Sarah Jane Watson is a Londoner at heart. We had the chance to catch up with her and learn about what keeps her going in this city!
When did you start and what inspired you to start with massage therapy?
Massage is something I have always instinctively done. I used to massage my mother's neck and shoulders as a young girl. I knew about complementary therapies from a very young age as my parents had regular acupuncture and massage, which was quite unusual for that time. I began my formal training in the mid-nineties with Clare Maxwell-Hudson. She was a pioneer and leading figure in changing the perception of massage and promoting its benefits. I always knew I wanted to visit people in their own homes as it enables a proper relationship to be built and I am able to get a real understanding of my clients needs and how best I can serve them.
5 words that describe your treatments?
Luxurious, transportive, transformative, stress-busting and in the words of my clients 'heavenly'
What is your advice to a first timer to London and how should they be spending their time?
London has so many wonderful places and spaces to visit. I would say pay a visit to the Courtauld Art Gallery at Somerset House which has a fantastic collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in a beautiful and elegant setting. Take a walk around The City where historic and modern architecture sit side by side and while you are there climb up the dome of St Paul's Cathedral and visit the whispering gallery. Book a table for lunch at Scotts and a look around the shops in Mayfair and finally enjoy an evening at one of our cultural centres such as The Royal Festival Hall for classical concerts, Covent Garden for the opera and Royal Ballet or Sadler's Wells Theatre for amazing contemporary dance performances.
What are your tips for maintaining daily wellness and health?
Get moving! Our lifestyles have become far too sedentary
Keep hydrated - make drinking water your first morning ritual.
Aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night - your skin will thank you for it.
Really try to reduce time spent on the computer. Laptops and tablets are not doing any favours for postural alignment.
What are the main benefits of regular massage treatments and how can massage help deal with stress?
Massage has shown to have an effect on all the major systems of the body. It helps reduce tension, muscle tightness and improve joint mobility. It strengthens the immune system and boosts circulation as well as affecting the nervous system by reducing anxiety and increasing energy levels.
I see massage as a way of helping to manage stress. It creates a moment to stop and just be, to reconnect to oneself and this is not only on a physical level. A massage at the end of a long and challenging day can really help rejuvenate a tired mind and body.
It creates a wonderful sense of well being. Clients not only feel better after a treatment, they look better too as the stress as melted away from their faces.
Where are your services available and what is the best way to contact you?
Most of my clients are in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea where I live but there are occasions where I visit other areas of London.
Contact me at [email protected]