Fishponds Practice


Caroline Girgensons - B.Ed.(Hons)MTI. CNHC

Holistic Massage and Bodywork

What is holistic massage therapy?

As a holistic therapist I treat clients as individuals and tailor the treatment to meet their specific needs. Holistic massage is the therapeutic and sensitive use of touch, adapted to a client’s unique physical and emotional

requirements, in order to promote positive change. Massage is suitable for everyone. It can encourage deep relaxation thereby enabling the body to release stress, tension and anxiety; furthering your own healing potential. Regular holistic massage can help you relax, rejuvenate and feel revitalised by releasing emotional and physical tension and promoting general well-being. It can bring you back in touch with yourself.

  • Regular massage has many benefits and can help to:
  • Relieve muscular aches & strains
  • Ease & reduce chronic pain and tension
  • Improve muscle tone & joint flexibility
  • Release endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller
  • Reduce headaches & migraine
  • Promote better sleep
  • Improve circulation
  • Promote positive health during pregnancy
  • Reduce mental stress and anxiety
  • Revitalise your spirit and energise your body
  • Encourage healing - post injury & illness
  • Aid & relax breathing
  • Balance the body’s systems to promote well-being
  • Relax mind, body and spirit

A Massage Treatment:

Your massage session will always begin and end with a conversation – to establish and agree the most appropriate massage for you. I have an intuitive approach and work sensitively with clients. Massage work can be light and gentle, an acknowledgement of the body, or you may prefer a firmer touch, working deeper into the muscles. Specific problems can be addressed with a range of massage techniques, also joint mobilisation, trigger points and breathing; stretching, rocking or holding and energy holds. We will work together to encourage healing and relaxation, to restore and balance you. A holistic massage provides a quiet time and space for you to relax away from your everyday activities and pressures.

We can manage our demanding lives if we look after ourselves at the same time.

How often have you said? “I need a massage!”


Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage takes place as a seated massage treatment. I use a range of different techniques in a flowing sequence of massage movements over the upper back, shoulders, neck and scalp areas. In addition, I will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face. The session will usually last about 30 minutes. It can be a very powerful experience.

Indian head massage is an excellent treatment for those of us who have little spare time. It is especially good for office and computer workers who build tension patterns in the upper back, neck and shoulders, through postural habits. Indian Head massage can relieve, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing; leaving them feeling energised and revitalised, and better able to concentrate.



Reiki (pronounced ‘Ray’ ‘Key’) is a gentle yet extremely powerful form of energy therapy. ‘Reiki’ is a Japanese word meaning ‘Universal Life Energy’ or ‘Universal Life Fo rce’. Reiki is a holistic treatment simultaneously healing on a physical, mental and emotional level. The energy of your body and that of the practitioner work together, to bring you back to health and balance. Recognising the link between mind and body, Reiki works holistically, ensuring your emotions support your body’s move to wellness. As a result, Reiki can begin to assist you in other are as of your life, as you find balance in body, mind and spirit. Reiki works on all levels of your being.

Clients come to Reiki for a wide range of reasons such as seeking relief from physical pain, emotional clearing and achieving greater mental clarity. Reiki can also help to relieve stress and its associated symptoms; help boost the immune system and revive energy levels. Reiki can benefit everyone. It is kind to your body, is safe and gentle.

Relaxation is an integral part of the treatment; as such it is an excellent way of reducing stress and can therefore be as appropriate in the prevention of illness and maintenance of good health as it can in the healing of specific condition. Some common benefits are: Reduction of physical pain, deep relaxation during the session, which is retained; improved sleep patterns, mental clarity, increased wellbeing; feelings of calmness; a shift in entrenched patterns towards balance. The benefits are unique to your system and so completely individual.

Reiki and massage can be combined as a wonderful treatment.


About myself

I trained with the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (BCMB). I have Diplomas in both Holistic Massage Therapy and Indian Head Massage. I am a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and Massage Training Institute (MTI). I am a level 3 Reiki Master.

I am passionate about my work. I am frequently reading and researching, and looking to update my knowledge and understanding. I undertake regular professional development on an on-going basis choosing courses prompted and supported by my work with regular clients and those suggested by my own needs and interests. I am currently pursuing these interests through courses in Pregnancy Massage; Emotional Processing through massage; Acupressure Massage for Facial release. Reiki workshops are ongoing and supported by my Reiki Master.

Since 2011 I have volunteered as a massage therapist with The Rainbow Trust. The Children's Charity provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

I am an associate therapist with the PCIM (Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine) which is currently being developed in Bristol.

As a registered CHNC and MTI practitioner, I have public and professional liability insurance with Balens.



Level 4 Dip Holistic Massage and Bodywork -MTI

Level 3 Dip Indian Head Massage – MTI

Reiki Level 3 Practitioner

BEd (Hons) Education Degree- Qualified Primary School Teacher

Member of CNHC - Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council

Member of MTI – Massage Training Institute


Health and Wellbeing Schemes

Many companies now offer membership of Health & Wellbeing or Insurance schemes to their staff. As a CNHC and MTI member, I am recognised by most of these Wellbeing Schemes. If you wish to claim I can provide a receipt with my CNHC Membership to enable you to claim from your insurer.



Holistic massage - £45 1hour (A first appointment includes free 15 minute consultation, so allow longer) Half an hour - £28
Indian Head Massage - £28;
Reiki - £45;
Massage with Reiki - from £45 depending upon length of session.
Acupressure Facial Massage -£45

I offer advance block booking discounts and concessions as appropriate. 15% discount for pregnant clients.

Gift vouchers are also available.

I also practice at Southville Clinic

0117 963 2335

& The Harbourside Practice

To make an appointment please contact The Fishponds Practice or contact me directly:

Tel 07963 566887 or email -


To make an appointment please ring the receptionist at The Fishponds Practice – tel 0117 949129 or contact me directly:

Tel: 07963 566887 or email -


How often have you said? “I need a massage!”

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