Principal Remedial Massage Therapist
Briana’s interest in sport and fitness inevitably lead her into the health profession. She qualified in 2002 from the Australian College of Natural Medicine with a Diploma in Health Science-Remedial Therapies. This was a 2-year full-time course, which was full of bio-mechanical assessment and practical techniques of observation, “hands-on” manual soft tissue skills, joint mobilizations, psychological and community lifestyle studies and complimentary therapies to enhance the massage therapy practice. Since then, Briana Eades has worked in multidisciplinary teams working alongside physiotherapists, sports doctors, podiatrists, osteopaths, craniosacral therapists, sports psychologists and chiropractors.
Briana moved to Edinburgh in 2005 and had been practicing massage therapy with physiotherapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, reflexologists and osteopaths in separate locations. The variety of such a broad networking and working relationships with other practitioners has allowed a valued sharing of knowledge and treatment approaches which reflects in her massage therapy treatments. Briana consolidated these 3 Edinburgh locations to Active Health in 2012 to practice remedial massage therapy and now thoroughly enjoys the growth and development this opportunity has allowed. With a fantastic team that share ideas, current research studies, and new techniques and experiences the future of massage therapy for Briana in Edinburgh is fresh and exciting! These new experiences, courses and developments all pass on benefits to her patients.
Practicing massage therapy in Edinburgh, Briana is qualified in a number of massage therapy techniques including Remedial, Sports, Deep Tissue, Swedish/Relaxation, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Aromatherapy including Raindrop Technique. She is also trained in Reflexology. This allows her treatments to be tailored to each individual’s needs.
With a variety of sporting interests, Briana’s passion is with team sports and in particular Touch (known as Touch Rugby in the UK). She has represented Scotland in Touch in the Home Nations (2009), the World Cup (2007 and 2011) and coached the Scottish Women’s Open team for the European Championships (2009). Her great appreciation for strength, agility, flexibility and commitment to any goal drives her to assist her patients to achieve the same. The ever- changing updates of training techniques, nutrition, recovery and injury preventions are very important to her. With a variety of patients who are involved in varied active lifestyle choices in Edinburgh, Briana is always open to learning from their experiences too!
Along with bio-mechanical analysis, the importance of muscle balancing is a primary focus for Briana in her massage therapy treatments. The theory of tight versus weak muscles is the very basics of how her treatments are approached and there is inevitably some discussion and interaction of strengthening and stretching required to re-balance these areas after the releasing work is done. Commonly, patients come to see Briana at Active Health in Edinburgh for maintenance or injury preventative massage treatments. This is usually after an acute episode that they do not want to return or having enough body awareness to understand the benefits of massage therapy before the potential problem sets in. Her remedial training in massage therapy may rely on specific assessment of joints, ligaments and soft tissues but for a medical diagnosis or possibility for further investigation a referral to one of our experienced physiotherapists may be advised. This is all fully discussed in your consultation.
Complimenting Briana’s anatomy and physiology studies, there is a recognized connection with the psychosomatic involvement of pain in the body. She has been very aware of this aspect over the decade doing massage therapy. Briana’s continual development as a remedial massage therapist in Edinburgh has allowed the complimentary therapy studies to subtly cross into her treatments when appropriate, with some fantastic results! The use of essential oils is just one example of how the physical and emotional can balance helping the body to release. With the final outcome of every remedial massage treatment to be an enjoyable and beneficial experience it is Briana’s aim to assist this process for each individual.