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Joanna Swedish Massage

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I'm Joanna

Your Yoga Teacher & Massage Therapist

I have practiced Yoga since I was 19 years old. I went travelling at 20 years old, for 14 months in Australia and Southeast Asia, continuing my daily Yoga practice, and discovering other holistic therapies, such as Thai Massage. I undertook a Thai Foot Reflexology Diploma course at the Old Medicine School, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Once destined for an academic degree, then having a place at University for Fashion Design, I finally studied Anthropology and Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, attaining a First Class Honours in 2008.

 

Returning back to Bath after working in London and then a few years in Bath, I went to Thailand to teach English as a foreign language for a year, and then to India, in 2013, to train to be an Ashtanga Yoga teacher. In India, I also studied Ayurveda at Absolute Ayurveda, the ancient Hindu philosophy of the principles of healthy daily living. I studied Abhyanga Body Massage, and Indian Head Massage. Following my studies I travelled across parts of India with friends, which I loved! I have been teaching Yoga in Bath since the beginning of 2014. I have taught at the renowned Sports Training Village, at the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, Bath Yoga Studio, Fitness First Bath, and various other studios in Bath. I also undertook a CELTA course, a Cambridge qualification, to teach English as a foreign language, and have taught at language schools in Bath. 

I have always had a caring nature and a drive to try to help people who are struggling. This coupled with my interest in holistic health, psychology and self-development has lead me to study what I have and to create this company.

I have been practising Thai Foot Reflexology since 2001. I later massaged at UK festivals, including Yoga Connect and Wilderness Festival. I was inspired to continue developing my alternative therapies interest and carried out the ITEC Diploma in Holistic Body Massage at The London School of Massage in 2016, carrying out many case studies. I have since carried out Diplomas in many Massage techniques. I worked at The Gainsborough Bath Spa as a Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher in 2017, where I developed professionalism and gained important experience in Massage and client care.

I decided to practice teaching Yoga privately and developing my private massage clientele in 2019, officially starting Metta Yoga and Massage at the beginning of 2020.

I believe in holistic therapy, where the whole life of the person, and mind, body and spirit, is taken into account. I focus on therapeutic remedy, maintenance and prevention. Holistic therapies have helped me with a number of ailments, including insomnia, trauma, anxiety, and muscle tension. Not only has Yoga and Massage treated these disorders, but they have also offered me a host of additional benefits. It is from a place of personal experience, I authentically bring these therapies to my clients.

I love to learn new things, build new skills, and see new places! Most years I am studying a new course, and trying to travel to somewhere I have not been before. I loved India with all its colour, food, rituals and festivities and intend to go back. I continue to study more Massage, Yoga and Holistic Health courses.

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I have recently completed an 182 Hour Counselling and Psychotherapy Foundation Course at the Bath Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre (BCPC), to offer therapeutic listening and guidance skills for my clients, to enhance their healing experience. I have also completed a Life Coaching Diploma; a Women's Holistic Health Coach Teacher Training course; and a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner Certificate Course during 2023-2024, so that I can offer Wellbeing Coaching.

Main Qualifications:

  • Yoga Alliance 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training, Abhijna School of Yoga, Varkala, India

  • Yoga Alliance 200 hour Hatha yoga Teacher Training, Bath Yoga Studio, Bath, UK

  • Yoga Alliance 40 Hour Art of Adjustments Yoga Teacher Training, Bath Yoga Studio, Bath, UK

  • Yoga Alliance 27 hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Vesselify School of Yoga, at Triyoga, London

  • Yoga Alliance 40 hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Bath Yoga Studio, Bath, UK

  • 182 hour Foundation Certificate BACP and UKCP Counselling and Psychotherapy Training, BCPC, Bath

  • Life Coaching Package, Diploma, Udemy, London

  • Women's Holistic Health Coach Teacher Training Course, Udemy, London

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner Certificate Course, Udemy, London

  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Body Massage, London School of  Massage 

  • 50 hour Basic Ayurveda and Massage Course, Absolute Ayurveda, India

  • Certificate in Deep Tissue Massage, London School of Massage

  • Diploma in Advanced Deep Tissue Massage with Trigger Point Therapy, Gateway Workshops

  • Diploma in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Gateway Workshops

  • Diploma in Myofascial Release Technique, Gateway Workshops

  • Diploma in Facials and Facial Massage, Gateway Workshops

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** For my further relevant qualifications go to Additional Qualifications

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