Learn more about me, Elizabeth Bandeen, and my massage journey so far
But really, what you want to know is – will I get the best ever massage? And the answer is yes. My twitter handle and the tonnes of 5-star reviews across Facebook, Google, Yelp and the rest of the internet prove it.
I listen to your needs. I treat each client individually. You’ll leave feeling on top of the world from investing your time on treating yourself.
I’ll treat you to an exceptional massage
I am a massage therapist, weight lifter, sometime runner , reader, and lover of vitality.
It has taken me a long time to figure out what makes me tick, and I have darn tootin' got there.
I haven't always been a massage therapist, I had a mis- spent childhood working in various cocktail bars, and restaurants eventually working my way up to management level, and then laterally human resource management. I have always had a passion for people, and love being able to facilitate a thriving environment where people can flourish and feel a whole lot better about themselves.
Massage therapy was always something that had held a fascination for me, and even before I officially trained, my family and friends would compliment me on my ability to ease aching shoulders, sore heads, and then they would have a great night’s sleep.
I finally did my first massage diploma in 2005, and I am the first to admit that in my teenage years, I was not the most attentive in school, but I made a really great mature student! Maybe it's because I was finally studying something that I held genuine passion and interest for. My first ever, ever diploma was in computer programming (cobalt, and pascal, with a mainframe the same size as your kitchen...)!
So I changed career when I was 40. Absolutely fabulous. I was made redundant from my human resources job, and now, I am finally doing the job I should be doing. There is a quote by I don't know who that says, 'find doing something you love, and you'll never work another day in your life'. This sums me up. When I was made redundant it was awful, and when people said 'everything happens for a reason' I found it difficult to understand, but it really does make sense now.
Just as a matter of interest, the way it mapped out for me, I gained my Swedish and then Sports Massage diplomas, and then have built on my knowledge by attending weekend courses, hanging out with fellow therapists, personal study and having great pow-wows with my colleagues, and practicing a lot on my fellow colleagues too! I am very lucky to work in an environment where knowledge and experience sharing is pretty much an everyday occurrence. Everyday is a school day. I do have a particular passion however for anything intricate in the head and neck area, and have a good track record for easing heads and necks that won't turn.
A brief list of my main qualifications and certificates is
Diploma Swedish Massage
Diploma Sports/Remedial Massage
Diploma Pregnancy Massage
Certificate in Orthopaedic Massage of Head and Neck
Certificate in Orthopaedic Massage of Lumbar Spine and Lower Back
Certificate in Rocktape Sports Taping
I have a varied toolkit of skills I can pull out of the bag and only draw on what is necessary to get you back to optimal health and movement. No party tricks here.
Outside of massage, I have a love/hate relationship with running, a great love of weight lifting, and I eat fairly clean, I say fairly because I am easily bribed with Reese’s Peanut butter cupcakes.
I also love getting massage myself as I find that it relaxes me, enables me to get to that place where I can enjoy being zoned out and 'still', and then enjoy the fact that the day after, I feel so focused and energised and get through so many tasks I have been putting off forever! It's a win win situation.
Make an online booking with me to find out what I'm talking about. Woohoo!