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.
Meet the team
We are 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.
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.
Sports and remedial massage helps to bring all my skills together. I gained my certification in 1996 and began teaching in colleges and lecturing across the UK two years later. Although I am the director (and senior lecturer) of NLSSM, I have never given up the practical side of the profession and I still run my own clinic in North London. Keeping up with the real world helps to keep me inspired and that helps to make me a better teacher.
I’m passionate about providing the very best quality of training – and that goes beyond NLSSM
I sit on the board of the General Council for Massage Therapies with the aim of unifying our profession and raising standards.
Being involved with the Olympics was a great honour.
The London 2012 organisers invited me to join the selection committee helping to put together a huge team of sports massage therapists to be on hand throughout the games. I also volunteered for both the Olympics and Paralympics which to this day brings a smile to my face remembering all those amazing memories. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know that the experience will continue to feed back into my teaching.
I’m not a natural born writer. My position as a teacher and lecturer have given me opportunities to share my knowledge with a wider audience through writing. I admire those who are at ease with this skill, I find it a challenge but over the years and with much support and encouragement from my editor (my husband) I regularly write for a number of periodicals. I have been writing for Massage World since 2006 on subjects that range from Sports Massage to Mentoring the Therapist. I have also written for The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Embody, and Today’s Therapist over the years.
My book, ‘Sports Massage: An Illustrated guide of 39 techniques (Hands on Guides for Therapists)’ is the result of years of experience as a teacher and clinical work as a sport & remedial massage therapist.
This book is based on the belief that with the correct approach all therapists can work with ease yet have strength and sensitivity within the same touch. It allows the hands to see more than the eyes thus accessing more information about the state of health within the tissue. The body centred approach will allow for both deep and energetic work while the therapist maintains an injury free career.
Manager & Lead Tutor
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 and volunteered at the London 2012 Olympics. 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 currently works 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
Aimee graduated from the University of Westminster in 2013 with a degree in Television Production.
She joined NLSSM in early 2015.
T: 020 8885 6062
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
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.
Esther originally trained at NLSSM. Her passion for learning has led her to complete an Osteopathy degree at the London School of Osteopathy (LSO). She works in private practice offering a patient centred approach to rehabilitation and performance. Esther enjoys teaching and loves to help her students’ in their learning journey.
Esther's early sporting life was spent in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) where she became the second woman in the U.K. to be promoted to rank of black belt. She also has experience in Judo, wrestling, powerlifting, weightlifting and climbing.
T: 0772 558 2222
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
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 marvelling at the (stupendously unfair) levels of flexibility enjoyed by her three-year-old.
T: 0778 754 1619
Chris originally trained as a personal trainer in 2009, where his fascination with the human body and how it performs began. After a few years in the fitness industry and having many, lengthy discussions with other therapists on the benefits of soft tissue treatments, he decided to enrol at NLSSM to further his knowledge. Since graduating Chris has never looked back and now has his own private practice in South Buckinghamshire where he combines soft tissue and exercise therapy in one approach. When Chris isn’t working he can be found walking his (‘slightly’ crazy) cocker spaniel and training in the martial arts.
T: 07743 950231
Studied sport and exercise science at university and discovered a passion and interest in movement with my dissertation focusing on biomechanics. After a year or so out of education I discovered NLSSM and found it was the right next step to take on my career journey. I have worked on numerous running and cycling events in London (probably what I find most rewarding!) and have worked alongside Ealing Trailfinders and Navy 7’s teams. Most my clientele are amateur sports people and I am working hard to make high quality treatment and care accessible for all. I have also started rolling out wellbeing initiatives with various companies to support their staff in the workplace by providing onsite massage events for them. I love being part of the NLSSM family as they really do care for you, even after you have graduated. Being part of such a supportive, inspiring and motivating team to create a safe learning environment is something special you don’t find everywhere!