Native Body Works is based in Neath near Pontardawe and Swansea in South Wales.   We are easy to find and just a few minutes drive from the M4 at junction 43.

Native Body Works was founded by Louise Evans who is a bodywork and movement therapist, living and working in South Wales, UK.


Where it began

I started my training in 1993 with a course in Swedish massage at Cannock Chase technical college and was totally converted to massage therapy.  I knew at that stage that there was far more to learn and that with the right techniques it could be a therapy to treat not only soft tissue injuries but also aid and manage pain in more serious conditions.  I studied various courses in massage therapy thereafter which gave me a good grounding but I knew I needed to get more in depth training with regards to anatomy and physiology and in understanding of different pathologies.  After many courses and workshops across the country I finally found Jing Institute of advanced massage training in Brighton, where I completed the BTEC level 6 Professional Diploma in sports therapy and massage.  I have gained a deeper understanding of the body, the way our body reacts to injury, in depth training into a huge variety of pathologies from systemic diseases to physical disorders and of course how to effectively treat and manage pain with the most advanced massage techniques.

Current Studies

Since the level 6 I have became interested in how our bodies manage pain, where we could be holding compensations and why.  This lead me to train with Gary Ward from Anatomy in Motion (AiM) and also with David Weinstock founder of NeuroKinetic Therapy.  This path into the neurological explorations of muscular skeletal pain is where my current study lies.

How I like to work

My treatments are completely patient driven which means no two treatments are ever the same.  I will use all my knowledge and skill to achieve the outcome you need and I believe that education of your injury is an important part in recovery. In empowering you with rehabilitation exercises and self massage techniques you will be able to take control and heal quickly rather than your injury taking control of you.  I will work with other health professionals, if appropriate to achieve the best possible care.

My goal is equally placed on providing education in prevention of injury as well as  treating injury, which has led me to develop a movement and meditation class.

Why “Native”

I like what this word means.  Its the idea that our ability, our movement and our sense when things are not right, is inherent, natural.  It’s about being able to identify when things get a little off balance.

What I like to do when not in Clinic

I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the UK.  With the coastline and mountains within easy reach, I hike at every opportunity.  Happiest place has to be a campout with my dog along the Pembrokeshire coast.