Undeniably not one of life’s profound questions but it is one that has been put to me more often than I can recall. And for good reason.

When it comes to massage, peoples’ knowledge and experiences are wide ranging.

Perhaps most people think of a relaxing spa setting with the warm glow of candles, calming music while indulging in an aromatherapy or hot stones massage.

Clinical Massage is not that.

Perhaps some think of it as being slathered in oil from head to toe while being gently rocked to simulate being back in the womb.

Hmm… Nope.

Perhaps you’re an athlete or weekend warrior who thinks of it as a sports massage. It has been an essential part of your self care toolbox, maintaining healthy tissue towards the prevention of injury. And, in addition, to the supportive role in both pre and post events.

Close but not quite.

As a Clinical Massage Therapist my client’s come to see me with a specific problem. I test and evaluate, then I can treat that specific problem. Then I test again. Clinical Massage is also knowing when I am unable to help my client. Over the last fifteen years, experience has taught me a lot about both my client’s and my own expectations of what is achievable with the simple power of human touch. Regularly I see some incredible responses to treatment, that in my mind seem so simple but has been an enduring painful problem for the individual. Indeed, these are ideal outcomes since the sooner a problem is resolved, the less time you’ll spend on my table. However, some issues can be more complex and may take a little longer to conquer.

As an experienced Clinical Massage Therapist I know what techniques are required for a given situation. As students we graduate with the same learned techniques but following years of practice and learning from the many clients I’ve had the privilege to work with, I have, undoubtably developed and honed those techniques. I can provide care that is specific and effective. Education and guidance on posture, specific exercises and stretches are an invaluable addition to resolving the issue and promoting improved self awareness and care.

As a Clinical Massage Therapist in both the US and Glasgow, my career has exposed me to a wide range of client’s and their ailments. Most common complaints can present similar patterns and in turn particular treatment protocols can provide successful results but it is essential to always question and evaluate. Continual Professional Development is an essential part to any career and I have found it often provides answers to some of the intuitive questions arising from my practical experience. There are many lifetimes worth of learning regarding the human body and in recent months I have been studying Applied Movement Neurology and Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain, which I hope will improve the service of care I provide for my client’s.

Thank you for your time in reading this short piece. My name is Pamela Loch and if you are interested in further information please visit www.pamelaloch.co.uk