Gabby Rogers

* Massage Therapy * Massage for People with Cancer * Counselling

I offer appointments in Lochgilphead, Ardfern and Kilmelford. Below is information about my practice. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.
Tel: 01852 500223 email :
The Smithy, Barbreck, Lochgilphead, PA31 8QW

Mondays 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lochgilphead, MS Centre, Campbell Street.
telephone: 01852 500223

Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kilmelford at Melfort Village.
telephone: 01852 200257

Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ardfern at The Smithy, Barbreck.
telephone: 01852 500223


My massage practice offers both relaxation and stress reduction as well as deeper remedial treatments.

Massage is an effective way to address problems. In addition to helping remedy existing complaints, the beneficial action of massage on our systems can make it a potent preventative treatment, a way of maintaining fitness and of enjoying a greater sense of well-being.

My initial training was in Therapeutic Massage in 1989 and subsequently in Remedial and Sports Massage and I regularly attend short courses for continuing professional development. The treatments I offer are adapted to the individual’s current situation and preferences and use relaxation and deep tissue techniques and incorporate elements of manual lymphatic drainage, acupressure, reflexology, Reiki and the use of essential oils. Most recently I have trained in Massage for People with Cancer.


Massage changes people's lives. The accounts of how it has affected those with cancer are dramatic, unexpected and sometimes inspiring. Anxiety is curbed, pain dulled and nausea made more manageable. Patients describe feeling whole again, hope is restored or connection to self is re-established”. This is a quote from “Medicine Hands – Massage Therapy for People with Cancer” by Gayle MacDonald, a renowned specialist in this field in the USA.

Massage for people with cancer is safe, therapeutic, comfort-oriented and nurturing.

My massage treatments are carefully adjusted for each individual, taking into account diagnosis, any surgical or medical procedures, current or past treatments and present symptoms.

Massage helps to reduce pain, ease anxiety and make nausea more manageable. Other benefits include helping to improve sleep, lift mood, lessen fatigue, increase vitality and encourage relaxation. It also aids in strengthening coping abilities and generally improving quality of life.

I have trained in Massage for People with Cancer with Gayle MacDonald through the Iris Massage Venture and also at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre

It helps to talk

Counselling offers an opportunity to explore and clarify your thoughts, feelings and experiences in an accepting, supportive and confidential environment. It can enable you to sort out confused feelings, gain new perspectives and resolve difficulties.

Counselling is not about giving advice or providing ready-made answers. It’s about you taking time out to look at your concerns, dissatisfactions or difficulties at your own pace, in a relationship that is neither judgmental nor with expectations. This exploration can help you to gain insights, to recognise your own resources, to make changes, to find solutions and to determine your own way forward. This can help you to value yourself and to find ways of living in a more satisfying way.

I gained my Diploma in Counselling in 2003 and am a Practitioner Member of the Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies (COSCA) and abide by their Code of Practice. I also hold a Diploma in Stress Management.

I can offer appointments in Lochgilphead, Oban and Ardfern.

If you feel counselling could help you and you would like to discuss it further, please contact me on 01852 500223 or The Smithy, Barbreck, Lochgilphead, Argyll. PA31 8QW

Gabby Rodgers, Solas Health Therapist