Cambridge Massage, UK

I work in either Central Cambridge, UK or Trumpington which is on the Southern edge of Cambridge. My reading on the internet and elsewhere tells me that despite similarities things are very different in some respects between US and UK.

Some things are minor such as here we mostly use towels for draping rather than sheets which I understand are mostly used in the States. Regulation is very different with the requirements for licensing in the US. Here it would be foolish for anyone to practice without public liability insurance though I suspect there are a few who do. It is really only the fact that to get the insurance one needs to be a member of one of the professional bodies which in turn requires evidence of having completed the requisite training that stops massage and aromatherapy from being completely unregulated.

All in all however I think the professional bodies here do a good job of regulating the profession though there are rather more of them than there need to be which means the membership benefits aren’t as great as they could be!

Another difference is that here it is very rare for the medical system to pay for massage or aromatherapy and almost as rare for insurance to pay for it with the exception of sports massage for people like circus performers who have a very specific insurance. I have had one client who was able to claim on her insurance and that needed me to specify deep tissue massage on the receipt.

Heated tables are not the norm here either, though I have considered getting an electric under  blanket type one. – I have a couple of clients who really seem to feel the cold even when I have the room so hot I have to resist the temptation to get undressed to do the massage!