So what have I been up to over the past few months.................oh ha ha (the slight sound of hysteria seeps through)...well I've moved back to my old clinic finally. I have the perfect set up of being located within my local gym (see contact details on my website!) I'm a bit like a piece of old furniture at the gym as it's been my local haunt for nearly a decade...ekkkk......it's however been shut for nearly a year to be totally refurbished, it looks amazing. Steam and sauna room with relaxing lighting, loos that look like something from a day spa, again with very complimentary lighting, light and airy well equipped gym, oh and a separate weight lifiting 'man area', which yes I am frequenting a lot, if not a little too much......well they do have a lot of overuse injuries in there, I'm just offering my professional advice and awareness of the sports and remedial massage service they now have in the gym!
Rehabilitation has been a hot topic for me over the past 18 months. I can't say it's been amusing to have suffered an injury.....in fact it's been a total 'ball ache' (obviously I don't have balls, but I'm sure if I did, it's what it would feel like). Always one to turn a negative into a positive this has been a good lesson to me on how my clients feel when they are battling with an injury. I'm aware that often a sports and remedial therapist really is their last port of call. I've sort treatment in an osteopath, chiro, dry needling, sport and remedial work, physiotherapy and personal training. So where are we now? Well I stripped back my thought process and the need to seek more alternative treatments/surgery and looked at what my body was lacking, what it needed to make it strong again.........I sought myself a personal trainer that understood the complications, an excellent physiotherapist and of course a sports therapist. Every single day, I perform a circuit of exercises specifically for rehabilitation and every week I see the trainer in the gym who is helping me build those areas of weakness. Why is he so good? Well he watches my form, stops me going at it like a woman possessed and together we've been able to build a program that works for my capabilities and rehabilitation.........oh yes and we have a triathlon to do middle of next year!!! It's hard, really hard........I'm a girl of many words, happy to vocalise a little too much a little too often, however he silences me during a workout.......nothing does that other than a workout with Scott, I think it frightened him at first, now he realises I am actually f*&ked (sorry I couldn't find another descriptive word for it). It's a slow and painstaking process but I'm not a quitter and even the smallest improvements are motivation in themselves. Rome wasn't built in a day!
I've taken on the task of treating Catworth Football Club this month. I attend their training sessions on a Thursday evening and some pre-match sessions. Once again this has been an eye opening experience.......I'm dubious to share what exactly has made my eyes open so wide, not sure it's appropriate for the blog.........however, moving on, the team are great and easy to work with. Sports massage is an excellent addition to any local football club, the feedback has been really positive. Taping has definitely been high on the agenda, it's like a new fashion accessory!
I was asked last week how on earth have I managed to start building a business? Business plan, hard work, networking and talking to anyone, who I think might be interested in sports and remedial massage!!! It's about not missing an opportunity. Network, network, network and then hopefully the business will start to develop. Nobody really sees what goes on behind the scenes, humping a bench around the counties or even the country, working for free, late nights, all to simply gain experience and get your name out there. I'm driven, always have been always will be, learning excites me and I'm always looking for the next opportunity or path that will grow my business. Isn't it about venturing out of your comfort zone? Taking a risk? Maybe it's easier when you suddenly find yourself doing something you love? If you stick to your gut and values, the path ahead will be the right one. However, I would like to point out it's not all been plain sailing, I've had a few nightmares along the way but I like to look at these as learning curves, or that's just a fancy name for it!
Music has become a point of conversation in the clinic. I had no idea I'd have so many 'muso' clients. We've actually got to the point of some clients requesting playlists when booking an appointment........I'm unsure exactly how this has come about, possibly my own love of music is rubbing off on my clients, whatever it is, it makes for a nice conversation when
treating and I've certainly picked up some new music I'd not heard of. However, we have had some clangers, of what we could say 'inappropriate tracks' during a treatment whilst the nano has been on shuffle selection, thankfully to the amusement of my clients! From all the conversations I've had re music, I think it's very easy to conclude, whatever happens in life, music just seems to make it better.
So what next? Well I've now partnered up with a physiotherapist who will be working out of the clinic when required on referral. This is a fantastic opportunity for my clients who may need more advanced attention than that of a sports and remedial therapist, it's important to know your limitations!!! It will obviously be great to also have someone to bounce ideas and questions off. I will be revisiting my old haunt for more study, more tools in the belt, more techniques to enhance the clients treatment, but that's a while off, we've Halloween and Christmas to get through yet!