I am a qualified, fully insured massage practitioner working in the Bruton area. I believe that massage helps to create, maintain or re-establish the best possible conditions for the body to heal itself, to balance itself and do all it's ordinary and extraordinary work.
In 2012, I studied an HE Certificate in Health at the McTimoney School of Chiropractic with a view to then studying the Masters in McTimoney Chiropractic. However, happy circumstances amended my plans when I became pregnant. After having my daughter I took a step in a similar direction leaving my previous full-time marketing career and completing Level 3 and 4 diplomas in Sports Massage and a short introductory course in Emmett Technique. Emmett Technique is a unique form of body therapy involving light finger pressure at specific points.
In 2016, I completed the Well Mother Pregnancy & Massage Diploma that allows me to safely work with women in the all three trimesters of pregnancy and those with higher risk pregnancies. To find out more about the Well Mother organisation visit: http://www.wellmother.org/
Although the approaches to sports and pregnancy massage are quite different they actually complement each other with a broader range of knowledge and techniques. My latest studies in Applied Movement Neurology looks at how the brain and particularly the cerebellum affects the body's movement via the nervous system and how we can use that information to re-establish good neural connections (thus overcoming injury and imbalance) via movement drills and bodywork. Essential to all techniques is knowledge and awareness of the body's systems, conditions and pathologies. Also, listening to client feedback before, during and after the therapy is crucial to manage levels of comfort and relaxation. You can expect a professional, caring and tailored massage for you as an individual.
Ongoing : Level One Practitioner Certification in Applied Movement Neurology
2016: Well Mother Pregnancy & Massage Diploma
2015: Emm-Tech Certificate in Emmett Technique
2015: Level 4 Active IQ Certificate in Sports Massage
2014: Level 3 ITEC Certificate in Sports Massage
2012: Higher Education Certificate in Health
"Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Kate Donovan Ward for my deep tissue massage the other evening, and what a beautiful setting as well! You have worked your magic once again & I feel like a new woman!" (Kyli, Bruton)
"Kate has kindly come to my home and treated me for a short while now. She is fantastic! Having a troublesome back and neck I always look forward to my treatments, although no pain no gain! But it is always tailored to my needs and I feel a million times better afterwards. It's great to be working with her and I hope to for some time yet, just to keep my body in order!" (Laura, Wincanton)
"Kate is an initiative and skilled therapist. I have enjoyed massages the world over and some exceedingly expensive.. Could not recommend more highly!" (Leezil, London)
"I have had ongoing pain in my shoulders for years. When Kate asked for volunteers to practice on while undertaking her sports massage course, I jumped at the chance to see if this would help with the pain and stiffness in my shoulders. After the initial assessment I felt relief for a couple of days and after each visit the pain has been relieved for a slightly longer period of time. I started this because I was helping out a friend, I will continue this now because she is now helping me out by relieving the pain. I would recommend this to anyone who has felt the need for a deeper massage." (Nicky, Bruton)