Looking after gran puts Sharmila on career path

November 09 2013

SHARMILA Bousa - a qualified holistic massage therapist of two years - decided to embark on her career path after caring for her granny during the last few years of her life.

SHARMILA Bousa - a qualified holistic massage therapist of two years - decided to embark on her career path after caring for her granny during the last few years of her life.

"I'd sit with her every day, holding her hands or massaging her feet and legs," explains Sharmila. "I knew how important those moments were for her and it made me realise how powerful touch can be."

Sharmila enrolled on a massage and bodywork course at Bristol College, and also trained with Suzanne Yates (Well Mother). Whilst on her training course, Sharmila met Sam Lacey and together they formed Relax Restore Revive.

Holistic massage and bodywork combines a variety of techniques. Depending on the physical, emotional and energetic needs of each person, Sharmila's massages can differ. Each massage is unique, and can include deep tissue work, relaxation, Swedish massage, energy work, limb mobilisation, percussion, stretching, basic shiatsu, breath work and lymphatic drainage. Benefits range from reduction in tension and pain in muscles, to increased relaxation and renewed balance of energy.

As a home-based, self-employed therapist, Sharmila works with people of all ages on a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, physical injury, and pregnancy.

Sharmila became interested in the beneficial effects of massage for the mother and baby - both during pregnancy and postnatally - whilst pregnant with her first child.

"I benefited greatly from the regular massage I received as a result of being on my training course and wanted to share this with other women," says Sharmila. "It's been a privilege working with women on their journey to birth and beyond."

Sharmila also works with couples, helping them prepare for labour and birth, so that the birth partner can connect and feel part of the journey, as well as soothe the aching muscles of the mother.

More information on what Relax Restore Revive offer, visit: www.relaxrestorerevive.com