Myofascial, The Relief Was Incredible

I have been seeing Ruth for several years, and she has never failed to relieve my aches and pains, particularly lower back problems from the strains of a twin pregnancy. Recently I pulled a muscle in my calf whilst running and developed sciatica through my whole leg leaving me with great difficulty walking and taking painkillers constantly. I was due to go to Glastonbury the following week and I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to cope with all the walking on uneven ground and slippy mud, let alone dancing! I booked an hour session with Ruth and she said she would try a Myofascial Release. I am not sure what wonders she worked but I left actually able to walk normally, and did not have any further pain or need to take any painkillers. The relief was incredible, and I was able to enjoy the festival without any issues.

Aston University Staff Member

Helping to ease pregnancy tension

I came to see Ruth after suffering a miscarriage. I was holding onto a lot of grief and stress and felt that in order to get pregnant again I needed to relax, and have some quiet “me” time.

I had heard that reflexology could help with improving sleep and reducing stress levels and so I decided to give it a go.

Ruth was kind, informative and made me feel at ease. The reflexology helps me feel calm, I always sleep better afterwards and I think it releases tension.

I am now 22 weeks pregnant and I am having pregnancy reflexology which is helping with my pregnancy symptoms. I always look forward to my treatment with Ruth.

T Lomas

Ruth’s Magic Hands

I had heard good reports about Ruth’s magic hands prior to my session.  I had been suffering with a ache across my shoulder blades from sitting in front of the computer in one position for too long.  The burning sensation that I was getting became unbearable so I made the decision to meet with Ruth.

I had never had a massage before so felt very apprehensive about the session, Ruth put me at ease straight away, she discusses the treatment that she is going to administer and keeps you updated throughout your session.  She is friendly and approachable and has helped by aching shoulders no end!

Indian Head Massage Workshop Feedback

The Indian massage workshop was exactly what I hoped it would be. I

I enjoyed it so much so; I will most likely be booking myself for a well-deserved massage any time soon! I’d forgotten how good they were! Ruth (the therapist) was incredibly attentive to everyone’s questions and keen to demonstrate both skills and share advice. Always more interesting when the ‘speaker’ is passionate about what they do like Ruth obviously was.

Helen Higson

Therapy for both body and mind

My life is very busy and much time  is spent juggling many things, both at home and work.  I needed to find a way to calm down a bit and to be more in touch with myself and my body. I found Ruth and she has changed my life.  I go for an hour’s Reflexology once a month and this has been a great help.  I see it as a bit of investment in myself.

More recently I acquired a shoulder injury and have also been going to see Ruth for expert massage on this area.  The pain is reducing as a result of this treatment.

Ruth is efficient, quiet, discrete and trustworthy.  The therapy for me is both for body and mind.

You really should try her treatments.

Carmel de Nahlik

Serene Shoulders

I came to see Ruth several months ago due to pressure points in my arms, back and neck.  The treatment Ruth has provided has helped alleviate much of the pain and I am continuing to have regular treatments with her.

Ruth has used deep tissue massage as a successful route to unlock the tension in my shoulders which has arisen from years of bad posture.  Her engaging approach makes me completely relaxed, and the difference has been noticeable after only a few sessions.

I recommend her therapy to anyone at Aston who has had consistent pain over long periods of time  – you don’t need to suffer !!


Executive Coaching with NLP

Ruth Hickinbotham is a highly professional therapist and she is sensitive to individual needs and perspectives. In the sessions she was naturally very intuititive and adaptive to personal styles. The impact of her sessions has been very effective. There are a number of techniques which I am using to great effect. I cannot praise her style enough.

Rachel H

amazing products, amazing results

I’ve never had a facial before with Neal’s Yard products.  They were amazing, I have sensitive skin and had no irritation at all.  The natural smells were delicious and my skin was glowing.  Slowly filling my bathroom cabinet with their products, they are the best I’ve ever tried.

Jane Winder Pro Vice Chancellor's OfficeAston University

Workplace Treatments

For the past two years I have had the joy of attending Ruth’s sessions, and I cannot recommend her too highly.  I have had reflexology, back and head massages – not for any specific problem, but just as a break from work, and a wonderful opportunity to relax and be looked after.

I particularly appreciate being able to see Ruth on campus.  Holistic therapy is the sort of thing I often mean to do, but don’t get round to it.  Having Ruth here at Aston makes it so easy to book an appointment either in my lunch hour, or at the end of the day – one minute I am at my desk, crouching over a hot p.c., the next minute I am completely relaxed with all the worries and pressures being soothed away.

Ruth is a caring thoughtful person – she quickly attunes to an individual’s preferences – sometimes we will have a natter – other times she appreciates I just want to “drift away”.  If anyone is unsure and would like to have a chat to me about Ruth’s therapies, please get in touch.

I think Aston is very lucky to have Ruth.