Joanne is a fully qualified member of the Institute of Soft Tissue Therapist with ISRM and graduated at the Oxford School of Sports Massage.
At the start of 2018 I decided to study the year-long BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy at the Oxford School of Sports Massage OSSM. This was incredibly challenging but so rewarding and I am delighted to say that in November I qualified and am now a full member of the Institute for Soft Tissue Therapists ISRM.
What is Soft Tissue Therapy? Well, it is more than ‘just’ sports and remedial massage. The qualification trains students to become complete therapists who treat clients with musculoskeletal pain or discomfort caused by any of life’s stresses and from all walks of life, not just sports people. Our aim is to treat the cause and not just the symptoms, and to offer a treatment plan and home advice including exercises. We can use a variety of methods including general massage techniques (varying levels of pressure from ‘deep’ to ‘relaxation’), soft tissue release stretches and muscle energy techniques, positional release and myofascial release techniques.
Since qualifying I am continuing to study and have attended a kinesiology taping course. This method of taping helps stabilise a specific area of the body whilst still permitting movement allowing the client to continue with their preferred activities.
As a somewhat lapsed runner (I did survive London marathon) I am now moving in to long distance walking events, have started cycling and try to practise Pilates when I can. I am also a big fan of parkrun and can often be found volunteering at the local events.