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Therapies at Glencairn House


What is massage?




Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical (anatomical), functional (physiological), and in some cases psychological purposes and goals.

Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet.


Sports Massage

Massage, applied skilfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly, this may help athletes avoid injuries,which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments and tendons, as well as theon  muscles themselves. These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede performance. The skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and, by using the correct techniques, help the sports person maintain a much healthier physical state. It may therefore be reasonably claimed that one of the greatest benefits of sports massage is in helping prevent injury.


Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fibre) and vibration/shaking.

Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and in improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation.

Sarah Junor LSSM BTEC Dip

I have been practising massage for 11 years, a change in direction after having two children, Jack and Emma, while living in London.

I worked with The London Wasps Rugby Team from 2002-2005 when they were the most successful team in Europe and was lucky enough to work with five of the England World Cup winning players from the Wasps’ squad.

Before relocating to Dorset I spent two years at The Royal Ballet, working with Darcey Bussell and Carlos Acosta at Covent Garden and on their respective tours.

In my private practice I work with a wide variety of people from sporty teenagers to my oldest lady client who, at 96 years young, “likes to keep on top of things”!

I don’t believe there is a single person who would not benefit from massage in some way. There need not be a specific injury; life takes its toll and we all deserve to feel better. Most of us don’t realise how achy we are. Distracted as we are by so many other issues, we forget to prioritise our own well-being. We owe it to ourselves to take better care of ourselves and we should be inspired by the 96-year old lady I have been treating for the last six years. She has recovered from a broken hip and regularly does ‘her exercises’!”

I joined the Glencairn House team in January 2008, building a steady client base amongst the local community. I am available at the Sherborne Clinic and at Edwards Farm, Shaftesbury.

My massage style is a blend of Swedish and Sports and with my experience is uniquely my own. All my clients tend to report a change in their well-being. My massage is pretty deep, thorough and instinctive, sometimes dealing with pain but always for the good of the end result.

“It is the way I feel after the treatment that I look forward to!” (Comment from a regular!)

Rachel Baker S.A.C. Dip.

I have always enjoyed sports and soon became passionate about my fitness and health. As an enthusiastic distance runner and triathlete, I experienced sports massage first-hand and quickly learnt the benefits, which then encouraged me to enter into the practice of sports massage, holistic massage, hot stone and aromatherapy massage.

I strongly believe that regular massage can help prevent injury, speed recovery and assist in a better quality of training.

We can all benefit from massage, whatever our chosen lifestyle. It can assist in an increased range of motion, help decrease muscle tension and pain reduction, keeping us more mobile and active. It is also very helpful to those who suffer from anxiety and stress.

Whatever your goal – from a park run to an ironman, or if you are wanting to be a little more active –  I always recommend a massage as part of your training plan.

Ben Peter Chant ITEC Dip

I believe sports massage therapy can help anyone from all walks of life. The benefits of sports massage include enhanced performance, aids recovery, and prevents injury. It helps correct imbalances and pain within the body which are caused by trauma or physical activity. It can also be beneficial in reducing stress, anxiety, and improving mobility. 

After working in the Ambulance service as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, this is what started my passion for helping people and my interest in the human body and how it works.

I have always enjoyed sport from weightlifting, football, rugby, and squash to name a few. I still enjoy cycling and spending time in the gym.

My wife decided to start running marathons for charity and soon discovered she required regular massage to help with her training and events. This was when I decided to train and become fully qualified in holistic, deep tissue and sports massage. I have since treated a wide range of clients from marathon runners to clients with generalised aches and pains.

I have personally experienced sports massage on numerous occasions and found it to be enormously beneficial.


Since moving from London down to Dorset my husband and I had never found any masseur who we really felt had the expertise and knowledge.  However we met Sarah and that has now all changed.  She has magic hands, the rare ability to read what a body needs and requires therefore all her massages are thorough, beneficial and healing.  She has mended my husband who has had a prolapsed disc and is constantly putting/rejuvenating my body.  Both of us are parents, triathletes, runners, riders….without Sarah we wouldn’t be.  We really cannot speak more highly of her.
Emma and Mark Fisher