My name is Steve Bowerman, it was my interest in health and keeping fit that made me evaluate my career and I came to the decision that I would like to work in this field in some form, after a great deal of thought and consideration I decided I would like to be a sports massage therapist. I began to look into this area and researched available courses. I found that before I could enrol on sports massage course I needed to have a massage and anatomy & physiology qualification.
So I began my journey in 2008 by enrolling on an ITEC Level 3 Holistic Massage course that would give me the qualifications I needed for sports massage, it also gave me the foundations on which to build my career. I really enjoyed the course and found the human body to be fascinating and still do, I knew from the first day that I had made the right decision.
On completion of the course and gaining my qualifications I enrolled on the level 3 sports massage course and quickly followed that with level 4 sports massage as I had a goal. The goal that I wanted to achieve was to be qualified at level 4 sports massage so that I could apply to be a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics. I did not expect to get I just wanted to be qualified so the I could fill the application form in. To my surprise I was invited for an interview which was a massive achievement, I would have been happy if that was as far as it went but I was offered a role in the athletes medical team for rowing and canoe sprint.
After London 2012 I continued to volunteer for other major sports events and I have been part of the medical team providing sports massage at the
London 2012 Olympics at rowing and canoe sprint at Eton Dorney and their athletes village at the Royal Holloway University
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh at the diving
2017 IPA World Para Athletic Championships in London
2017 IAAF World Athletic Championships in London
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Cairns at basketball
I am a member of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA) and work to their code of ethics. Being able to offer a range of treatments benefits the client as different techniques can be incorporated into a treatment if required.
My aim as a therapist is to give the best treatment possible so that the client gets the maximum benefit possible and their expectations met whether it is for relaxation, de-stress, general well being or for a particular injury. I have a desire to keep learning and continue my progression as a therapist.