Traditional Swedish Massage
Anna was trained in traditional Swedish massage by famous therapist Clare Maxwell-Hudson. Clare has done more than any other person in Britain to bring home the benefits of massage to conventional doctors.
It is now generally acknowledged that massage plays a powerful role in reducing high blood pressure and anxiety, increasing resistance to disease and raising the general level of wellbeing and self esteem in people subject to depression.
Anna has worked with patients in the world famous cancer ward at the Hammersmith Hospital, to improve their experience of receiving chemotherapy.
Gentle massage during treatment has been shown to speed recovery and increase immunity to infection.
Stroke victims who have nerve damage to a part of their bodies have also been found to benefit from massage, which has helped them to regain sensation and control in damaged areas.
A brief history of Swedish massage
In antiquity, Massage was an essential part of medicine. The Greek doctor, Hippocrates, said 'a physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly also in rubbing.' 'Rubbing', or massage, was reintroduced to Europe at the end of the C18th by a Swede called Per Hendrik Ling. His system, focused on specific muscle groups in the body, is the basis of most classic massage treatments today.