"Carrie has an innate ability and passion to give the best massages ever! I have been going for massages for many years now and am so delighted to have found Carrie. She really knows her stuff, always adapts her massage to your needs and you feel that she genuinely enjoys taking care of people through massage. I have already recommended her to all my friends and family and hope to benefit from her therapeutic hands for years to come!
LR, Sheffield 11.

"Carrie is an exceptional healer.
I first booked a treatment with Carrie about two years ago and quickly realised that she is so much more than a conventional massage therapist. She works in a deeply connected and intuitive way, listens closely to whatever I am saying about my body and then follows energetic pathways to find the issues which are ready to be resolved.
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LR, Sheffield 11.

"Carrie was very highly recommended to me and more than lived up to my expectations. I came when I was experiencing recurrent problems with my neck, shoulder and hips. I particularly appreciate the way she both listens to both the symptoms I present but also the solutions that my body needs. Her treatment is at times strong and at others subtle but always effective. I always look forward to appointments with her because I know how good it will make me feel in both body and mind"
TO, Sheffield

“Having played hockey for over 25 years I’m prone to the odd ache and pain and occasional long term injury. Carrie has great skill and knowledge and was really committed to my goal of playing for England Masters in the over 40s world cup in Hong Kong. I’m not sure I could have done it without her! Carrie’s excellence and optimism kept me fit, able to train hard and be here now! Thank you”
MS, England Masters Hockey player

"I sought treatment from Carrie following many years of pain and restricted movement in my neck and back. I had tried many different treatments over the years which had helped a little but not resolved the problems. Carrie has a very friendly, relaxed yet professional manner and really listened to what I was saying about my difficulties and you could almost hear her brain whirring as she examined my posture to see where restrictions lay. With a combination of myofascial release and muscle activation techniques she has made a massive difference to my symptoms. Carrie is very intuitive and sometimes works by “stealth” so don’t be surprised if you say you have tightness in your neck and she starts working at an ankle, trust her...it really works!"
Penny

"Time is elastic in Carrie's treatment room, it can fly past or expand depending on what is happening and I emerge from a treatment feeling renewed and refreshed at a cellular level. Working with Carrie, the fabric of my being has been deeply touched and released physically, emptionally and spiritually. I recommend her work wholeheartedly."
KC, Sheffield

 

"I love my visits to see Carrie! She will ask me questions (sometimes you wonder where she's going with it!) listening to me carefully... gathering the information... assessing not just my body physically, but how my emotional health might be affecting the way I'm standing.. or slumping! Carrie has resolved a number of issues for me including very tight muscles in my throat, and the inevitable back/neck problems caused by my sedentary job. During my early visits Carrie tackled those tight throat muscles which were annoying but also beginning to cause real anxiety.
Using myofascial release she managed to 'unwind' the muscles and gave me a couple of techniques to try out at home From that first visit, the situation rapidly improved, and now the problem very rarely springs back to annoy me... and when it does, I'm confident I or Carrie can sort it...so no more anxiety either!
Carrie is so knowledgeable and cleverly explains what my body is trying to do in a way that just makes so much sense! She gently but firmly gets to work to remind my body what it should really be doing! After a session, she's happy to chat more and makes suggestions for stretches I can do myself to maintain and progress the healing process. Last year I also had the chance to take part in one of Thrive's Open studio events, another fantastic opportunity to enjoy more of Carrie's enthusiastic teaching, raising my awareness of my body and how it moves and reacts to various situations. I always leave Thrive Clinic with more knowledge about my body and it's quirkiness, feeling lighter than air, and in a very positive state of mind!"

"I’ve had problems with my neck and shoulders for most of my life, meaning that I experience constant pain and discomfort. Over the years I’ve seen various NHS specialists - from consultants to physios - none of whom have provided any real benefit other than some very temporary relief on occasion (it pains me to have to say that, as on the whole I think the NHS is fantastic). The common theme with all of these specialists is that they have only ever looked at my neck and shoulders.
When I first explained my symptoms to Carrie, she didn’t want to just dive straight in and start fiddling with my neck. Instead, she started to think through what the root cause of my problems might be, looking at my back, my pelvis, my feet, pretty much everywhere! This physiological understanding of how our bodies actually work was something that no other practitioner had ever demonstrated to me. I also found it refreshing to talk to someone who didn’t feel under pressure to instantly say that they knew exactly what the problem was and how to fix it. Our bodies are incredibly complex and Carrie takes a very methodical, exploratory approach, asking lots of questions and explaining her thinking. This approach gave me complete confidence that Carrie was understanding and treating my problems.
I’ve been working with Carrie on a semi-regular basis for around five years now. Before this, my background levels of pain and discomfort were much higher and I didn’t really have an understanding of what my body was doing, so I couldn’t do much to help myself. Now I have that understanding, I’m able to do more day-to-day to alleviate my discomfort. I look forward to every session with Carrie, knowing that I’ll leave with greater range of movement and much less pain, which in turn has a positive effect on my mental health."

Harry, Sheffield

"Carrie is nothing short of a sorceress. I came to her with a host of muscular imbalances and pains on my journey to recover from CFS. Her techniques helped relieve my pain, and her education has made me feel empowered to support my body in its healing. What I wasn’t prepared for was the emotional and spiritual journey that Carrie has been instrumental in guiding me through. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have set up my own design business, had the courage to do things that scare me, and ultimately carve out a life I love.
I’m privileged to call Carrie not only my MFR therapist, but my amazing friend too. Trust in her "woo woo"; you won’t regret it."

Laura

"I have found the sessions with Carrie fantastic. I love the theory that Carrie uses to explain the technique as well as her positive and caring attitude towards me. I came to Carrie following back and neck discomfort. As well as improving these areas I also noticed that the daily pain in my foot disappeared (Carrie said this was linked). I also had sessions after a caesarean and she reduced the scar tissue. I always feel relaxed and vitalised after our sessions."
Claire Lowe

 
 

"Congratulations, you’ve found Carrie. Your life is about to change.
For most therapists, I’m a challenging patient. I have a mobility disability; had multiple reconstructive knee surgeries, with severe cases of osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and lipoedema.
I don’t want a fuzzy feel-good massage. I want to do the WORK of healing: To listen to my body, release old blocks, re-programme old patterns, and engage spiritually in deep self-reflection. I want to face and embrace my demons, explore metaphorical meanings, and become whole.
Nothing fazes chameleon-Carrie; she immediately and joyfully adapted to and nurtured my off-the-wall needs. She is always an active participant in my process: part expert bodyworker dismantling and oiling the cogs of the machine, part puzzle-solving shaman exuberantly finding solutions and sharing my revelations.
Her clever hands have intuitive ‘sideways’ techniques that melt away resistance with astonishing results. Myofascial release is gentler than triggerpoint, but still profoundly powerful. The results are tangible: my inflammation reduces, muscles unclench, blood flow improves, long-lost proprioception returns, and my pain is lessened. Even my bodily shame melts away because Carrie is safe and unconditionally non-judgemental.
I stagger in on crutches, often in great pain and despair.
I nearly always walk out in strength, with a clear head, a full heart, fewer burdens to carry… feeling utterly UNSTOPPABLE.
In 20+ years, I’ve never found a therapist who so engages both my body and mind. I am immensely grateful to have found Carrie to help me do this WORK, because yes, she has changed my life for the better."

LM, Sheffield

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