I was thinking the other day about how my business started. Three years ago (well, over three years) I decided to become a mobile massage therapist. So much has changed over those three years, so I thought today would be a perfect time to reflect on my journey as a mobile massage therapist – don’t worry, I promise I won’t bore you.
The Birth of Bristol Mobile Massage
I love Bristol. It’s been my hometown since 2004, and I now see myself as a true Bristolian. I’ve climbed the Avon Gorge and Cheddar rocks, Leigh Woods Park bike path is my favourite place, and I’ve taken part in the Bristol Half Marathon. And it was after I signed up to take part in the half marathon when a friend suggested I book myself in for a massage the day after the half marathon. At first, I was sceptical and didn’t think I needed a massage, but my friend was right. After the half marathon, my body was so sore that I walked like Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.
But after I had the massage my body felt great, and my mind was on fire with ideas. It was while I struggled to walk to the massage clinic that I thought it would be better if a massage therapist could come to me instead of me going to them. Many people living in Bristol lead such busy lives that they would struggle to make the time to visit a massage therapist or massage clinic.
I have always been interested in anatomy and physiology – my mom was a nurse who once used Chinese cupping on me and taught me how it worked. So I decided that I could be the person to provide a mobile massage service for busy individuals in this thriving metropolitan city. And with that decision made, I decided to study at Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, and in 2014 Bristol Mobile Massage was born.
How Has Bristol Mobile Massage Grown Over the Years?
Now we’ve looked at the birth of Bristol Mobile Massage, let’s look at how this business has grown over the last three years. Since completing my Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage, I have gone on to gain many qualifications, training, and experience:
I hold the Level 5 Remedial and Sports Massage Diploma course with BCMB
I hold an OMT Spinal Manipulation Certificate Course with OMT Training
I hold a Dry Needling (Medical Acupuncture) Certificate Course with OMT Training
And with gaining qualifications, and experience, my treatment list has grown a lot over the last three years. So, I now offer the following treatments:
Back, neck, shoulders
Residential and care home massage therapy (I’m planning on working with even more care and residential homes)
Sport and remedial massage
Runner and Cyclist Legs Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Dry Needling (medical acupuncture)
Neurological massage therapy
I work hard to offer my clients a more than satisfactory service, so I’m always happy when I see feedback and testimonials from my happy clients.
One of my clients called Alison had this to say about my treatment with her: ‘Krzys has been helping me with my back on a regular basis for the last three months or so. Not only does he has the knowledge, but he has the skill to impart that knowledge. I couldn't be happier with the results.’
You can find more client testimonials on my Facebook page.
Bristol Mobile Massage’s Recent and Future Changes
There have recently been some changes in Bristol Mobile Massage. The first change is that I’ve undertaken additional CPD training. I have recently taken part in an MTI (Massage Training Institute) Conference Workshops. Here’s a list of the workshops I have attended:
Assessing and Treating the Neck: How massage therapist can safely utilise the physiology perspective with Jane Johnson
Applied Cases in Soft Tissue Therapy - Experience and Expectation with Earl Abrahamson
Thai Massage Stretches on Massage Couch with Barbara Wall
Topical Talk with MTI Regional Group - Self-care
Supervised Swap MTI Regional Group - Massage Reflections
Gokhale Method with John Carter
These were brilliant and informative workshops, which I would recommend to any massage therapist.
Also, I have some good news. I’m no longer working solo. I have a new partner-in-massage called May Atkinson. She started with us in June this year, and she is available on Mondays.
The next change is my new website called BusyHive. It is a website designed for healthcare professionals and was launched in July of this year. Since starting my business I have overcome many obstacles, so I wanted to create a place where I could sha