A new massage studio has just opened in Bradford-on-Avon town centre, specializing in pregnancy and postnatal treatments.
Mother-of-two Lindsay Furness has finally fulfilled her long-held ambition of creating her own permanent base, simply named Bradford on Avon Massageand has high hopes for the future.
“It’s been my dream since my son was born – and he’s nine now,” said Lindsay, 42.
In fact, it was raising her own children that set her on this path.
She said: “I specialized in pregnancy massage. I retrained when my son was a baby, so I really connected with that.
“I really sympathized with what women go through and it’s special to be able to play a small part in it.”
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At 33 weeks pregnant myself – and feeling every one of them – Lindsay’s empathy shone through and when I was asked to try a massage myself, it was too tempting to decline.
Stepping out of Market Street straight into the single room with a simple screen separating the treatment space from the consultation area – the studio is certainly cozy.
But with the blinds drawn and the door locked behind you in the by-appointment-only operation, you’ll soon feel perfectly private and the low road noise far less disruptive than expected. And it’s laid out rather stylishly, with the studio clearly freshly renovated.
After a good chat to talk about my needs over a delicious locally grown herbal tea, we started the 1 hour treatment – all of which are charged at £60.
Although I wear fewer clothes than I would normally like when meeting someone in a semi-professional capacity, it’s easy to feel completely comfortable around Lindsay.
The treatment itself was fantastic. I felt truly comfortable for the first time in a long time with her perfectly placed pillows. And there was no wussy feather-like tickle that some pregnancy treatments adhere to.
She really went into this with the level of strength I desired – while feeling perfectly safe in capable hands. Because let’s face it, you never need a “good” massage for your aches and pains more than when you’re pregnant.
Every time I opened my eyes from deep semi-conscious relaxation, I encountered beautiful seascapes that, like pleasantly scented oils, are a staple of massage parlors.
But as with everything in Lindsay’s business, these paintings are carefully considered to also support local artists. Paintings are available for purchase commission-free if a customer wishes to take some of the zen home with them.
Lindsay is passionate about supporting other local businesses and especially empowering women. She employs a few single mothers to cover her shifts, understanding how important it is for them to be able to choose hours that suit their families – as she herself has to do.
“The main thing is not having to compromise as a mom — being able to do something I love while having a good work-life balance,” she said.
I left the studio not only feeling in a glorious fog of physical relaxation – but emotionally “seen”, supported and part of a valuable community enterprise.
I can only sincerely hope to see Lindsay prosper. And with the heightened awareness of self-care post-pandemic, I think she has every reason to do so – especially in such a supportive community as Bradford on Avon.
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