Welcome to our Zing Wellness family!
Zing Wellness was born out of our desire to place our health and wellbeing at the heart of our lifestyle. We both view our work as our vocation and we are excited to share our experience, enthusiasm and compassion with you.
Based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, we are Angela and James Rake and we believe that you can put your health and wellbeing at the centre of your life too. We genuinely care about working with you. For us, it’s deeply personal. We overhauled our careers and lives in order to follow our hearts.
To give you some background, let’s get started on our story…
Together we are a nurturing and holistic wellness team: a Pilates Teacher (Angela) and a Massage Therapist (James) and we’re here to share our gifts and expertise with you.
By working with you, and responding to your individual needs, we promise to rejuvenate and repair your body, relax your mind and enhance your life.
Our passion for Women’s Health inspires us to support women in their preparation for conception, in their developing pregnancy, to have a positive birth experience and a smooth postnatal recovery. In fact, we support women well into motherhood, fostering a sense of community among them. We know from experience that, when women’s physical and emotional needs are met famiiles flourish.
Together with our trusted network of related professionals, we pride ourselves on empowering women. We know that Pilates and massage are important pieces of a much larger jigsaw and we’re here to help, every step of the way.
Combining the powerful benefits of movement, massage and important lifestyle changes, our expertise allows us to work with mums to rehabilitate unexplained back pain, diastasis recti, pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, urge incontinence, prolapse symptoms, pelvic girdle pain, sciatica, sacro-iliac joint pain and carpal tunnel. In fact, we help to restore and repair all common conditions affecting mums at this pivotal time in their lives.
That said, we welcome everyone at Zing Wellness! Our classes and treatments are as varied as our clients. We’re proud to offer a range of treatments that complement clients’ own efforts to stay well. By making everyday incremental changes, encouraging regular movement and introducing massage, we’re able to enhance posture and alignment, alleviate postural aches, pains and soft tissue tension. Breathing habits will improve, muscle weakness will be addressed and the body will be strengthened.
At Zing Wellness, we believe that the best thing we can do is to support you to connect with your body, to understand what your body is saying to you and to be more self-aware, in general. In assessing your whole lifestyle, we take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. We work with of our clients individually to embed this good practice into everyday life. To maintain good health, preventative self-care is key, in order to ease tension and sustain positive habits.
When we are not teaching Pilates or treating clients we are kept active by our three young and energetic children – and an even more energetic dog! We enjoy being outdoors, sharing days together as a family, trips to the seaside and eating lots of chocolate. (We used to enjoy sleep too but now we take it when it comes!)
Pilates has changed my life (read my story here).
It has helped me in the process of understanding, listening to and respecting my body. It has made me gentler, kinder and considerably stronger. Pilates continues to help me, emotionally and physically, every single day because I firmly believe that healing is a continuous journey and not a final destination.
Like many of us, I am learning to enjoy life’s journey more, resisting the temptation to focus on the next big goal and to appreciate every moment, wholeheartedly. Pilates allows me to value my body and the miracles it has created, to listen to and respect my body, always being mindful of how it feels and how it might respond to every breath and movement. I understand now this feeling differs day to day, month to month and at different times of the monthly cycle and this understanding has made me far less competitive with myself. Movement should be restorative, nourishing, re-energising, de-stressing and strengthening.
If this is your ethos too, my classes are for you.
It is this perspective that I share with my clients. What you do to support your body as you prepare for conception, experience pregnancy, and recover in the postnatal period is instrumental. Left untreated, obstetric events can have repercussions during menopause.
Pilates has empowered me to deal with chronic pain; it enabled me to prepare for, and recover from, multiple major hip surgeries, including two hip replacements. It has helped me with my own anxiety. It gave me much needed relief from a stressful job. It helped me to rehabilitate a rectal and bladder prolapse caused by my first medicalised birth. It also helped me to stop leaking urine every time I coughed or sneezed after that birth. It has supported my recovery from bowel cancer, both physically and emotionally. It has helped me to 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.
Pilates is one of the most important gifts you can give your body.
Angela’s Pilates Training
My Pilates learning began long before my teacher training.
I started my own personal self-discovery through movement in every of Pilates class I attended. I went to classes before work, in my lunch hour and after work, in fact I practised far more than I do now! Pilates gave me an insight into the human body and the way in which it responds positively to movement. Daily movement really does heal.
Pilates and the knowledge of my body it gave me inadvertantly helped me with many medical appointments and multiple surgeries I underwent for a congenital hip condition.
When I initially signed up to train as a Pilates teacher it was simply in order to further my own practice. It never occurred to me that I could be a Pilates teacher myself; I was too engrossed in my corporate job which was all consuming. But I was looking for change I just didn’t quite know it yet.
My 18 month comprehensive Pilates training has provided me with a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, health and fitness and Pilates exercises (including Joseph Pilates’ original repertoire and more modern-day pre-Pilates). It has also provided me with extensive knowledge of working with older, rehabilitating adults and pre- and postnatal women. I work successfully with clients enduring 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.
I think my professional experience in IT & business transformation fused with my passion for Pilates has been hugely complementary. Clients come to me looking to change habits so understanding the psychology and process of change is hugely helpful. I’d go as far as to say my previous career has been instrumental in my success in the wellness world.
And so, Zing Wellness was born. Running a successful wellbeing business is an ongoing passion project. My love for my work consistently drives me to learn more, from client feedback, regular training, further reading, and by collaborating with other health professionals.
I look forward to working with you!
Specialist Women’s Health Training
Supporting pregnant and postnatal women has led me to do lots more specialist training including:
- Rachel Rafiefar Thoughtful Body Pregnancy and Postnatal Postgraduate Assessment in June 2015
- Heather King Smith’s Restoring the Core (Pelvic Floor Dysfunctions and Diastasis Rectus) course with Mbodies in March 2017
- Jessica Coveley’s Practical Fascial Release Methods for Movement Professionals with Mbodies in April 2017
- Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness Support Your Floor in July 2017
- Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness Diastasis Recti Recovery in July 2017
- Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness Pilates for Menopause in July 2017
- Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness Pre and Postnatal training in July 2017
- Advanced CPD in Modern Post Natal Assessment, Core Restore & Functional Exercise Programming with Burrell Education, in Nov 2017
- Carolyne Anthony’s Center for Women’s Fitness Rocking and Rolling to Release April 2018
- Independent Hypnobirthing Practitioner with Dani Diosi of MamaSerene in Jan 2019
- Reiki for birth workers, Holy Fire level I & II with Sophie Messager in Feb 2020
- Advanced Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner Level 2 with Burrell Education in May 2020
See what my clients say about me…
Massage has relieved me and restored my health – and it can do the same for you.
For many years I suffered with back ache and poor posture as a result of working in the wine trade, the whisky trade, and in logistics and financial services. I worked long hours, endured dreadful commutes, drank too much and didn’t take enough care of myself.
I was amazed by the instant relief that massage gave me. The benefits of just one massage were truly astonishing. I was quickly hooked. With a nudge from my wife, I enrolled for a weekend taster massage course with the London School of Sports Massage and learned how to do a basic massage.
After several wonderful massages over the course of that weekend, I became fascinated by my new knowledge of the body, its muscles and the way in which everything worked together. I knew I had to change career and embrace this new, healthier way of living. It became clear that I had found my calling.
Keen to get moving, I signed up to an intensive course with Premier Global. 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 direct benefits in my fellow students.
From this moment, I wanted to treat clients, share this new skill and change lives. I would love to share this with you.
After qualifying with a level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage in 2016, I was eager to start treating clients. From small beginnings, I have gone on to treat hundreds of clients. My clients range from pregnant women who have returned as postnatal clients; rehabilitating clients who have become clients with regular massage maintenance treatment; and sporty clients who attend regularly, in order to prepare for an event or to recover afterwards.
Specialist Massage Training
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.
Throughout 2019, I completed Burrell Educations C-section, Hysterectomy and Abdominal Scar Immersion training and Restore Therapy’s ScarWork Therapist certification with Emma Holly. I qualified in Oncology Massage with Susan Findlay at NLSSM and in Hot and Cold Stone Massage with Gateway Workshops.
I thrive on providing clients with relief from their pain and in facilitating sporty clients to reach their potential. I relieve clients with conditions such as tension headaches, frozen
shoulder, hypermobility, back issues, shoulders or neck niggles and general aches and pains. Many of us spend excessive numbers of hours travelling and working long hours, sitting uncomfortably at desks. The relief that massage provides for stress and anxiety is quite quickly evident, meaning many clients make their treatments an integral part of their self-car
I am truly proud to be able to help my clients to improve their lives with massage. My practice has always felt intuitive; I am guided by the placing of my hands and am led by my
sense of touch. It is a privilege to witness the resulting transformation and something I find enormously rewarding.
See what my clients say about me…