I have always had an interest in sport, what I lacked in talent I made up for in enthusiasm!
In 1998 a trip to The Australian Institute of Sport sparked an interest in biomechanics and the way the human body moved. I studied at the University of Greenwich where I graduated in 2001 with a Fitness Science degree. Whilst deciding which way to proceed with my degree I took some time out to do a Ski Instructors course in Whistler, Canada. Following a fall I had my first experience of a Sports Massage and I haven’t looked back since. Upon my return I enrolled on a Sports and Remedial Massage course with the London School of Sports Massage, qualifying with distinction in 2003.
I ran a successful practice from two health clubs in Essex and massaged at a number of events across the country, including the Bath Half Marathon and the London Triathlon.
In 2005 I was given an opportunity to emigrate to Australia, so I sold my practice and went on an adventure. Whilst overseas I gained the Australian equivalent of my massage qualification, a Certificate IV in Sports and Remedial Massage.
I took some time out to start my family, it was while I was pregnant with my son that I decided to expand my portfolio and became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor with the Australian Chapter of the IAIM.
2012 was the most amazing year, returning home to the UK with my family and settling back into life here. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Jonathan Betser Legacy Project and provided seated chair massage to the world’s media at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, collectively the team provided over 3,600 treatments and raised over £30,000 for the Isabel Hospice. Being part of this amazing team of professionals motivated me beyond belief to return to my love of Sports Massage.
As part of my on-going thirst for knowledge in 2014 I certified as a RockDoc (enabling me to use and apply Rocktape, kinesiology / athletic tape, to improve performance, enhance rehabilitation and encourage movement); in July 2016 I upgraded my massage qualification to a BTEC Level 5, this is one of the highest BTEC qualifications for Sports Massage, which was introduced in 2010. In December 2016 I expanded my portfolio further by becoming a certified and licensed Medical Acupuncturist. Also known as Dry Needling it is similar to Acupuncture found in Traditional Chinese Medicine, however it is used to alter neurological signals to the brain which elicit a response which aids muscle relaxation.
In 2018 I became a Certified ScarWork Therapist, qualifying in the techniques developed in the USA by Sharon Wheeler. This form of therapy has blown my mind. The touch is very different from Sports Massage but brings about massive changes to the detrimental effects of scars. Improving movement, function, pain and appearance. I work a lot with breast cancer patients posts surgery, caesarean section scars, other abdominal scars. This has lead me to more courses!! I am currently working towards my Certificate in Integrated Myofascial Therapy as well as my Advanced Level 2 Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner and Advanced Level 2 Post Natal Wellness Practitioner.
Life for me is mainly centred around my family these days but I still have a passion for SCUBA diving, skiing, Pilates, OCR events and fun runs. I completed by first triathlon in 2017 and followed that up with another in 2018, this time the children joined in too! Recently, with the encouragement from my Boot Camp friends, I took part in the 2019 Brentwood Half Marathon, it had been 22 years since my last Half and I was pleased to say, with the help of my friend who literally towed me up the final hill, I completed it in exactly 2 hrs 30 mins!
My clinic is based in west Brentwood, Essex. It is walking distance from the High Street and Brentwood Rail Station; and a short drive from J28 of the M25, free parking is available on the drive.
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