Remedial Massage and Indian Head Massage at Wymeswold Pharmacy

Provided by Marion Kirkbride

About Marion Kirkbride

Marion was a senior nursing sister at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham until 2014.

Seeking an opportunity to interact with patients who are awake, Marion undertook a year long course with the Midland School of Massage and Manipulative Therapies qualifying in the summer of 2011

Marion is registered with the General Nursing Council (GMC) and is a member of the Association For Perioperative Practice (AFPP)

She has a Diploma in Remedial Massage and a diploma in Indian Head Massage. Marion is a member of National Association of Massage and Manipulative Therapists (NAMMT (RM)).

She has professional indemnity insurance, is trained in First Aid and undertakes regular CPD

What is Remedial Massage?

Remedial massage is a therapeutic deep tissue massage. It incorporates massage, manipulation of soft tissues and exercise advice to reduce symptoms of overuse injuries, treat muscular aches and pains and correct postural problems.

Massage is perhaps the oldest form of medicine known to man – rubbing an injury is instinctive and it stimulates blood flow and the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers. The Greeks and the Romans practised forms of massage and the technique was recommended by Hippocrates and Galen. 3000 years before the birth of Christ the Chinese were employing massage therapies

What can Remedial Massage treat?

Remedial massage can help conditions such as:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Sports and other injuries
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Arthritic disorders
  • Fibrositis
  • Spondylitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Temporary or permanent paralysis
  • Irritable bowels and constipation
  • Stress related neurasthenia, headaches or aches and pains

What you can expect from a session

The therapist will use their hands, fingers, thumbs, forearm and elbow to apply techniques. During treatment there is tenderness in areas that are being treated, it indicates which muscles and tendons are injured. Massage may be initially uncomfortable if you have scar or fibrous tissue or are already in pain. The therapist uses the patient’s feedback to pinpoint the damaged tissue and to regulate pressure.

Patients usually feel improvement after one session but some conditions may take a number of sessions to relieve satisfactorily . A recent injury will react and recover more quickly than a long-term injury

Often exercises to keep the muscles loose and stretched will be recommended for you to carry out between treatments. Doing these regularly will also speed up the time until complete recovery is reached.

Holistic or relaxing massage

Holistic massage involves the same techniques without working the tissues as deeply. If received on a regular basis can provide relief from everyday stresses and strains

What’s involved?

Massage is performed directly on the skin and lubricants are used. Clothes will have to be removed but your practitioner will respect your modesty and cover areas not being worked on with towels or a sheet.

What is expected of clients?

You may have to move into different positions on the couch depending on areas to be treated. To make treatments more effective you may changes to your lifestyle or work environment may be recommended.

How long is a session?

A session can last anywhere between 15 minutes and one hour depending on your requirements and what the therapist believes is sensible and achievable at the time. The first consultation will often take longer than subsequent sessions to include a full case history and assessment.


A Remedial Massage Therapist must have a qualification from one of six approved schools or training organisations. These organisations are validated by and registered with the General Council of Massage Therapy

Information governance

All consultations are confidential. The therapist may ask questions and make notes about you, your condition, medical history and treatment. These notes have to be kept securely for a number of year and will not be shared with other parties without your express permission.

Scale of charges

Remedial Massage

An initial consultation and assessment including first treatment will cost between £35 and will last up to one hour.

Subsequent treatments will cost £30

For a full body holistic massage you should allow an hour and it will cost £35

How to Book a Session

Marion is providing Remedial Massage at the Wymeswold Pharmacy every Tuesday and Friday between 9am-5pm

Call Wymeswold Pharmacy on 01509 881513


Marion on 07505 912583


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