New clients will need to complete the Corona Virus Screening form.
We are structuring sessions for you to
have the best and safest experience in the current situation. I will continue to wear a face covering, and kindly request clients to wear a face covering, too (unless exempt).
I am fully vaccinated.
Stay safe and sane. Hope to see you soon.
With warm regards, Regina
I have just completed the new Massage Message. As always, it has a summary of the latest research articles on Massage, Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy, Manual Lymph Drainage and Deep Oscillation®. It has a couple of suggestions on what you can do yourself to ease back or neck pain (apart from keeping moving and/or seeing a professional).
What a pretty tape.
I have been using more taping recently, for lymphoedema, support after injury and pain.
It works works well for a client who has a hernia in her abdominal wall but can't have surgery to repair it. As long as the tape is applied correctly, the main risk is an allergic reaction to the glue.
Samar is currently undergoing a series of lipoedema surgeries.
Unfortunately she had a fall onto her left knee, damaging it quite
badly. She found taping really helpful, she can exercise and walk up
stairs without pain. This helps her to build up her muscles to support
Here you can see "work in progress" with the lipoedema not yet treated and the empty skin.
Such a long and hard journey.
I have just completed the new Massage Message, as always, it has a summary of the latest research articles on
Massage, Myofascial Release, lipoedema and lymphoedema. Writing
the Massage Message
gives me ample opportunity for procrastination.
I noticed that research into foot and hand massage is popular,
and rightly so. In my practice a foot or hand massage is always
appreciated - often we don't realise how wonderful it feels.
There is now good evidence that Massage and Myofascial Release
help with chronic pain conditions, and there is emerging evidence
that it helpful for "Long Covid", too.
I very much hope that the pandemic is easing, both here and elsewhere. I am grateful to report that (so far) I have come through this challenging time okay. I am also thankful that I could see clients from July last year, sometimes only those with medical need. And thirdly, I am grateful that I have been fully vaccinated. Obviously we will be following government guidelines with face coverings, distancing (where possible), and a lot of cleaning, washing and ironing on my part.
From the 12th April I can see all clients, with or without medical need. Hurray.
During the last few months I was so happy to see clients who really
needed a treatment, and I (hopefully) made a difference to their life.
Obviously all the the precautions (face covering, physical distance
where possible, lots of cleaning) will still be in place. You will need
to complete my Covid screening form.
In February I had my first dose of the vaccine, and a recent antibody test (as part of a research study) showed that I have antibodies against Covid.
Hazel texted me this morning: "I just wanted to let you know that when I got out of bed this morning my shoulder didn't hurt. First time in ages. Thank you for the treatment yesterday."
I now have an air cleaner in the treatment room. It can exchange the air up to 6 times per hour and it can catch virus.
I know, the use is
controversial, in the UK they say "don't bother", in Germany they
recommend it for schools and offices. It seems that the UK authorities have not considered all the options.
I thought I'll give it a try. It is more noisy than I expected. Of course it will not replace all the other precautions.
I learned yesterday that we indeed have a pudding stomach. When we
are full, we can still eat something calorie-dense, in order to put down
a deposit when food is more scarce. And some other mammals have one,
too. Some bears gorge themselves in salmon, and when they are full, the
eat only the skin and fat under the skin, leaving the flesh behind.
There are roughly four different attitudes to food, illustrated by the Monday morning cookie round (pre-Covid, obviously). Imagine a plate of cookies is passed round during a Monday morning meeting. There are four different kind of responses:
Very interesting, I would definitely notice the cookies, I can be in
longing response group when I am in a strong willpower frame of mind.
I listened to a podcast how genes can make us fat, the Life Scientific with Giles Yeo from Cambridge University. About 40 to 70 per cent of our weight is influenced by genes, mainly via a complicated circuit that tells our brain how much fat we have. If you want to use weight, it is best to be honest with yourself (which cookie response do you have?) and put temptation out of your way.
Just watching touch can be so soothing and relaxing. I
remember the in pre-Covid times on massage courses, it is so difficult
to stay awake during the demonstrations. This is vicarious touch - we imagine we
are on the receiving end. Dog and cat stroking works, too, as outlined in this article: How a year without touch affects your mental health.
Remember, you can come for a treatment if you have a medical need, be it physical or mental health.
We are now under more severe restrictions, are they called tier 5? Tier 4 extra strong? I understand that the exceptions for the new restrictions are the
same as before, i.e. I am allowed to offer treatment for medical
Wishing you a healthy New Year - with some joyous moments and resilience to deal with all that is thrown at you in 2021. (Resilience is fashionable concept, so I thought I'll use it. If you have come as far as reading this, I am sure you are already resilient.)
We offer treatments for medical conditions while in tier 4.
We are now in tier 4, the general message is "stay at home". You can go out for medical appointments, and we are allowed allowed to
offer treatment for medical conditions. These could be physical, such as pain or oedema, or mental, for example anxiety or depression.
Treatments for general well-being, important as they are, have to wait until the regulations change.
During second second lockdown I was allowed to offer treatment to address medical issues. From the 2nd of December 2020 I will be able to offer treatments that are not necessarily medical but a wonderful enrichment of your life. We will be following government guidelines with face covering wearing, a visor over my face and a lot of cleaning, washing and ironing on my part. This is a small price to pay for being able to share the gift of touch. (I am getting all poetic.)
As you are aware, we are now (in November 2020) in lockdown. At Touching Well we are
allowed to offer medical treatment. This could be for physical or mental
reasons, for example pain, oedema, depression or anxiety. Please get in
touch if you need medical treatment.
All ready to see clients today (Monday, 13th July 2020).
For some clients I may wear an apron that can easily be desinfected. Sonja made a couple of aprons from a shower curtain. She also made these brand new coverings for my massage table. That will reduce the bulk of the washing.
See how we go with the cleaning routine between clients.
Learnt yesterday that we are allowed to see clients again from Monday, 13th July 2020. I look forward to seeing you soon, obviously with all the advised safety procedures.
We will find out how to work best within the "new normal", refining forms, consultations, cleaning routines, extra washing, time between treatments ...
There is new government advice on "Keeping clients safe during Covid-19 in close contact services", which suggests the benefits of a visor as opposed to face covering. I have integrated this into the Touching Well Corona Policy, and I am now kitted out in the latest visor fashion.
On Tuesday, 23rd of June there was new government guidance, allowing hairdressers to go back to work on the 4th July, but massage practitioners not. This is the explanation I found on the BBC:
But "touching people is definitely a risk factor," says Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, visiting professor in civil engineering at the University of Cambridge. "Wherever people are touching, that's a known transmission risk factor." ... "Even at 2m distance, it's better not to be face-to-face, but face-to-back, or back-to-back, or side-to-side."
This could be one reason why hairdressers - who can for the most part stand behind or to the side of a client - are allowed to open first.
Virologist Dr Smith adds: "When you go in to get your nails done,
your hands are on the table, you're leaning forward… you're having to go
very close to that person, face to face." He also weighs up the value
of hairdressers compared with the others. "Your life does not depend on
getting a tattoo [or your nails done]. But if you don't get your hair
cut... you might even lose your job."
As much as I like and respect Chris Smith (I listen to his podcasts),
society has definitely gone backwards in terms of gender equality if
you loose your job because you can't get a hair cut.
As far as I am concerned, we don't have to be face to face, or even
near anybody's face. In the week before lockdown I avoided releasing the
neck with clients lying on their back, this work can be done very
nicely side-lying or prone.
The Touching Well Corona Policy is being regularly updated, please have a look.
I invite comments on this policy, please let me know. I am currently thinking about a fair cancellation and charging poilicy. Any ideas?
The aim of this policy is to keep clients safe and well.
Clients are expected to judge when it safe for them to seek
treatment. Their consent is assumed when they book and attend an
appointment. They have the option of a very cautious approach with
the non-contact part of the treatment taking place remotely. Hand
washing and sanitising facilities are provided. It is possible to
provide the treatment using disposable gloves. Clients can choose
if they want to wear a face covering. The therapist is prepared to
wear a face covering when the client is on the premises.
We will undertake infection prevention measures, including
Please be aware that the treatment room has soft furnishings, books
and other "non-essential items", which cannot be disinfected.
All clients asked at booking and on arrival the following:
If the answer to any of the above questions is "yes" the treatment will be postponed. The client must inform the therapist if they develop symptoms before the appointment or post treatment. You will be asked to sign this at each session.
Initial consultation client choice between:
Existing clients: Welcome, check-in, agreement of treatment, etc
Treatment prone (on front), side lying therapist facing away from client, and massage chair:
Treatment on upper body supine (on back) or side lying with the therapist facing client
Treatment on lower body supine (on back) or side lying with the therapist facing client
Specialist supine head and neck treatments:
Seated acupressure treatment is also possible in the garden, weather permitting.
Default in blue, unless agreed otherwise.
To be worked out:
Just bought a steam cleaner ready for all the desinfecting I need to do when I can see clients in person, hopefully early July. Steam cleaner arrived and it working a (hot) treat.
These workshops did not happen, I'll leave them on because I would hightly recommend Psychodramatic Bodywork when things are safe again.
Introductory Level Workshop 27-29 March 2020 in Stoke and 8-10 May in Southampton
If you’re feeling stuck in a job or relationship that’s no longer working for you or going around in circles with the same old negative patterns then this powerful transformative training is for you. Using emotional release work and psychodrama you will learn to unblock negative patterns which will enable you to tap into your inner spontaneity and creativity.
From this place, you can start to make the changes you need to live the life you’ve always wanted.
Deep personal healing does occur because it’s an experiential workshop, but it is not a therapy group. Members will need significant support at various times during and after the workshop to complete and integrate what was begun in the workshops.
When: Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th March 2020
Times: 9am – 5pm each day.
Where: Torus Wellbeing Clinic, 24 Cemetery Road, Shelton, ST4 2DL .
Cost: £180 for 3 days – concessions are available on request.
For further information or to book your place contact Nicola Brough on 01782 273314 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jonathan Salisbury email@example.com or 07875 321108.
There are two Psychodramattic Bodywork workshops in Southampton.
Contact Jonathan Salisbury 07875 321108 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Psychodrama uses dramatic action methods to free and integrate spontaneity blocked by earlier trauma. Bodywork uses Safe Touch to help individuals connect with the messages that are held in the body as pain, numbness and/or illness. Susan works with a skilled team of assistants who perform demonstrations that help illustrate the theory and the process of Psychodramatic Bodywork®. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun and fosters learning in an easy, natural manner. A spiritual component that deepens the effectiveness of the work is incorporated into the training.
Psychodrama is . . .
. . . a form of psychotherapy in which blocked spontaneity from earlier traumas is unblocked and reintegrated through dramatic action methods
Bodywork is . . .
. . . a form of healing that involves touching numb, tense or painful areas in a safe manner. This process often directs us to unexpressed emotions that can be expressed, resulting in a freeing of body energy flow.
The Introductory & Intermediate workshops are designed to meet the needs of participants with varying degrees of experience in dealing with cathartic release. Participants will be exposed to a range of skills, from emotional first aid to deep cathartic release facilitation. Great attention is paid to the creation of a safe group. The intersecting dimensions of race, ethnicity and gender are explored in this context. There will be both didactic presentations and experiential learning. Experienced facilitators will assist in the small-group experiential components.
Introductory Level Workshop - 27-29 March & 8-10 May 2020
Deep personal healing does occur because it’s an experiential workshop but it is not a therapy group. Members will need significant support at various times during and after the workshop to complete and integrate what was begun in the workshop.
Intermediate Level Workshop - 25th to 27th September
Introducing basic psychodrama skills: role playing, interviewing in roles, role reversal, doubling. Deep personal healing does occur because it’s an experiential workshop but it is not a therapy group. Members will need significant support at various times during and after the workshop to complete and integrate what was begun in the workshop.
Thank you for inviting us to your annual staff welfare event. It was a most enjoyable day for us practitioners, and judging from the feedback, for the employees, too. Between us we did more than 60 massages.
Really helpful with sorting out tension in my neck and upper
Excellent massage one again. Lovely way to start the day. Would defini9tely recommend to anyone.
Fantastic massage. Eased muscular tenderness.
Wonderful massage. Helped my back a lot.
Absolutely fabulous. Thank you for the massage and advice.
Excellent massage and thank you for the advice.
Great massage and very relaxing.
Excellent. Shame we cannot have them every week. Lovely and relaxing.
Amazing experience. Lovely and relaxing.
Excellent massage and advice on increasing muscle strength in my arm.
Relaxing and wonderful massage. Much appreciated.
Loved this. Need more of this in my life!
Really rejuvenating and stress relieving.
Fantastic - Amazing - Thank you.
Wow! This was a welcomed treat. Andrea was lovely and put me at ease straight away. Pressure was perfect.
Fab massage. Felt much more relaxed in shoulders, and looser.
Absolutely lovely massage - could have fallen asleep. Now I feel very refreshed.
Really amazing. I feel very relaxed and energised. My shoulder, which has been in pain, feels so much looser. Thank you.
Very relaxing and calming experience. I would have one of these massages every day if I could. Thank you - and well done for arranging.
Nice and relaxing. Attendance to painful areas. Thank you.
Relaxing and calming massage. I would definitely benefit from this massage regularly.
Lovely treat on a working day. Very relaxing and informative. Thank you.
Relaxing. Helped me with my sore neck. Thank you.
Really enjoyed the massage. Thank you very much. Professional service.
Fabulous. Really enjoyed the massage.
That was a beautiful and relaxing massage. Thank you.
Thank you. Very relaxing. Just what I needed.
Restorative. Thank you so much.
Really relaxing. I already feel much better. Great service.
Really relaxing, good advice and very friendly.
Loved the massage. Felt great afterwards.
Loved the massage, I feel totally different from before I came.
The massage was beautiful. Very relaxing and soothing. I really appreciated it.
Good strong hands. Perfect to loosen the knots from a day at the desk.Very relaxing. I feel amazing afterwards.
Enjoyed the massage today. It released tension and was invigorating.
Very much enjoyed the massage today. I left relaxed and more flexible. Thank you very much. I would recommend.
Was lovely and relaxing and found all the knots.
I feel taller and aligned. Thank you.
Was very relaxing. I could feel the tension leaving me.
The most recent Massage Message contains a good mix of research and stories from clients. This issue concentrates on dry cupping. It also covers studies on massage of emergency staff, covers studies on sleep, myofascial release after breast surgery, Complex Physical Therapy (for lymphoedema) and lipoedema.
I've had persistent pain in my sacrum, coupled with a history of slipped/herniated discs for the past 7 years. I hadn't had a good nights sleep in years due to pain.
I am overjoyed that after a course of 5 massages all the pain has gone and my body is learning to be more and more comfortable each session. I have had a week of unbroken sleep and am deeply grateful for the relief that Regina has facilitated for me.
Regina is of course highly skilled with lots of fantastic massage techniques, but more than that, she is a gifted body worker who brings wisdom, kindness and deep intuition to her clients. My body trusts her, and with that is able to relax into the physical invitations to release old patterns, injuries, and even mindsets.
As a psychotherapist I am more used to addressing symptoms through talk and creativity, but Regina as able to bypass my busy mind with all its theoretical constructs and get straight to the experience, while also holding her own psychological wisdom lightly. My partner is a very skilled massage practitioner, so anyone working with my body has a high bar to reach and Regina vaults over it effortlessly! Highly recommended.
Harriet Hanmer, Southwell
You can read more news in the most recent Massage Message
Thank you, Jess and Victoria, for being such wonderful models for my recent massage photo shoot. The pictures turned out really well, and as far as I am concerned Trinity deserves top marks. I have started putting the images on my website.
Trinity Hoult, a photography student, has generously offered to do a massage photo shoot on Thursday, 28th March at 3 pm at Touching Well on Carlton Hill. We are planning a fun, experimental photo session.
If you would like to be Touching Well famous model and would appreciate a free massage session, please get in touch via contact form or 0115 8457113.
We have now found two models. Thank you. I look forward to the photoshoot. And to the photos. Watch the website!
The most recent Massage Message contains a good mix of research and stories from clients. The most intriguing is a "proof of principle" study, it shows that neuromuscular taping of the back of the neck can reduce blood pressure. Regular massage can also lower your blood pressure. I'd choose taping or massage over medication, as you may guess, I am biased.
"Finding Regina Dengler – a “Lifesaver”
As my condition worsened, I realised I really had to get help in the form of a therapist, and I discovered Regina Dengler who was recommended to me by Susanna Priest. Regina is a very experienced and caring therapist and most importantly for me, she was registered with MLDUK, so I knew I was in good hands.
Regina uses the Casley-Smith method of MLD with Deep Oscillation, and she gets really effective results for me; she has literally been a lifesaver. She has given me exercises to complete, skin care advice, information on breathing routines, and helped me to improve my simple lymphatic drainage techniques in order to keep my symptoms in check. I have to admit though, I am not fully compliant!"
This article is reproduced with the kind permission of MLD UK. It featured in the Summer issue of MLD UK The Journal 2018.
This is now an option, if not a necessity, at the end of each session. The reason for that is my new, height adjustable massage table. It is as singing and dancing as you can get: head and leg part go up and down, arms pieces go down and obviously it is height adjustable. The latter feature is the reason for my new table, I started to get back ache from leaning over too much during MLD and deep oscillation treatments.
My talented daughter Sonja sewed the new towels, you won’t believe how much the edges fray without the bias binding. Here is a bit of advertising for her: you can commission her for a new coat or blouse sewn from Ikea’s finest or other material. Contact her on 07582 557250.
You can read more news in the most recent Massage Message
List of treatments
- Myofascial Release (MFR) - Saving Hands massage -
- Maya Abdominal Therapy -
- Seated Acupressure - Indian Head Massage - Pulsing - Reiki -
- Reflexology - Tsuboki Foot Massage - Hopi Ear Candles -
- Hot and Cold Stone Massage - Myofascial dry cupping -
- Aromatherapy Massage - Aromatherapy Lymphatic Massage (ALM) -
- Fertility Massage - Pregnancy Massage - Post-natal Massage -
- Dorn Method - Breuss Massage -
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - Deep Oscillation -
- Treatment for lymphoedema - Treatment after cosmetic surgery -
- Holistic Facial - Face Vitality - Total Detox -
- Virtual treatments -
May 07, 22 06:10 AM
Massage Message is Touching Well's regular newsletter containing tips, advice, latest research findings, inspiration and even poems!
Mar 02, 22 05:53 AM
I have been going to Regina for MLD after two surgeries on my thighs, calves, and ankles, after suffering with lipodema. Regina is very knowledgeable and
Dec 31, 21 08:07 AM
I have suffered with foot pain for many years & experienced conditions such as plantar fasciitis & tendonitis. I have osteoarthritis in my king toes &