My name is Ria Barlow and I'm a highly qualified and award-winning Holistic Therapist. I created Nurturia to realise my ambition of living a more fulfilling life, helping those in need and in turn helping myself by undertaking a more rewarding career.
Having worked so much of my life in the corporate office world, at the age of 30 I yearned for something different.
Then, through a series of events I rediscovered a long-lost passion, massage. Throughout my teens and early twenties, I was often rubbing friend’s shoulders, helping to ease tight muscles and making them feel nice.
Everything about massage therapy aligned with my priorities in life; helping others, making a difference, connecting with people. It was the rewarding career I was looking for!
Fast forward several years, having received the highest grade available in all aspects of my training (Distinction) I specialise in Holistic Massage Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage
In September 2019 I competed with around 40 other Massage Therapists at The National Massage Championships in the Swedish/Deep Tissue category. I was over the moon to be awarded 3rd place! The championships are a prestigious competition that showcase the talents of bodyworks across the country.
In addition to this I am a qualified Reiki Practitioner. This method of healing aligns perfecting with massage therapy and it's such a pleasure to offer both of these truly wonderful and powerful healing modalities.
In 2019 I also took on a Teaching Assistant position with Oxford School of Massage where I undertook my own training. This is an extremely rewarding post that gives me the opportunity help others learn and grow whilst they embark on their own journey in the world of bodywork.
Whether you’re seeking relaxation, invigoration, pain relief or just sheer indulgence Nurturia is for you.
Qualifications & Awards
ITEC Level 3 Diploma Holistic Massage
ITEC Level 3 Diploma Anatomy & Physiology
ITEC Level 2 Diploma Professional Conduct & Business Awareness
OSM (Oxford School of Massage) Level 3 Diploma Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Therapy
Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Techniques and Deep Tissue Massage
LSM (London School of Massage) On-Site Chair Massage
Okuden Reiki Second Degree
Awarded 3rd place Swedish/Deep Tissue Category at The National Massage Championships 2019
Member of Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
Feel . Heal . Glow