I’ve lived in the Herne Hill area since 2005. I used to have a greyhound called Henry and am now mum to a young man whose middle name is also Henry. My first academic qualification is in French. I’ve also taught English in Poland and spent 13 years in headhunting. Once upon a time I drank, sailed, hiked and ran an allotment; these days I run a massage therapy business, do Nordic walking, knit gifts for clients and watch for birds when I can. I am committed to kindness, generosity and plastic reduction. I don’t play whale song in my massage room.
Prior to becoming a massage therapist, I had been receiving massage therapy treatments myself and valued the space they gave me as well as the fact they gave me relief from muscle tension. I found that massage therapy slowed my breathing, calmed me and always lead to a good night’s sleep. My therapist was and is Caroline Heattie, an experienced aromatherapist, who drew me towards complementary therapies. Thank you Caroline!
In 2011, while still in headhunting, I retrained as a massage therapist. After a series of seemingly negative, now viewed as positive, events I took the decision to leave it all behind and set up Claire Best Holistic Massage Therapy late that year. I haven’t looked back.
I find huge personal satisfaction in supporting people through massage. Over the last 9 years, I have been privileged to meet, massage and support hundreds of clients with their physical and mental well-being.
The majority of clients come to me from office jobs or the media, seeking massage for neck, shoulder and lower back pain; others come because it provides support and a respite in difficult times; many come as part of their self-care routine. I’ve massaged 42-week pregnant women, older clients with reduced mobility, the back row of an audience for Claudia Hammond on Radio 4, long distance runners, cyclists and people living with medical conditions, including cancer amongst other conditions.
I am really proud and honoured to be part of the Full Circle Fund therapies team at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, where, once a week, I support adult patients undergoing treatment in Haematology and Oncology through massage therapy.
Over time I have become increasingly interested in massage from a mental health perspective and am motivated by the nurturing side of massage and its ability to support and improve quality of life.
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