Sport Massage Academy

Graduate of the Month

Emma Jones - July 2019

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Before qualifying as a sports massage therapist I was, and still am a dental nurse but wanted a career change that I could fit around family life. I have always loved the patient care aspect of nursing and working in a clinical environment so sports massage was a very natural progression for me.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since completing my level 3 diploma in November 2018 I have been working at a Physiotherapist clinic and a Sports Therapy Centre whilst also building a client base of my own through my own business, Body Correct Sports Massage. Recently, I have undertaken Level 4 Sports Massage, Dry needling and enrolled on to a Dry Cupping course with Sports Massage Academy so I am able to offer my clients a variety of treatment modalities.

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What did you think of the Level 4 course you attended?

I would highly recommend Sports Massage Academy. The support from the tutors during and after each course has been amazing. I was a little apprehensive before starting Level 3 as I didn't come from a 'sporting' back ground but with Luke's extensive knowledge and support this was never an issue. All the tutors I have met have been outstanding and the on going support has been invaluable.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tip would be to continue to develop your knowledge, read recommended books, ask questions and network with other sports massage therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths etc. Networking with other professionals have been very beneficial and as led to opportunities that I never thought would be achievable.

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Don Howden - June 2019

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I started my working life as a military medic and nurse, specialised in Accident & Emergency and worked for 8 years in the NHS. I then joined the Metropolitan Police Service where I served for 17 years in a variety of roles before being headhunted for a teaching job in further education. Throughout this time, I had always been involved in playing, coaching and providing first aid cover for my local rugby union team, Sutton & Epsom RFC. In June last year the opportunity arose for me to take up a part-time teaching post that meant I could start my own business and finally be my own boss!

How have you used your new qualification?

I had already qualified in kinesiology taping and was now 'Team Medic' for Metropolitan Police RFC. Completing a Sports Massage Therapy qualification seemed like a natural progression. I had looked at a number of courses and providers but when I spoke to Alex I was impressed by the 'can do' ethos of The Sports Massage Academy, structure of the course and value for money it represented. I wanted to get a credible qualification that would be supported by my insurers and managed to enrol on the next available level 3 course. The course was hard work but fascinating and the mix of theory and practical work really suited my style of learning. Under the expert care of Luke & Dani I completed and passed my course. At this point I had expected that SMT would be a useful adjunct to my business and that first aid training would be my main source of earnings; I could not have been more wrong!

Viking Medical Ltd goes from strength to strength & I now find myself looking at reducing my teaching hours further, with a stable corporate client base and a private client base that continues to grow. Looking to the future I plan to invest in more training with Sports Massage Academy, start looking at business premises and the potential for employing or going into partnership with other therapists and personal trainers.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I would highly recommend Sports Massage Academy and as mentioned, the mix of theory and practice during the course really suited my style of learning. Both Luke & Dani ensured a fun and professional learning environment and encouraged an investigative and problem-solving approach to SMT that I for one have applied in my practice. Indeed, I think it's this approach that has helped ensure my clients are satisfied with the service I provide and keep coming back. At the same time, many of the business tips provided were invaluable to me as someone starting up for the first time. Since completing the course I have kept a listening watch on the alumni Facebook page, picking up more hints and tips to help drive my business forward and learning from the experience of others. Next stop will be the SMA conference in Nottingham where I am looking forward to catching up with Alex, Dani and Luke as well as extending my network and knowledge further!
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

In terms of top tips for anyone joining the industry I have to say that I still feel like a bit of an imposter and in all honesty I have to pinch myself sometimes when I consider how Viking Medical Ltd has grown over the last year. So, I would like to repeat some advice that I read from Alex on the alumni Facebook page in the run up to Christmas when I was having a few doubts. There had been a question about Groupon type vouchers and offering discounts etc. I started to consider this as a method of generating business but was put off from doing this by Alex's reference to providing a quality service in order to generate quality clients over the long term rather than a discounted service with a high client turnover. The wisdom in Alex's advice was entirely borne out by my own experience and it was provision of a quality service that led to a word-of-mouth recommendation/referral and ultimately my first major corporate client. While I understand that chasing numbers of clients with discounted rates is tempting, I absolutely believe that If you provide a realistic price for a quality service consistently, then the clients you generate will be the clients you keep!

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Nicola Greenfield - May 2019

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I started life with a few GCSEs and a love for football and travel. I worked as a travel agent dreaming of being able afford to travel and becoming a Police officer one day.

I joined the force 14 years ago and continued with my football, albeit plagued by injuries. I was introduced to Sports Massage which was life changing and enabled me to continue with the sport I love.

Now 36 years young, I invested in training to follow my passions and in turn help other people. I intend to work part-time around my full time job with the focus on building on the business to give me a trade once I retire from Policing.

How have you used your new qualification?

2019 saw the launch of my own business, Adventure Sports Massage, converting a room in my house in Chesterfield into a clinic. I have a full calendar of appointments and I've invested in a look and a logo that suits my personality of travel and adventure; ironically I'm writing this from Copacabana Beach in Brazil!

I've really enjoyed the various challenges of running my own business such as designing a logo and wall art in my therapy room and creating my Facebook page.

In June this year I'll be supporting the Army, Navy & RAF ice hockey teams in their national tournament through relationships I've developed with the armed forces and my fellow graduates from my Level 3 Diploma.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The training for me was perfect, re-accustoming my mind to the world of study and building on my passion to create a business personal to me. As a huge bonus I have gained a whole host of new friends, some of which have become more like family. The support from the Sports Massage Academy after graduation has been amazing, helping with setting up my business and instilling the confidence to tackle anything.

I was apprehensive about the theory side as I'm dyslexic and don't find study or exams easy. They were far from easy and it took two attempts to pass the written exam but with continued support I got there and sailed through the practical exams.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My Top tips:

’Life is for living’

If you have a passion then follow your dreams and make your business personal, people appreciate a personal touch.

’Live the life you love’

For now Brazil needs my attention and the sun is shining!

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Luke Morbey - April 2019

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Before I started my sports massage career I was still at university going into my 3rd year of an Exercise & Health Degree. All the way through the course my lecturers were educating us on how we could get the best grades possible but had no real handle on the industry, and I felt I needed additional qualifications and experience! For me Sports Massage was something I always wanted to offer my clients… be part of the muscular damage/rebuilding process with Personal Training & the recovery process with Sports Massage.

How have you used your new qualification?

I have been qualified for coming up to 3 years now; I run my own business, Luke Morbey Training & Therapy in Sutton Coldfield - Birmingham, where I use Sports Massage alongside personal training to look after them with a holistic approach. The qualification along with my Degree has helped me stand out from the crowd: An advanced understanding of anatomy and the function of the body helps me prescribe exercises programmes, mobility & stretches for clients to achieve their goals safer & faster and I am now the go to personal trainer in my club because of my depth of knowledge.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The Sports Massage Academy has a pretty awesome support structure, from the pre-course preparation and walking into the class room one day one right through to the facebook support group online… being able discussing injury treatment strategies, discounts of products/services and client referrals among other things is invaluable.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tip for anyone entering the industry would be to take every opportunity possible… get the experience under your belt to help reinforce what you're learning in the classroom.
Don't think the studying or revision has finished just because you have a qualification… Use online resources, published books & youtube/instagram to educate and continue your learning.

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Geri Gemmell - March 2019

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Before undertaking my career change I worked in a challenging job in children's services, looking after children in a residential setting. I have a caring nature but the demands of the job were encroaching on my family life so I felt the need to change my career whilst still fulfilling my passion of looking after others.

How have you used your new qualification?

A random conversation at the race track lead me to seek out the Sports Massage Academy and I haven't looked back since! After graduating I set up my own business, Beuna Forma Sports Massage and I have been fortunate enough to be invited to work alongside a Motorcycle Track Event company out in Spain. I've been able to work with World Class Motorcycle Racers and I'm in my element as Biking is another passion!

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The Sports Massage Academy gave me more knowledge than I imagined would be involved, the course was intense but the support from the team of lecturers and tutors was outstanding. I appreciate the ongoing support and community I have the pleasure of being a part of, the lifelong support network is one of the reasons I chose them.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

If anyone has considered a career change like I did I would say it's definitely worth the leap! Although you have to work hard at building a client base the rewards far out way the effort involved! Be brave, take yourself out of your comfort zone, talk to everyone and tell them what you're doing and even on the days that feel a struggle... keep going, make it work!

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Lou Riley - February 2019

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

My life for the last 5 years has been pretty much dedicated to fitness & training including running events, martial arts, rock climbing, weightlifting, mountain biking and lots of gym work. Unfortunately this led to me developing patella tendonitis in both knees. I ended up spending 9 months in physio and during this time it made me realise that I would like a career where I could help people in similar positions, knowing how frustrating it is when you can't train due to injuries. I decided the quickest way to do this was to become a sports massage therapist, definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made!

How have you used your new qualification?

Since passing my level 3 in June 2018 I have started providing sports massage as part of my own business, Lou Riley Fitness. I am working out of CrossFit Tamworth, so getting plenty of customers in need of relieving tight muscles! I have also worked at a couple of outdoor events, Mud7 & The Reaper Run which were great experiences & I will be doing a few more this year. I went on to complete my level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage in November which really helped me understand injuries & dysfunctions in a lot more depth. Having my level 4 Sports Massage really compliments my level 4 Strength & Conditioning qualification because I am able to not only help fix the issue with sports massage but also use my S & C knowledge to help with exercises & movement patterns to provide a long term solution to the client's pain.

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What did you think of the Level 4 course you attended?

The Sports Massage Academy were absolutely amazing! I had Luke as my tutor for both level 3 & 4. Luke's knowledge & experience made each class very rewarding and I came away with a greater understanding of anatomy and physiology & there were no questions he could not answer. I also made some awesome friends during level 3 course, with 3 of them joining me on level 4 which was ace! I'm sure Luke was sick of us by the end hehe! I had a lot of support from the Sports Massage Academy through the graduate group on Facebook & through email even after the courses are done, so you know you are getting quality help & support if you ever need it.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tips for anyone entering the industry would be...
Ask as many questions as you can, even if it seems stupid. Also, social networking & word of mouth go a very long way so make sure you provide your clients with a great service.

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Lucy Betts - January 2019

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Before enrolling on the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy I was a rehabilitation assistant in the NHS for 12 years, working with neurological patients.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since graduating in August 2018 I have set up my own business, Mansfield Sports Massage Therapy. I have my own clinic room in a health shop and see 20 clients a week. I am due to leave the NHS this week to run the business full time due to how busy it has been, which is a huge step for me!

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I thought the training was excellent! The mixture of practical hands on learning and theory was perfect for my learning needs. Additional support throughout the week when completing the coursework was always available which was a great help and the practical advice to set up the business from Alex was invaluable.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tip would be to create a strong network with other professionals in your area and don't be afraid to refer on if a client has an issue outside of your remit. Referrals are a 2 way process and you'll be providing your client with a better overall service.

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Alex Barwell - December 2018

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I decided to do my PT qualification after I got rejected from the Royal Marines. Nearing completion of my course, the dream opportunity arose to open a gym with a very good friend of mine, Jacob William Poulter. Almost on a whim, we bought a gym out in stockport which was liquidating and set up Peak Power Gym Strength & Fitness in a unit. Fast forward a year and I expanded my skills by completing the level 3 Sports Massage qualification. I really enjoyed the anatomy on my PT course, so sports massage felt like the right course to do, especially with it being part of my own recovery routine. On completing the level 3 I knew i wanted to progress it further so after a year of treating clients in the clinic I set up at the gym, I found the Sports Massage Academy and knew they would be a great fit to progress onto my Level 4.

How have you used your new qualification?

Ive used my knowledge gained from the course to improve treatment of existing clients and help them with a wider range of issues. Improving the service I provide for existing clients has made it much easier to gain new clients from word of mouth, and I'm looking in the new year to get into treating more athletes as I already sponsor a professional cruiserweight boxer with treatments. Im also looking at getting a van, professionally signed and pushing my mobile massage business.

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What did you think of the Level 4 course you attended?

The course was great and exactly what I was looking for, the knowledge of the course tutor was inspiring. Content and delivery was, in my eyes, perfect for my learning style. Highly recommended to anyone seeking education in Sports Massage or progressing to the next level.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

Learn as much anatomy as possible as it underpins so much. Exercise prescription knowledge has really helped me with post treatment advice so recommend learning about that as well.

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Scott Hayden - November 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I am 40 years old and have been an electrician for the past 20 years, now managing a branch of the largest new build electrical contractor in the country. I took up running with my local club Lliswerry Runners, completing distances ranging from 5K to Ultra Marathons. With that came plenty of treatment on the physio table and where my initial interest in sports massage came from; always asking questions and intrigued to know 'why this' and 'why that'.

How have you used your new qualification?

I have used my level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy to set up my own business, SWH Sports Massage Therapy, in Newport and have converted part of my garage into a treatment room whilst offering a mobile service to those that require it.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The training I received from the Sports Massage Academy was second to none and an added plus it didn't end there. They are always on hand for support through the alumni program, their graduate support network, which has been invaluable. In a world where a lot of courses can be done online, I'm really glad I went with my gut and attended a classroom based course; the excellent tuition and feedback from our tutor Luke gave me the confidence to set up my business straight away.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tip for anybody entering into the industry is 'follow your passion' and always be willing to learn and develop.

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Andrew Lowe - October 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

At 14 I took up boxing at my local club. I had a decent amateur career, winning a national title at the age of 18. A few months after that I enrolled in the Royal Marines, an ambition I'd had from an early age to follow in my uncles footsteps. I served for over 4 years, deployed worldwide; arctic warfare training in Norway, sea defence in the Mediterranean & operational deployment in Sierra Leone. I represented the Royal Navy/Marines boxing squad and had a pretty successful time fighting around the country and even Australia boxing some of their elite fighters. I had a fairly short military career, leaving to work in the family business, but more importantly to pursue a career in professional boxing; given my amateur experience, it was the natural progression. I boxed professional for 6 years, winning titles at 2 different weights, fighting on some big televised shows, in the company of some well known boxers. It was a bit surreal at times, but I loved it. During my boxing career my body took a bit of a hammering I retired to become a professional boxing trainer. While training fighters & the general public, I was always getting asked for recommendations for a decent sports masseur. Eventually... the penny dropped and I started to research courses.

How have you used your new qualification?

After completing the course, I renovated my garage to have my own clinic and set up my own business, Andrew Lowe Massage Therapy. I still have a full time job as an engineer, but have successfully got into Notts police and I am awaiting my start date sometime next year... which has given me the time and opportunity to do my level 4 course, which I am really excited about. I treat a wide range of clients... pro boxers, motor-cross racers, pro dancers, pro footballers, rugby players, ground workers, office personal, swimmers and many more!

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I did some investigating on the net and came across the Sports Massage Academy. I had read great feedback regarding the academy and the courses, and when I spoke to Alex, I enrolled on the level 3 SMT course as soon as I put the phone down. I really enjoyed doing the course and met some great people and had constant banter with Luke... while on the course, I made sure I purchased a quality couch and treated as many clients as possible, from different backgrounds with different issues to help me gain as much as experience and practice as possible. I successfully passed my level 3 diploma, which I was over the moon about and have since completed the taping & strapping course which was good fun.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

For anyone thinking about enrolling on any of the courses or becoming a sports masseur... I would HIGHLY recommend it. The only prior qualifications needed, in my opinion... are enthusiasm, willingness to learn and passion for the field.

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Lucy & Chris Heseltine-James - September 2018

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Lucy and Chris met at University where they both studied Sport. Lucy went on to become a PE lead in Primary Teaching whilst Chris works in Children's Services alongside owning a successful Mountain Bike Coaching business Alliance MTB.

How have you used your new qualification?

Lucy was doing supply work alongside caring for their 2 young children and wanted a change of career where she could set her own hours, use her previous knowledge and passion whilst still working around her busy family life. Successfully completing her level 3 and then level 4 course Lucy recently opened her own clinic 'Alliance Sports Massage' in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire in addition to treating clients in their homes. As the business developed Chris trained in his level 3 initially to do something completely different to the day job and for the enjoyment of learning. However, the business is so successful that Chris is also building a steady client base most notably amongst the local Mountain Bike Community and they've just built their own clinic.

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What did you think of the Level 4 course you attended?

Lucy - Sports Massage Academy is brilliant, the training set me up to start my business, they also offer plenty of CPD opportunities to further your knowledge and understanding, I'm confident that with the continued support of Sports Massage Academy we will continue to grow. I have also met some wonderful people and find I am never short of places and people to go to for advice and support. It's never too late to start something new and my level 4 has made me realise you need to keep learning and consolidating what you already know.

Chris - From initially starting out to do something new out of work time, I've been surprised at how involved I have become in working alongside Lucy and how popular our business is becoming. Mountain Bike clients I coach and local riders turn to us both for support and advice, not just with massage but injury prevention and rehab. It's great to be able to offer additional services and knowledge to my existing clients. Sports Massage Academy gave me the chance to train with some great people who have become good friends and access to a lot of support.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

Lucy - My tips for going into the industry are have a good idea of what you want to achieve and be realistic with your expectations, know what you do well and don't try to do too much at once.

Chris - My advice would be to think about how sports massage might complement your already existing skills and how you can develop your ties with local teams or clubs.

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Gemma Spackman - August 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Before doing my Sports Massage Qualification I was a Personal Trainer. I knew the benefits of having a Sports Massage after regularly needing all of my aches and pains dealt with after training and taking part in Obstacle Course Races. I wanted to become a Sports Massage Therapist to add an additional string to my bow and help my clients with their training and be able to offer an all round service to them.

How have you used your new qualification?

I qualified at the beginning of the year and since then I have built up a good client base of new and existing clients, working as part of the team at an established clinic. Doing the qualification has now meant I'm in a position to open my own premises, Fundamental Sports and Fitness Personal Training Studio, which is opening in September in West Bridgford, Nottingham.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The training I received from Sports massage Academy was brilliant, Alex and Louise the tutors were very knowledgeable and put things across in a way that was easy to learn. I've recommend the company to friends and colleagues who have found the same. The range of CPD courses they run are excellent and I'm looking to take part in some of them in the near further.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tip for anybody looking to enter the industry is research what it is you want to achieve by completing the qualification and utilise the business support offered to guide you.

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Braden Guy - July 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I was an area sales manager for a retail company, really not enjoying the Monday to Friday grind. One random day last July I had enough and handed in my notice, decided to take a chance with a new career path, one that I new I could enjoy and make a true career out of. It was hard to find somewhere I could trust to do my level 3, but once I had spoken to Alex I knew this was the course for me.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since graduating from Sports Massage Academy in November 2017 I’ve opened my own clinic, BG Sports Massage, inside of a local gym in Mansfield. I make my own hours and am truly enjoying life to the fullest. Through the graduate support network I also had the opportunity to massage at Europe’s Strongest Man, and work on none other than Thor Bjornsson, the Mountain from Game of Thrones and current World’s Strongest man.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The support and advice that I have received from Sports Massage Academy and their alumni programme has been priceless; and from speaking to other therapists I know I wouldn’t have this much support from any other company. I’ve recently done my taping and strapping course and in October I will be doing the dry cupping course, to further enhance my knowledge in the industry.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tips for anyone wanting to join the industry would be to; know your target market, find a niche in the area that you’re working in and trust that word of mouth will be your biggest selling point - so be nice!

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SJ Willis - June 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I'm SJ, mum of three hormonal teenagers and part time teaching assistant in a primary school. I've worked in education for 11 years and with my youngest child now at secondary school, wanted a career path that enabled me to work flexibly alongside my existing school hours. I needed something with the potential to allow me to work as much as I wanted/needed according to the needs of the family and other commitments.

I've been an avid runner for four years, starting during a particularly difficult time in my life. It helped me both physically and mentally, becoming hooked into running further and faster, I joined a local running club and entered many races.

How have you used your new qualification?

I launched my own business, Myo My Massage Therapy, when I qualified as a Level 3 SMT last December. I have since continued to learn the theory of massage and the body and have enhanced my technique with help from fellow therapists and CPD including Pregnancy Massage.

I work in Grantham and surrounding areas from my treatment room and also do home visits and events. I have met some inspiring and beautiful people and made many new friends and acquaintances since doing this job (if you can call doing something you love a 'job.') I have been fortunate that I already have many contacts from Grantham Running Club who have been keen to let me try my new skills out on them, many returning regularly and referring friends.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

Enrolling with the Sports Massage Academy was a great decision for me. I'd had treatments myself and appreciated the importance of good body maintenance and believed that prevention was better than a cure once injured. I was ready to understand more and took to the anatomy and physiology textbooks over the school summer holidays. Having not studied the body or fitness at any level for 20 plus years it was quite reassuring that it was all set out so clearly and seemed to go in with relative ease.

By the time I began attending practical 'lessons' in September I felt well equipped and had a solid foundation to build on. The rest of the group ranged from me (with no fitness background) to personal trainers, professional boxing trainers and pro footballers; the mix of backgrounds and experience worked really well as a group.

The tutor, Luke, was just the right balance of banter and authority and I honestly looked forward to each 'lesson'. We practiced at every opportunity on willing guinea pigs as well as on each other: which I found really useful to experience receiving the kind of treatment I was giving.

The Sports Massage Academy Alumni offers continued support from a therapist and self employed business point of view, which has been a whole other learning curve.


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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

Whether you have any existing understanding of anatomy and physiology or not, don't be put off. If you have an interest in health, fitness or sport, that will be enough. The Sports Massage Academy will support you with structure and consistency and the tutors engage in a way that gives you a thirst to learn and drive to succeed.

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Penny Demos - May 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

After being a school teacher for 20 years, I decided I should dedicate the next phase of my life doing what energises me! I thought helping people (including myself) improve their health and fitness levels would be amazing! A healthy mind in a healthy body has always been my motto. I studied health and fitness related disciplines during my free time, working as a fitness instructor for a few years but still that was not enough. I felt the need for a deeper level of anatomical knowledge which led me to sports massage. Having had a lot of sport related injuries myself over the years which had taken a toll on my wellbeing, my mind really craved to understand how I could stop the degeneration, recover from injuries and treat dysfunction.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since I graduated only a few months ago, I have continued treating friends, friends of friends and family so as to perfect my newly acquired skills and continue learning while setting up my new business, SOMA Sports Massage. I undertook training in 1st aid and hope to complete the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy course with Sports Massage Academy in the near future. This learning journey I chose will never end but that’s what I love about it! During one of the weeks on the course we had to come up with a name for our business, design our logo, and set up our facebook page as part of our homework. All this was part of the business module and I found it super exciting as people I treated started leaving reviews and giving feedback, which really helped my confidence when we had to take our practical exams.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

Level 3 was more in depth than I thought it would be! It was hard work but fascinating, be prepared! Our tutors, Alex and Louise were super supportive throughout the course and no matter how much I tried to annoy them with my questions they were always happy to help! They made sure all our questions were answered before the end of each day and we always had plenty of opportunities to practice a bit more or cover any gaps. Feedback during practicals was great and lots of fun too, not to mention we all got a massage every week!
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

If you love sports, fitness and health related disciplines, this is a great place to start from! It will help you understand how the human body works and it will complement any other related career path you wish to follow! Just be aware, the learning journey you are embarking on that has no end! The more you learn the more you will want to learn! And being able to help people feel better is an amazing feeling and totally worth the time and effort!

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Elaine Whiting - April 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

For over 15 years I have worked in engineering. In 2016 my mum passed away and looking for an outlet I joined a gym and took up running. Thwart with injuries I turned to massage, physiotherapy and also looking into what possibly could be the problem causing my injuries, developing a great interest in human anatomy which grew and grew. I decided at the end of 2017 I'd like to do something with my passion for sports and anatomy, already having an interest in helping others with their ailments.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since graduating in March I have set up my own business, EW Sports Massage, in Leicester. I have since built up an extensive clientele in the Leicestershire area, ranging from Thai-boxing fighters to Marathon runners and also have a big passion for using massage as pain management for chronic conditions. I've also just started working from The East midlands Physiotherapy Clinic in Loughborough as well as offering mobile massage.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I absolutely loved the course and every week was a pleasure. I'm constantly blown away by the human body, and what it can do and achieve. The training was fantastic, informative from start to finish and I really appreciated the much needed information on how to set up your own business. I've just booked onto the level 4 course and can't wait to go back to learn more later in the year.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

If you have an interest in the human body, and you love sports and want to help people then this is the way to go, the Sports Massage Academy supports you during and after you graduate. Take the plunge and do a course, it's one of the best things I've ever done and really given me a new direction in life.

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Ryan Smith - March 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I was a kind of nomad when it came to jobs, never really settling on anything longer than a year. I have done everything from cleaning wheelie bins to being a butcher. I then joined the Army, but this was not meant to be. Due to several medical problems I couldn't even make it out of basic training and was discharged. The one staple I have had through it all is my love of running. I ran my first marathon back in 2011 and it snowballed from that point. It was like an impossible itch that I could never scratch. I would see an event I would enter it, completing everything from a 5k to a 12 hour endurance run across the Humber Bridge. Then in 2018 I became a run director for Shipley Country Parkrun, a post I truly love.

After being discharged from the army it got me thinking of what my future was going to hold, as I did not want to get stuck in a job where my day consisted of either an office or factory. I had a light bulb moment. Those that know me will tell you they are few and far between. Why don’t I start looking at a career that will not only challenge me but one that I am going to love; let’s do something that involves sport. So after many of hours looking through different courses and avenues to take I decided my fate. I will become a Sports Massage Therapist!

How have you used your new qualification?

Since graduating in December 2017 I have been busy paving the way to Sports Massage stardom (well I can dream at least). I have been laying the foundations to start my own practice, networking with different clubs with everything from Boxing, Running and even Ice Hockey. The Lions Den Boxing Club, Inspire Fitness Academy, Smalley Road Runners and Nottingham Knights ice hockey are all clubs I work closely with on a regular bases. I have also provided my services to ICB fight nights which have up-to 30 fighters, and venues like the Motorpoint arena in Nottingham. I have also been lucky enough to attend several events with the Sports Massage Academy which has provided a great experience. Over the course of the next 6 to 12 months I am aiming to have a clinic set up in Ripley Derbyshire. I will also be working closely with Fusion Yoga and fitness and I'm really excited to be starting my level 4 Sports Massage Qualification with the Sports Massage Academy in a few weeks!

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The Sports Massage Academy are 2nd to none when it comes to training and support. leading up to starting my level 3 course I knew if I had a problem or query Alex was either an email or phone call away and nothing was too much trouble. The day my course started in Leicester was my first day back in the classroom in many years, getting to the venue in plenty of time there I was greeted by a beast of a man Luke Ursell who was to be my course tutor (all I can say is what a legend of a tutor). The course itself was really enjoyable, everything thought out and planned with plenty of hands on practical which was balanced with the theory. After completing the course you are not just left to fend for yourself, the aftercare that the Sports Massage Academy give is unreal, being part of the Alumni gives many benefits from working on future events, to continued support from Alex and his tutors and other past students. I am looking forward to my future courses all of which will be done with the Sports Massage Academy.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My TOP TIP: in-fact ill give you 5

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Laura Harris - February 2018

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

My working background has mostly been rooted in the very unexciting world of retail. The upside of retail life however, is that you get to meet lots of interesting people, and I was fortunate enough to meet people within the health and fitness industry who inspired me to get back into learning and find a more rewarding path to take. Growing up I always did a lot of sports and nowadays my main love is snowboarding, but I use the gym and do yoga for good measure!! These backgrounds combined with my own interests in fitness and general wellbeing lead to me wanting to know about the body as a whole, understanding movement, dysfunctions and also wanting to help people feel better and get back to their own training. Having done an Indian Head Massage course before I already knew massage was something I was interested and familiar with, so it made sense to me to rediscover it and study it in greater depth.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since graduating at Level 3 & 4 in 2017 I have set up my own business, Stance Sports Massage Therapy, providing mobile massage services to people in central Nottingham as well as having a base at Crossfit Nottingham. I have done pre/post event massage at the Nottingham Triathlon through the Sports Massage Academy and I'm hoping to do massage at some of the UK festivals this summer. I am soon to be working from a second location in Nottingham from April 2018, and having shadowed a fellow therapist, I can also offer Swedish massage to clients. There's no such thing as having too many strings to your bow!! To coincide with growing my client base and providing massage I also write blogs posts for my own website. This has been fun to do because you can explore all the different aspects of not only massage, but the industry as a whole and use what you have learned to help others, or even use it as a resource for clients. I have one published blog post with the Sports Massage Academy so far too, and I am sure there will be more so be sure to keep an eye open for those!

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What did you think of the Level 4 course you attended?

The training I received through the Sports Massage Academy was thorough, well delivered and fun on the Level 3, Level 4 and Dry Cupping courses I have attended so far. The tutors were always on hand to answer any questions I had and always happy to give out advice in regards to any aspect of massage; Whether that's treatment, marketing or accounting and business related. The other bonus is of course the great discounts the SMA manage to organise for the alumni, and all of the events we have the opportunity to work at. Those are invaluable experiences so definitely try and get a place at an event!
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

Be prepared to work hard. If your background isn't from the fitness industry the amount of anatomy and physiology can seem overwhelming, but just plug away at it, it all goes in in the end. Also, don't be disheartened if your business doesn't take off immediately. Work towards a goal and celebrate the small victories. Before you know it you'll be so busy you will have forgotten what it was like to only have a couple of clients!

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Stacey Watchorn - January 2018

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

My background is in Holistic Therapy, qualifying in 2005. I began working as a spa therapist for several years part time around bringing up my 2 children . I enjoyed gaining quality experience and found that I had a passion for massage therapy and helping people. I gradually created a Business in 2015 called SKNtouch Holistics where I was able to deliver mobile treatments to clients in their homes. I had always had a keen interest in sports and fitness, which led me to extend my knowledge and add sports massage onto my menu of therapies.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since I passed my level 3 in sports massage, I have helped more individuals who were looking to enhance their performance levels, working with them to reach their goals. I also love being able to educating my clients of the benefits received from sports massage therapy and tailoring each to the individual. I took the plunge and leased my own clinic premises as well, which has really paid off, and this has really helped my confidence for the future. I'm also working with a local chiropractor as we can both refer to each other when necessary.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The Sports Massage Academy really boosted my level of knowledge in anatomy and physiology and the support from Alex and his team have been incredible, advising me where needed and giving me the confidence to network within the industry.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My number 1 top tip for anyone looking to enter the industry is prepare to focus and practice practice practice! I love to interact and talk with people and this is a big factor in attracting potential client base.

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Carol Miles - December 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

My background was originally as a urology nurse at Lincoln hospital for 13 years followed by 2 years as a home care manager. It was whilst doing this that I decided to do a Swedish body massage at Lincoln college through city and guilds and passed with distinction, using this to offer massage to the clients I cared for. After leaving I became a Health and Social Care assessor and did massage in the evenings and weekends to build up a client base. I found I was receiving more clients with sports related issues so decided to do a sports massage course which is where I came across the Sports Massage Academy.

How have you used your new qualification?

I offer sports, hot stone, pregnancy and baby massage within my own business Cam Sports Massage Therapy in Lincoln. I have a purpose built room at home, offer mobile appointments and work within a local gym to offer flexibility to my clients.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The course was over 12 weeks ( one night a week in Nottingham) where we did anatomy and physiology and practice massage and then a theory and practical exam. The course was in-depth and very well delivered with knowledgeable tutors, and very enjoyable. I have since attended an event, the Grimsthorpe 10, as part of the Alumni programme's ongoing support and found the experience really useful.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My advice to anyone looking to start would be to research the courses thoroughly, look for accredited courses stay away from online courses that doo not offer practical days. Research the client base and other businesses in your area. What can you offer that others in your field cannot? And build on that.

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Stuart Diamond - November 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Prior to attending the course with Sports Massage Academy, I spent 21 years working for the Police but have always had close links to sport. My sport was football (apparently the wrong shaped ball for a Welshman) and at after leaving school was signed by my home town team Lincoln City. After rupturing my ACL in 2006 in my right knee during a game, and a long period of rehabilitation, I decided to change from football to distance running. I've now completed 12 marathons and picked up several injuries along the way, which has provided me with a personal insight and understanding of the positive impact a Sports Massage Therapist can have on individuals physical and mental wellbeing.

How have you used your new qualification?

In July 2017 an opportunity arose for my family and I to move to Murcia, Spain. I left my employment of 21 years with the Police and have now set up own business, Diamond Sports Massage Therapy, based on the Costa Calida. I've purpose built my own cabin treatment room within the grounds of our villa (essentially therefore working from home). The business is in it's infancy and I am presently in a launch period including significant advertising in several formats. Having reached the business 'starting line', the hard work ahead comes in the form of establishing the business and gaining credibility. Recommendations are so important.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The course that I undertook with Sports Massage Academy was excellent. For someone not working in the sports and / or medical industry when starting I found the pace and progression spot on. Our tutor, Luke, made the classes fun and engaging. The support was top drawer, with staff being readily available to contact if needed, and the Alumni support network providing an area to discuss / view students thoughts, pitch ideas and obtain useful CPD. I found the opportunity to do event work was really beneficial. I attended the Dambuster Triathlon in June 2017 and worked with Luke Ursell and the team providing massage treatment post race to athletes. This was an excellent experience and gave me confidence to work in that environment. I would highly recommend students seeking to gain this experience where possible. Overall my learning experience gave me the confidence to jump in with both feet with my new venture and I couldn't have asked for any more. The support is still there even after moving.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

Here are my top tips for anyone looking to enter the sports massage industry:

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Emily Lockett - October 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Before starting the course, my background was in retail management, which I had been in for the last 8 years. I'd always wanted to do something for myself and as a keen runner and triathlete, this seemed like a great way to go!

How have you used your new qualification?

I am just about to start working at Prehability - Sports and Remedial Massage in Nottingham and also plan to do my Level 4 qualification next year, to expand my knowledge further.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

The training and support I received from Alex and all at Sports Massage Academy was first rate and I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking of entering this field. The alumni program for graduates is a great place for everyone to bounce ideas off each other and to ask any questions you may have as you start out in your new career.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tip for anyone looking to enter the industry would be to get as much experience as possible, through treating willing friends & family or volunteering at sports events, it'll stand you good stead for when you start your own business.

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Plamen Draganov - September 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

I initially trained in Swedish massage at another school but I left without the confidence to start my own business so I worked occasionally from home.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since I qualified in December 2016, I have used my qualification to start my own business Enso Holistic Therapy in Manchester. I work from two locations now; my main room is in my martial arts school and I also rent a room in a clinic in the city centre.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I really enjoyed the level 3 diploma. The theory was really well presented and the practical skills taught in class were at very high level. The tutor was very knowledgeable and friendly. The most beneficial part for me was that the tutor was able to answer all of my questions. And because I already had some experience, I had quite a lot of them! I am really happy I chose Sports Massage Academy. What sets them apart from other schools is their alumni support program. Other training providers will forget about you once you graduate and will show some interest only when they offer you to enrol in another course. The Alumni group is really amazing and I know that I can get support from them whenever I need it. I am really looking forward to my level 4 course.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My tip for anyone wanting to get into the industry is to know whether you want to work for someone else or for yourself. Having your own massage business might be difficult and challenging in the beginning but it can also be extremely rewarding and satisfying. Just get as much practice as you can with friends and family and build up some confidence in your skills and knowledge.

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Daniella Short - August 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Daniella used to be in the army so has always been fit and active. After leaving the armed forces she has worked as a Property Service Administrator but wanted to pursue something more in line with her interests.

How have you used your new qualification?

After completing my Level 3 Diploma and Taping & Strapping course in March I set up my own clinic "Daniella Sports Massage" in Christchurch near Bournemouth.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I am so pleased I decided to do my course through Sports Massage Academy. Our instructor, Luke, was very helpful, professional, and went above and beyond not just getting us through the standard level 3 qualification but also giving us the knowledge and insight required for running our own clinics. Not to mention the opportunity to go and massage some of the Worlds Strongest Men in Stoke, which was one fantastic experience and I cannot wait to do another! It was also a great advertiser for your business and people ask me questions about it all the time!
I'm now booked onto the Level 4 course next year and really looking forward to progressing my career
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My top tip of course would be to make sure you have the basics in place when it comes to advertising. People need to be able to find your details as quickly and easily as possible, and you can start with stuff that's free even before you've finished the course.

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Gemma Morrell - July 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Gemma has a background in I.T as a workflow coordinator and had not studied any wellbeing, health or fitness qualifications before. As a keen crossfitter she was looking for a more practical job that would tie in with her passion.

How have you used your new qualification?

I have used my Level 3 Diploma to set up my clinic Body Affinity Sports Massage. My client base is growing all the time and I've just started some work experience with Nottingham Rugby on a weekly basis this month.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I found the Sports Massage Academy course fantastic especially for someone that had not studied since school and the tutor was always on hand for clarification if I was unsure of something. The environment was great for learning, we were expected to work hard but it was also a very engaging and relaxed atmosphere with a lot of laughs thrown in. I still fire the odd question over to Alex and he is always obliging; having the support of the Alumni programme once you've qualified is invaluable.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

The best bit of advice I think I could give to someone looking at this industry is to make sure its something you can actually see yourself doing as a career and also not to expect a full client list right away, all good things come to those that wait and perseverance will pay off in the long run.

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Susi Stimpson - June 2017

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Susi completed her Level 3 Diploma with us in August 2016 and has since gone on to complete our Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since I qualifying, I have used my qualification to start my own business IMassage. I have built a steady stream of clients from varying backgrounds and sports while qualified to level 3 and having just completed level 4 I can expand my services to offer injury rehabilitation. I have a room at Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby de la Zouch where members can access my services, in addition to working from my home in Osbaston and offering home visits locally in the Leicestershire area

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What did you think of the Level 4 course you attended?

I enjoyed learning through Sports Massage Academy as the content was interesting and the classes were fun and didn't feel intense. I particularly liked the ability to study at weekends owing to already working full time. The tutor was easy to work with, made you feel comfortable and was always available to answer any questions outside of the sessions which was a godsend as I usually had quite a few!
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My tip for anyone wanting to get into the business is to not worry about not having done any formal learning for years, like myself, and just go for it. If you are interested in sport and helping people to feel better then you'll love the course. You'll learn a lot with the opportunity of additional practical experience outside of the class you can soon build a steady regular clientele

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Rebecca Scofield

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Background:

Rebecca came to us with a background as a gym instructor and a keen crossfitter. She felt there was something missing in her exercise prescription and was really looking forward to understanding more about how the body works.

How have you used your new qualification?

I studied both the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and the Award in Taping & Strapping with the Sports Massage Academy and on both courses the support I received was fantastic; not only during but after. I have set up my own clinic, RS Sports Massage based at Crossfit Nottingham Ltd. I am also going to be working along side a event organiser for an upcoming event to provide the intra and post event Sports Massage.

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What did you think of the Level 3 course you attended?

I've found the courses extremely useful to my current role as a Fitness Instructor as I am able to apply my new knowledge of anatomy and how the body works with my clients.I have recently set up my own clinic, RS Sports Massage, and have received advice from tax to marketing through the awesome Alumni programme.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

Don't be complacent and practice as much as possible during your course, you'll get more out of it in the end.

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