Ana Guerrero

MY PHILOSOPHY

"A happy body is a happy and efficient mind. Good therapies, good food, good thoughts and exercise are key to maintain a good health, oxygenate, heal and rejuvenate, which allow us to build up a satisfactory life style. "It feels great being responsible for the transformation my clients go through after the treatments because I am a results driven therapist and I genuinly care for your recovery. It is a truly rewarding job which I consider to be an art, the Art of Healing, the Art of Massage."

 

TRAINING

 

-- Currently a student of the Northern College of Acupuncture in Micklegate, York from October 2016 to September 2019

-- Specialized Technician in Manual Therapies (Remedial/Sports/Deep Tissue Massage) 2005-2006 At Quirosoma School ( C/Troya, 1 - Valencia - Spain).
  • Thorough study of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exploration and Diagnose
  • Sports Injuries techniques (Trigger Points, Cyriax, Cupping, Cryo-Massage, bowel massage...) treating tendons, ligaments, muscles, trapped nerves, and easing some structural problems such as Scoliosis, hip unbalance... Also asthma, colds, congested smokers lungs, blocked intestines...
  • Indications and Contra-indications
  • Types of injuries and treatment
  • Preventive massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Passive Stretch techniques

 

-- Holistic Therapy - Sensitive Gestalt Massage® 2006-2007

The Sensitive Gestalt Massage® is one of the disciplines of Philosomatics®, which is Corporal Counselling. The course took place in Valencia (Spain) and in Locarno (Switzerland). Teacher: Miguel Angel Beltran, creator of the School of Philosomatics®.

Ana Guerrero

  • Meditation
  • Study of Gestalt psychology/philosophy
  • Meditative massage on the Hammock (Valencia, Spain)
  • Tansu: meditative mat work (Spain)
  • Watsu: meditative massage in the water using Shiatsu techniques (at El Moira, Locarno, Switzerland)
  • A Self-Experience week retreat (El Moira, Locarno, Switzerland)
  • Gestalt Pregnancy Massage
  • Deep Relaxation & Meditation
  • Transformation to personal growth, fulfillment and integrity within our individual nature

 

Amethyst Holistic Training in York, 2013

-- Spinal Mobilisation & Mobilisation Master-Class

John Gibbons, in Oxford, February 2016

-- Indian Head Massage

Gateway Workshops, Di Wilson, March 2016

-- Thai Foot Massage

Face the World, Sarah Collins, March 2017

 

Other trainings: First Aid, Health & Safety, COSHH, Health & Social Care Diploma Level 2

 

SHARING MY JOURNEY WITH YOU

 

Myself, Ana Guerrero, was born in the north of Spain and was brought up in Valencia, east coast of Spain. My mum was a business owner and my dad was in the National Forces (Guardia Civil). They had four kids, two boys and two girls. I am the third one. Due to my dad's job we moved about quite a bit, meaning that I would have to say bye to my friends every time. I believe this has helped me to not get too attached to my personal relations but also it has made me sensitive to the fact that it was difficult keeping friendships, so I have felt lonely in consequence.

I was a creative little girl, painting, writing, playing with my brothers, singing, dancing... I enjoyed nature so much! I would even cry when there was news of a forest being in flames (unfortunately this happens too often in Spain due to the heat but also, I believe, due to the fact that a nasty law got approved around the 2011 which allows to build on burnt fields. After that law was approved, many fields burnt on the sea side. How convenient!). I was always keeping an eye to the social scenery and I would feel terrible for the minorities, to such extent that I was involved in some social movements going on at the time, including squatting (for a very short period of time). I always had firm ideas about human rights, democracy, human science, fairness, and it would hurt me to see someone else being emotionally/physically hurt. In school, I would always try to defend the weak if I thought they were right. I got into a couple of fights because of that! Not because I was violent (in fact violence makes me sick in my stomach), but because I did not want to let the other person get away with bullying, for example. 

I grew up hoping my extra sensitiveness would calm down at some point.... but it has not. What I have had to do is learn to live with it, learning what my boundaries are and how much of myself I want to give to the ones around me. When younger, I used to over-give and then I would feel used, unvalued, and sad, very sad. I used to blame people for the way I felt. But growing up I understood I am the only responsible for the way I feel and how much I give or take and so on.

After finishing primary school I went to high school, where I took drama classes for two years alongside. I learnt again about my body and how I express myself towards the world. After finishing high school, I decided I did not want to go to university because I had far too many interests to dedicate myself to studying just one subject. I took the year off and found a job waiting tables. During that sabbatical year, a flyer for studying what we call in Spain Quiromasaje, which is Sports Massage, something happened. I felt some kind of resonance, like a confirmation, and I thought "why not?". 

Well, it was just the best thing I had ever learnt so far! I truly found myself in the study of the human body and how to influence it to gain better health. And I was naturally good at it! It was a year long course, we went to class four days a week, we did sports events massaging, we even got to see a real human leg in class!! And touch it!! With gloves, obviously. My curiosity grew so much I even got myself a white tunic and into one of the dissection rooms of the faculty of medicine in Valencia (which, if you are not a Medicine student, it is illegal, but keep the secret!) to see a full body. And I tell you what, from then on I could not look at a beef steak the same way; they look so similar!! But it was an amazing experience. I even answered correctly one question the teacher asked the group! Everyone else was silent! Hahaha! That was great for my ego.

After I finished my Quiromasaje studies, where I found my path, it seemed as if "the doors" were opening for me to carry on with this enriching path and I was called to join a pioneer group in Spain of S.G.M.® in the 2006. I was invited to do the 1st of the three parts of the course for free! So I thought I'd give it a try. I ended up completing the whole course because I sensed how it was changing my life already. Learning about Philosomatics and Gestalt was revealing and truly deep, as it treats the persons as individuals instead of applying the same methods for everyone. That, translated to massage, was just beautiful to witness, practice and receive. My companions where Italian, French and Spanish, a real eclectic and creative European mix. At the same time I worked as a massage therapist in different places in Valencia, mentioned below.

The S.G.M.® course always started with a meditation to connect with our "centre" before learning and practice, to be focussed. This is a habit I still do for some of my treatments, only a shorter version which I like calling Focussing. This meditation practice was followed by a personal feedback from us pupils and then, before going to practice, Miguel A., the teacher, would talk to us about the meaning of Philosomatics, Gestalt and Sensitive Gestalt Massage. And then we'd learn and practice the wonderful approaches and techniques of this form of Corporal Counselling.

I made beautiful friends from all over the world as it was part of the course to do a Self-Experience week in Ticino, Locarno, next to the Lacco Maggiore in lovely Switzerland, where we also had an introduction to Watsu (a form of Shiatsu massage in water) and Tansu (a form of mat work).

My sensitiveness really found a place to be and expand without fears of getting hurt. It was so refreshing. This course was a huge confirmation for what I really saw myself doing which is helping people feel better in different levels by providing of good, sensible and professional  therapy. I am a healer!

I feel that having studied Sports Massage has given me the knowledge and tools to be technical and precise on the more physical level, but after having studied SGM®, I know that massage therapy is more than physical work, that ANY massage is way more effective and beneficial when it is holistic as it embraces a higher spectrum of the individual's human being and nature. This blend of knowledges can be enjoyed at my therapies room and apparently it won't leave you indifferent!

After finishing S.G.M. studies, I left Spain because I felt I wanted to spread the wings to find life for myself. I arrived to the beautiful York in January 2008 and started working at La Tasca as a runner. Only three months after I was made waitress (it usually takes 6 months) and was awarded for an efficient team work input and about two weeks later I won the mystery customer with a 100%! It was all flowers and even though I was in a foreign country, perfecting a foreign language, getting used to the cold and an extremely busy work atmosphere, I seemed to be doing great! I met amazing people I am still friends with (very important to me, as mentioned above) and I adapted very well. After a year and a half I decided to change jobs and worked for Piccolino (yummy!), Del Rios (favourite restaurant!!), Jamie's Italian (no comment) and then I decided I felt confident enough to start doing what I love the most: HEALING!

I started from home in 2010, then I hired a therapy room in Miller's Yard for about four years and then I moved on to find a lovely studio I made my healing oasis, in Heworth, above Newton's Hairdressers. Click here for the full address. And I am the happiest egg in York, loving my job and the wonderful and enriching connections I make with my beloved clients. Now I am studying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to become an Acupuncturist so I can start taking care of my hands without having to say bye to such a beautiful career and path. At my studio, I am putting together a small team of results driven therapists so clients have more choices and I can dedicate some time to my Acupuncture degree! It really is all coming together. Hard work does pay off.

Places I worked at as a massage therapist back in Spain:

5 STARS HOTEL/SPA SIDI SALER (Saler beach, Valencia, Spain). Here I performed spa, beauty, relaxation and sports massage treatments for the guests of the hotel and visitors.

JAUME ROIG, PRIVATE BEAUTY CLINIC (C/ Jaume Roig, Valencia, Spain). Performed beauty treatments such as slimming massage, rejuvenating natural liftings and chocolate massage.

MASAJES A 1000 (C/ Isabel la Catolica, Valencia). At the very centre of Valencia, performed sports massage, relaxation and massage on-site for the professionals of the area. Seated massage was a regular practice too.

 

FHT - Federation of Holistic Therapists