The Castle Clinic

Natural Healing Centre

The Castle Clinic


Please see our separate pages on Massage Therapy and details of our Practitioners who offer the type of massage you require.

Massage is one of the oldest forms of medicine and the term derives from the Greek Massein, “to knead”, with references to this therapy dating as far back as 3,000 B.C in Chinese literature. Homer wrote that after the Trojan War women “rubbed and anointed the war heroes” and Hippocrates in 400 B.C speaks that, “rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid”.

Historians have noted that Julius Caesar “pinched daily for neuralgia” and Celsus promoted rubbing the head to relieve chronic pains, but it was Galen, accredited with discovering blood in arteries, who identified that by assisting venous flow towards the heart blood flow away from the heart is encouraged and thus the benefits of massage for the whole body was muted.

Remedial Massage

Using MET (Muscle Energy Techniques), STR (Soft Tissue Release) and passive stretching, conditions can often be improved. Together with helpful (and realistic) suggestions for exercises and perhaps positive lifestyle adjustments quality of life can be enhanced and pain managed.

Sports Massage

The Sports Massage Therapist uses techniques for promoting sporting performance and injury prevention and injury treatment and rehabilitation for both amateur and professional athletes and works closely with their nutritionists, coaches and physiotherapists to promote optimum performance.

Please note that some illnesses, medical conditions and injuries are contra-indicated for massage and during the consultation your therapist will discuss your individual medical history prior to treatment.

Michael D Pook BA(Homs) DipEd, DO, CNHC, DIHom RHom, MARH

Michael is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for Remedial and Sports Massage and Manipulative Therapy. He is Principal of the Midlands School of Massage and currently teaches students in Remedial Massage and Manipulative Therapy.


Arianne Clarke

Arianne is available in clinic Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays for Massage treatments, Reflexology and Bionic Photon Therapy.


Boryana Stoykova-Dimova Dip RM (MSM)

Boryana is available each Tuesday & Friday from 10 am to 3pm for Remedial Massage.  This involves working the soft tissue of the body to ease day-to-day stresses and muscular tension.  It helps deliver blood and oxygen to the treated areas and can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.

Boryana offers a 15 min, free, preliminary consultation to see if Remedial Massage is an appropriate treatment choice for you.   Call 0115 921 1455 ~ booking is essential



To book an appointment with any of our therapists call reception on

0115 921 1455