Louise brought a long-held dream to life when she opened The Body Matters in 2008. That dream was to create a friendly and informal centre of trained, screened and specialised therapists – providing the perfect balance of mind, body and soul.
Louise hasn’t always been a massage therapist. In a former life she trained and worked in IT, until an emotionally challenging year led her to seek clinical hypnotherapy.
During her treatment Louise began to discover her own passion for wellbeing, and in 2003 she qualified as a clinical hypnotherapist herself. But that wasn’t quite enough!
An accomplished runner who has previously completed six marathons, Louise developed a strong interest in achieving a blissful balance between body and mind during her hypnotherapy training. She obtained additional qualifications as a sports massage therapist and personal trainer, before gaining essential experience at an established Essex clinic.
Coupled with her understanding and intuitive approach, Louise’s unique blend of skills means she is able to offer her clients far more than just a sports massage. There is no music in her therapy room, because she loves nothing more than talking to her clients, getting to the heart of inner tension and stress as well as relieving aching muscles (though she doesn’t mind at all if you’d rather not talk!).
Louise’s treatments are completely bespoke to each client, because she recognises that every person is different. She is also able to recommend complementary treatments including yoga and pilates, if she feels her clients will benefit from them, and as long as the practitioners meet her own precise standards.
Q&A with Louise Reader
What are your qualifications?
I am a Sports Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I can also teach meditation. Although these titles really do not it justice for how I actually work. I have quite a diverse skill set, mainly because of my wide range of interests and hobbies, which have led me on some really interesting workshops and courses. Some might say that some of the things I have done are spiritual, but for me it has been about self-awareness, understanding myself at a deep level which in turn leads me to understanding my clients, which can only lead to me being able to give the client the best treatment possible.
Why do people come to you?
I generally get a high number of recommendations from my existing clients. The range of reasons why can vary enormously from physical pain like a headache, migraines, calf pain etc., to emotional issues or problems.
Do you have any specialisms?
No. Although I absolutely love the challenge of figuring out how I will work with each client. No two clients are the same, and therefore they receive a different treatment. I enjoy the challenge and the variety. I also have the benefit of working within a great team.
What are the typical complaints your treatments can help with?
I mainly start with working on muscular aches and pains. With some clients that’s all they want, and that’s ok. But with others I can end up working on emotional issues.
What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising?
Sometimes clients come in and it is ‘just’ a massage they want, but others find that the areas that I treat are linked to emotional issues that they have had for years. This type of treatment can really help the client to resolve the issue, using the link between the Mind and the Body.
Can you tell us a surprising fact about sports massage?
That’s a tough one, I meet and work with clients from all walks of life, different jobs, careers, hobbies …. nothing surprises me anymore.