"I am still very much aware of the benefits of my Rolfing journey. The work of the final session has had a big impact - the work around the sternum area & the pre-movement has really helped my posture become taller and more open, and the work round my collar bones has really freed up the top of the lungs & my breathing. I am much more aware of the movement of my upper spine when I walk. Overall, the change over the 10 sessions has been extraordinary, I never expected it could be so powerful. My posture is much better aligned; my lower back is stronger and more flexible; my shoulders are less stiff; for several years I had worn orthotics in my shoes to help my posture and prevent knee pain and I no longer need them.
So, thank you very much, it was a real privilege to work with you & have the benefit of your skilled and intuitive practice."
Rachel Spence, London
"The main changes I have been aware of after the 10 series are:
- walking and the tilt of my pelvis
- engaging the core more, but not so it feels as if it's really working.
- walking using the whole of my foot and getting more movement in my joints
- more space around my ribs
- Sitting - I think I am much more comfortable sitting now because I'm using my body better - remembering to sit on your sitting bones is good
- Stretching to reach something - I've tried using diagonals instead of just one side and it works :-)
- Touching my toes is the amazing breakthrough. I think the process helps to free up parts of the body which are "stuck" (for want of a better word). And definitely being able to touch my toes for the first time in my adult life is a massive change. I feel as if parts of my back move that did not before.
Every session felt like an education in the human body which I really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to seeing what may happen in the next few months. I'm already pleased with the changes it has made, so if the body continues to realign even more, then that will be amazing "
Karen Burriage, Crouch End
"Through Rolfing, Marta's hands have tuned in to where my painful tension has disturbed my alignment..Not only through easing and releasing it but also bringing awareness to where and how I walk and stand which has helped. It is a process through which shifts are made and habits changed. It was so good to have such detailed feedback from someone i trust."
Audrey Tom, London
Steve Powell, North London
Jaw pain, headaches, shoulder tension
"I have been seeing Marta regularly for over 6 months and really look forward to my appointments each month.She has helped to significantly alleviate the tightness in my shoulders and neck, which I now realise was causing headaches and pain in my jaw. As someone who sits in front of a computer all day at work, I now view massage as essential restorative treatment.
Marta is extremely responsive, and always hones in on exactly what is going on with your body - even when you are not aware. She is very knowledgeable and clearly very passionate about her profession"
Kate, North London
"I have been really helped by just two massage treatments with Marta close together. I have had problems with stiffness and aching in my lower back and neck for years following a slipped disk. The doctors said it was osteoarthritis and I believed it would just keep getting worse. Recently i started developing problems in my left hip, specially walking uphill and thought this was arthritis as well and I was probably on my way to surgery. She reassured me that almost everyone has some degree of osteoarthritis as they get older, but not everyone feels pain and it is possible to improve the body's functioning. She gave me hope of recovery to replace the fear that it would just keep getting worse.
After my second hour long massage, my painful symptoms did recede and I could walk freely again without that aching in my hip. I feel relieved of my fears and happy that i can enjoy walking a gain. I am very grateful to Marta who provides a calm and healing environment and works so hard to help. It has made a significant difference to me and I will return to mantain my recovery."
Jill, North London
Further operations on my feet exacerbated my difficulty in moving, resulting in chronic, debilitating discomfort, pain and inflexibility. Scarring had affected my soft and connective tissues and I was in a mess.I felt as though they were super-glued together.
Orthopaedic surgeons are skilled at fixing the structure of joinjts and bones but have little interest in the ensuing problems related to adjoining soft tissue. I still could not walk without pain. Acupuncture had helped eased this sometimes but it had never lasted.
I was very cynical about trying Marta a year ago and resistant to the belief that she could help.
During this time my cynicism melted along with the inflexibility and pain. There is of course no magical quick fix to an entrenched problem- but her intuitive and thoughtful clinical expertise gradually but palpably resulted in a massive improvement.
The residual intense pain that I have had in one hip and thigh in particular (diagnosed as bursitis) disappeared 6 weeks ago. I still expect it to be there, I had had it for so long- I am both surprised and overjoyed that it has gone.
Who knows - it might return but i know now it can be treated.
Marta's authenticity, knowledge and skill generates the responsiveness and trust she also needs to ensure that her hands heal effectively.
I am so grateful that this old cynic was proved wrong. Can't thank you enough."
S. H. Archway
"Marta is the best massage therapist I've come across in North London. She is so knowledgeable and intuitive. She has the ability to identify any problem area without me showing her, get to it and dissolve the pains and aches with her healing hands.
Angelina Li, Crouch End
Three years ago I started power-walking on Hampstead Heath which led to me training for the 'Moonwalk' marathon. Due to over-enthusiastic training I soon developed permanent pain in my hamstrings. Marta was recommended to me and I began having regular massages. The combination of Marta's skill and encouragement to stretch properly has meant that I'm now largely pain-free and this year I completed my third marathon two hours faster than the first! I wholeheartedly recommend being treated by Marta, she's extremely knowledgeable, professional and welcoming and has a genuine concern for your welfare.
Jacqui Ashman, Highgate
Impingement syndrome (rotator cuff strain)
"I have been coming to Marta for a few years now for "general repair and maintenance" and have found regular massage to be de-stressing and both a prevention and a cure for life's routine, aches and pains. This year, however, I have really felt the benefit of Marta's healing hands. I suffered a bad injury to my shoulder, which led to several weeks of ultrasound and laser treatment. But it was Marta who brought my shoulder back to life, massaging away the stiffness and repairing the joint. Thank you, Marta."
L.K., Crouch End
Stress reduction and maintenance
"Modern living can be very stressful on the mind and the body. I have found the antidote! Marta is a highly skilled masseuse with the ability to identify a problem, solve it and provide excellent advice on how to avoid the problem in the future. She provides me with first-class professional care in a peaceful environment. After each treatment I feel refreshed and ready to continue my busy life."
Peter Jacques, Docklands
Lower back pain
"I have been seeing Marta for over three years. I suffer from low grade but chronic lower back and neck pain. The difference with Marta is the energetic and enthusiastic approach she adopts to deal with these problems. Using sports massage techniques, together with a holistic approach, Marta attacks the sources of pain and I always feel so much the better for it."
Naomi Hirons, Crouch End
"Marta is the best massage therapist I know. I started coming to her for relaxation purposes and I found that my health in general improved significantly with regular deep tissue massage. The previous pain in my neck and shoulders I suffered from after long hours of computer work disappeared and my posture also improved. My immune system is now stronger and I catch far less colds in the year. Marta is a sensitive therapist with great skills in different therapies and with the ability to use them wisely. I would recommend Marta to anyone that wants to enjoy a superb relaxing massage or that needs help with any pain or injuries".
Lorena Rojo, Muswell Hill
Brachial neuralgia and maintenance
"I have been treated by Marta for four years now. I used to get repetitive strain pain and I also used to wake up with numbness in my arms and fingers. Soon Marta's treatments proved to be greatly beneficial and I hardly wake up with numbness anymore and unless i really overdo things my joints are in check. Marta's treatments are very relaxing and I feel much looser and more flexible afterwards"
Julia Matsis, North London
Back problems and relaxation
"I have been coming to see Marta for a few years now and she has helped me immeasurably. I have had a lot of problems with my back in the past and her treatments alongside her advice have made a huge difference. I particularly appreciate the way she checks with me what I need and her sensitivity to what is going on in my body has been invaluable as i have a sedentary job that often results in me carrying a lot of tension, both physiscal and emotional. I also enjoy the tranquility of her room, which is inmediately relaxing".
S.B., Crouch End
Neck and shoulders pain
"I first saw marta when I was treated to an hour massage for my birthday. I suffered regularly from shoulder ache so I decided to start regular sessions. within weeks my shoulders relaxed and my posture improved.I love going to see Marta. She takes time to understand my aches and pains and I feel I am given a personalised, unique massage for my particular problems.She has taught me to listen to my body and keeps my shoulders on the straight and narrow!"
K.B., North London
“I have had chronic problems with my neck following a car accident in 1987 and have tried various treatments to relieve the pain and stiffness. When I first went to see Marta, I could no longer look over my left shoulder. In fact, if facing forward is zero degrees - then I could only do about 25 degrees left. I can now do at least 10 degrees FROM my left shoulder! Whilst I am a feminist! I used to shy away from seeing women masseurs as they tended not to have sufficient strength (for me.. ) its not about pain, but deep work needs a certain level of strength. Marta certainly has this and I feel completely confident in her techniques and healing abilities when she is treating me, and recommend her massage work unreservedly”
Dr.Teresa Hunt, North london
Back stiffness and relaxation
“Up until recently, I would never consider massage to be anything but a luxurious pampering fit for the vane and privileged. When my body finally had enough of my world views I was referred to Marta Comas by a Pilates practitioner I highly regard. Very soon after meeting Marta and having her treating me (by now, regularly) it became clear to me that massage is an essential complementary treatment to support a life style of well being. The Massage Space is a place of great care. Marta's total presence facilitates a deep sense of both healing and safety.”
Aviv Yaron, Crouch End
Jaw and neck tension
"I have found Marta's work to be very powerful in bringing about deep release in the body. Having been suffering with severe tension in my jaw and neck, I had not been able to find any relief before seeing Marta. She took the time to investigate what was going on, and her work on releasing deep trigger points in the back of my neck resolved the problem. I have been able to use the release technique she showed me to remain pain free since. Thank you Marta for your patient and intuitive work - my neck and I are very grateful!"
K.G., Crouch End