Meet our Instructors

Read more about our instructors and their journeys below.

Mora

Director
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Qualifications
  • BSc (First Class Hons) Applied Sports Science
    (Edinburgh University – 2012)
  • Foundation Training Level 2 Certificate
    (Boulder, USA – June 2019)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
  • Anatomy Trains in Motion
    (Copenhagen – June 2017)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certificate
    (New York, USA – October 2015)
  • Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise Instructor
    (Premier Training, 2015)
  • Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
    (KBT, 2015)
  • Level 3 Personal Training
    (Fitness Education Academy, 2014)
Contact Information
My Story

Being in pain affects every aspect of your life. After breaking my ankle in 2014, I struggled to regain my fitness. I did what the physios told me, but my body still felt wonky. I remember walking in the Scottish hills and saying to my mum, that it felt like my hip wasn’t being held in the socket. I was in agony and I had to take pain killers to make it to the top (not something I’d recommend anyone to do now). I was 26, a Personal Trainer, I’d been studying the human body for 8 years and I could barely walk up a hill! Luckily, the answer to my frustration came a few weeks later.

 

Foundation Training allows us to get rid of pain by bringing our bodies back into natural balance. I’ve long been fascinated by the human body – how we move and the science behind it. After my degree in Sport Science I decided that I wanted to be able to help people get the most out of their bodies and I qualified as a Personal Trainer. It quickly became apparent, however, that although we could get people looking fitter, I wasn’t convinced that we were helping our clients create genuine long term improvements. It worried me that so many clients showed up in pain; were the techniques we had been equipped with as PTs actually causing damage?

 

Ironically, I’d been suffering from lower back pain, sciatica and sore hips for 8 years too. I’d been trying to get stronger through gym work but my pain was getting worse. ‘This isn’t working for me so why would it be working for others’ – I needed to do my own research. I dug deep into the scientific literature, postural analysis and attended injury prevention courses, but there was still something missing.

 

While in conversation with my Mother, a sports massage therapist, she mentioned that an associate had come across Foundation Training and achieved a positive result. We looked up Foundation Training and watched Eric Goodman’s Ted Talk. Dr Goodman was clearly explaining a completely different approach, and his personal story of pain relief, having been advised that spinal fusion surgery was his only option, but eliminating his pain in a year, was impressive. I was intrigued. I tried the Founder exercise and felt muscles working that I’d never felt before – this was definitely different!

 

I read Eric’s books, practiced the exercises diligently, and within weeks I was pain free. Then I went to New York to get certified thinking I would tick a box and get the qualification to use alongside my Personal Training. I was wrong. The course blew my mind, it made the anatomy and biomechanics I’d studied suddenly fit together and I knew this was something I could teach people to relieve their pain too.

 

I‘ve been teaching Foundation Training full time since 2015 with clients from around the world…17 countries and counting – from Ireland to Indonesia and Norway to Nigeria. I travelled to the United States on several occasions to learn directly from Dr Goodman and I’m the first Level 2 certified instructor in Europe. Here in the UK I also enjoy supporting other instructors to build their businesses and develop their teaching skills – we have a great team.

 

Every single client we work with offers an opportunity to learn something new. Teaching a wide variety of people means our instruction and knowledge base continue to improve and evolve as we look to find the best for each individual.

 

I know from personal experience that being in pain affects every aspect of your life and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I do. Teaching people (like Jane) to relieve their pain is extremely rewarding and something I will never tire of.

 

Jane, “Foundation Training has completely changed my life. I cannot express my gratitude to Mora for her expert tuition. My personal story is all too common, working long hours at a desk-based job suffering with an achy back but just putting up with it until the inevitable happened – I suffered a really bad disk bulge (L4-L5). I honestly thought “This is it, I am never going to be pain free again, every movement hurts and this is going to be life until the day I die”. Wrong. My chiropractor recommended I went to see Mora and over time she helped to actually pull my body out of pain. I know this sounds crazy, but it is true. My mobility has improved so much, I am now 100% pain free and this is because of Foundation Training…”

Mora

Director
Mora head shot_square
My Story

Being in pain affects every aspect of your life. After breaking my ankle in 2014, I struggled to regain my fitness. I did what the physios told me, but my body still felt wonky. I remember walking in the Scottish hills and saying to my mum, that it felt like my hip wasn’t being held in the socket. I was in agony and I had to take pain killers to make it to the top (not something I’d recommend anyone to do now). I was 26, a Personal Trainer, I’d been studying the human body for 8 years and I could barely walk up a hill! Luckily, the answer to my frustration came a few weeks later.

 

Foundation Training allows us to get rid of pain by bringing our bodies back into natural balance. I’ve long been fascinated by the human body – how we move and the science behind it. After my degree in Sport Science I decided that I wanted to be able to help people get the most out of their bodies and I qualified as a Personal Trainer. It quickly became apparent, however, that although we could get people looking fitter, I wasn’t convinced that we were helping our clients create genuine long term improvements. It worried me that so many clients showed up in pain; were the techniques we had been equipped with as PTs actually causing damage?

 

Ironically, I’d been suffering from lower back pain, sciatica and sore hips for 8 years too. I’d been trying to get stronger through gym work but my pain was getting worse. ‘This isn’t working for me so why would it be working for others’ – I needed to do my own research. I dug deep into the scientific literature, postural analysis and attended injury prevention courses, but there was still something missing.

 

While in conversation with my Mother, a sports massage therapist, she mentioned that an associate had come across Foundation Training and achieved a positive result. We looked up Foundation Training and watched Eric Goodman’s Ted Talk. Dr Goodman was clearly explaining a completely different approach, and his personal story of pain relief, having been advised that spinal fusion surgery was his only option, but eliminating his pain in a year, was impressive. I was intrigued. I tried the Founder exercise and felt muscles working that I’d never felt before – this was definitely different!

 

I read Eric’s books, practiced the exercises diligently, and within weeks I was pain free. Then I went to New York to get certified thinking I would tick a box and get the qualification to use alongside my Personal Training. I was wrong. The course blew my mind, it made the anatomy and biomechanics I’d studied suddenly fit together and I knew this was something I could teach people to relieve their pain too.

 

I‘ve been teaching Foundation Training full time since 2015 with clients from around the world…17 countries and counting – from Ireland to Indonesia and Norway to Nigeria. I travelled to the United States on several occasions to learn directly from Dr Goodman and I’m the first Level 2 certified instructor in Europe. Here in the UK I also enjoy supporting other instructors to build their businesses and develop their teaching skills – we have a great team.

 

Every single client we work with offers an opportunity to learn something new. Teaching a wide variety of people means our instruction and knowledge base continue to improve and evolve as we look to find the best for each individual.

 

I know from personal experience that being in pain affects every aspect of your life and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I do. Teaching people (like Jane) to relieve their pain is extremely rewarding and something I will never tire of.

 

Jane, “Foundation Training has completely changed my life. I cannot express my gratitude to Mora for her expert tuition. My personal story is all too common, working long hours at a desk-based job suffering with an achy back but just putting up with it until the inevitable happened – I suffered a really bad disk bulge (L4-L5). I honestly thought “This is it, I am never going to be pain free again, every movement hurts and this is going to be life until the day I die”. Wrong. My chiropractor recommended I went to see Mora and over time she helped to actually pull my body out of pain. I know this sounds crazy, but it is true. My mobility has improved so much, I am now 100% pain free and this is because of Foundation Training…”

Qualifications
  • BSc (First Class Hons) Applied Sports Science
    (Edinburgh University – 2012)
  • Foundation Training Level 2 Certificate
    (Boulder, USA – June 2019)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
  • Anatomy Trains in Motion
    (Copenhagen – June 2017)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certificate
    (New York, USA – October 2015)
  • Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise Instructor
    (Premier Training, 2015)
  • Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
    (KBT, 2015)
  • Level 3 Personal Training
    (Fitness Education Academy, 2014)
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Kat

Assistant Director
Kat head shot_square
Qualifications
  • BN Adult Nursing
    (Robert Gordon’s University – 2016)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2017)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
Contact Information
My Story

Have you ever felt like everything was on track and suddenly it all changed in an instant because of an injury?

 

You may be able to relate to my story.

 

I had recently graduated from University and had started my dream Equestrian career when a quick tug in sticky mud left me with two ruptured ACL ligaments. I remember at the time trying to stand up and my legs were bending in directions they really shouldn’t and thought “man this doesn’t look good!”

 

I was suddenly from racing around to sitting in a wheelchair speaking to an orthopaedic surgeon who was weighing up my odds and repeatedly telling my own bad luck that it was to rupture ligaments in both knees at the same time. My odds were down and my rehabilitation options were pretty limited. Unless I was a pro-athlete with a hugely successful and expensive rehab team, I was recommended not to go for the ACL surgery due to the high risk of re-rupture. If I did opt for surgery it meant I was looking at a 2 year process, where one leg at a time would be rehabbed – something that I was not prepared to do! So Physio rehab was my only choice.

 

I worked with three physiotherapy companies in my attempt to regain strength and although this is the recommended route for ACL rehabilitation, I was unable to build enough stability to return to my active life. I remember one of the physios actually saying to me, “Kat, if your knees are collapsing when you’re running – then don’t run” and I remember thinking “they are collapse when I walk! – do I give up walking too!?

 

So, I was left reliant on knee braces and stepping off pavements with utmost care, when the answer to all my problems ended up being a lot closer to home. A friend of mine had stumbled across a new American rehab programme called Foundation Training that seemed to be specifically for back pain. Back pain wasn’t one of my many issues but I agreed with little awareness that this was my final good luck! For me personally, Foundation Training delivered a profound result. Within the year, I returned to trail running, skiing, hiking and cycling stronger and more stable than I had been for years.

 

Since the muddy ending of my horse-based dream career, I also became a qualified surgical nurse, and found a new purpose in caring for people in pain. And I’d say that my nursing career, on top of my personal experience of injury and the challenges of rehabilitation, definitely helps me empathise, and understand the depth that injury has, both physically and mentally. Having lived a 7 year journey to that point, I decided that I wanted to be able to share this knowledge and experience with others who were going through their own challenges, so in September 2017 I went to California and completed the instructor certification with Dr Eric Goodman and his amazing team.

 

Since my certification, I teach Foundation Training full time, I’ve continued to become stronger but since then have opted to finally to have my reconstructive surgery for both knees. My latest surgery of my right knee uncovered that I’ve been living with not 1 but 3 ruptured ligaments and the surgeon couldn’t believe the level of activity I had been able to maintain. I remember telling him that I had been snow shoeing the weekend before surgery in some local hills and when I woke up, he kept repeating I shouldn’t have been able to have been walking let alone doing anything else with the level of instability in my knee. Foundation Training has been my sole rehab choice for both my knees. I have used it for pre-surgery and for my post surgery programme back to full strength.

 

The best results are achieved when we balance the body and work the body as a whole system.

Kat

Assistant Director
Kat head shot_square
My Story

Have you ever felt like everything was on track and suddenly it all changed in an instant because of an injury?

 

You may be able to relate to my story.

 

I had recently graduated from University and had started my dream Equestrian career when a quick tug in sticky mud left me with two ruptured ACL ligaments. I remember at the time trying to stand up and my legs were bending in directions they really shouldn’t and thought “man this doesn’t look good!”

 

I was suddenly from racing around to sitting in a wheelchair speaking to an orthopaedic surgeon who was weighing up my odds and repeatedly telling my own bad luck that it was to rupture ligaments in both knees at the same time. My odds were down and my rehabilitation options were pretty limited. Unless I was a pro-athlete with a hugely successful and expensive rehab team, I was recommended not to go for the ACL surgery due to the high risk of re-rupture. If I did opt for surgery it meant I was looking at a 2 year process, where one leg at a time would be rehabbed – something that I was not prepared to do! So Physio rehab was my only choice.

 

I worked with three physiotherapy companies in my attempt to regain strength and although this is the recommended route for ACL rehabilitation, I was unable to build enough stability to return to my active life. I remember one of the physios actually saying to me, “Kat, if your knees are collapsing when you’re running – then don’t run” and I remember thinking “they are collapse when I walk! – do I give up walking too!?

 

So, I was left reliant on knee braces and stepping off pavements with utmost care, when the answer to all my problems ended up being a lot closer to home. A friend of mine had stumbled across a new American rehab programme called Foundation Training that seemed to be specifically for back pain. Back pain wasn’t one of my many issues but I agreed with little awareness that this was my final good luck! For me personally, Foundation Training delivered a profound result. Within the year, I returned to trail running, skiing, hiking and cycling stronger and more stable than I had been for years.

 

Since the muddy ending of my horse-based dream career, I also became a qualified surgical nurse, and found a new purpose in caring for people in pain. And I’d say that my nursing career, on top of my personal experience of injury and the challenges of rehabilitation, definitely helps me empathise, and understand the depth that injury has, both physically and mentally. Having lived a 7 year journey to that point, I decided that I wanted to be able to share this knowledge and experience with others who were going through their own challenges, so in September 2017 I went to California and completed the instructor certification with Dr Eric Goodman and his amazing team.

 

Since my certification, I teach Foundation Training full time, I’ve continued to become stronger but since then have opted to finally to have my reconstructive surgery for both knees. My latest surgery of my right knee uncovered that I’ve been living with not 1 but 3 ruptured ligaments and the surgeon couldn’t believe the level of activity I had been able to maintain. I remember telling him that I had been snow shoeing the weekend before surgery in some local hills and when I woke up, he kept repeating I shouldn’t have been able to have been walking let alone doing anything else with the level of instability in my knee. Foundation Training has been my sole rehab choice for both my knees. I have used it for pre-surgery and for my post surgery programme back to full strength.

 

The best results are achieved when we balance the body and work the body as a whole system.

Qualifications
  • BN Adult Nursing
    (Robert Gordon’s University – 2016)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2017)
  • Anatomy Trains Fascial Dissection Livestream
    (Online – April 2020)
Contact Information

George

Senior Instructor
George head shot_square
Qualifications
  • Foundation Training Level 1
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2016)
  • MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
    (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen – 2012)
Contact Information
My Story

Have you ever suffered from back pain? I have and we are not alone. From a survey done in 2020 done by versus arthritis during the pandemic, 80% of the respondents were experiencing some kind of back, neck or shoulder pain.

 

I first experienced back pain in my mid twenties in 2014. As an active person and keen cyclist this didn’t seem to make sense at my age. In 2012 I graduated with a masters in engineering which involved being in a job sitting at a desk 5 days a week. Turns out sitting at a desk was causing my body to suffer not just on the bike but in my daily life as well. I knew that I needed to make some changes!! Sound familiar.

 

I went to the physio and was diagnosed with a bulging disc in my L5-S1, this was causing pressure on my nerves resulting in the pain I was experiencing. I was given exercises which initially relieved the pain and allowed me to resume my normal life. 6 months later the pain was back and the exercises from the physio weren’t providing me with relief.

 

Back to the drawing board.

 

I heard about foundation training through Bryony my flatmate at the time, I did a bit of research and signed up for my first session with Mora in 2015. The first session was different to any exercises I had done before. I left feeling  optimistic and felt like my body had been worked in ways that I had never experienced. My lower back was burning like someone had lit a furnace there, but it felt great.

 

Working the lower back seemed so counter intuitive to all the advice given around back pain, but from a structural point of view it all began to make sense. Loading a structure in a way that it isn’t designed for will inevitably lead to weakness just like my body.

 

Take a suspension bridge for example, think of the cables like your muscles, if one these large supporting cables were to snap or become weakened the whole bridge would become unstable and eventually collapse.

 

The more I practiced Foundation Training the stronger I felt. There was a moment when I realised, I don’t have back pain anymore “I feel great”. At this point foundation training became a valuable tool for improving my athletic performance.

 

Do you know the Cairn O’Mount? It’s a beast of a hill in Aberdeenshire that tests even the best cyclists.

 

I was out with a friend cycling, normally he kicks my ass on the hills and  I presumed that day  would be no different. We hit the hill, normally within the first 10 minutes he would overtake me and leave me to slog it out. However today was different. I felt my body responded to my requests for more power and oxygen. Everything felt connected and I felt strong. After ten minutes I looked back and I was still ahead. WOW I thought. Foundation training had not only given me the tools to relieve my back pain, but also succeed in other areas of my life.

 

This had such a positive impact I signed up to become a Foundation Training instructor myself. In October 2015 I went all the way to Santa Barbara in California to complete my initial training. I gained my certification in 2016 and have been practicing and teaching ever since.

 

So the moral here is don’t give up hope, I have been teaching foundation training for over 4 years now and have seen so many people move away from their pain. Everyone has to start their journey at some point so what are you waiting for?!

George

Senior Instructor
George head shot_square
My Story

Have you ever suffered from back pain? I have and we are not alone. From a survey done in 2020 done by versus arthritis during the pandemic, 80% of the respondents were experiencing some kind of back, neck or shoulder pain.

 

I first experienced back pain in my mid twenties in 2014. As an active person and keen cyclist this didn’t seem to make sense at my age. In 2012 I graduated with a masters in engineering which involved being in a job sitting at a desk 5 days a week. Turns out sitting at a desk was causing my body to suffer not just on the bike but in my daily life as well. I knew that I needed to make some changes!! Sound familiar.

 

I went to the physio and was diagnosed with a bulging disc in my L5-S1, this was causing pressure on my nerves resulting in the pain I was experiencing. I was given exercises which initially relieved the pain and allowed me to resume my normal life. 6 months later the pain was back and the exercises from the physio weren’t providing me with relief.

 

Back to the drawing board.

 

I heard about foundation training through Bryony my flatmate at the time, I did a bit of research and signed up for my first session with Mora in 2015. The first session was different to any exercises I had done before. I left feeling  optimistic and felt like my body had been worked in ways that I had never experienced. My lower back was burning like someone had lit a furnace there, but it felt great.

 

Working the lower back seemed so counter intuitive to all the advice given around back pain, but from a structural point of view it all began to make sense. Loading a structure in a way that it isn’t designed for will inevitably lead to weakness just like my body.

 

Take a suspension bridge for example, think of the cables like your muscles, if one these large supporting cables were to snap or become weakened the whole bridge would become unstable and eventually collapse.

 

The more I practiced Foundation Training the stronger I felt. There was a moment when I realised, I don’t have back pain anymore “I feel great”. At this point foundation training became a valuable tool for improving my athletic performance.

 

Do you know the Cairn O’Mount? It’s a beast of a hill in Aberdeenshire that tests even the best cyclists.

 

I was out with a friend cycling, normally he kicks my ass on the hills and  I presumed that day  would be no different. We hit the hill, normally within the first 10 minutes he would overtake me and leave me to slog it out. However today was different. I felt my body responded to my requests for more power and oxygen. Everything felt connected and I felt strong. After ten minutes I looked back and I was still ahead. WOW I thought. Foundation training had not only given me the tools to relieve my back pain, but also succeed in other areas of my life.

 

This had such a positive impact I signed up to become a Foundation Training instructor myself. In October 2015 I went all the way to Santa Barbara in California to complete my initial training. I gained my certification in 2016 and have been practicing and teaching ever since.

 

So the moral here is don’t give up hope, I have been teaching foundation training for over 4 years now and have seen so many people move away from their pain. Everyone has to start their journey at some point so what are you waiting for?!

Qualifications
  • Foundation Training Level 1
    (Santa Barbara, USA – September 2016)
  • MEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering
    (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen – 2012)
Contact Information

Isla

Assistant Instructor
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My Story

From a young age dance was a big part of my life and I went on to train professionally at one of the UK’s leading Contemporary Dance School’s, graduating in 2011. I struggled with chronic injury throughout my training and despite multiple weekly visits to numerous different therapists, I still spent years feeling trapped and restricted by the continuous pain I was unable to shift.

 

When my twin sister, Mora, returned from her first Foundation Training Certification we felt that this may finally be a tool to help me. I worked hard with Foundation Training and it took a while due to deeply engrained patterns of movement from dance. The process, though. taught me a huge amount about myself and my body and I finally started taking positive steps forward.

 

I am now fully confident in the benefit of Foundation Training, and completed the Instructor Certification in 2017. Although not my main job, I love helping Mora and Kat with workshops, covering classes when I can and continuing to spread the word.

Carol

Affiliated Instructor
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Qualifications
  • Soft Tissue Therapist Level 5 MISRM
    (London School Sports Massage – 2018)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Bournemouth September 2019)
Contact Information
My Story

In 2018 I found myself the mum to two grown daughters, in a job that no longer gave me purpose and looking after a husband who was recovering from a heart attack.

 

I wanted to do something that motivated me to get up in the morning and that would provide me with a sense of purpose. I have always had a lifelong passion for sports so I decided to study Soft Tissue Therapy under the expert guidance of Mel Cash at the London School of Massage.

 

I loved learning about the body, anatomy and physiology. Helping people get out of pain was so rewarding. But, there is always a but! I kept noticing that my clients would keep coming back with the same problems. Despite treatment and rehabilitation exercises, the same problem would often return.

 

I knew I needed to find something that would solve this problem. I myself had had chronic shoulder and hip pain and suffered for many years with carpal tunnel syndrome. I had tried physio, osteopathy and chiropractors. None of these approaches had offered any lasting improvements. Even surgery on both hands to alleviate my carpal tunnel hadn’t worked. I had actually got pretty good at ignoring my own pain.

 

My twin sister Helen started to tell me about this amazing class she has started attending in Elgin with Kat Ross. Helen had suffered with horrendous shoulder problems, both shoulders had ‘frozen’ at the same time. She told me that I had to learn how to teach Foundation Training. I was introduced to Kat and the rest they say is history.

 

I was lucky enough to be on the first certification held in the UK. This was the missing piece of the puzzle. With a huge amount for support from Kat and Mora I have conquered so much of my own pain, improved my own teaching and understanding of biomechanics. Being part of Foundation Training Instructors UK means that the learning doesn’t stop!

 

I am now working with clients who have chronic problems such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylarthritis. Seeing the benefits of how they practice Foundation Training is rewarding and mostly such a relief for them.

Carol

Affiliated Instructor
Carol head shot_square
My Story

In 2018 I found myself the mum to two grown daughters, in a job that no longer gave me purpose and looking after a husband who was recovering from a heart attack.

 

I wanted to do something that motivated me to get up in the morning and that would provide me with a sense of purpose. I have always had a lifelong passion for sports so I decided to study Soft Tissue Therapy under the expert guidance of Mel Cash at the London School of Massage.

 

I loved learning about the body, anatomy and physiology. Helping people get out of pain was so rewarding. But, there is always a but! I kept noticing that my clients would keep coming back with the same problems. Despite treatment and rehabilitation exercises, the same problem would often return.

 

I knew I needed to find something that would solve this problem. I myself had had chronic shoulder and hip pain and suffered for many years with carpal tunnel syndrome. I had tried physio, osteopathy and chiropractors. None of these approaches had offered any lasting improvements. Even surgery on both hands to alleviate my carpal tunnel hadn’t worked. I had actually got pretty good at ignoring my own pain.

 

My twin sister Helen started to tell me about this amazing class she has started attending in Elgin with Kat Ross. Helen had suffered with horrendous shoulder problems, both shoulders had ‘frozen’ at the same time. She told me that I had to learn how to teach Foundation Training. I was introduced to Kat and the rest they say is history.

 

I was lucky enough to be on the first certification held in the UK. This was the missing piece of the puzzle. With a huge amount for support from Kat and Mora I have conquered so much of my own pain, improved my own teaching and understanding of biomechanics. Being part of Foundation Training Instructors UK means that the learning doesn’t stop!

 

I am now working with clients who have chronic problems such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylarthritis. Seeing the benefits of how they practice Foundation Training is rewarding and mostly such a relief for them.

Qualifications
  • Soft Tissue Therapist Level 5 MISRM
    (London School Sports Massage – 2018)
  • Foundation Training Level 1 Certification
    (Bournemouth September 2019)
Contact Information