My name is Maryanne Aitken and I completed my BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy with the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM) in December 2017.
I am a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA).
I have undertaken courses in Sports Taping and Kinesiology Taping.
I came to this profession late in life, having worked as a manager in the NHS for nearly 20 years. I am a runner in my spare time, focusing on longer distances - from marathon up to 100 miles. I am a member of the 100 Marathon Club.
After deciding to leave the world of the NHS in 2015, I took a 'gap year' and ran a number of marathons. During this time I had regular sports massage which allowed me to run 61 races of marathon distance or longer without getting an injury in spite of my biomechanical shortcomings! I became positively evangelical about the benefits of sports massage and so decided to retrain to become a manual therapist. My Soft Tissue Therapy training took up the whole of 2017.
I came across the work of Ruth Duncan () while researching for a client. I was interested in the techniques so booked on two 2 day courses in February 2019. I was completely blown away by the results this approach to treatment can achieve and am now in the process of undertaking the Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy (details here) and am using the techniques I am learning very successfully.
I don't just treat runners however. I can help anyone who has aches and pains, whether they do any sport or not. I regularly successfully treat office based workers who have stiff shoulders and necks as well as tradesmen.