Sports massage and remedial soft tissue therapy helps to bring all my skills together. I gained my certification in 1996 and began teaching in colleges and lecturing across the UK two years later. Although I am the director (and senior lecturer) of NLSSM, I have never given up the practical side of the profession and I still run my own clinic in North London. Keeping up with the real world helps to keep me inspired and that helps to make me a better teacher.
I'm passionate about providing the very best quality of training and that goes beyond my teaching. I sit on the board of the General Council for Massage Therapies as well as being a Profession Specific Board member on the CNHC.
Being involved in the 2012 Olympics was a great honour. The London 2012 organisers invited me to join the selection committee helping to put together a huge team of sports massage therapists to be on hand throughout the games. I also volunteered for both the Olympics and Paralympics which to this day brings a smile to my face remembering all those amazing memories. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know that the experience will continue to feed back into my teaching.
'Sports Massage: An Illustrated Guide of 39 Techniques (Hands on Guides for Therapists)'
My book is the result of years of experience as a teacher and clinical work as a sport & remedial massage therapist. The book is based on the belief that with the correct approach all therapists can work with ease yet have strength and sensitivity within the same touch. It allows the hands to see more than the eyes thus accessing more information about the state of health within the tissue. The body centred approach will allow for both deep and energetic work while the therapist maintains an injury free career.
Video and film work does come naturally. I have found myself on BBC on a number of occasions and subsequent to that was asked to do a series of expert interviews with Sports Injury Clinic about the benefits of massage for a variety of soft tissue conditions. Being comfortable in front of the camera allows me to demonstrate what I am most passionate about, massage, fixing people, sharing skills with others that will bring greater success in their careers.