Back in 2014 I went on an Embrace Sports running holiday, and booked myself a Sports Massage. After a couple of hard days running, while laying on the massage table having the stiffness in my calf muscles worked out, I realised that I might fancy doing this myself. This guy had retired out to Portugal and was making a living in the sunshine making people feel better! After a long time working in IT (aka hunching over a keyboard) doing something which makes people feel better suddenly seemed like a nice idea!
A few weeks later I discovered that there was a massage “school” in Sheffield that did a weekend taster session, and so signed up. Here begins my journey at The Sheffield Centre for Massage Training. I really enjoyed the weekend, discovered that they did a “professional level” qualification and dithered.
I dithered for a few months, trying to decide if I had enough time to go for it, but at the end of 2015 I signed up for their Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage. The course was great fun, but intensive, and I found my self through most of the end of 2015 and 2016 giving massages to my friends, re-learning lots of things I’d forgotten from my A Levels about Anatomy and Physiology and meeting some new friends.
Graduating in 2016, I spent some time preparing my spare attic room as a work space and here I am!
A Massage with Rock Run Relax
Holistic massage is all about putting you at the centre of the experience. I’ll spend a bit of time getting to know you and your lifestyle, to understand the sorts of things you use your body for, so we can tailor a massage for you. Together we’ll work out what we can fit into the session, and if there is anything we’ll postpone, or follow up in a subsequent session.
I’ve done CPD for massage with Hot Stones if that takes you fancy, or we can just stick to something more standard, using my hands and fingers, along with stretches to relax you. Sessions are between 30 to 90 minutes long although I’d recommend at least 60 minutes to allow you to really relax.
There is no “whale song” or “chanting” playing whilst you get a massage, unless you bring a CD! We’ve a CD player in the room if you’ve some music you like to relax to, just bring it along.
A little more about me
I’m a pretty active person. I run 3-4 times a week, rock climb 2-3 times and practice yoga to try and stretch out all my kinks twice a week and I know just how good a great massage can feel.
I regularly run or volunteer at the Hillsborough Park Run and try to bring my massage table out once a month in the warmer months to give the runners a free leg massage. I’m also a member of Athletes Angels who provide therapy services to sporting events all around the country.