Having spent 32 years in a professional career it was time for a change. I have always been interested in sport and have endured many injuries that have received treatment of varying degrees. I thought that sports injury massage would be something I could do as I had so much experience from the client perspective and had a good idea what I would want from a practitioner.
I set out doing an anatomy and physiology course online and then attended the ASCT course. I was rather nervous as I hadn't been in an educational environment for many years. I found the course informative and run with enthusiasm and a passion for quality of practice.
I qualified in September 2014 and started out setting up my own clinic from home. I also work at a local leisure centre a couple of days a week. Almost a year on I am now starting to see steady growth in my business and have embarked on further specialist courses to enhance my practice.
ASCT gave me the perfect platform to start out on a new career. The enthusiasm of the instruction and the relaxed environment was just right for my own development.
I trained with ASCT as a BTEC Level Five therapist. Since completing the course I attended numerous CPDs which took me very firmly along the route of fascial work, learning from James Earls to start with. I set up my clinic in Leicestershire and worked full time with the usual range of clients, but also I did a lot of sporting event work as well as some backstage work with dancers and musicians.
I added ScarWork to my skills, which is having a profound impact on my clients...
I moved to the Channel Islands just over a year ago and I am inundated with clients, but I am now in the stages of evolving my offering to be less intensively hands-
All the best, Lynne.
I started my career by studying Sports & Events massage with the Active School. At the time the course was run in association with Loughborough College and very much served as a stepping stone for me. I loved the course and the hands on approach to treatment. Having gone into practice a little afterwards I found myself wanting to further my skills. This led me to study Physiotherapy at Cardiff University.
Following this I worked several years in the NHS in musculoskeletal physiotherapy before getting my current position as the Lead Physiotherapist at Unique Physiotherapy, Coventry University (Unique provides physiotherapy and sports massage to our sports scholars, teams, staff and students, and also members of the public).
I have a great job whereby I deal with a good mix of athletes and public and have the luxury of working with two fantastic UKSCA accredited Strength & Conditioning coaches. I also teach on the MSc manual therapy course within the University.
For me, sports massage is still a big part of my treatments and runs seamlessly alongside a quality rehabilitation programme. Had I not started out with sports massage I’m not sure I’d have pursued a career in physiotherapy and would not be in the fortunate position that I find myself in now.
Transcript of a communication sent to Mel Cash at the ISRM
I wanted to thank you all and especially Tanya's team at the Gaia centre (ASCT). I have recently graduated from your level 5 Clinical Sports and Remedial course.
I began my journey at the ***** School of Sports Massage where I really did not enjoy myself in an unfriendly environment.
You kindly accepted me on your course through Tanya Milne (ASCT), where I started the first part, then had to defer due to having a mastectomy. Three operations later I came back and trained again ASAP and had so much support, while confidence was at rock bottom.
She (Tanya) kindly encouraged me to continue training with another group who was half way through (their course). Both she and Kat were the most fantastic tutors even whilst going through their own issues of general (cruel) life, they never failed to pass on their knowledge and skills. I have so much respect for them and yourself for such a wonderful learning experience.
I'm extremely proud to have passed after four years of intermittent training, I shall now be including it into my animal business where I'm a McTimoney animal chiropractor and massage therapist, so it's wonderful to help the owners as well as the animals.
Kindest regards -
I originally trained with ASCT as a Level 3 Deep Tissue and Sports Massage practitioner. I continued upgrading my level and skills by attending further training CPD courses and workshops, both with ASCT and other schools, and by incorporating Indian Head and Lomi Lomi Massage, supplemented with several other forms of relaxation therapy.
I have worked with many high level sports performers at Loughborough University (including travelling to the several World Championships and attending the Beijing Olympics with British Swimming). I continue to support British Swimming at Loughborough, and have many everyday clients who I help on their road to recovery from injury, pain or just the effects of the ravages of time. I occasionally pass on my knowledge and experience as a tutor for ASCT.