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:
Clinic Manager and 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 and Aromatherapy Massage.
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 and is currently 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.
Supervisor & Complementary Massage Therapist, FHT
Steph graduated from Mary Reid Spa Academy in Edinburgh in 2013 as their Student of the year. She studied beauty, holistic massage, electrical treatments, spa therapies and Indian Head Massage whilst at College. Additional courses she attended were for Deep Tissue and Aromatherapy Massage.
Since then Steph has worked in 4 & 5 star spas, enjoying a year down in Bath where her passion for body and healing treatments deepened. In these spas she has expanded her knowledge by learning lymphatic, bamboo, pregnancy and cancer touch therapy techniques. Steph truly believes that every client’s needs are very different and therefore enjoys offering bespoke treatments to address her client’s concerns to achieve optimum results.
She has also over 7 years experience with a financial firm and 16 years in customer service. This has given her opportunities to develop her administrative and leadership skills, and has sparked a desire to be involved with her community and engage with local charities.
Steph has raised over £3000 in the last 3 years for a Scottish mental health charity by organising different fundraising events and taking part in their unique stair climbing at Murrayfield stadium covering all 7400 stairs. She regularly gives blood and volunteers her time to local charities.
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 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.
Massage Therapist, SMTO
Yair is a fully qualified Massage Therapist. He got his qualification in 2013 in Spain. Yair also finished a Sports therapy HND at Edinburgh College in 2018 and he is also qualified as a Personal Trainer.
He has an in-depth knowledge of different techniques such as Clay Massage, Sport Massage, Relaxation Massage, Reflexology, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Anatomy, Nutrition, Rehabilitation programmes and Electrotherapy, adapting each treatment to meet the particular needs of the client.
Yair has been working in luxury resorts, urban spas and private clinics when living in Spain. He kept working as a therapist here in Edinburgh providing, among others, Sport Massages and other therapies to MTS Edinburgh CrossFit members.
Yair is passionate about sports and physical and manual therapies. He loves swimming, CrossFit and weight-lifting. Yair is constantly continuing his education in order to help his clients to achieve their best possible outcome.
Junior Massage Therapist, MGHT
Justin is qualified in Swedish Massage, Seated Acupressure and is currently studying Sports Massage. This passion for physical therapy, came about through his own injuries from being an avid rock climber. Having to learn how to rehab and avoid injuries from happening again, developed a strong interest in the biomechanics of the body, athletic performance and effective training methods. He hopes to begin a masters in Physiotherapy this year (already having a degree in Physics) to pursue his dream of being a climbing Physio specialist.
Interested in healthy eating, Justin has previously worked at a health food shop and stays up to date on the latest research in nutrition. He finds eating a plant based diet boosts his performance in climbing and improves his all-round well-being.
Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP
Matthew has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy and is qualified in carrying out deep tissue and sports massage, as well as a wide variety of manual therapy techniques including: mobilisations, taping and strapping and providing full rehabilitation to injuries using an array of advanced techniques. Matthew has just recently qualified as a Physiotherapist with a Masters from Queen Margaret’s University. Matthew is also a qualified Kinesiology taping practitioner having completed levels 1 and 2 during his time at university. Having a high level knowledge in anatomy and sports injuries he can incorporate manual and rehabilitation techniques for treating injuries to both athletes and non-athletes.
Matthew has experience working with Teesside Barbarian power lifting club, national and international power lifters, Middlesbrough Rugby club and also working in general remedial massage and injury clinics ranging from elite athletes to non-athletes. As a keen martial artist and football player, Matthew has a wide knowledge of the demands and injuries related to both sports. Always looking to keep up with his continuous professional development and expand his knowledge attending new courses and keeping up to date with the newest literature available is important to him. He is also qualified in Thai Massage and Medical Acupuncture. Setting high professional standards for himself he is committed to solving people’s problems and giving the best treatment available.
Massage Therapist, SMTO
Hannah is an experienced Massage Therapist who graduated from Edinburgh College in 2014 with her qualification in Level 3 Beauty Therapy: Massage Route. Hannah worked in a 5* Spa for 2 years where she attended additional courses for Deep Tissue, Pregnancy and Hot Stone Massage. For the last 5 years Hannah has worked in a busy city centre skin clinic offering a variety of facial and massage treatments. Hannah is passionate about exercising and last year decided to do her qualification in Level 2 Fitness instructing and level 3 Personal Training.
Hannah’s top priority is customer care and customising each treatment to the client’s needs to ensure that they are getting the very best results from their massage, whether that be easing aching muscles or to help with relaxation. In her spare time you will usually find Hannah lifting weights at the gym or walking her little sausage dog Penny.
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.
Advanced Remedial Massage Therapist, SMTO
Mel grew up in New Zealand, giving her a love for the outdoors and all things sporty. She has been fascinated by the body and all it can do since a young age. Being an all-around active person, she naturally gravitated towards learning about biology, anatomy and physiology.
Mel has spent the last 4 years gaining as much knowledge in these areas as possible including; Diplomas in Remedial and Sports, Sports Event, Swedish, On-Site Chair Massage, and Nutritional Therapy. Certificates in Medical Acupuncture, Kinesiology Taping, Hot Stone Massage, First Aid, Sports Event First Aid and is an active member of the SMTO. She has recently completed her Advanced Remedial Massage Course with Scottish Massage Schools and is now a tutor for their On-Site Chair Massage course. She also plans to continue this learning with more CPD throughout the years ahead.
She has worked with elite athletes such as the New Zealand All Blacks, Argentina’s Los Pumas and the New Zealand Rugby League team to amateur athletes who just love to move including runners, cyclists, basketball players and skiers.
Having worked with such a wide variety of cases Mel approaches each person with an individual, friendly and inquisitive manner. She encourages people to get more involved in the injury treatment and prevention process, helping to not only ease their aches and pains but to also improve their knowledge.
Physiotherapist, HCPC, CSP
Claire is an experienced Physiotherapist who graduated from Brighton University in 2005. In addition to Physiotherapy assessments and treatments, Claire is qualified in Swedish massage & Aromatherapy massage. She completed her diploma in Swedish massage with the Scottish School of Massage in 1996 and in 2010 was awarded a diploma in Aromatherapy from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine. Claire takes part in regular professional development courses – she gained a postgraduate diploma in orthopaedic medicine in 2018 and is always eager to keep expanding her knowledge.
Claire is passionate about exercise and feels most at home when teaching exercise classes. She hold a Bsc in Sports Science, a RSA certificate in exercise to music, a diploma in Yoga teacher training from the Sivananda school and Pilates Matwork certification from APPI. She will be offering private Yoga and Pilates classes in the clinic.
Listening to your body and honouring its signals is one of the true forms of self-love!
Alicja is a fully qualified Registered Nutritionist with a Masters in Public Health Nutrition, and wealth of experience on helping people to become healthy, energised and fit, equipping them with knowledge and techniques to improve their life style.
Some of Alicja?s key areas of expertise include weight management, gastrointestinal diseases (Crohn’s, Irrit. bowel syndrome, celiac, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, etc), any eating disorder, food intolerance, thyroid problems, pregnancy and preconception, fatigue, skin health, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune disease (including Hashimoto’s Disease), etc.
Alicja enjoys providing women’s nutrition and healthy eating guidelines, focusing on pregnant women and new mums, helping them to recover and get in shape after all the changes in their bodies, as well as delivering them workshops on weaning and childhood nutrition, including fussy eaters.
Additionally, Alicja works with clients looking for Sport Nutrition Strategies for their athletic performance or to manage their medical conditions with a balance diet.
If you have chosen to become Vegetarian, Vegan, Whole Food Plant-Based Diet or just to remove dairy and wheat from your diet, Alicja can guide you to make sure you are not omitting nutrients as well as help you to create a delicious menu of options so you do not miss out on the enjoyment of food.
- MSc Public Health Nutrition
- MSc Bio-Organic Chemistry
- BSc Chemistry
- Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with the Association for Nutrition – the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) (http://www.associationfornutrition.org)
- Active member of The American Nutrition Association, which keeps me up-to-date with work of world’s top nutritionists and scientists.
- Sport Nutrition course, The Fitness Training Company
Alicja is also a Personal Trainer with focus on Pre & Post Natal fitness and BuggyGym Instructor.
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 and offer them a safe loving forever home. The animals that she cares for are either neglected, unwanted (sometimes due to health or behavioural issues) or have been mistreated.
When she manages to find some free time Selena enjoys nothing more than being in the outdoors mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, hiking or enjoying some yoga!