Coming from an elite background in Athletics where I competed in the Olympic games World championships, and Commonwealth games as a sprinter, I have always been interested in the body especially from a performance point of view. As an athlete, I really started to understand the importance of biomechanics and movement which could also hinder performance. I incorporated massage treatments early on in my career which made a big difference in keeping my injuries to a minimum.
I then became more interested in the body and thought it would be great to pursue a career in massage. My coach at the time said “what are you going to do when you finish your running career” and it then become pretty clear that this would be the path I would embark on for the last 20yrs. I started my training with SIBT back in 1993, doing the sports massage course and I was surrounded by lots of interesting people from all professional backgrounds within in the industry, which really exited me. I then went onto do Therapeutic massage and Remedial massage in 1995 which was a great year especially after returning home to Newcastle from the world Championships in Sweden with a world silver Medal in the men's 4x100mtr relay.
Learning massage felt great for me as it also gave me a better understanding into treatments plus I thought the school had a very sound program that offered really good knowledge with great courses to go with it. I have worked in several big clinics here in Australia as well as internationally, I lived in Sweden for a total of 11 and a half years which gave me a wealth of experience and understanding of what’s involved in running my own business and treating clients. SIBT gave me a great base to work from which then inspired me to want to learn more. I then became very interested in a technique called Active Release Techniques which is a soft tissue technique which is very involved in treating specific problems. I have for many years been an educator now especially for this technique plus another method called Red Cord which is my rehab method that I learnt in Sweden as well as Norway where it originated. I have also been very fortunate to have been taught by world leaders in the field, which has provided me with credibility in my clinical practice. SIBT had given me a passion and has driven me onto greater heights than I ever thought could be possible. I have been able to confidently and successfully treat and share knowledge with many of the best athletes and practitioners in the world.
My passion for bodywork is strong and drives me in my clinical practice, now spanning two decades. I love my job and I love more than anything helping people and giving them a better quality of life. This is so rewarding and always puts a smile on my face as well as the patients.
When I returned back to Australia in 2014 I needed to update my qualifications so once again my clients could be eligible for health funds rebates.
I returned to SIBT to update my qualifications. Maggie Sands SIBT Principal guided me and was so helpful in assisting me to understand what I needed to do. It made my life allot easier in being able to update my Australian massage qualifications and re-establish my health fund eligibility once again.
I attended a series of courses to update my skills. I have to say I was very impressed with how the courses where presented and taught which also expanded my therapeutic skills to use in my treatment tool kit.
SIBT is a very organised and I am impressed by Maggie Sands in how she supports & follows the development of the students. She has a positive outlook offering a thorough and great program suited to all that are passionate about well-being and health. Thanks SIBT Maggie, trainers & staff for all of your support.