I joined the Northern Ireland School of Massage in Derry in 2012 and completed the Remedial massage course. I went onto complete the Advanced practitioner course in 2013. These two courses gave me the skill set required to continue my study. NIM helped me gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge base foundation necessary to complete my MSc in physiotherapy in Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with NIM and thank them for all their time and effort over the two years.
Back in 2012 I was a retail team leader and decided i wanted to pursue a new path in my career. Being a competitive bodybuilder i always had a keen interest in anatomy and so it was only natural that i followed up on something i was passionate about, I decided i wanted to become a Massage therapist.
It was from here that a friend recommended the Northern Ireland School of Massage and this was without a doubt one of the best pieces of advice i have taken. I enrolled in the Remedial Massage course in June 2012 and qualified in September 2013. The teaching and practical skills i gained from this course were of the highest standard and gave me a wealth of knowledge, so much so that i was able to set up my own business one month after qualifying. I was able to take the skills taught to me and apply them to the public. After one year practicing on my own I returned to the N.I.S.M in October 2014 to further my knowledge and skills in the Advanced Remedial course. Again the teaching was top class, and done so in a friendly, comfortable small group environment. The teaching again was very hands on which made me a far greater, and competent massage therapist. I qualified from the 2nd year in August 2015 and right away i was able to offer my far greater skill base to the public.
In the future i fully intend to go back to the school and complete the 3rd year (manipulative therapy) and honestly cannot wait for that day to arrive.
I fully recommend the N.I.S.M as a school of teaching and without its top class teaching i would not be the practitioner i am today.
Having been involved my entire career in sport, indulging in so many activities, mostly at competitive levels, from an early age, to my later years, I had always at some stage been strapped up for sport. Either for karate, boxing or for football I've been taped up in some shape or form and I remember especially my boxing career, as i was progressing up the ranks with the potential to go 'all the way', I found having my hands strapped and taped fascinating. To not only watch but to experience the finished article, what a skill!
Then came injury in its many guises. From minor injury to major injury which ended all my aspirations for competitive sport. There is always a reason for everything as these directed me to where I am today. As a practitioner of 30 years now, lo and behold my first job was, yes, strapping and taping and 'sponge man' for our local rugby team. I had never played rugby or really watched it; I was thrown in at the deep end. As I practiced strapping and taping, got literature on it, which there wasn’t a lot of and talked to the old guys I knew through boxing. I became quite skillful at it. I had to be fast and strapped everything from knees, hands, ankles, elbows, fingers, heads, wrists, shoulder, and backs. With an average of 20 players per match it was really hard work. Not so bad at home games but with the away games, well, it was like moving house and you could not forget anything. Then, some of the facilities at the lesser clubs were to say, at the least 'basic' and every player expected the same standard.
So preparation was the key. This became a fine tuned operation... Literally! Tape, 1' 2' 1/2', split tape, crepe bandages, scissors, knives, nail clippers, razors, glue, sprays and the list goes on. We had very successful seasons maintaining the players.
This is a great skill that could take you anywhere. You could use it in general life but its best used when understanding why and when to administer it. For example the injury or injuries, sprains, strains, fractures, breaks, contusion, hematomas, blisters and open wounds. Also with acute injury, sub-acute injury and chronic injury. How to cater for these conditions and prepare to control the injury from its onset through to the healing process and prognoses and the time it takes for the athlete to prepare, train and play again. But with correct application, care and knowledge, most protocols are halted in time with professionally applied strapping and taping. Not every situation is ideal for this... but it works.