Ana has a background in trauma and is Brighton’s only LGBTQ specific massage therapist whose work has been profiled in both local and international publications. She combines traditional body massage techniques with being consent-led, and trauma-informed to create a practice which is welcoming of different body types and identities. For a lot of people within the LGBTQ community, having a positive relationship with your body can be difficult and this can lead to a detrimental impact on mental health and well being. As our relationship with our body suffers, we start to disconnect and start to experience the physical symptoms of trauma, stress and anxiety. Ana encourages clients to reconnect through providing a safe, consensual and co-created massage experience which recognises the difference in need of those in the LGBTQ community. To achieve this, Ana has experience working with those with gender dysphoria, touch-based trauma, binder pain, LGBTQ prominent pathologies (hypermobility, Fibromyalgia, EDS), hormone treatment and those who don’t feel safe in a traditional spa setting. All sessions with Ana begin with an LGBTQ friendly consultation and end with aftercare.
Whilst Ana specialises in working with the LGBTQ community, her practice is open to anyone who wants to experience a trauma-informed and consent-led massage. Previously, this has included survivors of assault, those with self harm scars and people who feel anxious around their body. Extra attention is given to ensuring the experience feels safe, warm, and intention-led so that clients feel able to be themselves and truly connect with touch.
“The massage was the first time in years I had genuinely felt relaxed and safe and I cannot thank you enough for everything that it’s teaching me. I feel as if it’s somewhat spurred a new way of thinking and a new way of being for me.”
“I get a better massage from Ana than I’ve had from many practitioners who’ve been doing it for decades. She listens to my physical and emotional needs while respecting how my body might be different as a trans and hypermobile person.”
“Just had a massage session and it was absolutely incredible. I haven’t felt this connected to my body in a very long time. Would 100% recommend!!.”