holistic massage & Bodywork

Anne Bradshaw, Colette Hardiman Sarah Cohen and Sue Johnson

about holistic massage & Bodywork

People have massaged each other since time immemorial.

Massage is a natural way to encourage the mind and body to rest, restore and refresh.

Massage reconnects you to your body and can be:

  • Relaxing to relieve stress
  • Deep work to release muscles and mobilise joints
  • Sensitive – addressing emotional needs
  • A new way to explore your body’s story
When parts of the body are in dis-ease, communication between that part and the body’s systems are often sluggish or disconnected. When touched these areas respond, reconnect and wake up. This can bring balance and harmony and a wonderful sense of well-being and nourishment. Through a wide range of techniques improvements can be made to circulation, muscle and nervous function and joint mobility on a physical level.


Outside The Fold

sarah cohen

I work both as a massage therapist and teach massage to a professional level at the Fold as part of the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork

I qualified with BCMB with a level 4 qualification awarded by the Massage Training Institute and am on the CNHC register.


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I have effectively treated many many conditions over many years. I am interested in the relationship of each client with the condition they have.

It is this relationship and helping each client find their own body again which enables change to happen whether dealing with acute or chronic conditions.

I also massage people wishing to celebrate their life.


07976 169066


One hour session £50
Concessions of £40 and £30 available on request
I work both at the Fold and also from my practice rooms in Lower Moor between Pershore and Evesham

Sue johnson

I am a member of the Massage Training Institute, International Massage Association and CHNC Registered.

Holistic Massage is all about tailoring the perfect treatment for the client at the time of the massage, catering exclusively for what you want and need when you come to see me.

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How I work

Fundamentally the approach with Holistic Massage is based around oil-based Swedish massage (Efflerage, Petrissage, Percussion) but you also expect an array of other techniques and moves to come into play to really clear out those corners.

I also offer Deep Tissue Oscillation Therapy which is a proven technology used as a non-invasive, non-traumatic treatment which is well-received by patients. Because of it’s gentle application it is a unique treatment for acute and chronic injury, and day one post-operative. Clinically proven effects include: significant pain reduction, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, detoxification, oedema reduction and haematoma reduction with enhancement of nutrients returning to the tissues to promote the natural healing process.

We each hold and manifest tension in different ways, physically and emotionally. All sessions will invite the mind and body to relax, this will enable one to think more clearly, to face the challenges and to share joys of life. There is no set routine, just careful attention to your individual treatment; releasing the tension and working with the whole of you to invite restoration of your inner balance.


07834 216302



£25.00 – 30 minutes
£50.00 – 60 minutes
£75.00 – 90 minutes
Chair massage:  £15.00 -20 minutes


I am a mother, a wife and a grandmother and I care passionately about the benefits of massage.  When I retired from my previous job, I decided to train with BCMB as a massage therapist and have never regretted this.  I get a huge amount of joy from seeing tired and stressed people leave their treatment looking so much more relaxed and happy!  I have a Massage Training Institute Practitioner Diploma in Holistic Massage & Bodywork, Anatomy, Phsyiology & Pathology Level 4. I work to the MTI Code of Ethics and I am registered with the MTI, The Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.  I am a qualified baby massage and baby yoga teacher with Hands on Babies.  My degree is in Healthcare, and I have a PGCE in Higher Education!

I am also a Childbirth & Parenting Consultant, and an Associate Midwifery lecturer – I love cooking, reading, running and singing!


Holistic Massage is a “mindful” massage treatment encompassing varied methods of touch;  a fusion of different massage techniques used intuitively with each client – responding to the client’s needs at that moment in time.  Holistic massage relaxes, soothes, reduces stress and eases tired aching muscles.  It switches on the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, reducing blood pressure, slowing the heart rate and digestive system, and reducing stress hormones. Clients say that they feel relaxed and happier, less stressed and less “tight” after a treatment. 


  • Pregnancy aches and pains
  • ME & Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shoulder & Neck Problems
  • Tight Facial muscles
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Runners – leg and hip muscle tightness
  • Calming babies with massage
  • Arthritic hands
  • Painful arm muscles
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Childbirth – massage for labour


Initial consultation + treatment      1 hr
Follow up treatments                       45 minutes
Holistic Massage    (45 mins)           £40.00
Facial Massage      (30 mins)            £25.00
Pregnancy Massage (45 mins)        £40.00
Baby Massage & Baby Yoga sessions by request

I practice from the Natural Therapy Centre at The Fold on Mondays and Saturdays.  (Other days may be available by request)

Get in touch

0787 552 6203


    Having been interested, for many years in massage and bodywork but side-lined with another career and raising a family, Colette finally saw an opportunity to follow her interest in 2013, successfully completing the Level 4 Holistic Massage course with Anatomy and Physiology with BCMB (Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork). This started her deep connection to massage and bodywork and Colette has enjoyed building a successful practice in Worcestershire under the name of Balancing Hands. She further developed her knowledge and practice through additional training, joining the BCMB Worcester teaching team as an assistant in 2014 where, over a period of 4 years, she developed and nurtured a love for teaching her subject. After achieving her teaching qualification, she became an accredited tutor for the Massage Training Institute in 2018 and Colette now leads, together with her colleague Cleo, the BCMB Worcester teaching team who run highly recognised accredited massage courses here at The Fold.  

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    How I work

    Whether you are dealing with something such as injury, pain, stress, or need time and space for you. You are individual and unique; therefore, I work with you, using a wide variety of massage techniques, creating bespoke, nurturing massage with the aim of helping you establish balance and equilibrium of the body and mind.

     I work from the Fold Natural Therapy Centre; I also offer a mobile massage service for clients who find it difficult to leave their home. I am a member of both the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).


    Email: colette@balancinghands.com

    Telephone: 0795 1664055 or 01684 311490


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