Level 3 Sports massage therapist
Barre Fitness instructor and gym instructor
BA (Hons) Exercise Science
Studying MSc Performing Arts Medicine
My name is Emma Hayes and I am a sports massage therapist and fitness instructor based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. I studied at the University of Derby & Nottingham Trent University for my degree in Exercise Science (2018-2021), and I am now currently studying for my Masters degree in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL to be able to specialise in treating dancers and performing artists. I am also the sports massage therapist for Jelli Studios Theatre Arts College in Liverpool.
In my second year of university I took my level 3 sports massage qualification and I have been qualified since March 2020. I set up my own business in September 2020 and I work with a wide range of clients including football coaches, dancers, generally active individuals, as well as those who have office-based jobs. I also work with regular clients who have specific conditions such as fibromyalgia. In late 2020 I was looking at how I could improve my services for the new year and for the reopening after coronavirus restrictions, so I decided to take cupping and kinesiology taping courses, as well as a facials course to provide my spa experience appointments. I now have new qualifications in hot stone massage & Indian head massage. During the coronavirus restrictions shortly after I qualified, me and my family decided to convert our garage into my massage room/clinic which I also use for barre fitness private lessons.
In addition to running my massage business from home, I occasionally travel to work at marathon events. The events I have worked at so far are Ultra Challenge events which are 25km, 50km, or 100km distances over 1 or 2 days. I have travelled to the Peak District, Lake District, Cotswold Way and Dawlish (South West Coast to Coast challenge). At these events I get to work alongside other sports massage therapists and physiotherapists – taking part in these events has really helped to grow my knowledge on different massage techniques, and has also helped to build my client base. I now have a lot more experience of working with runners, as well as understanding and treating any injuries or concerns they may have. In November 2021 I provided sports massage therapy at the East Midlands Dance Championships at The Regency Dance Centre.
In addition to massage, I also teach private and group barre fitness classes. I took my Barre Fitness qualification in July 2020 in London by Stott Pilates. Since I attended university in 2018 I have always wanted to teach my own exercise classes. I took my gym instructor course and helped out assisting dance and gym classes whilst in University. These classes are unique to the local area and they also incorporate my background and interest of dance. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and I studied at Jelli Studios Theatre Arts College in Liverpool (2016-2018). Over the years I have taken part in many dance shows, events and competitions, the main ones being Move It Performing Arts Event in London, English Youth Ballet, and Dance World Cup in Germany and Barcelona where I returned back home a world champion with my team.
These classes are a mix of ballet and pilates to create a fun yet challenging workout.
More information about sports massage, spa experiences and barre fitness classes can be found on my website. For bookings/enquires, please see ‘Contact/book’.