About Meridian Massage
Meridian Massage is the continuing work of Chris Arscott MISRM MFHT IIHHT
Our clinical approach provides you with individual, specific therapy. There are many treatment types and styles but that doesn’t mean that it would be appropriate to use (and we would never impose) them all on every client from the start.
In our bodywork sessions we try to create an open, honest and collaborative space where we listen to and validate your concerns. Using this information, some body reading and our experience, we identify the options for suitable treatment and techniques to create the desired results.
We do our very best to meet or exceed expectations, however what we do isn’t an exact art or precise science… there is therefore sometimes an element of trialling different approaches including some uncertainty about a treatment or technique success. This is why we approach the clinical application of massage therapy and client bodywork through an evidence-based framework for pain science, where we assess, treat, then reassess to reassure you that you often aren’t as broken as you may think or feel you are. We encourage self-efficacy, and view our services as self-supportive management, supporting you with a plan for rehabilitation to enable you to get back to being your active functional self.
CHRIS’S BIO: Having been told in his teens that he had a natural gift, Chris began studies and qualified as a Holistic-Sports Therapist in 2004. From a very young age, he had always been drawn to Asian culture, so knew instantly that he was destined to further his knowledge and training with traditional Asian massage techniques. At the age of 18, Chris roamed South East Asia and eventually settled in Northern Thailand to study Traditional Thai Massage at the prestigious TMC School. He was blessed enough to train in ancient Thai techniques perfected by the late Mama Lek Chaiya and her legendary Nervetouch system. From there he was one of the lucky few that studied Meridians and Acupuncture at Mungkala Chinese Medicine Centre, various systems of Tok Sen and became the embodiment of healthy-vegan living, staying in a bamboo hut within a remote Buddhist temple built beside a jungle waterfall and dabbling in Shamanic rituals.
Chris made Thailand his home, and spent 15 years living and working there, regularly performing extensive bodywork on athletes; Muay Thai Kickboxers, Bodybuilders, MMA fighters and of course gym goers, of all body types, young and old.
In 2019, Chris returned to reconnect with the UK, to write the next chapter of his journey, after what felt like a lifetime of being away. He has completed further qualifications as a Personal Trainer, in Medicinal Cannabis and CBD oil, degree level qualifications in Soft Tissue Therapy, IASTM and Advanced Myofascial techniques.
In 2020, Chris and Meridian Massage won Massage Specialists of the year (Prestige Awards, South England 2020/2021), for his specialised on-going work with Post-Op Cosmetic Surgery & Lymphatic Drainage clients, as well as pioneering use of CBD Oil in massage treatments and blending Eastern modalities within a western approach to Clinical remedial massage.
In 2022, Chris and Meridian Massage & Bodywork became a Multi-Award Winning clinic, taking the title of Massage Therapist of Year (Prestige Awards, South England 2021/2022).