Avoid slips and falls this winter

The weather has finally turned, and the mornings bring us icy, slippery paths and walkways.

With there recent news that West Lothian Council will not begin gritting/clearing pathways until after 8am, we may find particular during work days that it’s a treacherous journey getting to the car/work/school.

We have created a little infographic for you to help give some tips on preventing slips and falls this winter that we hope will help.

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Trust us, even following these suggestions, slips and falls can happen anyway, even to us. In fact our lovely Janice had a slip and fall this week that has put her out of commission for a few days. Our bodies are precious, so we have to take good care of them.

Slips and falls can happen unexpectedly, and our involuntary muscles will engage in an effort to prevent the fall. This can cause muscle strain in uncommon areas, along with stiffness, or even bruising and bone fracture from the impact. 

If you think you may have broken or sprained something, call your doctor.
The next step you should take is to get an ice pack (yes, more ice...sorry!) and apply it to the area(s) of injury. Ice can help control swelling and inflammation.
If you need us, call us at the clinic to see if we can fit you in for an emergency massage session, now the we are more space and more therapists, are able to leave room in our schedules for cases like this. 

Many health benefits have been revealed through massage and a big one is the prevention and treatment of injuries. Stretching connective tissue through massage helps increase blood circulation which assists in tissue repair. Muscle tension is a major source of pain for people and massage can significantly reduce discomfort from injuries.

We now have an accessible treatment room

If you haven't had a chance to check out our new clinic yet, we wanted to share some news about our clinic layout.

To ensure our clients can access treatments regardless of their physical condition we now have a ground floor "Accessible" treatment room.

This room will be for clients who are unable to ascend the staircase to our main treatment area, but will provide them the same comfort as before.
This is also the room we will be using for our pregnancy clients who are further along so that we don't tire them out up and down the stairs.

If you would like your future treatments to take place in this space, please let your therapist know, or give us a call or email when booking your next appointment and we will make sure that the room is reserved for your needs.

You can call us on 01506 238366 or email: contact@weesally.com

Should I keep my massage appointment in this heat?

It's roasting right?

These are the warmest temperatures that we have seen here in Scotland in decades. It's difficult enough to function doing every day tasks and stay cool, but you realise you have a massage appointment schedule sometime over the next few days when the temperatures are set to peak and you are probably asking yourself if you should keep it scheduled or change/cancel it?
 

Your muscle function diminishes during periods of extensive heat – along with your energy levels, you feel sluggish, it's difficult to sleep etc….
If you work hard, play hard or BOTH there is no doubt that you are working your muscles hard and you need to make sure they are at their best.

How do I make sure my muscles are at their best?
Muscle tissues need plenty of hydration, as well as good nutrition to make sure they function at their best. Lack of appropriate nutrients and fluids can lead to muscle spasms, cramps and sprains. In high temperatures this is even more difficult as we tend to become more hydrated and don't replenish our fluids enough.

What problems can hot weather cause for our muscles?
When we work or exercise, our muscles produce lactic acid, this is normal, but often it can build up within the muscles fibers and tissues which is what can contribute to spasms, cramps or strains, our range of motion can become limited, and we can gain what some people refer to as “Knots” in the muscles. These pockets of lactic acid if not dealt with, can cause pain and discomfort.
These “knots” are referred to professionally as “nodules” which form on the muscle fibres when the muscle goes into a state of semi-permanent contraction. it can be a very painful experience as you will know if you have ever experienced this.

What can your massage do for you?
A professional massage therapist will apply a range of techniques to your muscles to release the areas of the muscle which are in a state of contraction. This will help increase muscle tone and help to restore the muscles to full potential.

Who can benefit most from massage in hot weather?
Everyone can benefit – Stress levels increase during extreme temperatures along with sluggishness and massage can help with providing relief. This stress and tension can also lead to headaches which massage can also help with.
Your sleep pattern can be improved which will then clear your thinking and concentration.

Massage also releases important feel-good chemicals in the brain – namely endorphins and dopamine helping our sense of wellbeing, and for some people this can be essential.

If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your appointment during these extreme temperatures, please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss your options.

 

Can massage help with headaches?

“This project is such a headache!”

 

They’re so common that the term has become synonymous with an annoyance, but what are headaches, really? And can massage therapy really help?

Different types, different causes.

Headaches are pretty easily defined, and we all know one when we feel it: it’s a pain in the head. But not all headaches are created equal.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, with pain occurring on both sides of the head without other symptoms. The pain can range from very mild to severe.

Migraine headaches are often pulsing, and can be accompanied by nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, and hallucinations. Some people experience migraines only rarely, while other people experience them on an almost daily basis.

Cluster headaches are less common, and are generally experienced as severe pain around one eye. “Cluster periods,” during which many headaches occur during a period of time, are interspersed with longer periods without any symptoms.

Secondary headaches are not conditions themselves, but are symptoms of other conditions. These conditions can be as everyday as a sinus infection or conjunctivitis (pink-eye), or more serious, like traumatic brain injury or meningitis. While the pain from secondary headaches can be managed, it’s important to focus on getting the appropriate medical treatment for the underlying condition.

Headaches and massage

The good:

Tension headaches, the type of headaches people are most likely to experience, seem to respond well to massage therapy. Not only does massage seem to reduce pain in the moment, but regular massage therapy also appears to increase the amount of time between headaches for those who experience them on a chronic basis. This could be a result of helping to manage stress or underlying mechanical issues that can result in headaches, but there’s no solid science yet on precisely why massage helps, only that it does.

More good news! It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that folks who experience regular headaches are also more likely to experience high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. Studies have found that massage can help with these issues not just in the general population, but also specifically in people who live with chronic headaches.

Some people with secondary headaches can also benefit from massage. People with fibromyalgia, for example, who often experience headaches as part of their condition, can experience both pain and stress relief with regular massage therapy. While massage during a flare-up of symptoms may need to be modified to be more gentle, some people find that it can provide relief both for headache as well as for pain throughout the body.

The bad:

Massage therapy is wonderful and often helpful, but it’s not a cure for headaches. While some people just need a bit of rest or a drink of water (dehydration is a surprisingly common headache cause), other people continue to experience headaches all their lives. While people who experience headaches caused by stress or muscular tension can absolutely benefit from massage, migraines triggered by things like foods or hormonal changes probably won’t see an impact.

The ugly: 

There are some times when getting a massage for headaches isn’t just unhelpful, it’s actually dangerous. Most often, this is related to secondary headaches. Fevers, as an example, often cause headaches as well as achy joints that could lead someone to want to receive massage, but this not only risks overly stressing a body that’s already fighting off an infection, it also has the possibility of spreading the illness to the massage therapist and anyone else they come into contact with. Headaches resulting from a recent head, neck, or back injury could also be made worse by a well-meaning massage therapist.

When there is the possibility of pain being caused by an illness or injury, it’s always best to seek out a physician’s opinion first. They can provide or recommend appropriate care for the issue causing the headache in the first place, and at that point you can ask them about whether it would be a good idea to receive a massage. Safe is always better than sorry!

Headaches can be a real, well, headache. But there’s help.

Sometimes a little change of environment is all that’s needed. If you have a headache and have been hunched over a computer for hours, try a stretch. A quick walk outside or a brief nap can help with a headache caused by eye strain. If you haven’t eaten or drunk anything all day, do that. It’s easy to get caught up in the business of our lives and forget to take care of our own basic needs.

For those who can take them, over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin can be helpful in treating a headache. Sometimes caffeine is recommended as well. For stronger headaches, medications prescribed by a physician can be a lifesaver to many people, enabling them to function at work and with their families when they might otherwise have been left incapacitated.

And then there’s massage therapy, of course. It’s not a magical cure-all, but for many people, it really does help manage the pain and stress of headaches. Are you one of them? Schedule your next massage, and let’s find out together.

Massage client safety

We need to talk about massage and safety.

 

If you haven’t already heard, Buzzfeed recently broke a story about abuse occurring in Massage Envy franchise locations. There has been a lot of conversation about the story online and in the news, which you may have seen. What you probably haven’t seen (unless you’re a part of our profession) is the uproar it has caused in the massage therapy community. Horror is a common emotion: who would do such a thing? Sadness: for the people who will be too fearful to receive the bodywork they need out of fear for their safety. And anger. Plenty of anger.

To be clear, this anger isn’t for the thousands of ethical massage therapists, managers, and support staff at Massage Envy. Whether you care for their business model or not, the vast majority of Massage Envy employees are out there doing their jobs, caring for clients, and earning a living, and they deserve our support. The anger is for perpetrators who violated the faith placed in them by trusting clients; the franchise owners, managers, and employees who allowed it to happen; and the organisation that provided neither sufficient guidance nor real consequences for the people they allow to work in their name.

We want  you to know that we as a community of massage therapists are trying to do our best to hold ourselves and our organizations accountable, and work for changes at Massage Envy and elsewhere to make sure this never happens again.

But we also want you to know that we care about you. As a client and as an individual. Because you have a right to feel safe while getting a massage. And this goes whether you’re receiving a massage here or anywhere else.

 

So here are some promises to you:

Our promise

We will be vigilant in our hiring. This includes extensive reference checks as well as basics such as double checking claims regarding certifications and Insurance

We will give you access. We will publicly post information on how to check the memberships of any of our therapists online with the leading massage organisations.

We will be proactive and regularly solicit feedback from clients about their experience. Big or small, positive or negative, we want to know your experience so that we can do our best and stop major issues before they start.

We will have formal processes in place for handling ANY complaint of therapist misconduct, and share this process openly with you. 

And as part of this, you have our word that:

  • We will investigate any report of misconduct.
  • We will not permit a massage therapist under investigation to work with clients until the investigation has concluded.
  • We will maintain written records of every report and investigation.
  • We will report the incident to law enforcement, and other agencies as appropriate.
  • We will publicly post information on clients’ rights and the procedures for reporting an incident.
  • We will support clients in whatever course of action they choose to take.

The power is yours

There is a natural power differential when a person decides to get a massage. When one person is trained, familiar with the environment, standing up, and fully dressed, and the other has none of those advantages, it can be easy to feel like someone receiving a massage has no power at all. But it’s important to know that, no matter how much of an expert a person may be in massage, you are the expert on your experience. And as the expert on you:

  • You have the right to tell your massage therapist to change or stop what they are doing for any reason.
  • You have the right to end your massage session at any time for any reason.
  • You have the right to stop seeing your massage therapist, or to choose a new massage therapist, for any reason.
  • You have the right to report any misconduct to your massage therapist’s supervisor, to their membership agency, to law enforcement, or to all three.

 

Again, you have a right to feel safe while getting a massage.

 

And since we’re having an open conversation about safety, we also need to be clear about one more thing: massage therapists also have a right to feel safe while giving a massage. 

 

Ensuring the safety of massage therapists from clients who would harass, assault, or otherwise harm them is another conversation that you might not always be privy to as a client, but is a major point of discourse in the massage therapy community. For whatever reason, there are still people out there who confuse (or choose to conflate) massage therapy with sex work, and feel free to act on that impulse regardless of the wishes of the therapist in question.

If this is obviously problematic to you, like it is to 99% of the people in the world, then you don’t really need the following reminder. 

But if you’re in that 1% and believe you’re owed sexual favors by virtue of existing and rely on that sense of personal entitlement while preying on massage therapists, especially those who are inexperienced or economically disadvantaged, here’s a wake-up call for you:

Your massage therapist also has rights

  • Massage therapists have the right to refuse to provide any service they feel would be inappropriate, out of their scope of practice, uncomfortable, or unsafe.
  • Massage therapists have the right to end a session at any time if they feel unsafe with a client.
  • Massage therapists have the right to no longer see a client they feel unsafe with or unqualified to treat.
  • Massage therapists have the right to report a client’s inappropriate behavior to their supervisor and to law enforcement.
  • Massage therapy business owners have the right to stop scheduling a client for inappropriate behavior, to ban them from the premises, and to warn other local therapists about them. (And massage therapists do talk to one another. It’s a small profession.)

In the end, everything is better off in the light.

It’s better to have a major exposé in the news than for abuse to go on unaccounted-for. It’s better to ask hard questions before choosing a new massage therapist than to go into a session anxious or afraid. And it’s definitely better for massage therapists to address the issue of safety head-on, rather than pretending the concern doesn’t exist. 

We all have a right to feel safe. 

Hopefully, if we continue to work together to shine light into the dark corners of the world, all of us will.

What you can't get from a massage tool

There are plenty of tools that you can use to help yourself feel better in between massage appointments. There are foam rollers, therapy canes, electronic devices providing percussion or vibration, and balls of all kinds. You’ll see ways to use tennis, golf, racquet, and lacrosse balls for massage purposes.

These can be great to have at home, at work, or when you travel. They can help ease some pain when you can’t get in for a massage. Life events pop up and make it difficult to squeeze a massage into your schedule at times.

Massage is a great part of your plan for taking care of yourself, but of course it can’t be the only thing. It makes sense to have other activities and some tools to keep you feeling good regularly. For example rolling your sore and tired feet on a golf ball for a few minutes feels wonderful - and it helps get you up off the couch and moving again.

Before you ditch your massage therapist completely, there are some things to consider.

Your tool does only one action. Most just compress your muscles. But that’s not all you need to feel better. In a massage your muscles are pulled, squeezed, kneaded, and stretched as well as being compressed. One tool isn’t the solution to everything. Hammers are good - for hammering. When you need to paint, drill a hole, or tighten a nut they are not nearly as useful. 

Tools are not are educated in how your body works. Your tool won’t know when to stop and your muscles may get overworked. Working in some areas of your body can be dangerous and may cause serious problems. Obviously you want to feel better, not worse afterwards.

Massage therapists have also learned about how much pressure to use and how best to work on a muscle. They can evaluate the progress and change the pressure or try a different technique. They may move you into different positions to change the angle to reach a muscle more effectively.

Some tools may require you to get on the floor or bend a certain way. This can be a challenge to some who are lacking in mobility or agility. 

Pain can be tricky. You may feel the pain in one area but the real source can be somewhere else. If you only address where you feel the pain you will just treat the symptom and the pain will return. A massage therapist can often track down the source and help address the real problem.

There’s more to a massage than just working on your muscles. You get personal attention, listened to, and cared for. Your body and mind can both relax as you let go of your responsibilities for a while. 

Tools for use at home can provide some nice benefits in between massages. Most of us enjoy saving money but when we need something important done correctly we pay a professional. Your body is the only place you have to live. Take care of it right.

To schedule your next massage, click here

Reasons to hate massage

I’ve gotten a lot of massage in the last 15 years. From students, new practitioners, well-seasoned therapists and instructors. I’ve gotten massage in spas, clinics, school, trade show floors and home offices. I’ve been worked on by practitioners who knew I was also a Massage Therapist and by those who thought I was just an IT consultant.

Of them, there are just a handful that I remember as truly spectacular. Yeah, I’m a persnickety client. When I’m slapping down my money, I am super picky and highly critical. Check out this list of massage complaints I’ve wracked up in my years as a massage consumer.  (The complaints are mostly in my head, I haven’t always expressed them to the therapist or establishment. More on that later.)

  • There was no intake form.
  • There was an intake form, and the therapist commented negatively on my medications.
  • The therapist didn’t give me instruction on what to wear/not wear or how to place myself on the table.
  • There was no knee or ankle bolster.
  • The room was too warm.
  • The room was too cold.
  • The music was too loud.
  • The music was too soft.
  • There was no music.
  • The music included water noises/nature sounds/chanting monks.
  • The massage table was hard.
  • The face cradle didn’t adjust.
  • There were no tissues in the massage room.
  • It was noisy, I could hear other clients coming and going.
  • The therapist didn’t address my neck/shoulder/knee or whatever I specially requested. Or they did address it, but didn’t spend enough time there.
  • Or they spent too much time there, but skipped the secondary issue I pointed out.
  • Or they spent too much time there, overworked the area, and I was bruised and sore.
  • The therapist used too much pressure.
  • The therapist didn’t use enough pressure.
  • I asked for more or less pressure and the therapist acknowledged my request but didn’t actually change the pressure.
  • The therapist told me to breathe through the pain she was causing.
  • The therapist initiated conversation.
  • She lifted the sheet way up when I turned over, making me feel exposed and cold.
  • I made a request to adjust the heat/music/pressure and the therapist seemed put out.
  • The therapist’s hands smelled like cigarettes.
  • The therapist used a ton of oil and left me greasy, or got lots of oil in my hair after I requested that not happen.
  • Cheap, low quality massage oil or lotion.
  • Got scratched repeatedly by long fingernail.
  • The therapist used a scented product without asking me.
  • The therapist sniffled through the whole massage and I’m pretty sure her nose dripped on my back.
  • The office was dirty.
  • I used a gift certificate for a 60 minute massage and upgraded to a 90 minute massage. I was charged the full price of a 30 minute £30) and not the £10 balance between a 60 minute massage (£45) and a 90 minute massage (£55). I’m still pretty pissed about that one.
  • The therapist sold nutritional or health products or gave advice out of their scope of practice.
  • The therapist commented on my tattoo/stretch marks/apparent fitness level.
  • With no warning, the therapist left the room in the middle of the treatment, then came back. Never said why.
  • The therapist made fun of me for snoring.
  • There was no hook or stool for my clothes, had to just pile my clothes on the floor.
  • The therapist told me the names of all of our colleagues who she had treated.
  • The therapist spoke negatively about other clients.
  • I saw her take cream from a bowl that was clearly used with the client before me and obviously cross-contaminated. Ditto that for tubes that haven’t been wiped off.
  • The tube or bottle of lotion was noisy. Every time they went for more. Every. Time.

With all this said, let’s take a moment to appreciate that I’ve also given some lousy massages in my career (mostly at the beginning, I hope). I’ve probably even committed a bunch of the offenses I complain about.

Moreover, I also realize that many, many of my complaints could have been resolved quickly if I had spoken up. Sometimes I do. Other times I feel like it’s futile. That’s on me. Kinda. It’s also up to the therapist to create an environment where I feel comfortable speaking up. That hasn’t always happened.

But my long career as a really picky client is part of what makes me a better massage therapist now. More importantly, it’s what makes me very receptive to your feedback. I know how annoying it is to put your money and time into a massage and not feel satisfied with the experience. I know what it is to leave a massage office feeling like the therapist missed that ‘one spot’  between my shoulder blades that I really wanted worked on.

When you tell me the pressure is too much, I won’t ask you to breathe through it. I’ll back off and find a better way to treat the area. If you’re cold, or warm, or hate the music, I’ll make it better. When you tell me, I won’t be annoyed or put out. I will not think you are high-maintenance. If you make a short conversation and I get too chatty, I will not be offended if you cue me to hush up by saying, “Okay, I’m gonna be quiet now so I can enjoy this massage.”

When you make a request, I will be utterly pleased that you are speaking up, so I can make the experience perfect for you. For reals.

See you on the table soon!

Should I talk during a massage?

Should I talk during a massage?

Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.

In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.

The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you – speak up! It’s OK!

Is massage always appropriate?

Is a massage always appropriate? 

No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That’s why it is necessary that you fill out the health history form before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking.

If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

Should I cancel my massage if I'm sick?

Should I cancel my massage if I’m sick?

Short answer: Yes, please.

Long Answer: Yes, please.

Massage is great. You know this. But it’s not always a great idea.

Why? 

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage is an active task, it is not entirely rest. Massage causes change in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting a massage when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. That’s no good.

You’re not going to be cozy on the massage table.  Sure, it sounds like a warm squishy massage table would be great. But the moment you put your already-stuffy head into that face cradle, you’ll realise the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. Even if we do a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table.

You could get us sick. Since most of the common  viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, we could pass the cooties along to more clients before we even know it’s happening.

Further, when we get sick, we have to cancel clients and take a few days off work. We work for ourselves, with no paid sick days to compensate for lost wages. Sure, as a responsible business owner we have a fund for these situations. But we would rather use that fund for a jetski or a fancy new oil holster. So Iwe're gonna try to stay germ-free as much as possible.

So it’s a deal. You’ll cancel so as not to infect us and our massage room, and we'll do the same for you. We’ll keep each other safe.

When to cancel

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling punky from a recent bout of such things.

If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick. The fever counts.

If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the hour on our table would be wasted time and money for you.

If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.

If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

There is often some grey area here, especially if you are in the recovery phase of a virus or bacterial infection.  If you’re unsure about your situation, please call us before your appointment and we can make a decision together.  

What to expect during your first visit

Many people are nervous about their first visit to a massage clinic.

We decided to make that event just a little less frightening by walking you through the intake process and explaining what we do during your visit. 

We hope this settles any fears or worries you may have, we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

We are Hiring!!

Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage are currently looking for a Massage Therapist to join their team. Experience is preferred but we will consider newly qualified candidates.


This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to slowly build their massage career as well as learn about clinic operations and social media marketing.


Essential Skills:


Swedish Massage
Excellent communication and organisational skills
Enthusiastic and passionate about helping people
Computer skills and knowledge of social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Desired Skills:


Deep Tissue Massage
Sports Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Indian Head Massage


Full training in the procedures of the clinic is provided including on going training to improve your service.


This is a part time temporary position with a 3 month probationary period. There is the potential for this to become either a part time or full time permanent position for the right applicant and if work availability provides. You will be on a zero hour contract but will be required to work approximately 10-15 hours per week and must be happy to work Saturdays (it will primarily be Saturday work until a client base has been established for the therapist).


You will be paid a competitive hourly wage plus commission for any treatments that you provide. You will have the opportunity for a pay raise once per year pending an appraisal. The start date for this position is flexible however ideally by the end of August. Please note that we are open from 10am to 8pm so this job may include evening work.


If you are interested in this vacancy then please get in touch with a covering letter and CV via email. contact@weesally.com

Please welcome our newest therapist, Sharon Mchardy to the team.

After much searching, we are excited to anounce the newest member of the Wee Sally's Therapeutic Massage team.

Just call us Team "S" because we are Super.


Sharon Mchardy will be joining the clinic as of Monday August 8th and will be offering treatments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Let's hear from the Massage Superstar herself!

 

I am an energetic person with a positive outlook on life! I live near Lanark with my family and spend my spare time walking my 3 dogs across the Lanarkshire countryside. 

I originally trained as a Beauty Therapist, graduating in 1993 from Stoke on Trent College with an HND in Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapies. Invaluable experience was gained by working in Spas and Salons for many years. With a passion for exercise, I qualified as a Gym instructor in 2011 and now specialise in Remedial & Sports Therapy after graduating from Western School. I have a keen interest in Sports Event massage and travel across the country to facilitate massage with Athlete’s Angels at different sporting and community events. 

I am always looking for opportunities to learn and develop myself. Over the next few months I will be completing SYFA Sports First Aid & Injury Management and Sports & Kinesiology Taping. October sees me beginning Advanced Remedial Massage with Western School. I am on the accredited register of the Federation of Holistic therapists. 

As a keen runner, I have completed several 10k runs and half marathons, including the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k in 2010 and half marathon in 2015 for which I raised over £300 for Cancer Research. I also enjoy hill walking in my spare time and my achievements include reaching the top Ben Lomond on several occasions and in June 2015, myself and colleagues climbed Ben Nevis, working as part of a team of differing capabilities and physical fitness with us all reaching the snowy summit. 

 

I hope that you are all as excited as we are to have Sharon on the team, we are taking apointments for her NOW so don't hesitate to get booked in for an amazing treatment.

Give us a call on 01506 238366 today. 

Bathgate’s Best Kept Secret wins top Industry Award

Having been in business in Bathgate since 2010, Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage has been providing Pain relief, Relaxation massage, functional recovery and a variety of Spa treatments to their community.

On Sunday November 29th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sally Chamness the founder of Wee Sally’s received “Masseuse of the Year”, an award which was nominated by the general public and presented by Creative Oceanic, the organizers of the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards.

Sally’s mission has always been to encourage people to take ownership of their health, and to reconnect her clients with their own bodies. Offering on-going support for her clients to ensure that they can maintain a healthy, pain free lifestyle.

 

Around 40% of people presenting to primary care with an episode of acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain.

 

And these numbers continue to grow, so through continued education that sees Sally travel the world, learning from the best Massage Therapists, and Bodyworkers she can find, she has brought these techniques and skills back to her “wee clinic” hidden just off the high street in Bathgate.

 

 

 “I’m so honoured to be recognized for this award, and hope that this helps people learn about the benefits of including massage in their health and wellness plans.” commented  award winner Sally Chamness.

 “Massage is often seen as a high ticket service, or a luxury and I want our clients and community to know that we continue to maintain affordable treatment options so that everyone can benefit from our services. We continue to work with local support groups and special interest groups in the community to bring their members subsidized treatments to help in their continued health and recovery. I hope that through the recognition of this award we can truly bring Massage to everyone in the community who could truly see an improvement in their quality of life through massage treatments.”

 

Our June Newsletter is now out!

How can we help make June AMAZING?
Can you believe that June is upon us already?
It feels like only yesterday that we were bringing in the new year.
I'm so glad to see that the weather has started to improve, seeing so much sunshine has brought a smile to everyones face, and I love to see our clients smiling and happy.

It's Gala Day season in West Lothian so there will be some changes to the schedule this month, but we also have our new Therapist Derek starting on Monday June 1st, and  he's going to be bringing you the best in Sports Massage and Reiki practice, so make sure you get booked in to check his work out.

We have a new offer for June to help entice you to trying our new Monday and Wednesday schedules, as well as a great new treatment offer from Sandra to prep you for your holidays.

As always, I welcome any feedback you may have for us to let us know what we can do to make your experience at Wee Sallys that much better.
Have a fantastic June
Kindest Regards,
Sally Chamness 
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Clinic closings in June

Now that Gala Day season is here, we have elected to give our therapists Saturday June 6th off to allow them to spend time with their friends and family.
We also want to make sure that  the noise from the procession and other Gala Day events aren't interrupting your treatments, so we appreciate your understanding on this day.

So get your new outfits ready, we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for a beautiful Sunny Day 
June Schedule Discount
With welcoming Derek Drummond to the Wee Sally family we have been able to extend our schedule on both Mondays and Wednesdays, so for the month of June, if you choose to visit us on either of these days just let us know you want the "newbie" discount and you will receive £10 off any treatment.
We are booking now for these appointment slots, and spaces are available for Derek and Sandra on Mondays, and Derek, Sandra and Stephanie on Wednesdays, so make sure you get in touch soon as these spaces will fill up quick.
Appointments can be made by calling 01506 238366 or via our Online Booking system.

Now offering Shrinking Violet Body Wrap!

 

The Shrinking Violet Body Wrap  is guaranteed to reduce the appearance of unwanted fat.

 

This painless, effortless process can successfully remove the appearance of cellulite in problem areas, such as the stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms and legs, with the majority of clients using it to date losing 9 to 10 inches from their bodies in total.

 

The wrap helps smooth out the fat cells and cellulite in the body.

 

The Shrinking Violet Body Wrap is a technique so powerful that a 60 minute salon session can shrink waistlines by up to 2 inches. 
The amount of reduction varies depending on build, but many people reduce by at least one whole size after the first treatment.

 

The main ingredient is an active phospholipid solution, which is pre-blended with essential oils containing a cellulite blend.

For maximum results we recommend a six week course with home care also.

There is no need to shower. The solution remains in the skin, and active, for 72 hours.

Shrinking Violet FAQ'S

How does it work?

 

The Shrinking Violet Body Wrap involves a painless wrap process that can successfully reduce the appearance of cellulite in problem areas, such as thighs, buttocks and around the abdomen. 

 

How long does it take? /When can I see results?

Shrinking Violet Body Wrap is quite powerful. A 60-minute session can shrink waistlines by as much as two inches. The amount varies depending on your build, but many people shrink by at least one whole size after the initial treatment.

*Immediate results will be seen

*Maximum results within 24 hours

What does it feel like?

You are wrapped up, squeezed and it itches a little

Are there any side effects?

Maybe a slight increase in urination for one to two days after treatment

Will the results last?

It is an excellent jumpstart to a new, slimmer you. Combining the Shrinking Violet Body Wrap with healthy eating and exercise will give optimum results.

How often can I have a treatment?

Problem areas can be treated every 7 days

How many sessions will I need?

It depends on individuals. Most clients receive maintenance treatments once or twice a year after the initial course of six treatments.

What shall I wear?

Old underwear or a bikini is best as you might get a bit of oil on them.

 



BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
The Shrinking Violet Wrap offer we are making available to you is a 2 hour treatment.
Not only will you receive the Shrinking Violet Wrap, but we are including a Natural Face Lift Massage as part of the treatment package. 
This is the perfect combination to prepare you for any big event coming up this summer, or for that glorious summer holiday overseas.
How much is this going to cost?
 For 1 treatment of the shrinking violet and NFLM, you receive the 2 hour session for £65

For a block of 3 sessions, this will be £180
For a block of 6 this will be  £350
FOR JUNE ONLY, WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OUR Block of 3 and Block of 6 sessions for £50 off.
Just let us know when you come in for your first visit that you would like to purchase a block booking and we'll apply the discount for you! 
Give us a call now on 01506 238366 to find out more!
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Stephanie's Community Outreach Program

Stephanie is currently developing our newest venture which is a Care in the Community program. This will allow us to offer Massage and other therapeutic treatments to those who are house bound or who are physically unable to attend treatments at the clinic.

These appointments will take place on Wednesdays, and we will begin setting up appointments for this within the next few weeks.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from this service, and you would like additional information please get in touch with Stephanie so we can provide you with all the necessary information and begin scheduling the visits for our clients.

Email Stephanie: stephanie@weesally.com 
As we head into the summer months, there will be a few changes to my own schedule as I try to accommodate some changes at home. From July onwards I will mainly be available Thursday, Friday and Saturdays however if you need to discuss alternate availability for myself, please get in touch and we can talk about how we can best work out a schedule to suit everyone.

I look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

 
Kind Regards,
Sally Chamness

Wee Sally Therapeutic Massage
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