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Our Team

Michelle Blake

Michelle is available at Jala Monday to Friday 10-4 (Thursday 12-8)

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 20 years, setting up Jala in 2012. During that time she 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 independent consultant.

Her treatments are usually a combination of skills and each treatment is unique to the client, as we are all unique!

 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 haematology 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

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 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.

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