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I have been interested in the muscles of the body ever since my father bought me a ‘Bullworker’ when I was fourteen and since the age of eighteen I have always used gyms. Like most people I have had various injuries over the years mainly through my sports and DIY, but also experienced the pain of very tight shoulders due to too much PC work.
I started having regular massages at Modern Jive dance weekenders some years ago and realised the benefits of keeping my body maintained, rather than putting it off and letting tension build up leading to a bigger problem. I have tried various therapists and techniques with varying degrees of success and disappointment, but I realised what I had been missing when I had a really good sports massage. I was amazed at how quickly the therapist could identify where the issues were in my body better than I could, and I developed a keen interest in learning more about how muscle function and injuries can be supported and improved through massage.
It’s been quite a while now since I swapped a successful career to pursue my passion to help people with their conditions. What I enjoy most is being presented with a condition and then trying to find the source of the problem which is not always obvious. Once this is identified and a solution effected, it is great relief for the client and very rewarding for myself. I cannot profess to know everything and am honest with clients on how I can help them.
For example, I do treat tennis and golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis and frozen shoulder conditions, but normally only for a few sessions as these are long-term conditions. My treatments for these conditions do provide benefits, but my advice and guidance support a home treatment regime that is much more cost effective than typically offered by others.
Please note the last statement was written in 2011 and although still true I have had great results treating these conditions in a short duration with patients requiring no further treatments. I have also been practising the Neil Asher Technique for frozen shoulder since late 2014 with surprisingly good results. I have found on a number of occasions that people seeking help for these conditions have in fact been incorrectly diagnosed and I have been able to treat them very effectively using remedial techniques to the forearm, lower leg etc.
Over the years I have reduced the services I offer as I prefer to specialise in my sport and remedial massage treatments. I now only offer one holistic treatment, my Hot Stone massage, which is a very nice indulgence and great for deep relaxation and stress relief. The ultimate treatment in my opinion is my Hot Stone Sports and Remedial massage that feels good (although sometimes a little painful!) but is great for injuries, regaining mobility or just to ease the aches and pains of everyday life. I am always learning (CPD) and improving my services, adding SCENAR therapy and Myofascial Release in 2013 which I sometimes use in conjunction with my hot stones to aid injury recovery. Also, my use of Kinesiology taping has greatly increased during 2015 with so many clients finding it effective in supporting injuries, reducing pain and controlling swelling.
I have an ITEC & BTEC (NVQ Level 4) in Holistic Massage and a BTEC (NVQ level 5) in Sports Massage. I trained at Essentials for Health (one of the top Massage schools in London). My Hot Stones Fusion training was through the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage. This course is regarded as one of the most comprehensive Hot Stones courses in the UK, with an emphasis on Hot Stones used in conjuction with sports massage.
I am also qualified at foundation level for SCENAR Therapy by 21st Century Medicine Ltd.
I am a member of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage (ISRM) and fully insured with and a registered member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists. I also have an enhanced level CRB check.
I look forward to working with you,
MISRM ITEC MFHT Dip THFM CMIOSH MCIOB
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