I met Roger Hounslow in a beautiful clinic in a big Georgian building just off Queen Square in Bristol. He’s got a gentle, personable demeanour and led me through the initial health assessment simply and easily, including asking me exactly what I hoped to get during the session – both physically and mentally.
As far as massage goes, so far, so usual. But what is unusual about what Roger’s offering is that this is hands-free massage. No Hands Massage is a system inspired and developed by a practitioner called Gerry Pyves; instead of the hands, masseurs mainly use the soft surface (flexor muscles) of their forearms. There are seven different parts of the forearm that can be used, although apparently Gerry has identified 23 different surfaces of the body which can be used both ethically and professionally for delivering effective massage. The system was developed after Gerry started experiencing severe pain in his wrists when delivering an ordinary massage, and realised he was suffering form Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), and so his system of “Zero Strain Bodywork” was born, with obvious benefits for the practitioner, and delivering a rather good massage for the client into the bargain!
My massage with Roger can attest to this – a smooth, flowing massage using oils that at times was light and gentle, at times deep and penetrating – in that good way where I could feel my muscles first resist, then give-in and finally feel gratefully relaxed and re-set where they ought to be. Different from other massages I’ve had, Roger often used his full or partial bodyweight to exert pressure or create a stretch, which meant that at times the distance between bodies can be rather small, but I was comfortable and at ease with Roger’s professional and experienced manner.
With more than 10 years experience, he’s a practitioner qualified in Aromatherapy, Body Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Acupressure, Thai Massage and Bowen Technique, and started studying with Gerry Pyves in December 2004, reaching Mastery level, with additional study in No Hands Reflex and Chair Massage. At the end of the session I felt grounded, tall, with open shoulders, relaxed but not blitzed – exactly what I’d asked Roger to deliver.
Appointments: Thursdays 10am–8pm, Saturdays 10am–2pm
For appoinments contact the Queen Charlotte Street Osteopathic practice:
0117 922 7788
Contact Roger directly on 0117 972 1828, 0772 214 0286
Beccy Golding Nov 09