In 2013 after 5 years serving in The Royal Engineers I was made redundant. During my time in the Army I had a back injury, after a long series of treatment no improvements had been made. So I went for a sports massage and after a few sessions I was able to run pain free again. I was sold on the benefits of sports massage.
So when I was decided what my life after the Army should be, I made the decision to help people in the same way I had been helped. So as soon as I left I started the journey which has led to where I am today.
I also run a beginners/improvers running club, click HERE for more information.
I completed my CYQ Level Three Certificate in Sports Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy, which was brilliant but had awoken a thirst for knowledge.
I wanted to find something that would work alongside massage to support the recovery of my clients. Kinesio tape fitted this description to the Tee! So I completed a course in the Kinesio Taping method.
The two courses gave me a great foundation of knowledge to build on.
My search for improving myself led me to The North London School of Sports Massage where I completed a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage.
I have gained invaluable experience from working with a wide range of athletes, from the elite down to the grassroots at sporting events.
Here is some of the events I have been working at,
Haute Route Dolomites 2015 – Which is a mammoth multi-stage cycling event from the beautiful Geneva all the way to Venice, Italy. Where the riders tackle some of the toughest climbs Italy has to offer!
Challenge Roth 2015 – Â An iconic triathlon in some of Germany’s most beautiful countryside, where I was a part of the fantastic Race Force team.
HotChillee’s London-Paris 2015 – Another multi-stage cycling event which culminates in the peloton of 400 riders travelling down a closed Champs ElysÃ©es.
Ironman Barcelona 2015 – A great triathlon, including a swim up the Spanish coast, again working with Race Force.
I was working with the Argentinian Rugby team prior to their Rugby World Cup 2015 games with The All Blacks and Georgia.
I was providing pre-sport massage to the Jacksonvile Jaguars, an NFL team before their 2015 game at Wembley vs the Buffalo Bills.
Continuing my work with Race Force in 2016 has taken me all across Europe again, working at Ironman Majorca 70.3, Challenge Herning, Challenge Roth and Ironman Barcelona.
I was extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with Team GB Bobsleigh at a training camp up in the beautiful Italian Alps as part of their preparation for the upcoming season.
I have gained invaluable experience working at a wide range of sporting events across the UK and Europe, which has taught me lots which I can put into practice either at future events or into my day to day practice in clinic.
I am a member of the Sports Massage Association, their purpose is to establish and maintain the ethical, professional and educational standards for Soft Tissue Therapists. Part of the membership involves completing a set amount of continuous professional development hours per year. Something which I fully understand the need for as it keeps my knowledge up to date and keeps on adding to my ability to help my clients, which is what it is all about!