Sports Therapy either in your home, at your event or in my studio
1. Q, Tell us something about motocross career;
A, I started long time ago riding solo’s for Horsham Schoolboy Scramble Club and then as an adult made solo expert before getting injured, I took some time out from motocross to race cars and ride trials, both Solo and Sidecar. I came back to motocross but this time on a sidecar and after retiring from competitive riding I went on to be a mechanic for some of the top teams in the Sidecar world.
2. Q How did you get into Sports Massage?
A, I have always trained for whatever racing/competition I have competed in and found that having a sports massage helped on a Tuesday morning (my day of suffering after a meet) to get to work, so I knew that it helps. It was when I was working for Dean Hyde and Steve Kirwin in the Ukraine that I got injured, (yes as a mechanic you can get injured). After getting home, having an op, I was advised to have a number of sports massage sessions, this made my recovery all the quicker. I was able to compete in a triathlon 6 months later. My therapist told me that I had what it takes to be a therapist, so after much thought and saying ‘I don’t think so’ I decided to give it a go. I took and passed my exams, and it would appear she was correct.
3. Q, What are the benefits of Sports Massage in motocross.
A, There are lots of types of massage that can help but the three main ones I use at events are the Pre Event Massage, The Inter Event Massage and the Post Event Massage. All of these will benefit the motocross rider/passenger in their own way. The Pre Event Massage wakes the muscles and nerve endings up ready for the days racing. It’s usually done before your warm up, 30mins to 2hours before the start of an event and concentrates mostly on the arms and legs with a small amount of the back. It is a very brisk massage,( my workout for the day). The Inter Event Massage is carried out between races to maximise potential recovery for the next race, concentrating on the key areas, (arms, shoulders, legs and back). This is medium pace massage. The Post Event Massage is carried out at the end of the day and I have found this really helps on the two day events. It is slow with reduced pressure and concentrates
on the whole body. It is very relaxing and maximises overnight recovery
4. Q, Do you carry out any other treatments at events?
A, Yes we do. We carry out taping this gives support to areas of the body that require it and we have a piece of kit called a Cryo Cuff available to reduce swelling and aids initial injury recovery/management by using ice and compression.
5. Q, What is the youngest age you can massage someone.
A,There is no minimum age but if you are under the age of 16 a parent or legal guardian will have to be with you and they must stay with you during the massage, on the other end of the age spectrum there is no age.
6. Q; Do you have to be a rider/passenger/ athlete to be able to enjoy a massage
A, No you do not have to be a sports person to enjoy a treatment as it’s very good for relieving stress. So Mums, Dads, Team Managers/Owners and Mechanics are all welcome.
7. Q do you provide your services to any other events apart from Motocross.
A Yes we cover a number of events throughout the year which include the ITU World Championship Triathlons, ASA British Seniors and Masters Swimming Championship, the Gladiator Event and various Marathons, Duathlons, Mountain Bike, Cycling and Endurance events.
8. Q, Do you only carry out treatment at meetings/events
A, We encourage massage treatment as part of the training regime, as whilst training you ride more hours than when you are racing. Sports massage is not only for the sporting world. We regularly treat non-competitors either in your home or at our clinic.
9. Q How far do you travel?
A, All over the world if need be.
10. Q, How much does it cost for treatment
A, For a list of costs and treatments please click here.