Wilmslow, , Cheshire
Nineteen years experience in Body Massage with over ten years in Sports, Soft Tissue and Deep Tissue Massage including Pre- and Post-Event treatments within a private clinic or sports setting.
Ceritification in ITEC (International Therapy Examination Course) Level V in Sports Massage as well as holding an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate.
Massage Strokes include: Effleurage, Petrissage, Deep Friction, Forearm Rolling, Tapotement, Percussion, Cupping, Hacking and Circular Kneading.
Highly experienced working with Paralympic athletes, so have expert knowledge working with various impairments and neurological conditions.
Soft Tissue / Myofascial Release | Muscle Energy Techniques | Neuromuscular Techniques | Positional Release / Strain Counterstrain Techniques
Pre-Treatment Questionnaire and Functional Assessment through to post-treatment advice.
Background as a Fitness Instructor and experience in Strength & Conditioning through UKSCA (United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association) / NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) methodologies utilising Olympic Lifting techniques.
Qualified Advanced Sport & Exercise Nutritional Advisor (The Health Sciences Academy) and Pilates Instructor (The Online Academies Diploma)
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106 Water Ln, Wilmslow SK9 5BB, UK
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What do you love most about your job?
It is great to meet new people and help existing customers, getting a better understanding of an individual’s anatomical function and biomechanical situation.
If any injury has been acquired, I like getting to know what type of injury is being presented; whether it is an Acute (short-term) or Chronic (long-term) issue, how the injury presents itself, when the threat of injury is likely to occur or reoccur (signs and symptoms), in order to put in an appropriate course of action to prevent further injury.
I have an extensive BA Sport & Fitness Studies degree background, coaching qualifications through the association of the Rugby Football Union and the English Football Association, and love finding out new and innovative ways to improve performance levels in order to reduce the risk of injury within a working capacity, rehabilitation processes or across multiple sports.
Why should our clients choose you?
I am a very customer focused individual, who is honest and delivers impartial information across areas of Health, Fitness, Injury Rehabilitation and improving Performance levels. This may involve working with different types of people; from office-based / manual workers, people with impairments, those recovering from injury or with chronic conditions through to working with elite sports people / Paralympic athletes.
I deliver innovative sports massage techniques using recognised Physiotherapy & Sports Massage techniques, assessments and muscle testing procedures, providing expert analysis, problem solving through to delivering effective treatment as well as home care solutions. I am passionate and enthusiastic about sports massage, looking at ways of developing new massage techniques, providing the best in service excellence, enabling me to build long lasting relationships with my customers.
I currently work as the lead Soft Tissue, Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist at the Water Lane Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Clinic, a private clinical practice based in Wilmslow, Cheshire. I am also based at the Manchester Institute of Health & Performance, located next to Manchester City’s training ground, and work with a number of professional athletes and am also working with members of GB Taekwondo at their H/Q in Manchester.
Sports Massage & Rehabilitation Specialist
Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP)
From September 2016 to present.
• Delivering treatments to elite and Professional sports individuals in a clinical setting • Using recognised traditional Swedish Massage techniques including Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Tapotement, Cupping, Hacking and Kneading for pre- and post-event activities, helping the recovery process and the impact of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) • Opportunity to work alongside other medical teams in a professional sport setting and internally across MIHP, sharing best practice, across a variety of injuries and conditions • Delivering treatments to elite professionals including Sale Sharks Rugby Football Club First team, local professional North West boxer Mark Heffron and members of GB Taekwondo • Specialising in working with people with impairments due to my background working with elite Paralympic Swimmers • Working as a self-employed practitioner, offering treatments in either weekend or evening clinics • Working alongside other members of MIHP, becoming an integral part of the team offering alternative non-invasive treatments, helping to reduce risk of injury and helping to improve individuals performance levels • Offering additional skills such as Strength & Conditioning as part of pre-hab, rehabilitation and recovery processes through to Nutritional and Dietary advice if requested • Ability to use my skills in previous roles in the Health & Leisure industry to provide impartial advice, information, training and support if and when required
Water Lane Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic
Sports Massage / Deep Tissue & Lead Soft Tissue Therapist
From January 2014 to present.
• Qualified Level V ITEC Qualified Certification in Sports Massage therapy • Good understanding and working knowledge of the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology • Qualified Emergency At Work First Aid practitioner as well as offering pitch / court side assistance for a variety of sports • Looking at reducing areas of risk of injury in order to improve performance levels across the sporting and workplace environment • Understanding the differences as well as links between the Major and Minor body functions and systems, their links to injury and preventative measures • Ability to assess signs and symptoms of injury through an effective Consultation process to ensure the right treatment is administered • Awareness of how injuries occur, their preventative measures and the affects it has on individuals • Delivering sport specific pre- and post-massage; including effective warm-up and cool down treatments, Connective Tissue Management as well as an understanding of Myofascial, Neuromuscular Therapy and Muscle Energy Techniques • Providing exceptional client care, confidentiality, cleanliness and hygiene per treatment • Good understanding of Cryotherapy and Thermodynamics treatments to help speed up the recovery process as well as reducing risk of further injury during treatments • Working across a number of different sports including Football, Rugby, Tennis, Basketball, Athletics, Cycling as well as Swimming within able-bodied and disability sports environment • A good understanding of prescribing treatments to a wide variety of disability and impairment groups • Ability to provide effective treatments, as well as exercise prescription for rehabilitative purposes and home care advice • Professional Indemnity Insurance cover and member of the Sports Massage Association, Football Medic (formerly League Medical association) and NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association)
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
DNA Sports Performance (MMU)
From September 2013 to June 2014.
• Developing practical skills as well as gaining invaluable experience working in a strength and conditioning environment through a recognised Annual and theory-based Programme • Committing to four hours per week during term-time, assisting in and the development of sports specific programmes, fitness assessments, special testing and exercise provision • Assisting with the delivery of the Strength & Conditioning Programmes for student athletes, elite student athletes and teams from across the Regional, National and International sports associations • Working with individuals and teams representing the University of Manchester Mens Football 1st and 2nd XI, Lacrosse Mens 1st and 2nd team, Womens Lacrosse team and Mixed Badminton teams • Assisting the S&C coaches in the delivery of the Scholarship Scheme and TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) through the University of Manchester, gaining experience and understanding of a recognised pathway for elite and talented athletes • Communicating effectively within a multi-disciplined team, and offering additional medical services through additional qualifications in Sports Massage • Benefitting from practical and theory as well as advanced techniques in improving individual and team performance levels and reducing the risk of injury • A good understanding of Olympic Lifting, effective movement enhancement, Mobility and Flexibility, Plyometrics, Speed & Agility, Planning & Programming, Conditioning integration and implementation, Specific Fitness and Special Testing, Monitoring and Assessments, Quality Assurance, Exercise and service provision • A sound understanding Aerobic, Anaerobic, Resistance, Freeweight and Cardio Strength training methodologies • Able to demonstrate through a good working knowledge and understanding of multiple sports including Football, Rugby (Union & League), Tennis, Athletics, Shotokan Karate and Mixed Martial Arts • Confident in being able to communicate effectively to small groups and individual clients
Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
From February 1998 to March 1999.
• Extensive knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology • Good understanding of the difference between and creation of Cardiovascular, Resistance & Free Weights exercise programmes • Ability to create and design sport specific training programmes covering Football, Rugby, Running & Cycling • Personal Training • Additional qualifications across different forms of training including Strength & Flexibility, Aerobic & Anaerobic, Diet & Nutrition • Exercise-specific classes including Army Bootcamp, Circuit Training, Box-A-Cise and Schwinn Spin Cycling • Exercise inductions, • Individual gym programme creation plus on-going development throughout client retention within the LA Group • Exercise Assessments and testing including Blood Pressure, B.M.I (Body Mass Index) and Body Fat Percentage • Gym maintenance, emergency first aid, health & safety, ensuring all equipment is safe for all customers
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