I have been quiet for quite a while simply because so much has been going on 🙂 I have completed my introduction to sports massage course and next week the main course starts. It will run until the end of January.
It is a bit scary looking through my anatomy and physiology paper that I have a few weeks to submit. I have studied A&P when I was doing my Level 3 PT course but as we all know: you don’t use it you lose it. Plus as a PT you do not necessarily need all that detailed knowledge of all the muscles points of insertion and attachment. When you want to become a sports massage therapist it’s a totally different matter.
Let me tell you a bit about the intro course that took place over 2 full days. There were 14 of us from all over the place: London, Birmingham, Leicester etc. We were from various walks of life: fireman, dancers, yoga teacher, policeman, bus driver etc.
We turned up ready to take notes but low and behold, after a short who-are-you-why-are-you-here, we heard: “Right, get up, turn around and let’s do it!” Cue blind panic 🙂
We had 3 tutors on the first day. They would show us a technique and then we would pair up and practise straight away. It was so hands on we were shell shocked but that’s what convinced me I went with the right college.
Over the course of each day we gave and got almost 3 hours of massage and it’s taxing. Believe me: whether you are on the giving or receiving end!
There is so much involved in the right technique if you don’t want to get a hand or shoulder injury from overuse. It was fascinating. Then trying not to look at your hands while getting the feet and legs in the right position, then the hands then the movement, oh my days! I loved it!
Now I can give free sports massage to healthy people as long as it’s FOC 🙂 My sister has been my guinea pig on whom I practise my newly acquired skills of effleurage and petrissage, assisted thumb etc. I really have to up my antes and practise much more.
From next week on you may start getting messages from me as I will be looking for more bodies to practise on: if you are local and can come to my place that is. My massage couch is called “portable” but I think that term is used here as a joke…
Anyway, new chapter in my life is about to begin with North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM) at its centre. You must admit I am in a perfect position: I create my own clients by making them suffer on a bike first, to then help their muscles relax with a massage.
I will keep you updated on my progress.