It’s been a summer of true content amongst the MPS family. We’ve all taken breaks, spent quality time with our families and enjoyed the glorious (and sometimes not so glorious) weather this country has to offer. Those of us with children have delighted in watching them try out new sports, inspired by the athletes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.
It’s been the Paralympics that have provided us with major inspiration. The MPS team has watched in awe at some of the extraordinary stories of determination, resilience and courage on display at the Games. Each athlete tells their own tale of how they overcame adversity to compete in the sport they love.
We watched the amazing mum of two Anne Dickens win para-canoeing gold at the Paralympics after being inspired whilst volunteering at London 2012. She overcame a back injury that prevented her competing in mountain biking – and seasickness too!
Witnessing the next chapter in Dame Sarah Storey’s career was also a privilege. This unbelievably talented lady has now won 12 gold medals across swimming and cycling, with possibly more still to come. But the story that touched all our hearts and brought us to tears is the Italian Alex Zanardi. This incredible man won hand-cycling gold at the Rio Paralympics, 15 years to the day that he lost both legs in a motorsport accident.
These are the stories we’ll remember and share with our children when they claim something isn’t fair or life isn’t quite going their way.
Nearly all our Team GB athletes will have felt the restorative benefits of a massage at the end of a hard day’s competition. If you’re disabled or suffer from chronic illness, it’s not always possible to discover what a difference similar treatment can have on your condition. It can be difficult to find an accessible spa with therapists qualified to treat patients with long-term illnesses.
As advocates of spa treatments for health and wellbeing we’re privileged to meet inspiring individuals throughout the course of our work. Several of our mobile therapists are trained in remedial therapies and are qualified to treat clients with illnesses and disabilities. Some choose to provide treatments to patients in hospices in their spare time.
A rewarding partnership
Over the last two years we’re proud to have built up a fantastic partnership with Disabled Holidays . They have almost 600 self-catering properties across England and Wales, all of which are fully equipped to meet the needs of disabled travellers. We’ve personally trained members of the Disabled Holidays team to help them respond to the individual needs of each guest.
It’s lovely to see the difference our treatments make for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. A massage relaxes your body, relieves tension and can also provide pain therapy for chronic conditions such as back or neck pain. Studies of people with cancer* suggested that massage therapy reduced symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Many of our own treatments are suitable for people with long-lasting medical complaints, terminal illness or reduced mobility. We’ll work with you to understand your condition and find the most suitable treatment for your needs. Popular choices include the Aroma unwind massage, De-stress scalp, face and neck, Indian head massage and the Calming foot and leg treatment. These are all treatments that can be taken seated or lying down.
Our therapists operate to the highest standards of care and are always gentle, understanding and tactful. We’re also very flexible; if you book a treatment and then need to change it on the day, we’ll do all we can to accommodate your needs. Our priority is to ensure you’re comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment, to ensure your body and mind gain maximum benefit. Relaxed and rested, you’ll be ready to create some new inspiring stories. And we would love to hear them.