With over 25 years’ experience in sport, I've worked with organisations such as the Lawn Tennis Association, The London Marathon, Adidas (UK), The Northern Ballet, The British Olympic Association and UK Athletics. I also have a wide personal experience of sports including cycling, running, rowing, dance, fencing, ice-skating and adventure-racing. I represented England in tennis and have competed in international ultra-distance mountain and fell-running races, including the infamous Marathon des Sables, Everest Marathon, Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc and, my proudest achievement to date, the Bob Graham Round.
Originally working in sports marketing, I combined my interests in sport and healthcare in 2000, qualifying with honours in Sports Massage at the London School of Sports Massage. I then trained at the Northern Institute in Advanced Remedial Massage, Electrotherapy and Manipulative Therapy, as well as Acupuncture for musculo-skeletal conditions at the Nottingham School of Biomechanics, Sports and Remedial Therapies, later attaining further skills including Dry-Needling, K-Taping and Biomechanical Assessment.
I've also worked with elite sporting individuals, British Olympic and Commonwealth squads, plus a variety of actors, musicians and performers. Although specializing in sports-related injuries, I treat a wide variety of people: those recovering from major illnesses and operations, keen amateur sportsmen and women, and people with ‘everyday’ aches and pains that can make life uncomfortable.
In 2017, I embarked on a three-year degree level course in Nutritional Therapy at the prestigious Institute for Optimum Nutrition, the first UK establishment to combine functional medicine with an integrative approach to healthcare. I’ve always had a love of food, not just how it tastes but how it can fuel my sporting performance and help improve health. From ‘O’ and ‘A’ level cookery, a Cordon Bleu catering course and now as a fully registered Nutritional Therapist/Nutritionalist, qualifying with distinction, I can combine my interests in exercise and nutrition in a holistic approach, working proactively to reduce your pain, prevent injury, improve movement and maximise performance.
From my own personal experience, I’ve seen how injury and disease can negatively affect your quality of life – and the life of those around you. But no matter how dark or frustrating the situation may seem to be, there's always something that can be done to make it better.
Looking after yourself is a form of self-respect. Most of us have a long life to live, so why not make it a good life by developing good habits, not daily restrictions and ‘should do’ chores? Everyone is different but everyone has the potential to improve their health. Because life can be miserable if you’re not able to enjoy the things you love.
Being ‘well enough’ is not good enough - I want you to be the best you can be.