Sports Massage Therapist
Dip OSSM, MISRM, MSMA
Having qualified as an accountant many years ago Joanne decided to re-train for a new career. As a runner, she was well accustomed to the benefits of sports massage so at the start of 2018 she studied the BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy at Oxford School of Sports Massage. It was incredibly challenging but so rewarding and is now qualified as a full member of the Institute for Soft Tissue Therapists ISRM and Sports Massage Association SMA.
Sports massage is beneficial for musculoskeletal pain or discomfort caused by any of life’s stresses and for people from all walks of life, not just sports people. The aim is to treat the cause and not just the symptoms where possible and to offer advice to the client to complement the massage. A variety of methods are used during the massage including general massage techniques (varying levels of pressure from ‘deep’ to ‘relaxation’), soft tissue release stretches and muscle energy techniques.
Since qualifying, she is continuing to study and broaden her knowledge and can now offer Kinesiology taping to help support the muscles, maintain range of movement and relieve pain.
As a somewhat lapsed runner (she did survive London marathon) she is now moving in to long distance walking events, cycles occasionally and tries to practise Pilates when possible. She is also a big fan of parkrun and can often be found volunteering at the local events.