Size Acceptance

Clinic room

“The best gift you are ever going to give someone— the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough.”  Hannah Brencher

Even the strongest or most self-assured amongst us can be afraid of new experiences such as massage or reflexology, (especially if they involve undressing). It can be a daunting prospect if you are on the larger size, if you are very slim or if you have swollen limbs from lymphoedema and lipoedema.  (Although many people feel like that, even if they conform perfectly to what society considers to be beautiful/desirable.)

Many years ago I was asked to describe my USP (Unique Selling Point), I answered, half seriously that it was that I was so much bigger than anyone else, that no-one would be embarrassed taking their clothes off in front of me.  I have since come to realise that this is my mission, to provide comfortable, safe therapies for people of all sizes.

I want you to know that whoever you are, whatever you think about your body and whatever the media/society try to tell you about your body, there is NO judgement here.  It really doesn’t matter if you are fatter than you’d like, slimmer than you’d like, older, swollen, baggier, more wrinkled or if you have mobility problems.  All bodies are sacred and respected.

I have many worries about seeking out treatment as I am a larger lady with lipoedema and lymphoedema.  Will I break the couch? Is the treatment room upstairs and if so, will I cope with the stairs, will they have a handrail?  Is there an accessible toilet and will it be so small that I will have to reverse into it?  Can I park nearby as I can’t walk as far as I’d like?  Will the chair that I have to sit in have arms that won’t fit my swollen thighs? How will I be comfortable lying on the couch as I have such a big belly/chest?  When I lie on my back for more than 5 minutes, it really starts to hurt unless my legs are raised.  What if they couch is so high I can’t get on?  How on earth will I be able to relax and be comfortable? What if the therapist is disgusted by me?

In Weoley Castle, I hope I have the perfect treatment room (and therapist) for you.  There is ample on-street parking outside so you should be able to park very close by.  There is a ramp up to the door so no need to worry about steps.*  I have a couple of sturdy chairs for us to sit on (without arms) and the couch takes up to 32 stones (203 kgs).  There is a lovely toilet just off the room (with a couple of grab rails to help)

The couch is height adjustable and the head can be raised and also the legs, supporting the knees and taking pressure off the lower back.  I have a series of cushions (called The Comfy Client) that help make you comfortable especially when you are lying on your tummy. Click here to see the couch and here to see the cushions. Even I am comfortable on this couch and I haven’t been comfy on a couch for over 15 years!

It is my great desire to provide a safe space for all, where you will be valued, respected and cared for, with ease and comfort.  Please feel free to book an appointment, or contact me should you have any other worries.  We all deserve kindness and respect and I hope you will find these here.

With love and acceptance, we are enough.

Hilary

*At this time, my treatment room is not suitable for those fully confined to a wheelchair.

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