I hope you are all keeping well during this second lockdown.
Alongside my private work, I am keeping busy with my time working at Oxford United FC where I am still able to treat the players as part of the medical team made up of dedicated and talented professionals; Amy Cranston (1st team physio), Spike (Soft Tissue Therapist) & Nathan Benjamin Smith (Sports Therapist).
It's so vital to maintain a routine as close to normality as possible, even if there are some restrictions. Fingers crossed that change is just around the corner.
It is always wonderful to see my clients achieve their specific goals and today was no exception.
Someone I have been treating to prepare for their first Ironman came in to thank me as they completed the Austrian Ironman under their target time of a very respectful 14 hours with their well earned medal and also to give me a present of Pumpkin oil as a gesture of their appreciation which was so thoughtful and very appreciated.
I am privileged to be able to share in many of my client's journeys and to help them achieve their goals, whether it is winning a medal, completing a race, recovering from an injury or living without postural pain and when they send me a 'finishing line selfie' or pop in to say thanks is just the icing on the cake!
This time of year the majority of the soft tissue treatment is to help maintain the player's physical condition while they train at an increased level in order to achieve maximum fitness and start the season as strongly as possible.
It is always enjoyable to work alongside the medical team again especially the 'boss' Amy who is the 1st team physio, Spike (who I have had the pleasure of working alongside for the past 7 years) and Nathan the Sports Therapist.
When I return after the pre season break I always find it strange to not see the 1st team players who have left the club but then again it is always nice to greet the new arrivals who will soon become familiar faces and the relationship of athlete/therapist forms where we can both identify what types of treatment they find most beneficial.
My time at Oxford United equates to one full day at the training ground and attending the home matches and is a very rewarding part of my career and it fits in well with my time as a professional Soft Tissue Specialist allowing me time to run my clinic in Headington to treat those who need my help including; professional athletes, semi pro and amateur athletes, recreational sportspeople, office workers for postural pain and absolutely anyone else who would like to benefit from a professional soft tissue treatment/sports massage.