- What do you like to do when you are not being a sports massage therapist?
After 22 years since my first degree I have returned to University this year to undertake an MSC in Sports Rehab so ‘spare time’ is a little limited! When I can I like to be outside walking either in Northumberland or the Lakes and spending time with family.
- What’s your favourite food/takeaway?
Crisps and cheese & biscuits (with wine of course!), roast dinners with Yorkshire’s and homemade lasagne with garlic bread….generally just food!
- Have you ever suffered a major injury from sport yourself?
Yes a few, broken collar bone when I was at school playing rugby. Numerous cuts, bruises, and dead legs. A few good black eyes and a couple of bouts of concussion (goes with the territory)
I also had a labral tear from rugby which I had operated on, it can still give me trouble now if I don’t do my exercises.
- Why did you become a sports massage therapist?
I enjoyed science and sport at school, and at University I did my dissertation on rugby injuries so it seemed a natural progression. I enjoy helping people with pain and empowering them about their body. Its great to be able to get someone back to activity, whether that’s playing sport or just being able to get down on the floor to do gardening or play with kids.
- If you weren’t a sports massage therapist what else would you like to do?
Professional sports person of course! Or a brain surgeon.
- Do you have a specialist interest at work?
Movement and Pilates. I work a lot with endurance athletes, mainly runners.