Meet the Team
I founded HJ Health and Sports Therapies back in 2007 starting as a Sports and Remedial massage therapist. It has been an amazing 10 years which have been thoroughly enjoyable. Over this time the business has grown and expanded to offer many more services. In 2010 I went on to study Weight Management and in 2012 Foot health care. I have been very lucky to be joined by my two colleagues Natalie and Melissa who now take care of the sports therapy side of the business whilst I take care of the Foot Clinic and Weight Management side of the business as well as the day to day running of the clinic. Our key aim here is and will always be, to provide excellent customer care and the best treatment experience.
Qualifications: VTCT, DIP BTEC Level 4 Sports and Remedial Massage
I am a qualified Weight Management Consultant, having trained with the Weight Management Centre in London. The course is NHS accredited.
Qualifications: Weight Management and Obesity Level 4
I am a qualified Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor. Qualifications: Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutritional Advisor. The Health Sciences Academy.
I am a qualified Foot Health Professional having qualified with the SMAE Institute in Maidenhead Berkshire. The SMAE Institute was founded in 1919, and has therefore, nearly 90 years experience in training foot health practitioners. The course is accredited by the Oxford Brookes University. Students of the SMAE are extensively trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Foot Health. Indeed the institute treats over 14000 patients per year. Considerable emphasis is placed on patient care, aseptic techniques and medical history, together with surgical and medical procedures to ensure that the patient receives the best possible treatment for their feet. The letters MCFHP after my name indicate that I am a Member of the Open College of Foot Health Professionals having undertaken extensive training and a searching examination. The letters MAFHP denote that I am a Member of the Association of Foot Health Practitioners. Every year I update my knowledge by attending CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshops and seminars. Qualification: Diploma in Foot Health Care MCFHP MAFHP.
I first started my career within the fitness industry as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. From this I have gained a broad range of exercise knowledge regarding different training styles, corrective exercises and program design. I’m a keen gym goer myself, as some would say, live in a gym!
I then went on to study and qualify as a Sports and Remedial massage therapist and have been working here in the clinic with Hayley for the past five years. I studied with The Massage Training School qualifying in a BTEC level 5 Sports and Remedial massage therapy diploma and have a wide range of experience in various musculoskeletal injuries and postural imbalances. I provide recovery, rehabilitation and maintenance using deep tissue massage techniques, myofascial release, Rock tape (kinesiology), mobile and static stretching. I have worked with people in a wide variety of sports and have provided rehabilitation programs to enable them to return to sport pain-free. Not only do I work with sporting people, I also enjoy working with non sporting clients with every day aches, pains and injuries which are just as important to me.
I have since furthered my knowledge and have recently graduated in a BSC Strength and Conditioning course and I’m a fully qualified Strengthening and Conditioning coach. This has provided me with the skills to assess movement specific to support and daily activities to highlight the cause of injury or movement restriction. Whilst this has enhanced my rehabilitation knowledge, I have also gained experience in coaching speed sessions, agility and performance enhancing training through the use of structured and tailored training programs.
I continue to develop my knowledge through taking extra courses to gain further understanding of better treatments.
Alongside the clinic, I am also involved with the Chipping Sodbury Rugby club where I treat the players and provide pitch side first-aid on training and match days. Within my time at the club, I have gained valuable experience treating and rehabilitating a wide range of injuries.
Coming from a competitive swimming background, competing from the age of eight years old, I understand the importance of avoiding and managing injuries correctly to keep competing and training at high level.
I first started my training by completing a sports massage course at UWIC university in Cardiff, and with a passion for sport and helping people, went on to graduate with a first class degree in Bsc (Hons) Sports Therapy from the University of Worcester in 2014. Since qualifying as a sports injury therapist I have gained a wealth of experience working alongside the GB Ultimate Frisbee team for the past four years, Chippenham rugby club and within a clinical setting across Bristol.
During my studies and the years that followed I have advanced my knowledge and skills by working with teams such as Bristol ladies rugby, England basketball and the university’s own teams in football and hockey. However, even though I have worked with both professional athletes and every day sportspeople, I am keen to show that sports therapy isn’t just for sporting people and can help non-sporting injuries, such as lower back pain, posture control and daily aches and pains.
I can provide sports massage, injury assessment and treatment, joint mobilisations, injury rehabilitation and prevention, taping, pregnancy massage and dry needling.
I continue to develop my knowledge by taking extra courses throughout the year to gain further understanding and different techniques. I have recently qualified in dry needling and look forward to adding this to the list of services that I can offer within the clinic.