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Zing Wellness

Zing Wellness is run by husband and wife team, Angela and James Rake, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.  We changed careers  to live our best life and we truly believe that by combining our skills as Pilates Teacher (Angela) and Massage Therapist (James) that we can help you to live your best life too.  

We believe in working with you to make simple everyday incremental changes, regular movement and massage including self massage to enhance your posture and alignment, alleviate postural aches, pains and soft tissue tension, improve your breathing habits, address muscle weakness, strengthen your body and address anything else that might be holding you back from achieving your goals. 

With a passion for Women’s Health we support women to prepare for conception, have their best pregnancy, birth and  a smooth postnatal recovery. Combining movement, massage and important lifestyle changes we have the training and expertise to work with you to rehabilitate diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction,  urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, prolapse symptoms, pelvic girdle pain, back pain, sacro-iliac joint pain and many other common conditions affecting mums.  

We believe the best thing we can do is support a client to connect with their bodies, understand what their body is telling them and be more self aware.

We take a holistic approach looking at your whole lifestyle and very much work to embed your practice into your everyday life.  Once we help you reach your goals we believe in preventative self-care so you can stop tension and bad habits creeping back.

When we are not teaching Pilates or treating clients we are kept active by three young  energetic children and an even more energetic dog. We enjoy being outdoors, lazy days as a family, food, trips to the seaside and lots of chocolate. We used to enjoy sleep too but now we take it when it comes.

Pilates and all the other wellness skills I have learned on my journey have changed my life (read my story here). 

It helped me deal with chronic pain, prepare and recover from multiple major hip surgeries including two hip replacements.  It gave me much needed relief from a stressful job.   It helped me with anxiety and depression when my pain became too overwhelming.  It helped me defy doctors and rehabilitate a rectal and bladder prolapse caused by my first medicalised birth.  It helped me to stop leaking urine every time I coughed or sneezed also caused by my first birth.   It supported my recovery from bowel cancer both physically and emotionally.  It has helped me deal with all the aches and pains that come with motherhood and has opened up a village of wonderful support that I believe every mother needs and deserves.   It has helped me on my journey of understanding, listening to and respecting my body.  It has made me gentler, kinder and much much stronger.  I also have no doubt that it will continue to help me emotionally and physically every single day because healing is a journey and not a destination.

It is this I want to share with the  clients I serve.  The things you do to support your body as you prepare for conception, during pregnancy, in the postnatal period are so instrumental.  In fact studies show that most problems women experience during menopause can be linked back to an obstetric event. 

You matter and every class and every course I have created are based on the premise that every small incremental change you make accumulate into the most ginormous positive change.   

Angela’s Pilates Training

My Pilates learning began way before my teacher training commenced.  I started my own personal self discovery through movement journey in every Pilates class I attended, in every medical appointment and every surgery I went through.  They  gave me an insight into the human body and how it responds to movement.

When I initially signed up to train for a Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates with Allison Swan (founding member of the Pilates Foundation and Independent Pilates Teaching Association) it was actually so I could further my own practice.

It never actually occured to me that I could make being a Pilates teacher a reality.  I was too busy in my Corporate job as an IT and Business Change preofessional.   

The comprehensive training I did provided me with a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, health and fitness, Pilates exercises including Joseph Pilates’ original repertoire and more modern-day pre-Pilates. It also provided me with extensive knowledge of working with those rehabilitating, older adults and pre and postnatal women.  My training covered most common pathologies and I have had many successes working with clients with conditions such as unexplained back pain, arthritis, spinal disc injury, scoliosis, hypermobility, neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. 

However, I think my ability and successes come as much from my passion and life experiences and change management skills I learned in my time as Business Change & IT Project Manager as they did from my Pilates training.

I am so fascinated by my work that I am always striving to learn more be it through listening to my clients, training, reading, or collaborating with other health professionals.

My passion for working with the pregnant and postnatal population has led me to do lots more specialist training including:

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Advanced Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner Level 2
Guild of Pregnancy and Postnatal

James’s Inspiration To Train To Be A Massage Therapist

For many years I suffered with back ache and poor posture which was the result of working in the wine trade, whisky trade, logistics and financial services working long hours and enduring dreadful commutes. I decided to try a massage to see if that could help relieve some of the tension and what instant relief it gave me. The benefits one massage gave me was amazing. With a bit of a nudge from my wife, it prompted me to try a weekend taster massage course with the London School of Sports Massage where I learnt how to do a basic massage.

James’s Massage Therapy Training

This inspired me to pursue a career change in part because it was fascinating learning about the body and muscles and how everything worked, but also because I had several massages over the weekend and quite enjoyed them!

Keen to get moving I signed up to an intensive course with Premier Global who are one of the prominent and highly regarded schools of Personal Training and Massage.

The course covered all aspects of how the body works including the digestive system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system and, of course, the structure, function and anatomy of the major muscle groups. This was phenomenally interesting and exciting as with each new technique I learnt it was possible to see the benefits to my fellow students. I was really looking forward to treating clients from this point.

Once I had qualified with a level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage in 2016 I was eager to start treating clients. I started off slowly but have since gone on to treat hundreds of clients from pregnant ladies who have returned as postnatal clients, rehabilitating clients who have become clients with a regular massage maintenance treatment and sporty clients who regular come to prepare for an event or recover afterwards.

To be able to better support our ever growing pregnant and postnatal client base I decided to further my training with Burrell Education completing the Pregnancy Massage 2-Day CPD, including postnatal massage and remedial therapy.

James’s ScarWork Training

During 2019 I completed Burrell Educations C-section, Hysterectomy and Abdominal Scar Immersion training in Feb and in May I completed Restore Therapy’s ScarWork Therapist certification  with Emma Holly.

James’s Oncology Massage Training

In August 2019 I qualified in Oncology Massage with Susan Findlay at NLSSM.

In November 2019 I qualified in Hot and Cold Stone Massage with Gateway Workshops.

Why James Loves His Job

I enjoy providing clients relief from their pain and helping many sporting clients to reach their potential.  I have had many successes with clients with conditions such as tension headaches, frozen shoulder, hypermobility, back issues, shoulders or neck niggles and general aches and pains for the many people spending excessive hours travelling and working long hours at desks. The relief massage provides for stress and anxiety is really demonstrable meaning many clients make their treatments an integral part of their self-care. I am truly proud to have been able to help my clients improve their lives with massage. It is a wonderful thing and gives me huge amounts of job satisfaction.

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