ABOUT RUTH BELL BODYWORKS

Discovering Freedom in Movement

I began practising massage & bodywork over 13 years ago, after training with the Massage Training Institute in Sheffield. My interest in the wonderful complexity and beautiful mechanism of the body began during my dance training in 1999.

Learning how bodies move also taught me to see how bodies don’t move. How they can become stuck and lost in patterns of limited belief systems. Whether these particular movement pathways have come about through a traumatic incident or habitual use, the result is often a closing down and restriction of movement.

My dance training informs my life’s practice towards developing freedom in movement, leading to ease in how we live our lives.
I work with sports injury, repetitive use and both acute & chronic conditions, within my Remedial Practice. In these sessions I use postural & movement assessments with rehabilitation, in helping people to move forward.

Over the years within my practice, I have treated people with a range of health conditions. Ankylosing Spondylitis, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Osteo Arthritis and many others. I have a wide palette of techniques and approaches which enable me to offer treatments which are appropriate to the individual.

I love to work with people who want to work with me. For the steps to optimum health are a two way process, I can only show the path, you will need to take the steps.

Please do contact me if you would like to discuss if a treatment would be right for you. I also love learning and am very passionate about anatomy. I regularly attend courses to enhance my practice. 

TRAINING

Sheffield Centre for Massage Training: 2007
MTI Therapeutic Massage

Well Mother UK, Bristol: 2008
A.P.N.T Massage in Pregnancy

Bristol School of Massage & Bodywork: 2009
Diploma in Rhythm Mobility – Darien Pritchard

The Bristol School of Thai Massage: 2011
Professional Diploma in Thai Massage

Peak Performance, Oxford: 2013
4 Day – Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

The College of Oriental Therapy: 2014
1 Day – TCM Cupping Therapy

Exeter School of Bodywork: 2014
Level One – Level Three MFR

Exeter School of Bodywork: 2015
MFR Spine & Sacrum

South West Physiotherapists: 2015
1 Day Kinesiology Taping

TEACHING

Bristol College of Massage & Bodywork:
2016 – ongoing
Anatomy & Physiology Teacher
Massage Me, France
Course Leader, Advanced Skills:
2019 – ongoing
Betonica Herbal Medicine:
2019 – ongoing
Anatomy & Physiology Teacher
Exeter School of Bodywork: 2016
Introduction to Thai Massage – 3 Day Course
Exeter School of Bodywork: 2017
Thai Massage for the Table – 3 Day Course
BHLAC, Hemyock:
2015 – ongoing
Weekly contemporary dance class
Brightside, BHLAC Hemyock
2016 – ongoing
Creative dance sessions for the elderly
Best Foot Forward, Dance in Devon
May 2016 – August 2016
Internal evaluator for falls prevention dance project
Dance & Dementia. Dance in Devon:
2014 – 1 year project
Developing a series of dance activities in local authority residential home.    
Dance in Health. Rubicon Dance:
Cardiff 2013 – 6 month contract
Delivering dance sessions across the community. Elderly care homes, adult disability, special needs schools
Sheffield Centre for Massage Training: 2009
CPD for Students-Massage in Pregnancy

MASSAGE

MASSAGE
Blackdown Healthy Living Centre, Hemyock:
2009- ongoing
Freelance Practitioner
Osteo & Physio, Cullompton & Topsham: 2013-16
Associate Practitioner
SURA Detox Retreat: 2011-15
Massage Practitioner, Monthly Retreats
Axminster Awareness Centre: 2011-12
Freelance Practitioner
Queen Charlotte Street Osteopaths, Bristol: 2008-09
Freelance Practitioner
Hamilton House, Bristol: 2008-10
Freelance Practitioner
Terrence Higgins Trust, Bristol: 2008 – 09
Volunteer Massage Therapist

OTHER TRAINING

Scottish School of Contemporary Dance: 1999-2001
HND Contemporary Choreography & Performance
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: 1989-90
Costume Construction
Harrogate College of Arts: 1987-89
BTEC Textile Design

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Ruth is a member of the Massage Training Institute, and is insured through Balens.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

If you’d like to book an appointment for a remedial treatment, or any other specialist therapies, contact Ruth today. Prior to your appointment, Ruth will discuss your needs to ensure that you get what you need.

Ruth Bell Remedial Massage

Does your body feel stuck?

You’re Not Alone. And I’m Here to Help!

Learning how bodies move also taught me to see how bodies don’t move. How they can become stuck and lost in patterns of limited belief systems.

Whether these particular movement pathways have come about through a traumatic incident or habitual use, the result is often a closing down and restriction of movement. My dance training informs my life’s practice towards developing freedom in movement, leading to ease in how we live our lives.

I work with sports injury, repetitive use and both acute & chronic conditions, within my Remedial Practice. In these sessions I use postural & movement assessments with rehabilitation, in helping people to move forward and progress.