About

Bodyworks Edinburgh was established in May 2013 and focused on Remedial and Sports Massage Therapy to help improve clients postural issues, muscular conditions, sports performance and treat RSI/sports injuries. To improve our service and offer clients more therapy options, Bodyworks Edinburgh broadened it’s range of treatments to include Physiotherapy, Medical Acupuncture, Sports Rehabilitation and Complementary Therapies such as Reflexology and Aromatherapy Massage.

To ensure clients get the best care possible and the most out of their treatment at Bodyworks Edinburgh, there is an initial health consultation followed by a physical assessment to find the source of the problem and to develop a treatment plan for future sessions. We tailor our treatments to each client as none of our bodies or muscular issues are exactly the same so why should your treatment be the same. Our service doesn’t stop there as we also give you stretches and exercises to take home to work on as this will ensure you get the most from the massage therapy or physiotherapy and reach your health goals as quick as possible.

Our team of therapists are highly trained in their field and are all members of relevant professional governing bodies ensuring we keep up to date with continuous professional development (CPD) and our quality of service. If you require a therapist to be with a specific governing body for insurance purposes, please get in touch before you book your appointment to ensure you are with the correct therapist.

If any referrals are needed between therapists here at Bodyworks we will ensure, with your permission that a good handover is given so that we can continue working with you (without another in depth consultation) towards your end goal.

Our team’s vision is to be the go-to clinic with the highest reputation for care and excellence in private healthcare and to offer you a multi-disciplinary approach with the most up-to-date research and evidence based treatments. To have a happy working environment for staff to improve and grow, enjoy their work and have a healthy work-life balance.

If you’d like to work for Bodyworks, check out our Careers page for any positions available.

Meet the Team:

Steven Glass

Cllinic Manager and Senior Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP

Steven is a fully qualified Physiotherapist with HCPC and CSP registration. Graduating in 2011 from The Robert Gordon University with a Bsc(hons) in Physiotherapy, Steven has over 9 years experience working in Private Musculoskeletal Outpatient Physiotherapy. Professionally he has an interest in Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine and Lower Limb Biomechanics.

Steven enjoys getting to the root cause of an issue/ailment and prides himself on not only treating the symptoms. Postgraduately he is accredited in Medical Acupuncture, Kinesiology Taping and Spinal Manipulation. Enjoying an active lifestyle, out of work he can be found rock climbing, kayaking or mountain biking.

Qualifications – BSc (hons) Physiotherapy, Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Part A and B, OMT Spinal Manipulation Level 1, Medical Acupuncture Certified.

Erin Daly

Massage Therapist, SMTO

Erin has been working as a Massage Therapist for 7 years, specialising in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports/Remedial Massage, Hot Stones Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Wellness and Post-plastic surgery.

She is passionate about massage and helping people get relief from pain and limited range of movement. In 2022, she achieved her Vodder Level 2 qualification and plans to gain her Vodder Level 3 in Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

In her spare time, she has started going to the gym and lifting weights, sea swimming, reading and going to music concerts.

Qualifications – Diploma in Swedish, Remedial and Sports Massage, Vodder Certificate Level 1 & 2 in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Certificate in Post Plastic Surgery Manual Lymphatic Drainage and a Diploma in Hot Stone Massage.

Book an appointment with Erin.

Blanca Jimenez

Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP

Blanca studied her degree in Physiotherapy in 2009 and then her Postgraduate course in Manual therapy as her specialization in 2013 both at the Madrid Complutense University. She has experience working for more than 8 years in both Spain and Edinburgh in different fields. She has worked with the Spanish national wrestling team, as a neurological physio working with varied conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and strokes along with Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Ankylosing Spondylitis. She also particularly enjoys the challenges of musculoskeletal rehabilitation working with diverse people from athletes, post-injury patients to office workers.

In her treatments, she combines mostly “hands-on” treatments including manual therapy, myofascial release, acupuncture, dry needling, therapeutic taping, Pilates, Hypopressive therapy, neurodynamics and an individualised exercise program to continue the treatment actively at home.

In her free time Blanca loves spending time outdoors, running, cycling, surfing, snowboarding but also being indoors watching independent movies at festivals, listening to music and reading.

Qualifications – BSc Physiotherapy, Postgraduate in Manual Therapy,

Book an appointment with Blanca.

Andrea Espinoza

Massage Therapist, SMTO

Andrea is originally from Venezuela and has been living in Edinburgh since 2015. She began in the wellness industry in Scotland studying in Scottish Massage Schools and The Glasgow School of Massage. Andrea knows that Massage Therapy is one of the best ways to prioritise our mental/physical health which is why she offers a wide range of therapy options including: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stone Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage and Table Thai Yoga Stretches.

Andrea is also due to complete her Sports and Remedial Massage course in August.

In her spare time you’ll find her lifting weights at the gym, doing meditation or reading.

Qualifications – Diploma Swedish Massage, Diploma Hot Stones, Diploma Deep Tissue and Advanced Massage (Glasgow School of Massage).

Book an appointment with Andrea.

Nur Syuhada

Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP

Nur Syuhada is a fully qualified Physiotherapist with HCPC and AHPC registration. She graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) in 2012 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy, Singapore Institute of Technology/Trinity College of Dublin in 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, Nanyang Technological University in 2021 with a MSc in Applied Gerontology and currently pursuing her PhD in Physiotherapy in Queen Margaret University. Nur Syuhada has over 10 years’ experience in the Physiotherapy field with 5 years in Musculoskeletal/Orthopaedic Physiotherapy. She has experience from the acute care to the community and has several years of experience treating individuals with orthopaedic or musculoskeletal conditions from a varying age group from teenagers to older adults She also has experience with physiotherapy in the intellectually disabled population.

Nur Syuhada has been passionate about continuous learning and has been awarded the Youth Excellence Award in the Heartlands (YEAH) in 2007, NHG Scholarship in 2009, NUH Talent Development Award in 2014 and the Ngee Ann Gongsi Scholarship in 2019.

During her free time, she has been volunteering for MendakiSense, a Malay/Muslim self-help group in Singapore and tutoring underprivileged students over the weekends since 2009 till 2022.

Qualifications – Diploma in Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy (Second Upper Honours), Maters of Science in Applied Gerontology, PhD in Physiotherapy (current)

Book an appointment with Nur.

Jane McPherson

Complementary Massage Therapist

Jane recently has moved to Edinburgh from North Yorkshire to join her husband. She has been offering Complementary therapies since graduation with an HND SCQF level 7 from Moray College, Elgin, Morayshire in 2003, where she studied Advanced Clinical Reflexology, Advanced Massage including Swedish, Remedial, G5, Audio Sonic, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Professional Aromatherapy, including Pregnancy, Lymphatic drainage and Manual Facial treatments. She also gained a Reflexology practitioner certificate with the Association of Reflexologists.

Working in the Luxury Hotel Spa industry for twenty years as a therapist & Spa Manager, she has always had a passion for providing Professional yet nurturing therapies to her clients. She loves to share her wisdom to new therapists and the clients, supporting their mental, emotional and physical well being.

She has since continued her passion for learning and qualified in Indian Head massage, Hot Stone Massage and Baby Massage Instruction. Jane also took several courses in adapting massage and therapies for clients who are undergoing the Cancer Journey with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, with Dr Peter Mackereth. In 2019 she gained an NHS Certificate in Complementary Therapies, Cancer and Palliative Care Pathway, with Reflexology as her specialised therapy.

Yoga brought all Janes therapies together, the ability to teach students basic Asana to gain, movement, flexibility and balance within mind, body and soul, with breath and meditation. In 2021 Jane qualified in Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative Yoga with Meditation. When she has time off, Jane likes to be outside enjoying nature with walking, swimming, practising Yoga , tending to her allotment and eating the produce.

Adrian Philpott

Remedial & Sports Massage Therapist

Adrian, originally from Northern Ireland, embarked on a journey to Scotland in 2009, driven by his profound fascination with the intricacies of the human mind. Enrolling in an undergraduate degree program in Psychology at Edinburgh Napier University, his overarching goal was to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives. Initially aspiring to blend psychology with physical fitness as an exercise therapist, Adrian aimed to confront mental health challenges head-on.

However, destiny took an unexpected turn when Adrian found himself grappling with excruciating pain in his left shoulder blade. A transformative session with a Sports Remedial Massage therapist not only alleviated his physical discomfort but also ignited a profound interest in the potential of massage therapy to enhance both physical and mental well-being.

This pivotal experience propelled Adrian into the realm of holistic therapy. In 2017, he embarked on part-time training with the Complementary Therapy School, fully immersing himself in the art of massage therapy. By 2019, he had obtained his Swedish Massage Therapy qualification (SCQF Level 8), followed by his Sports & Remedial Therapy certification in 2021 (SCQF Level 8). Adrian further refined his expertise with certifications in Myofascial Cupping and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) in 2023. He is also soon to be a fully qualified personal trainer.

Outside the professional realm, Adrian finds solace and joy in outdoor pursuits such as hiking and mountain biking. As a dedicated strength trainer, he recognizes the profound connection between physical fitness and mental well-being. A devoted animal lover, Adrian cherishes moments spent caring for his two dogs and cat, finding solace in their companionship. Recently, he has delved into the world of medicinal herbalism, deepening his holistic lifestyle even further.

Arjun G

Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP

Arjun G is a fully qualified physiotherapist, registered with the HCPC and CSP. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2019 and a Master’s degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy in 2022. With over four years of experience in private musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy centres, Arjun specializes in sports-specific and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Internationally, Arjun has represented India as a sports physiotherapist in Thailand for Muay Thai. He is a renowned physiotherapist having worked with multiple sports including football, cricket, badminton, basketball, Muay Thai, and para-athletics at state and national levels. His contributions to sports physiotherapy, particularly in para-athletics, have earned him the Best Physio Award and the prestigious State Award in India.

He was head corporate wellness, Senior Ergonomist and conducted sessions for multiple companies like Toyota, KIA, Cargill, Salesforce, Shell, Daikin, Elanco, and Telangana government driver’s project.

In addition to his clinical work, Arjun is a certified international tutor and trainer accredited by the International Health and Fitness Association. He has served as a guest lecturer at physiotherapy college in India and has been a speaker at national conferences.

Arjun is dedicated to identifying the root cause of ailments and not just treating symptoms. He specializes in medical acupuncture (dry needling), kinesiology taping, cupping, sports screening, on field sports injury management and manual therapy and is also a certified yoga instructor. An advocate for an active lifestyle, he enjoys playing cricket, chess, and participating in group fitness activities and yoga.

Laura Sinton

Massage Therapist

Laura has been working as a Massage Therapist for 10 years, graduating with Distinction from Gloucester College in Complementary Therapy. 

Since graduating, Laura has had a fulfilling career in the five star spa industry where she has perfected her skills in promoting deep relaxation within the body and mind to encourage healing, an increased sense of well-being and flexibility. She has a strong desire to make a positive impact on individuals, ensuring expectations are met and exceeded.

Laura is always keen to develop her skills and last year was trained by Dior at their headquarters in Paris. 

She is currently awaiting her qualification in Hot Stones and Pregnancy.

Specialising in Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Reflexology and Deep Tissue Massage.

In her spare time, Laura can be found cooking, cycling, swimming and hill-walking.

Ludovic Aristhene

Sports Massage Therapist

Ludovic has worked in the spa and wellness industry since 2008, originally from Mauritius, he moved to Scotland in 2015 to progress in his career. He has worked in 5 stars hotels across a few countries such as Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Dubai. Ludovic specialises in Sports  Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology (feet) and relaxation treatments. 

He studied Massage Therapy at Holistic Training Massage School in Mauritius after leaving school. He started working at Shandrani Hotel in Mauritius where he began his journey as a Massage Therapist. Then moved to Sainte Anne Resort & Spa Seychelles, as Senior Therapist and most recently has been at the Fairmont Hotel in St. Andrews as a Treatment Manager. Ludovic is trained in Thai massage and brings a variety of techniques from this into his treatments, creating his own unique style. 

In his free time he enjoys doing activities such as hiking, walking around in nature, cycling, the gym, going to cinema and cooking.

Qualifications – Massage Therapy, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy at Holistic Massage Training School (MQA Approved).

Book an appointment with Ludovic.

Ashleigh Clark

Remedial & Sports Massage Therapist, SMTO

Ashleigh is a fully qualified Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage Therapist & a Nutritional Therapist. She graduated from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in 2012 with an honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science, she then went onto accomplish a diploma in Swedish Massage in April 2013 and a diploma in Remedial and Sports massage in April 2014 from Scottish Massage Schools. She has a background knowledge in nutrition, exercise prescription, anatomy and sports injuries and is able to adapt her massage for the individuals specific needs. She qualified in Kinesiology taping, levels 1 and 2 enabling her to provide non-athlete and athletes with sports injury or support taping and is also trained in Seated Acupressure, Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head Massage and most recently Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Ashleigh has a passion for the health and fitness industry and has previously worked in gyms, and has worked with Aberdeen Football Club providing Sports massage for the players. She is a keen football player herself having played from a young age playing for Boroughmuir Thistle in SPWL2. You will find her outdoors mostly playing football, hiking, cycling or walking her two dogs!

As Ashleigh is very passionate about the field of health and fitness she is always looking to study new courses and develop her knowledge. She maintains continuous professional development in order to provide the best treatments for her clients.

Qualifications – BSc (hons) Sports Science, Diploma Swedish Massage, Diploma Sports & Remedial Massage, Diploma Indian Head Massage, Diploma Seated Acupressure, KT1 & KT2, Diploma Aromatherapy, Diploma Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Ashleigh will be leaving Bodyworks in December.

Book an appointment with Ashleigh.

Selena Gress

Managing Director

With a PhD in Marine Biology and a background working in outdoor pursuits, Selena has always had an interest in physiology, health and well-being. Running an online marketing company developed her skills in management, marketing and customer service however it wasn’t where her passion lay and she wanted to make a difference. Bodyworks was created to be an affordable private healthcare option with friendly approachable staff focused to get to the root of the issue rather than the common ‘symptom treating’ that is ingrained in our society.

Being passionate about animals and putting her degree in Animal Biology to good use, Selena founded a charity called Ananda Animal Sanctuary at the start of 2019 to take in rescued animals in need of a safe loving forever home.

When she manages to find some free time Selena enjoys nothing more than being in the outdoors mountain biking, paddle boarding, climbing, kayaking, hiking or practising yoga!

If you have any questions about any of our therapists qualifications or anything else, please do get in touch.