Jala therapies of jesmond - A purpose built treatment room located in jesmond pool. Offering a wide variety of Eastern treatments, massage therapies and sports injury treatments. Using the finest quality products from Therapy Lab.
Our Team

Michelle Blake

Michelle is a massage therapist with a particular interest in Asian massage and healing techniques. Her qualifications include IIHHT diplomas in Swedish massage and Indian head massage and IIHHT teaching certificate in Baby massage. Having lived and worked in Asia it was there that she returned to continue her education, studying Ayurveda in Auroville, South India and traditional Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 
Michelle has worked as a therapist for 15 years and during that time has further expanded her knowledge through courses in Reiki level one and pregnancy massage. Most recently she has completed a sport stretching massage course, the Emmett technique and dry cupping combined with Gua Sha which she incorporates into treatments to enhance benefits, strengthen muscles and speed up sport injury recovery time and has joined the Neal's Yard Remedies company as an independant consultant. She has worked within the NHS for two years at the RVI and Freeman hospitals in Newcastle upon Tyne where she was employed as a massage therapist on hematology wards. She is a member of the FHT and has written an article feature for their International therapist magazine. You can read a blog about her Ayurvedic massage style in yogamatters

Michelle is available at Jala on Monday to Friday. She runs baby massage courses also at Jesmond Pool,Wednesday 11am - 12pm (check the pinboard page for next start dates)

Her therapies are;
Ayurveda marma massage
Indian head massage
Thai yoga massage
Deep tissue massage
Back, neck and shoulder massage
Tension buster massage
Holistic massage
Mum to be massage
Baby massage
Sport stretching massage (PNF and AIS techniques)
Neal’s Yard Organics signature treatment
Holistic facial
Dry cupping
Gua Sha

You can browse my Neal's Yard Organics shop by clicking on the link below

Sean Beech

Sean is chartered physiotherapist with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy and registered with the health professional's council.

In 2005 Sean graduated from Northumbria with 1st class honours in Physiotherapy. Throughout his degree Sean maintained a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

Sean's career began in the NHS where he worked for 4 years. His special interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy led him to work within an out-patient NHS clinic providing physiotherapy to in-patients, out patient and occupational health departments. Following working in the NHS he pursued a career in professional sport, where he continues to work at present as well as providing physiotherapy on a private basis to a wide range of patients with various musculoskeletal disorders through Start Physiotherapy based at Jala.

Since graduating Sean has completed numerous post graduate courses involving the cervical spine, lumbar spine, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle and others involving specific treatment techniques such as acupuncture, joint manipulation and soft tissue release.

Sean is available Monday and Tuesday evenings 5-10

Lois Swinburne

Lois has a background in research nursing,  working for several years at UCL (Eastman Dental Institute) covering a wide range of specialist oral medicine clinics. As Clinical trial 
Coordinator / research nurse Lois has had her name published in several academic papers. 

Lois then went on to obtain her LLB (Hons) degree  - continuing her interest in research her dissertation was on the law and ethics relating to research on human subjects. She then went on to work in civil litigation / medical law.

A return to a research nurse role at the University of Newcastle dental school before having time out to bring up her family.

Lois decided to study for a diploma in clinical reflexology due to the profound affect it had on her and how well it worked! A non invasive deeply relaxing therapy which helps to de-stress and get the body back in balance. 

Lois has a keen interest cooking and in the power of food as medicine. 

Lois has studied Bach Flower remedies at Ainsworths in London and incorporates these with her reflexology then she thinks they will be of benefit. 

Lois is available Wednesday afternoon 4.15pm - 7.30pm

James Tait

James qualified in 2013 as a nurse with Bsc Hons. He has since trained as a personal trainer, lifeguard and in sports massage therapy level 3 diploma. His hobbies and interests are rooted in sport, playing rugby, working out regularly as well as swimming and cycling which allows him to draw on his experience when treating clients. 

James is available on request

Jo Logan

Joanna is a qualified sports therapist graduated from city of Glasgow college with a higher national diploma including SCQF level 8 sports massage. 
Currently studying Physiotherapy Northumbria university, she will be providing sports massage to anyone who requires pre or post event massage as well as regular upkeep sports massage. 
Having a sporting background in gymnastics and having competed nationally for Scotland, Jo has good understanding and knowledge of general sports injuries, prevention and maintenance of the body, as well as an interest in other sports including swimming and running which all helps in her field of work by providing the personal experience and relatability to her clients. 
Jo has previously worked with a rugby team providing pre and post match massage, taping and pitch side first aid which has also given her insight into common contact sports injuries and the importance of keeping the body and muscles in good condition in order to perform at its highest potential.

Jo is available on Saturdays 12 - 4 pm


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