I am Suzanne Lawrence and I’m both a qualified level 4 Sports Massage therapist and a Corrective Exercise Specialist; with additional knowledge and experience in personal training, gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting and yoga. My main focus is sports injuries and rehabilitation with the goal of helping my clients get back to what they enjoy doing the most.
I also believe sports massage is beneficial to anyone who is experiencing muscular pain and discomfort from their work and lifestyle, and it gives me satisfaction in knowing I can make people feel better in their everyday life.
It is important to me to make sure my clients are all moving well and pain free, whether they are sat behind a desk all day, completing an Ironman, a regular runner or an Olympic Weightlifter – a sports massage is beneficial to all!
Along with normal sports massage and corrective exercise treatments I am also qualified in medical acupuncture which I use within my treatment plan to further reduce acute and chronic pain within the muscles and soft tissues.
I look forward to seeing you and helping in your recovery.
Why did you become a Sports Massage Therapist?
With a background in massage therapy I have always had the desire to help people. By being an active member and ‘ambassador’ in my local Crossfit gym community, this has given me the opportunity to combine the two and help my fellow peers in being able to continuously participate in the sport they enjoy most whilst being injury-free.
What makes your job worthwhile?
Helping my clients to live an injury-free life, in which they can enjoy their chosen sports and activities, or simply to be able to go about their day-to-day life whilst being pain-free.
What is unique about how you work?
I like to take the time to understand my client’s needs and expectations, aligned to their chosen sport or activity, then customise the treatments in such a way as to quickly get them back to being able to enjoy what they like to do most.
Who has influenced you most in your career as a Sports Massage Therapist?
Participating in a sport, which if not performed correctly can lead to frequent injury, I was inspired to gain a deeper understanding of body mechanics and recovery from injuries sustained in sport or through day to day activities. In today’s society, so many of us perform activities without using proper functional movement – thus my influence has come from many people around me.
What’s the piece of advice do you give to your patients/clients most often?
Warm up using dynamic stretching methods and mobilise before undertaking activities, whether they be medium to highly strenuous. To stretch regularly and encourage active recovery (active rest) when injured – if the body allows – and limit sedentary lifestyles.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
Crossfit (strength and conditioning), yoga and taking long active recovery walks with my dog and family and enjoying holidays in Cornwall and Devon.