ana bott lgbtqia+ massage therapist
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December 6, 2021
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We Need More Queer Safe Massage Places Like Ana’s

Being alive can be painful - especially when you have to carry the weight of oppression. It can also be painful and a source of tension when your body has to go through a lot of changes, like hormone therapy or gender affirming surgeries. Well, we may have found just what you need.

Ana Bott is a massage therapist based in Brighton. But she is not your average massage therapist. No, no. Ana has made a priority of specializing in LGBTQIA+ massage therapy.

How does that work, you might ask. Well, for starters, they are a fellow member of the community themselves. Which, honestly, is already a very good start compared to a lot of other massage therapists.

But Ana does not stop there. Her place is meant to be a safe space for everyone. For this, she offers a pre-massage consultation; on the phone, on zoom or via texts - whichever communication means suits you best. This allows her to discuss your body with you, as well as specific issues. This first contact is very important, as it gives you an idea of what to expect and it gives her an idea of what you need.

As they have experienced trauma in their life, they are also particularly aware of it and of the fact that the oppression inflicted on the queer community is sadly a vast reservoir for trauma. They will thus pay close attention to the way you and your body react to touch, in order to adapt to your needs and triggers.

On top of that, Ana has also specialized in issues specifically related to being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. This covers pain and tensions induced by gender dysphoria, as well as the regular use of a binder, of hormone therapy, or undergoing gender affirming procedures. And we do not know about you, but this has (sadly) blown our mind: we had no idea such tailored, queer specific healthcare existed. If you read us, Ana, thank you for your work - from the bottom of our hearts.

Because, they also give classes and workshops on how to care for LGBTQIA+ customers to other massage therapists. So that more people are informed on specific issues, and how to make their place safe for the queer community. And this is so, so important. It thus seems evident that they should receive the ‘Inclusive Therapy Business of the Year’ 2021 Award, by the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Congratulations to them, and we hope they will continue to impact our world positively!

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