Expertise

  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Massage
  • Massage Therapy
  • Specialist pain relief
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Massage
  • 10+ years Clinical Experience
  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • Thoracic Pain
  • Lumbar Pain
  • Pelvic Imbalances
  • Sacro Iliac Joint Pain
  • Muscle Imbalances
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Physiotherapy
  • Pilates
  • Groin Pain
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle Problems
  • Foot Problems
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Performance Analysis

Summary

Over ten years sporting, health and fitness experience as a Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer and a qualified International Therapy Examination Certificate (ITEC) Level V Sports Massage Therapist. Good understanding of Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Biomechanics, Neurological and Psychological behaviour. Experienced at devising and providing performance analysis as well as injury prevention through testing protocols and medical screenings. Clients range from professional workers, individuals with impairments through to experienced and elite sports people.


Experience

  • Altius Healthcare

    Sports Therapist & Rehabilitation Specialist
    2016 - Current

    Providing sports specific testing, injury risk assessments, sports massage and rehabilitative treatments for members of GB Taekwondo. Assisting in the delivery of Corporate Wellness Programmes for businesses throughout the North West, improving postural analysis through fitness screenings measuring Strength, Power, Speed and Endurance criteria through effective Strength & Conditioning and Pilates techniques.

    For more information, please call 0161 401 1000, email info@altiushealthcare.co.uk or visit www.altiushealthcare.co.uk for more details on ongoing Corporate Wellness Programmes within the Manchester region.

  • Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP)

    Sports Massage, Deep Tissue & Rehabilitation Therapist
    2016 - Current

    Delivering Sports Massage, Deep Tissue as well as Rehabilitation treatments to elite and Professional sports individuals in a private clinical setting. Providing sports specific testing, injury risk assessments and sports massage treatments for a number of Professional Boxers and a number of players from Sale Sharks Rugby Union 1st XV. Working alongside other medical teams in a professional sport setting and internally across MIHP, sharing best practice, across a variety of injuries and conditions. Delivering alternative non-invasive treatments using recognised massage strokes and techniques, helping to reduce risk of injury and helping to improve performance levels.

  • Water Lane Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic

    Lead Soft Tissue & Sports Massage Therapist
    2014 - Current

    Qualified Level V ITEC Qualified Certification in Sports Massage therapy with a good understanding and working knowledge of the Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology. 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). Delivering sport specific pre- and post-massage; including effective warm-up and cool down treatments, Connective Tissue Management through to a technical understanding of Myofascial, Soft Tissue Release, Neuromuscular Therapy and Muscle Energy Techniques. Delivering treatments in order to benefit individuals within office, manual or sporting environments, with a good understanding of how the Major and Minor body systems interlink in order to prevent injury and assess correctly through an effective Consultation and testing process. 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. I am also a specialist in working with individuals with impairments, working with elite Paralympic athletes within disability sport across Swimming and Athletics. Through all these opportunities, I am able to offer exercise prescription for rehabilitation and post-treatment home care advice.

  • DNA Sport Performance - MMU

    Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
    2013 - 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 university 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 as well as elite student athletes and teams from across Regional, National and International sports associations. Working with individuals and teams representing the University of Manchester / Manchester Met University 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 / Manchester Met University, 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

  • English Federation of Disability Sport

    Volunteer - Sports Massage, Deep Tissue & Rehabilitation Therapist
    2004 - Current
  • LA Fitness

    Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
    1998 - 1999

    Responsible for a team of seven full-time and five part-time staff. Extensive knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology as well as an 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, Boxing and Martial Arts. Ability to deliver Personal Training sessions as well as gaining additional qualifications through the Technogym brand across Strength, Power & Flexibility Training, Aerobic & Anaerobic through to Diet & Nutrition. Able to provide Exercise Assessments and testing including Blood Pressure, B.M.I (Body Mass Index) and Body Fat Percentage to offer. Gym maintenance, emergency first aid, health & safety knowledge to ensure all equipment is safe for all customers


Education History

  • BA Sport & Fitness Studies with Honours

    University of Luton, Bedfordshire
    1994 - 1997

Qualifications

Online Academies Diploma - Pilates Trainers Professional

The Health Sciences Academy - Advanced Sports & Exercise Nutritional Advisor

International Therapy Examination Certificate (ITEC) Diploma -  Level V Sports Massage Therapy

DNA Sports Performance - Strength & Conditioning Annual Programme (Assistant Coach)

DNA Sports Performance - Three Day Strength & Conditioning Residential Course

ITEC Certificate - Level IV Sports Massage

Reed Social Care - Level II Certificate

ITEC Certificate - Level III Body Massage

LA Fitness inc Schwinn & Reebok - Army Bootcamp Instructor, Circuit Training Instructor, Level II Box-A-Cise Certificate, Spin Cycling

Technogym Qualifications - Strength & Flexibility Certificates; Diet & Nutrition; Endurance Training; CardioVascular Training; Resistance Training; Free Weights

Rugby Union Football Association - Junior Coaching Qualification; Beginner & Intermediate Coaching Qualification

The English Football Association (FA) - UEFA “B” Qualification; Junior Manager’s Award


Clubs and Associations

Professional Indemnity Insurance - LFC Graybrook

Full Member - Sports Massage Association (SMA)

Associate Member - Football Medic & Scientist (formerly League Medical Association)

Professional Membership - NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association)


Interests and Hobbies

As an avid Football fan, I support my local hometown club Crystal Palace. I'm also a big Rugby Union fan, supporting Sale Sharks after swapping allegiances from Harlequins, when I used to live down in London. I have an eclectic taste in music, listening to everything from A Tribe Called Quest to Jay-Z, 90’s Hip Hop through to UK Grime. I enjoy relaxing in front of the TV or reading up on the latest trends and insights in injury prevention and website solutions. In my spare time, I volunteer and deliver sports massage treatments to athletes with various impairments for the disability charity English Federation of Disability Sport. I also volunteer for the Virgin Money London Marathon media team, working with all elite and wheelchair athletes, assisting with photoshoots, interviews and the world’s press


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