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MEET THE TEAM

Everyone at NLSSM is trained to BTEC Level 5

With successful careers in sport and remedial massage, our teachers are highly skilled and qualified in all of the associated soft tissue techniques.

We are also trained in the art of teaching and bring to class our different experiences from a variety of supporting skills in osteopathy, physiotherapy, sports therapy, nutrition, and as personal trainers. Our teachers are an important part of a support system that offers ongoing mentoring to both our students and graduates.

We take part in regular in-house teacher training days to make sure that we're always delivering the highest level of tuition that's tailored if necessary and relevant to the needs of each class. Passionate about what we do, we keep up with current research and skill sets and use a mixture of teaching methods, from old hands-on skills to the very latest technology.

 


SUSAN FINDLAY

Director

Like most of the people I teach, I came to sports massage by way of a journey.

Mine began with classical dance and gymnastics back in my home country, Canada. When your body is the tool that you work with, you learn to take notice of it and it was this interest in the human body that led me to retrain as a nurse.

Fast-forward to 1992 and I stepped off the plane onto English soil and my future life. After briefly working for the NHS, I made the choice to be my own boss. Still in the health and fitness field, I worked with GPs and health centres, setting up different schemes for a range of clientele.

Cassandra Gramozi

Administrator & Tutor

Cassandra Gramozi

Joining in 2004, Cassandra saw first-hand the positive effects of sports massage and decided to take the course herself, graduating in 2008 and becoming a full member of the Sports Massage Association. Since qualifying with NLSSM, Cassandra has worked with people from all walks of life including the Saracens RFC, private clinics, participants in several London Marathons. After three seasons with the London Wasps RFC as their Senior Soft Tissue Therapist, she moved into the world of Olympic Sports and spent the next 4 years working in the English Institute of Sport and the Intensive Rehabilitation Unit dedicated to BOA funded athletes. She has recently begun working for the Football Association as a consultant Soft Tissue Therapist to the U21's Mens England Football team.

She is also a fully qualified Polestar Pilates Reformer instructor and when she is not in the pilates studio you can find her at NLSSM helping run the business on a day to day basis.

T: 0787 283 4105
E: cassandra@nlssm.com

Esther Tang

Senior Tutor / Mentor

Esther Tang

Esther became interested in bodywork after sustaining an injury training as a powerlifter. She became fascinated by the role soft tissue manipulation can play in the injury rehabilitation process. After qualifying at the NLSSM she has set up busy practices in Crouch End and Tower Hill. Her client base includes runners, triathletes, martial artists, rugby players, as well as office workers.

She is interested in rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance enhancement. When she is not busy massaging she can be found on the mats training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.

T: 0772 558 2222
E: esthertangmassage@yahoo.co.uk

Ben Randall

Assistant Tutor

Ben Randall

Ben originally worked in theatre, performed as a stand up comic and wrote for television. However, during this time, Ben studied Tai Chi and in 2000 was given the opportunity to undertake a teacher training. It was then that Ben began his new career, teaching its exercise and restorative principles, internationally. He continued his studies by training as a physiotherapist, qualifying in 2007 with first class honors. After spending several years in the NHS, Ben decided to specialize in muscloskeletal treatment. This led him to undertake a post graduate course with NLSSM in 2015, which gave him the motivation to start his own practice. Ben now runs a physiotherapy and massage practice treating people from all kinds of backgrounds from the indolent to individuals in elite sports and dance.

T: 07815 870 590

E: ben@abmap.co.uk

W: www.abmap.co.uk

Anthea Sweet

Assistant Tutor

Anthea Sweet

Following 20 years experience in the world of business and management and 10 years as a yoga teacher, Anthea qualified in 2011 as an Yoga Sports Coach™, integrating yoga techniques into athletic training programes for performance, rehabilitation and injury prevention, working with individuals and teams from keen amateur sports enthusiasts up to preparation for Olympic trials.

She was awarded Advanced YSC status in 2013 and now tutors for the Institute of Yoga Sports Science ® (IYSS) as a member of the Academic Faculty.

Having specialised in whole-body structural fitness and postural analysis in her movement work, it was a natural move into hands-on soft tissue work when she trained at the NLSSM as a SRMT.

She is a firm believer in a combination of manual therapy and movement work for ongoing fitness, changing lives for the better, and keeps herself fit with a combination of daily yoga, walking and running (fair weather!).

T: 07774250830
W: www.bodysenseyoga.co.uk

Nick Mooney

Senior Tutor & Lead Marker

Nick Mooney

Nick originally qualified as a Biological Chemist and worked as a Development Chemist for the pharmaceutical company Wellcome. He spent 14 years in the City of London Commodity Markets. At University Nick competed as a trampolinist and qualified as a British Trampoline Federation coach. Still an active skier, in an ideal world Nick would be found up a mountain in Colorado for six months of the year! He qualified at London School of Sports Massage in 2005 and now works predominently in the London and Hertfordshire area.  He occasionally supports Team GB athletes abroad as a Soft Tissue Therapist.

He is a Director on the Sports Massage Association board.

Nick was the Clinical Lead for Sports Massage at the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and Venue Medical Manager for the Gymnastics competition at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014. He was a professional advisor to the medical team for the first European Games held in Baku, Azerbajan in June 2015 where he was also the Lead Soft Tissue Therapist in the Athletes' Village Polyclinic during the games.

When not working he enjoys skiing, horse riding (& racing), walking his mad English Pointer Indy, tennis, scuba diving, yoga, rugby union, travelling and sailing.

T: 0771 003 6890
E: nick.mooney@nlssm.com

Sue Trimmer

Office Manager

Sue Trimmer

Sue started her career in banking many years ago dealing with all aspects of finance. She later moved to a private company as Finance Manager and then Finance Director. For 12 years prior to joining NLSSM in 2011, Sue was the Administrator and Finance Manager for a large Multi Disciplinary Clinic introducing her to the world of Complementary Health.

Sue loves to escape from her world of figures into her garden where she can happily while away many an hour planting and pruning. When the garden is spruced Sue's other hobbies are walking, reading, travelling and would you believe Festive Interiors (Christmas Tree decorating!!)

Paula Edwards

Senior Tutor / Mentor

Paula Edwards

Paula moved from a career in Beauty Therapy and Aromatherapy when she qualified in 1997 as a Sport & Remedial Massage Therapist she immediately starting her own mobile practice. She is also the senior sports massage therapist in a multi-disciplinary physiotherapy clinic in North London. Her clients include everyone from the weekend gardener to the competitive tri-athlete and marathon runners.

She has a keen interest in postural rehabilitation and the link to hypermobility syndrome. Paula has continued to develop her interest in massage by recently qualifying in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage. When she is not either teaching or on a course, she likes to spend her weekends gardening and travelling.

T: 0795 722 4633
E: paula@bodymobile.com
W: www.bodymobile.com

Sophie Richardson

Assistant Tutor

Sophie Richardson

Having a passion for health, fitness and sport Sophie began her career as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. She soon became part of an award winning Exercise Referral Team specializing in working with special populations and helped many people achieve life changing goals. This and being a Games Maker at London 2012 lead her into wanting to expand her skill set further, so in 2013 she enrolled to study at NLSSM to become a SMRT.

Since graduating Sophie has worked at numerous sporting events and gained experience with Kent Cricket Club 1st Team and London Irish RFC academy players. Sophie now works at two busy clinics where she lives in Canterbury and Whitstable in Kent, she treats the 1st Team Players at Crystal Palace FC and is one of the match day Match Official's masseuse's at Selhurt Park. Sophie still continues to teach group cycle and Pilates classes and coaches triathlon sessions on a weekly basis. In her spare time Sophie loves to travel and is currently training for a Half Iron Man.

T: 0782 121 0297
E: sophie.sharratt88@gmail.com
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Daniel Marshall

Tutor / Mentor

Daniel Marshall

Daniel came to NLSSM after heading up a worldwide training department in the fragrance and cosmetic industry. After fifteen years of working as a Senior Training Manager, Daniel had the desirer to bring new learning’s and experiences into his life. After a couple of years of research and soul searching he decided to retrain as a Sports Massage and Remedial Therapist at the renowned London branch of NLSSM. At first he entered into the training with an open mind as to where it would lead. As the course progressed, Daniel was totally engaged with the teachings and became fully emerged with the new skill set, plus that of the profession that would become realised to him. After graduating Daniel followed his dream and opened his own successful clinic in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. He also works at a second Suffolk clinic and a Cambridgeshire gym.  "It's such a honor to become a member of the NLSSM training team. It is a truly rewarding opportunity to pull on my pass teaching abilities, plus my NLSSM student days, in order to provide tutoring and student guidance" - Daniel Marshall

T: 07443 641 722

E: info@sportsmassagetreatment.co.uk

W: www.sportsmassagetreatment.co.uk

Aimee Cleanthous

Administrative Assistant

Aimee Cleanthous

Aimee joined NLSSM in early 2015.
aimee@nlssm.com


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Chris Newton

Senior Tutor

Chris Newton

Like many sports massage practitioners, Chris began life in the world of sport. From age 11 he played national standard squash, taking him all over the country, which continued for many years. But like many before him, the decision not to turn professional came down to his mounting list of injures.

These days Chris runs a successful clinic in Sussex offering an holistic approach to injury prevention, combining Bodywork, Corrective Exercise and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching. He is also the Managing Director of ExerciseLab Ltd, a dedicated exercise library and educational resource designed for bodyworkers to help their clients with home exercise programmes.

These days Chris doesn't play much squash, instead, you will tend to find him flying his paraglider, kayaking or climbing his local sandstone.

T: 07917 724 770

E: chris@muscletherapies.co.uk

Tim Budd

Assistant Tutor

Tim Budd

From a background in headhunting and Ski shop managing, Tim qualified with NLSSM in 2010 as a Level 5 Sports and Remedial Massage therapist. Since then he has taken quite a considerable career jump and set up Global Therapies in Glossop with his partner Lynne.

Over the past few years he has added a number of strings to his bow through a series of CPD's, and currently enjoys working with a number of clients from diverse sporting backgrounds. In 2012 he was a part of the Gamesmaker Sports Massage team, working within the Velodrome. From there he was inspired to embark on a BSc in Physiotherapy from which he graduated in 2015.

In the small amount of spare time he has, Tim enjoys fell running and road cycling, while also being a part of his local Mountain Rescue Team.

T: 0773 848 4207
E: contact@globaltherapies.com
W: www.globaltherapies.com

Kath Breslin

Assistant Tutor

Kath Breslin

Kath graduated from NLSSM in 2011, having finally come to sports massage via a degree in languages and a meandering 'career' in customer services and facilities. She works now in private practice with a physiotherapy group; as manager for all things membership-related at the SMA; and as a marker for NLSSM when not teaching.

She has tried her hand at a fair old variety of sports but mostly settled on swimming (badly), cycling (well) and running (averagely) - the odd triathlon for larks is never entirely out of the question.

When not working or training, she spends her time marveling at the (stupendously unfair) levels of flexibility enjoyed by her three-year-old.

T: 0778 754 1619
E: kath@nlssm.com
W: www.essential-massage.co.uk


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Kirstie Cousins

Senior Tutor

Kirstie Cousins

Kirstie became interested in bodywork after receiving treatment for various injuries picked up through triathlon and kick-boxing. After completing a therapeutic massage course at London College of Massage, she came across sports massage, trigger point therapy and MET while studying in Arizona. Impressed by the effectiveness of these techniques and wanting to learn more, she completed the LSSM Sports Massage diploma and Remedial Massage Courses. This resulted in both a busy sports massage practice and an ongoing obsession with anatomy, so she then went on to qualify as an Osteopath from the British School of Osteopathy.

She now co-owns a busy Osteopathy practice in Leytonstone and also works in Shoreditch. She uses a wide range of manual techniques, including structural, visceral, neural, cranial and soft tissue manipulation to treat a broad range of clients from amateur and elite athletes to weekend warriors and people with acute injuries or complex chronic multifactorial complaints.

When she's not working she's usually on her bike, taking photos, or indulging that anatomy obsession with more courses.

T: 0208 281 0031 or 0771 470 8993
E: kirstie@leytonstoneosteopathy.co.uk
W: www.leytonstoneosteopathy.co.uk

Kathy Innes

Assistant Tutor

Kathy Innes

Kathy originally trained as a fitness instructor in 2003. After sustaining an injury to her back, she discovered her passion for Pilates. She went on to train with the Pilates Institute in London and qualified as an instructor in 2006, she runs her own private classes and workshops specialising in back pain.

Dealing with a number of clients with injuries, led her to explore other qualifications that would enhance her knowledge, and give her the tools to help people manage and reduce their level of pain. Kathy qualified with NLSSM in 2011 as a Level 5 Sports and Remedial Therapist.

In her spare time, Kathy likes to hold her own on a tennis court and is a member of her local club.

T: 07963 632717

E: kathyinnes@btinternet.com

W: www.sidcupsportsmassage.co.uk

Stephanie De'Ath

Tutor / Mentor

Stephanie De'Ath

Prior to graduating from NLSSM, Stephanie completed Trinity Laban's MSc Dance Science programme in 2012 and completed professional dance training at Middlesex University achieving a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies (2008-2011). Stephanie's dance background and Dance Science studies initiated a keen interest in the areas of movement analysis, injury surveillance and rehabilitation. After studying these topics extensively during undergraduate/postgraduate study, Stephanie decided she wanted to have a more 'hands-on' approach and subsequently this led to pursuing the course at NLSSM.

Stephanie is now SRMT at London Contemporary Dance School and Central School of Ballet, working with their students, staff and alumni. Stephanie is a lecturer in Anatomy, Health and Fitness for dancers, with permanent appointments at Bird College, Canterbury Christ Church University and D&B Theatre School, alongside guest lecturing at London Studio Centre and New Buckinghamshire University. Alongside this Stephanie supervises BA dissertation projects focussed on Dance Science at Middlesex University and London Studio Centre.

Stephanie continues to be an active researcher and since graduating from her MSc she has presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and been a part of multidisciplinary research projects with published reports.

T: 0787 4769 361
E: stephaniedeath1@gmail.com

Genna Hill

Assistant Tutor

Genna Hill

Having graduated from NLSSM, Genna combines working as an Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist alongside working as a Stage Manager in the West End. The journey began after a keen interest in theatre-specific injuries, for actors and backstage crew alike. Lifting scenery, raked stages, difficult dance moves and a gruelling production schedule means that theatre practitioners must consider their bodies like that of an athlete, with limited rest-time available. Genna now freelances, using the dressing rooms of theatres as her clinic. Clients have included high profile actors, company members of Billy Elliot, The Commitments, Dr Faustus, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mamma Mia, Hamlet, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera to name a few. “I’m excited to be able to assist in the classroom where my bodywork journey began, and look forward to guiding the students on their own paths”

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