How are we different


I don't use routines
Most of us have had the experience of receiving a massage or a physical therapy session and feeling that the therapist was not really present, that she or he was just performing robotic superficial techniques or strokes  while thinking of her/his shopping list. The way I like to work is by listening first to you and then to your body's needs and responding to them with focus. My treatment will be tailored and specific to your needs and it is a pleasure for me to see how most of my clients realise and appreciate this (see 'testimonials')
I use Deep Tissue Myofascial techniques with a holistic approach
So often, we feel the need for some deep and firm touch in a tight and stiff area. We just need some sustained powerful pressure used with sensitivity and skill. We know that a light superficial massage is not going to help and there is nothing more irritating than receiving oily perfunctory strokes and waiting for the therapist to finally find where the tension is and do something about it!
That is what Deep Tissue Myofascial work is for. It is effective at dealing with tension areas and relaxing at the same time. The body can relax only if the mind can relax and viceversa. However, as I. Rolf said, many people can pull a body apart but not many can put it  together again. That is where the principles of Structural Integration come in. SI gives the rationale to reintegrate the body into a whole in an intelligent and organic manner.
I don't believe in pain
We commonly say in the touch world that there are two types of pain, the good and the bad. The 'good' is actually not a pain because it feels good, it feels that it is releasing discomfort or giving relief in some way. When bodywork is too fast and without enough sensitivity,  this good pain can become a bad pain. The 'bad pain' feels unpleasant and often it is the result of working too deeply too soon. I encourage clients to stop me if they ever feel this type of pain. This is because the 'bad pain' forces the system into a contracting, recoiling and defending mode that does not stimulate the healing process as much as the relaxation state does.

I give you advice
Specific injuries or problems often progress faster if helped by some simple remedial exercises that could be done between treatments. Some clients are keen to help their condition to heal faster by doing a few stretches or exercises. Other clients just prefer to come for treatments more regularly. I respect both decisions although I generally encourage the first one.

I concentrate on quality
And not quantity. There is a limit on the number of treatments I can do per day because this type of work requires the therapist presence and undivided atention. It doesnt consist of formulaic manipulations that are repeated client after client. The treatments are tailored to your needs and thus, apart from exceptional circumstances I will not go over this limit. Should I do so, this would make me exhausted, unable to focus and would probably result in a session without any feeling or intent that would be a waste of our time and your money.
I use different body positions
You will be lying on a comfortable massage couch most of the time but if you want us to concentrate on a specific injury or problem I could work with you while you lie face up, face down, side lying, sitting down, standing up or/and even moving!

Every effort is made for you to have a pleasant and effective Bodywork experience and this is the main reason why I run a succesful practice in North London!