent email, and I completely understand your concerns.

While last week's announcement did make incredible progress in reopening a great deal of our economy and businesses, I am aware that the continued closure of these businesses is a challenge for many in my constituency. Indeed, I have been in touch with some of the local businesses who have put together comprehensive risk assessments believing they would be able to open this week, and introduced measures which all do appear incredibly sensible. However, I know that the Government have also considered the risks posed by the wider reopening, and are working to mitigate against any possible second peak as a result of high-risk facilities and businesses.

However, I will be contacting BEIS to highlight the points that you raise, and request they look at a more nuanced approach for smaller, local facilities, and will revert with any response I receive. My instinct is that over the coming weeks, we will see a number of announcements which will slowly allow these businesses to reopen, but I do understand the pressure you are under and will make this clear to Government. I know the plight of beauty salons and massage therapy is something that I and many of my colleagues are focussed on, so if there is any movement I will be sure to let you know. I know that if treatment is provided in a clinical setting, these have been allowed to reopen, so I would discuss with your trade body as to whether this would apply to you.

In the meantime, do keep up to date with the briefings and the information on the gov.uk website, which is continually updated. If you have any questions please do get in touch.

Best wishes,


Felicity Buchan MP

Member of Parliament for Kensington

Letter to Local MP Re: continued closure of Massage Industry

Letter to Local MP Re: continued closure of Massage Industry

July 2020

Ms Felicity Buchan MP

Conservative MP for Westminster

Dear Ms Buchan MP,

I’m writing to you because I’m a massage therapist. I am writing to you to explain my current situation, as my industry (Beauty and Complementary Therapy industry) is delayed in offering services to the public.

There was a change of the rule of 2m distance for 1m-plus, to accommodate the hospitality sector. Why is the industry to which I belong, any different? We help people to walk, sort out their pains and aches and help people to feel less stressed and more emotionally balanced It seems crazy to me that getting drunk in a pub is safer than having a massage or any other therapy, i.e. contact with 1 person in a highly sanitised environment with the full use of PPE.

The other aspect of this is financial survival. I was forced to stop working in March, which I was very happy to do to support the national interest. The impact has been a financial disaster. 

I patiently waited for Phase 3, when we were supposed to re-open, but a sudden change of direction from the government was another blow in an already challenging situation.

The fact that Mr Johnson recently summed up the collective Complementary Therapy industry, as ‘nail bars’ was insulting to everyone concerned. His lack of sensitivity, in what has been a challenging time for all of us, has angered me. There is no need to belittle people simply because they question or don’t agree with your plan of action. I was a huge supporter of the government and believed they were looking out for the nation. But now I feel let down and that all we have are over-paid, arrogant bullies leading the nation.

Therefore, I ask that you write to the Prime Minister and ask him to:

Value the Beauty and Complementary Therapies Industry by providing immediate clarity about when we are able to start working again.

Value this industry's contribution to the economy and well-being of the nation, by giving the official go-ahead sooner rather than later.

Thank you for your time

In good faith

Graham H

Trusted Touch Therapies

Does massage work?

Does massage work?

June 2020

Massage has been defined as “a mechanical manipulation of body tissues with rhythmical pressure and stroking for the purpose of promoting health and well-being” (Cafarelli, et al 1992). This definition provides useful insight as to the problem with scientifically recording and thereby proving the benefits of soft tissue therapy including Sports Massage. Cafarelli (1992) states that massage promotes ‘health and wellbeing.’

The problem presented to clinicians and academics seeking to prove the efficacy of massage is that the benefits are qualitative, especially in terms of overall wellbeing, tissue and body function. This consideration, combined with the anecdotally experienced efficacy of massage, means that scientifically proving the effectiveness of massage is challenging. Most studies conclude that more research is needed with more stringent methodologies to ensure accuracy of results.

However, what appears to be a problem with using a scientific approach to prove the efficacy of massage is that there appear to be too many variable factors present.

For example, many massage therapists are aware that in order for treatment to be effective, a therapist will employ a multi-modal approach (i.e. a variety of techniques used over a course of treatments, to create the best result for the client). Even if 2 clients show the same injury caused in the same way, their injuries may respond differently to the same treatment. If the treatment modality is changed for the less responsive client, it may produce a positive result. This change in modality would create a variation, which would undermine the ‘scientific’ validity of the results. Using different modalities, both clients injuries improved. So anecdotally massage is effective, although we can not say that it has been ‘scientifically proven.’ However, it would also be inaccurate to conclude that massage is therefore ineffective.

There are many variables that can change within a scientific study, which as of yet, no study has been able to sufficiently control or eliminate enough of them to categorically conclude the efficacy of massage. These include, but are not limited to, the nature of each injury being treated, the health and fitness of the clients, clinical experience, competence of technique execution and the responsiveness of muscle tissue to different modes of treatment.

Traditionally, the effectiveness of massage treatment is measured using results obtained from the observable changes in localised muscle tissue, i.e. the area being treated. Results are taken from observable changes such as DOMS, injury recovery, tissue healing and in some cases ROM's.

Lebert (2018) suggests that there may be a way out of this quandary. Lebert presents a new and effective way to prove the effectiveness of massage to prove its effectiveness once and for all.

“In the past treatments may have been based on a bio-medical model. Looking forward, the bio-psycho-social model of health and disease provides a practical paradigm for investigating the complex interplay between massage therapy and clinical outcomes.” 

(Lebert 2018).

The responses to massage therapy are multifactorial (physiological and psychological factors interplay in a complex manner). Based on the bio-psycho-social model of health and disease, the investigation into mechanisms of action should extend beyond local tissue changes (Lebert 2018).

Lebert (2018) goes on to present a modern, inclusive framework to try to explain how massage works by looking beyond localised tissue response. If we consider factors such as the modulation of pain as recorded by the peripheral and central nervous systems, how the body responds to pain and therapeutic touch to relieve pain, the client’s experience of the therapeutic encounter, and so on; then perhaps the success of massage can be determined by a reduction in pain and the improved experience of the client.

Lebert (2018) draws attention to 4 overlapping mechanisms which make up the bio-psycho-social approach to the efficacy of massage. The aspects of this framework are:

1. Affective Touch - therapeutic touch stimulating somatosensory nerves resulting in the release of oxytocin and endogenous opioids. This results in a reduced physiological response to stress factors and improved mood/affect.

2. Contextual Factors - A positive therapeutic encounter contributing to positive clinical outcomes.

3. Endogenous Pain Modulation - Input from somatosensory nerves leads to descending inhibitory mechanisms, which in turn impact neuro-immune processes which reduce the experience of pain.

4. Mechanical Factors – Therapeutic touch helps diminish oedema by aiding the clearance of toxins and pro-inflammatory cells

Each aspect considers how an interplay of physiological processes, psychological responses and social conditioning come together to produce the widely experienced beneficial effects of massage.

In conclusion, a huge body of research exists including academic reviews and summaries of previous research, which aim to find trends within the existing body of work. Unfortunately, the underlying trend often concludes that more research is required using more stringent methodological practices to add scientific credibility to results.

It may be the case that we are unable to ‘scientifically prove’ the efficacy of sports massage and other soft tissue therapies by focusing on tissue response as a means of obtaining results. There are too many other factors at play, which need to be incorporated to define and determine a successful outcome for a specific treatment on a specific client.

Perhaps the scientific community needs to find a way to broaden the scope of what constitutes a meaningful result. In short, more research is needed, perhaps complemented by a new definition for what constitutes a positive result.


Cafarelli E, Flint F (1992) ‘The role of massage in preparation for and recovery from exercise.’ Sports Med 1992; 14 (1): P1-9

Richard Lebert (2018) 'How Does Massage Work' http://www.rmtedu.com/blog/how-does-massage-work' Accessed January 2019)

Written By Graham H

© Trusted Touch Therapies

The History of Massage

The History of Massage

15 March 2020

Evidence of massage has existed in many cultures across the world for thousands of years appearing in the Far East, Asia, North Africa and Europe. Of course, there is some discussion about the exact origins of massage. The oldest recorded account of human touch being used for remedial purposes the Cong-Fu of the Toa-Tse, from China circa 3000BC. The text refers to the manipulation of soft tissue. The techniques include applying pressure to muscles as well as meridian points. Evidence suggests that the ancient Chinese practitioners believed their massage relaxes muscles and also improved the functioning of internal organs.

Ancient Indian texts describe various massage techniques, which they believed promoted spiritual and physical healing.

In Greece, Hippocrates taught forms of massage to his students around 500 B.C. Asclepiads, another medical practitioner in Greece, was so impressed by the benefits of massage, that he advocated the use of massage therapy for healing, above all traditional forms of medicine.

Many historians believe that a French translation of the Cong-Four that appeared about 150 years ago, served as the foundation for the development of the now-popular Swedish massage. Many credit Per Hendrix Ling for its development during the early 18th century. Ling believed that massage could heal the body by stimulating circulation of the blood and lymph systems. He suffered from gout and developed his massage system to improve his condition. He did not equate massage with relaxation or any other psychological benefit.

Current Swedish massage has evolved and is now gentler, although the focus is still on oxygenating blood and releasing toxins.

The healing power of touch has, and always will be a part of the health and wellbeing of cultures across the world.

Written By Graham H

© Trusted Touch Therapies

Welcome to our blog

Welcome to our blog

15 January 2020

Welcome to our blog where we aim to provide interesting info about all things massage related. If you have any questions or suggestions that you would like us to write about, please feel free to email us @ [email protected] and we will be happy to include this in our blog.