Body/Breath Work

I work holistically with your body integrating various bodywork techniques with myofascial release or a soft tissue massage approach. I include a postural assessment, various bodywork techniques (as listed below) and plan rehabilitation/self-care for your body, if required.

I also have regular clients who feel physically o.k but just want a relaxing massage to de-stress and reset the mind- its important to remember that we don’t always have to feel “broken” in order to look after ourselves.

I combine breathwork and bodywork techniques to help soothe the brain and ease the body. This is done using the Universal Breath of 6/6 – inhaling for 6 seconds and exhaling for 6 seconds to the beat of a digital metronome. The metronome is an important ingredient to this breathwork as it is continually stimulating the Orientation Response of the P300 wave* in the brain. The continual beat it’s designed to get and keep your attention until the brain regulates and restores its rhythms. The 6/6 synchronises the breath with heart rate and brain waves. The dominant brainwave of 7.83hz – which is known as the Flow State. 7.83hz is the alpha-theta brainwave border, bringing about a state of deep relaxation. It is also known as the Schumann Resonance, the same rate at which the earth vibrates.

*P300 wave: a positive deflection in the human event-related potential elicited in an “oddball” paradigm when a subject detects an occasional “target” stimulus in a regular train of standard stimuli.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (MFR):

A Myofascial Release Treatment is performed directly skin on skin without oils, creams or tools. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and to apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

The MFR therapist not only takes into consideration what they see in the patient’s postural assessment but works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body. Rehabilitation exercises can then be given to maintain the treatment.

This treatment releases restrictions within the facial network (connective tissue), enabling stuck, hardened and dehydrated areas to become pliable, soft, mobile and hydrated.

Myofascial Release can increase energy, breathing capacity, restore muscle function and postural alignment, relieve physical and emotional strain, it can help balance the body and promote self-healing and relaxation by improving the circulation and nervous system transmission.

This manual therapy focuses on soft tissue dysfunction, pain, tension and holding patterns. It involves gentle sustained pressure to allow the fascia to elongate and restore to a healthy position.

  • One of the key characteristics of myofascial release technique is applying sustained pressure with no sliding. Please make sure you do not apply too much moisturiser or creams onto your body prior to treatment.

Please note-with this technique the applications are 3-5 minutes long so appointments work best over 1 hour.

MFR sessions can be booked for: 60min, 90min, 2 hours, 3 hours

MFR THERAPY BALLS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE – approximate size 10cm £8 / 15cm £10 (please email for queries)

The MFR ball is a single inflatable PVC ball specifically designed for use on any area of the body. It is a simple but effective tool for applying just the right amount of pressure to fascia, muscles, and trigger points to ease myofascial restrictions, tightness, and muscle spasm, and to relieve pain.
Even when you are pain-free, an MFR ball can be used regularly to help prevent future build-up of myofascial restrictions.

PELVIC FLOOR WORK:

Working externally and internally to help balance the pelvis, what it holds and where it connects to other parts of the body. Pelvic floor work may help back issues, piriformis pain, stress incontinence, vaginismus, vulvodynia, general pain from urogenital surgery and even plantar fasciitus.

SOUND HEALING:
The vibration of sound waves is not merely perceived by the ears and the mind. The waves carry into the cells and tissues of the body, interacting with the electrochemical activity of the nervous system, helping to restore balance and homeostasis. At a cellular level the body is roughly 65% water allowing the sound waves to travel easily through the water, so you are not only hearing sound but the pulsations and vibrations of sound waves are literally washing through you, inducing effects on the body as a whole.

SWEDISH/HOLISTIC MASSAGE:

The focus is general using long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibrations and tapping.

DEEP TISSUE:

The focus is more targeted, working on specific areas of concern or pain. A form of massage that focuses on releasing the deeper myofascial restrictions of the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. Techniques are used to work below the superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up old structural patterns and allowing the free flow of nutrients and oxygen to the blood.

TRIGGER POINT & NEURO-MUSCULAR TECHNIQUE (NMT)

The muscle tissue can feel denser than normal and pain or discomfort on that area may occur-often they may refer pain to another area. Referred pain is a defining symptom of a myofascial trigger-point.

Palpation is used to find trigger points. Once an area has been found, pressure is applied for a certain amount of time, within the clients pain tolerance (please note-with this technique you may need more than 1 hour).

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Pregnancy massage can be enormous benefit not only for the Mother but also to the baby. Pregnancy is a wonderful time but with the joys of a new baby comes many changes to the mothers body putting pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs, often causing discomfort and pain. Massage can also help reduce stress levels, as endorphins are released by the mother which can be passed onto the baby.

Receiving regular massage whilst pregnant can make Mother more aware of her own body to help her ability to relax during the 1st stage of labour, encouraging a shorter and easier birth.

(please note treatments should not be longer than 60 minutes and a signed consent from your GP or midwife is needed prior to treatment)

-Prices start from £60– please email for enquiries, information about home visits or corporate packages: sherene@circularflow.co.uk

“Movement & Massage” group sessions are available through East of Eden every Thursday at 6pm, where we work on a specific muscle group or body condition, using movement and self massage techniques to release any tension and aches.

Massage treatments are available at my home treatment room in E17

My bodywork days are Monday, Wednesday & Friday depending on prior bookings- please get in touch to let me know which days and times suit you.

FLOW YOGA/ VINYASA FLOW:

Uses aspects of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga- where the physical practice combines postures to create a flow, uniting the movement, the breath and the mind.

The circular aspect of the practice is influenced by Tai-Chi and somatic movement so the direction of where you flow is not from one point of the mat/space you start with. Through the practice we explore postures investigating the internal experience of the movement rather than just the external appearance or result of the movement.

YIN YOGA VIBES:

Can be a stand alone practice or great to complement a Flow Yoga practice as asanas are held for 3-5 minutes or for longer periods of time, to get more juice out of each asana, helping to connect with the fascia in the body and encouraged further by the vibrations from Tibetan and crystal singing bowls. Yin Yoga poses work on the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fasciae, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Yin Yoga links to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the sequences of postures are meant to stimulate the channels of the subtle body known as meridians in Chinese medicine and as nadis in Hatha yoga. A more meditative approach to yoga, its goals are awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality- which is magnifed by the singing bowls to encourage relaxation and release.

Whether the class is a slow, flow or dynamic class and no matter if you are a beginner or experienced yoga practitioner- the journey into each asana is just as important as the posture itself:

-We link the breath with movement.

-Go with the flow without expectations on how to get there.

-Become present in the practice and find the edge of where we are today.

CHILDREN’S YOGA

I only teach Childrens Yoga in school and as part of their school day, so please email me directly if you have any enquiries. I currently teach in typical schools, in SEND departments within typical schools and in Special schools. The ages vary from Nursery to Teens.

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