I am sports massage therapist, qualified since 2009 with a Diploma in Sports Massage from the Southern School of Massage Therapy. I’m a Level 4 member of the Sports Massage Association and registered with the Complimentary & National Healthcare Council. I’m also a UK Athletics level 2 running coach and am currently doing an MSc in Obesity and Weight Management at the University of Chester.
My interest in sports massage arose from my marathon running. Regular massage always helped me recover from heavy training and prepare for the next onslaught. I’m evangelistic about it – because it works.
Areas of interest and experience
- Any sport, but I have a particular interest and experience with runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathletes. Other sports I work with are rugby, kick boxing, squash, tennis and skiing
- Fascia (connective tissue that forms a 3D infrastructure throughout our bodies) is fascinating. It can be the key to helping people regain mobility and flexibility, even when they have been struggling for years.
- Junior athletes and young people. A specialised approach is needed when working with young people and children. An adult known to the young person must always be present when someone under the age of 16 is being massaged.
- Musicians – who often suffer from postural issues and repetitive strain issues.
- Nutrition for athletic endurance performance and general health. I personally have a low carb, high fat approach to my diet and believe it could have vast implications for public health. To find out more I’m studying for a Masters degree in Obesity and Weight Management at the University of Chester.
- Physical inactivity, alongside our increasing obesity problem, is a huge issue in the UK. In the future I hope to be more proactive in helping people understand the value of movement in every day life. Not training or even sport… just moving. This is another reason I’m so excited about my Masters degree studies.
- Member of Winchester & District Athletics Club
- UKA Level 2 athletics coach at Winchester & District AC, coaching senior endurance athletes
- Enhanced-level CRB check from July 2014
- Current first aid certificate
- BSc (Hons) Human Biology
- Six marathons plus the Moonwalk
- Three ironman-distance triathlons (Challenge Roth, 2010, Ironman Regensburg, 2011 and The Outlaw, 2012)
- I’m an open water swimmer, swimming non-wetsuit in local rivers and the sea all year round. I was part of a successful English Channel relay crossing in 2013 and have since completed several marathon swims including across Torbay, round Brownsea Island, the River Dart and around the Scilly Isles in a day.
What some of my clients have said about my work
Lou provided excellent massage and advice as part of preparations for my first 100 mile ultramarathon. With her help I was able to train harder and more consistently than ever before and I firmly believe that our regular massage sessions prepared me so that I was able to recover so well after the event. Because Lou is an accomplished endurance athlete herself this really helps her understand her clients’ needs.
Lou’s pleasant personality exudes friendliness and warmth making you feel welcome yet with adequate professional respectfulness. As a patient one feels reassured of her care and empathy. Her conduct as a valuable and efficient therapist cannot be doubted.