Massage therapies work wonders
Massage therapist Ffion Thomas finds the Dublin Wellness Centre is the perfect place in which to ensure clients are relaxed and rejuvenated
How did you become a therapist?
I started working in the Dublin Wellness Centre in January 2018, but I’ve been a full-time therapist for the last three years. I’ve been training in holistic therapy since I was 16. I initially worked on my own as a therapist in Fumbally Stables in Dublin 8, and then I moved to the Dublin Wellness Centre to avail of the more community-based feel of working among lots of other therapists. My treatments are quite specialised – not many people in Ireland offer ayurvedic massage!
How would you describe the massage therapies you offer?
I offer a number of different massage treatments: holistic massage is a standard treatment, which centres on the full body, is not too strenuous and aims for full relaxation. Ayurvedic massage is a form of Indian massage: I focus on head massage and facial rejuvenation. They are all different but also relaxing, using tools to drain fluids and the lymph nodes.
Facial rejuvenation is a natural facelift massage and probably my most popular treatment. It’s done with the hands using three lifting techniques: the first technique works on the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin; the second on the dermis, the second layer of the skin; and the third works to lift the muscles and ease tension.
How do you unwind when you’re not in the centre?
I try and get in as much massage therapies as I can to relax but I also feel it’s important to learn techniques from other therapists. I love to ask questions of other people. I also love to dance and exercise.
It’s important to have a really good work-life balance as I use my body a lot when I’m working – it’s important to practice what I preach. Sometimes I can burn the candle at both ends, and I need to look after myself in order to be able to look after others.
What is your aim for the people who attend your therapies?
I want my clients to leave feeling totally relaxed and free of tension. A lot of people come to me with tension in their neck and shoulders due to their sitting posture in work, and I want them to feel pampered. My treatments aren’t too deep – it’s all about relaxation and rejuvenation.
How can people take the lessons from your therapies and apply them in their own lives?
People are particularly intrigued by my facial rejuvenation therapy. I can show themsimple techniques they can use at home to relieve sinus pain or headaches. It also refreshes the skin so people are interested in learning more.
What makes the Dublin Wellness Centre a great venue for people?
It’s just an absolutely wonderful community and I like the fact that as a business its not overly competitive or pressurised. I love that I can work at my own pace here: it’s a very comfortable and relaxing place to be.