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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

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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.

Linda Zigmundova

Working times:  Tuesday & Wednesday (5 - 8pm)

Linda is qualified L4 Sport Massage Therapist, L3 Instructing Pilates Matwork which she uses when advising clients on exercises and movements to help their issues.

Linda tailors the massage treatment to the client’s needs using appropriate assessments and consultation with the client to determine the problem area with the aim to establish a fuller picture. She determines suitable treatment using various techniques such as soft tissue manipulation techniques (MET, STR), connective tissue release, myofascial release, trigger points, deep tissue. She is also trained in using dry cupping and hot stones for sport massage techniques and relaxing massage.

Linda has qualified as a sport massage therapist in 2017 and since then is passionate about her career as a sport massage therapist offering tailored treatments to client’s needs to relieve pains and aches, muscle tension and destress and relax. She offers treatment their workplaces, a yoga retreat, volunteering at the Great North Run and at Newcastle Rugby Club. She also worked two winter seasons in Zermatt, Switzerland skiing and massaging clients after an intense sport activity. Linda also spent two years working in an Osteopathy and Therapy clinic treating patience specific problems and providing maintenance massage.

She constantly improves her knowledge adding new techniques to her portfolio and is dedicated to continuous professional development to assure the best quality and services.

Linda is member of the Federation of Holistic Therapies so clients may be able to claim for the treatment via various work health schemes.

  • Sports massage

  • Deep tissue

  • Dry Cupping

  • Hot Stones

  • Face Rejuvenation Massage

  • Relaxing Massage

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