New Clinic Location from May 1st, 2012

After 5 rewarding years massaging at The Parker Clinic,  I am delighted to say that I’m moving my Bishopston practice to:

The Healing Rooms

Bristol Buddhist Centre

162 Gloucester Road, BS7 8NT

Tuesdays 10.30 – 4pm, Thursdays 4 – 9pm


I’m really excited about this new development in my massage  career and I  look forward to welcoming you at the new venue.

Do please get in touch with me directly (07976 710 368) to book your appointments, so you can  experience the peace  and tranquility of this lovely treatment space for yourself.

All best wishes,


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Love Bikram ~ Love Massage

I’ve been doing Bikram yoga since December 2011, when my sister bought me a  set of classes to help me through the winter. I’ve always hated hot, humid environments so I thought it was going to be hell on earth! But being a lover of physical exertion, I had to give it a go…

…and oh my word, I love it! The heat remains a challenge, but the focus required  to remain in the room and engage with the postures, and the quieting of the mind  that comes from that, is awesome. I feel my body changing shape, and my mind getting stronger, week by week.

I also love discovering parallels between yoga and massage. In my massage sessions  there’s the same blend of activity and stillness, as with the alternating of active postures  and restful savasana.  Often we might work with deep pressure and strong focus to help something release,  and then there’s the all important pause when the integration can happen.

Through the physical sensations of touch, movement and different pressures, paces and rhythms there’s the opportunity to drop into a more inner place where the outside world of  expectation and busyness disappears. This inner place is often a place of rejuvenation, of creativity and of peace.

And with awareness of the breath we can link body and mind in the simplest and most  profound way.

That’s why I say, Love Bikram ~ Love Massage!

Happy sunshine days,


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Effortless Massage Workshop – thank you everyone!

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who attended my first ever Effortless Massage workshop on Saturday. It was so lovely to share my approach with other professionals and explore and enjoy ways of working more effectively with less strain; creating more presence and engagement  and needing less  busyness.

Integrating qi gong worked, as I hoped it would, to highlight the essence of doing  more with less; of creating ease and efficiency through relaxing and letting go of outcomes and expectations.

I have Dario Gerchi to thank for my love of qi gong. I think I’ve been attending his classes for longer than I’ve been massaging. You can find out more about his work by following this link to his qi gong website.

I’m getting a chance to revisit the workshop in Devon on May 20th, when I’ll be visiting the MTI South West Regional Group. If you’re a member of MTI and you’ll be in the South West on May 20th, please come and join us! It’ll be more fun if you’re there.

Call me for more details.


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March 17th – Effortless Massage

Saturday March 17th I’ll be taking it easy with a group of fellow massage practitioners as we explore how effortless massage can be.

My one day workshop will explore themes of economy, efficacy and effortlessness, through a variety of exercises and activities, including plenty of hands-on massage.   We’ll explore how much more less can be and how to maximise self-care simply by paying really good attention to yourself.

We’ll be stepping back a bit and allowing the magic to happen… trusting in the body’s innate drive for health and wellbeing, and facilitating its expression through effective touch.

I’ll be drawing on my ten years massage experience, my ongoing qi gong practice, and my explorations and pennies dropping whilst running and swimming.

And I’ll be sharing my ceaseless desire to do as little as possible, but to do it well!

Come and join us. It’ll be even better if you’re there too.

Contact BCMB for more details and to book your place.

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February 5th – Massage Practice Day in Clifton

I’m really looking forward to February 5th.

I’ll be facilitating a massage practice day for the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork. It’s essentially a day long mentoring session with a group of lovely massage lovers.

The group sets the agenda and I facilitate, support, encourage, share and generally keep the day moving smoothly (kettle on, biscuits out…).

Want to practice and develop massage of a particular part of the body? Want to refresh techniques you’ve already learned to boost confidence? Need to talk some client issues over in a safe, confidential space? Maybe you want to revise some anatomy or pathology to fine tune your hands-on work?

Yes. Yes. Yes.

You can be part of the fabulous Feb 5th group if you’ve done an introductory workshop with the College, are currently on, or have done, the professional training course, or are in professional practice as a massage therapist.

Call BCMB on 0117 3771201 to book your place. Or call me on 07976 710368 to find out more about the day. Places are limited, so make sure you get yours.

I look forward to seeing you there.


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Stillness is golden

Now that we’re out of the holiday period and into the reality of 2012, there’s every danger of life getting hectic again! Keep yourself ahead of the game and take time each day to enjoy a moment of stillness.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Listen to the rhythm of your heart and let the external world fade into the background.

If you can let the moments stretch into minutes, all the better!

Happy New Year one and all.


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Massage re-starts Jan 3, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year  

It’s holiday time for me now, and  I’ll be back in massage action on January 3.    Looking forward to helping you manifest your new year’s resolutions  for a happy, healthy and strong 2012!

Wishing you a wonderful festive season!

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Tennis Balls Saved My Life!

Keep tension at bay inbetween massage treatments

Tennis balls in a sock, it's a simple as that! Recently a massage client of mine said, “œSarah, your tennis balls idea has saved my life a number of times!”.

What was he talking about?

You know those tight knotty bits in your back and up around your shoulders? Those areas that feel really good when they get a good squeeze or a nice bit of elbow pressure in a massage, but they’re really hard to reach on your own!


1. Put a couple of tennis balls into a sock and tie the end up so they can’t escape and roll all over the place.
2.  Either lying down or leaning against the wall, place the tennis balls, one on either side of your spine, between you and the wall or floor.
3.  Let yourself relax so your body rests against the tennis balls, getting into the areas of knottiness. Move around a bit to find the right spots.
4.  Moderate the pressure you apply by leaning and softening into, or away from, the tennis balls to get a satisfying sensation that feels like it’s doing you some good!
5.  It should feel yummy and satisfying not just plain painful. This is not “œno pain, no gain”!

2. Leaning against the wall

3: Lying on the floor

It’s a great way to ease some of the tension out of your back and shoulders in between massage treatments. Try it! You might like it! If you feel any discomfort, stop what you’re doing and have a word with me about it at your next session.

Now I can’t claim it’s my idea, as I heard it from a fellow therapist, but it’s good to share!


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Welcome to my Massage Makes Life Better blog!

Sarah Hoare, Holistic Massage and Bodywork in Southville and BishopstonHere I’ll be sharing experience, resources and ideas that might help you whether you’re someone who loves receiving massage, loves giving massage, or both! Please feel free to add your comments to any posts that I make. I’d love to hear from you.


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