It’s been a good few years now since I met Tierney at London Marathon Conventions working among a number of different brands and clients, before Roadside Therapy was born! Watching the company grow with such a great team was a motivation enough to become qualified therapist.
Growing up I was passionate about athletics and sprinting. My family and I would spend the weekends travelling all over the country for cross country and track races for our local club AFD (Aldershot, Farnham and District). Preparation for any event was simple; Mum was our personal sport masseuse. Her dedication to studying for Sport Massage Therapy when we were young was a huge deciding factor that one day I’d like to be a part of this industry and help athletes with their journey. I completed my course while finishing my degree in Events Management at Bournemouth University.
Tierney has been a wealth of knowledge and help with getting started in the industry as a self-employed Sport Massage Therapist. I was fortunate enough to work as a soigneur for professional cycling team Bike Channel Canyon (now Canyon Eisberg). A soigneur (or swanny) is a French word for “carer” so you’re responsible for the daily needs of the athletes such as massage treatments (pre and post event), providing lunches, feeding the riders during the race, driving the vans, greeting the athletes post event, really just making the day as easy as possible for the riders. As much of a challenge the early mornings and long days were, it’s incredibly rewarding watching the athletes perform well and knowing you may have helped just that little bit!
I’ve also been involved in Royal British Legion Pedal to Paris and Hot Chillee Dolomites event. Both multi day events consisting of the same kind of structure where, as a team we set up and massage a couple times a day to help the riders get through the challenging stages they had each day. All events have been in beautiful locations around Europe, it’s always exciting to travel to the next location.
Roadside Therapy has given me all the experiences to help me get to this point in my career as a sport massage therapist, which as of a year ago, I would have never have dreamed of! From meeting so many different therapists, it’s given me even more drive to learn more and progress my knowledge and skill sets. I’m currently book onto a seated massage course to allow me to treat people in an office environment, helping a snippet more of people!
As of February 2018, I have moved to North West London and working from a clinic in West Kilburn called The Soft Tissue Centre. Here I am building a base with the great help from my colleague Laurie and finding my feet in the big city and really loving my job.
Thank you for reading my story! If you are in London and would like a massage, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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