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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Jan 23 2019 09:00AM

Sports massage therapist Lauren O'Sullivan shares her experience of a yoga class and workshop with WNT yoga teacher Emma Klein


At our last meeting at the beginning of January we thought it would be a great idea to do practioner swaps and experience and enjoy our peers’ practices. Emma and I paired up for a swap: a sports massage for some yoga time! I’ve always enjoyed practicing yoga but often neglect it so this was perfect for me...


Tuesday mornings at West Norwood Therapies and it’s class time with Emma. A beginner class, the flow is quiet slow and allows time for correction and continuous reflection on your practice. I’m quite familiar with yoga however I haven’t practiced in a long time so this class was a perfect reintroduction for me. With a mix of complete beginners and experienced returners, Emma handled the class with consideration for both. Every position was explained and demonstrated with and without blocks or modifications and Emma also offered reasons for why each position helped certain joints and muscles.


Emma talks frequently about the importance of Yin and Yang – Yin being the slower more stable postures that increase flexibility and relax our bodies and Yang being the active, strength building aspect of yoga practice. The two opposites complement each other in working towards a strong and flexible body. I am constantly recommending my sports massage clients to take yoga classes as building strength protects our ligaments and tendons, and increasing flexibility enables our muscles to stretch more freely helping to prevent strains and tears. Emma’s class was a perfect combination of both and working on the two aspects side by side leads to a more lean and lithe musculature.


Perhaps one of the most important things Emma’s class inspires is judgement-free practice. One of her mottos is “All who breathe, can practice yoga”. There is no expectation or criteria that you need to conform to – as yoga has become more popular it sometimes seems to come with a certain archetype. People that can’t bend themselves in half or don’t have the latest designer leggings may feel uneasy and afraid to take class. Yoga practice is what you make it. Everyone’s practice will be different and will differ day to day; it’s a process and takes time. There is never an end goal, which is why it’s called practice. In Emma’s class you are encouraged to listen to your body. As it was a morning class I was personally feeling a bit stiffer than usual and I took that on board with my practice, I didn’t force anything.


Fast forward to Sunday and it was time to detox. Emma lead a detox yoga workshop for 2 ½ hours and at first I was apprehensive as to the length – that seemed like a lot of yoga! I needn’t have worried and even felt like I could go for longer at the end; the workshop was structured perfectly.
Fast forward to Sunday and it was time to detox. Emma lead a detox yoga workshop for 2 ½ hours and at first I was apprehensive as to the length – that seemed like a lot of yoga! I needn’t have worried and even felt like I could go for longer at the end; the workshop was structured perfectly.

For the first hour and a half we practised a fairly fast flow with time to explore new poses and depth once we were warm. We then talked about Ayurveda: an ancient Indian system of medicine that supports and guides a whole holistic approach. Many people turn to its philosophies and basic constructs when considering detoxing their body. It was a lovely open and inviting space to share our thoughts, ask questions and gain insight into how we might incorporate some Ayurveda practices into our own lives and their individual needs. For the last 20 minutes we snuggled into some blankets and Emma guided us through some Yoga Nidra practice. Yoga Nidra is a form of guided sleep meditation that focuses on finding that window between waking and sleeping for ultimate relaxation. If you are interested in finding out more about Yoga Nidra, contact Emma and come along to her weekly Sunday evening Nidra classes at WNT!


Emma left us with a complete print out information pack of everything we had covered in the workshop - the poses, Ayurveda and even a detox recipe: Kitchari. I always find in workshops that there is so much information to take in that we frequently get home and forget everything, so a print out was such a great addition. As adults we often don’t get the chance to study and learn new knowledge and I relish this! I will definitely be reading up on the things we covered and practicing at home. I highly recommend Emma’s workshops – the next one is on 24th March and this will be a restorative yoga workshop focusing on de-stressing.


Thanks Emma, I thoroughly enjoyed our practitioner swap! Look out for more practitioner swap blog posts throughout this year as we all take it in turns to experience each other’s practices.








By West Norwood Therapies Team, May 31 2018 09:47AM

Lauren O'Sullivan joins the WNT team this June as a sports massage therapist and she wrote a blog about her journey to this point and what she is excited about in joining the team. Welcome Lauren!


Something that I have been eager to do ever since I qualified in Sports massage, I can proudly announce that I will be starting a Tuesday afternoon clinic at West Norwood Therapies on 5th June. My client base and bookings have been steadily rising through my independent mobile massage service and I could not be more grateful. I must say though, it can feel a bit isolated sometimes which is why I am so excited to tell you about West Norwood Therapies and the great inclusive community vibe they have.


When I first launched my business in March nobody really prepared me for how tough it would be to market myself and advertise my business. I had my massage couch, couch roll, oils, lotions, a qualification, insurance and most importantly my hands - I was ready for clients! But the trouble was they weren't ready for me, or to put it more accurately, they didn't have a clue I existed. It was then that I longed for a support network, a nice organisation to umbrella myself under and be seen by potential clients. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and I wondered out into the expanse of the internet alone, armed with my determination and passion to grow my own client base from scratch.


In the beginning it felt tortoise-like, a tortoise that has just eaten a whole grocery shelf of cabbages and can't move from the food coma. But with a little help from my friends and the great wonders of Facebook group pages, it started happening. Because I had done it purely by myself, each client interest and booking felt 100 times more amazing and every time I did a little mini celebration. I am proud that I took my business off the ground with my own two hands but I now have the opportunity to spark a little fire under it with the support of a community and clinic network. Allow me to introduce West Norwood Therapies.


West Norwood Therapies is a team of complementary health professionals who work together to offer a broad range of therapies and classes to the local community. As well as massage the clinic offers osteopathy, acupuncture, pregnancy treatments and classes in yoga, pilates and hypnobirthing. Being a dancer, I am passionate about yoga and pilates to help me maintain my form and stay in shape. I think they are such great practices to get involved with no matter what your background and can help to develop a stable core and promote efficiency in your day to day movement. If a clients muscular imbalance is due to poor flexibility or an inefficient movement framework then I always recommend yoga and/or pilates to help rectify the problem and prevent further complications and bad habits.


That is what is so great about West Norwood Therapies. We are a team and ultimately provide a complete spectrum of practices all under one roof! We are a community and are there for each other for advice, marketing, support and to generally make being self-employed a bit more fun and less isolating. All of the practitioners contribute to a blog, speaking about different topics related to them and their interests making it a really unique and engaging read every time. I hope to do it justice when it comes around to my turn!


I am already excited to attend my first Feast festival this Sunday 3rd June. Me and two of the WNT team will be handing out flyers and no doubt sampling all of the yummy food on offer. Happening every first Sunday of the month (April - December) 10am - 4pm at 5 different sites around West Norwood station and along Norwood Road, Feast is a volunteer powered street market festival. Find out more at westnorwoodfeast.com. If you're local to West Norwood come along, it's not to be missed.


As it will be my first clinic hours on Tuesday 5th June, I am keen to fill my slots between 2:30 - 5:30pm. If you are interested in booking a massage and available, please message me for more details on SPECIAL OPENING RATES.


Check back to the blog soon for more updates on upcoming events I will be attending as part of the West Norwood Therapies team. Exciting times ahead!


Stay fabulous.


Lauren x


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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Oct 31 2016 10:00AM

With a new room and new therapists WNT founder, Jennie Duck, shares what growth means to the West Norwood Therapies team and how sharing and support are integral to our success


West Norwood Therapies celebrated its 2nd birthday in October and as we toddle into our 3rd year things are looking a little different from when we set out a team of 6 collaborating in one lovely bright spacious room.


Now we have pretty much doubled with 11 of us working in 2 rooms. We have expanded what we have to offer - the lovely bright spacious room now hosts fantastic Pilates classes and yoga classes as well as sticking to it’s original massage roots (I worked in there on my own before setting up WNT in 2014). The new room is smaller and cosier - clients so far have appreciated the warm and snug feel to it. We now have a nutritional therapist, 7 massage therapists (covering pretty much any kind of massage you could want!), an osteopath, acupuncturist, facial reflexologist, 2 yoga teachers and a pilates teacher.


I’m excited that we are growing, but ‘growing’ to me means much more than expanding in size. At the heart of WNT is the ethos of sharing and support. That’s how we work as individual practitioners - we share our skills and offer support to our clients. And it’s how we work as a clinic - we meet each month to share ideas and plans, we offer one another peer support. Us growing as a clinic means those relationships developing and our network getting stronger. That benefits us as practitioners and also means we are better equipped to ensure our clients get to the right practitioner for their needs.


I’m very proud of WNT and how it is growing. My seed of an idea has evolved and it has been the sharing and support - and the belief that these things are important - of the team that has shaped things, and I hope will continue to do so as we grow in size too.


Jennie Duck is currently on maternity leave (from massage at least!) - she will be offering some treatments to existing clients from December. www.westnorwoodtherapies.com/jennie-duck




By West Norwood Therapies Team, Mar 2 2016 09:10AM

Get your Mother's day Epsom salts at West Norwood Therapies this week. Choose from lavender and calendula scented and rosey salts. Bags of salts are just £3 - pick them up at your appointment this week or get in touch at info@westnorwoodtherapies.com or on 07931 876 931 to buy.


And happy mother's day wishes to all of you from all of us :-)

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