Joanne Richards MISRM

I’ve worked as a Soft Tissue Therapist (Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist) for over 10 years. During that time, I’ve learnt that the most successful pain relief comes from a combination of treatment, movement practice, and changing how you move day to day. Pain is a symptom of something that is not right with your body, whether that is due to posture, repetitive strain or trauma. We must learn from it. Just the treatment, is not a solution to fix the issue, although it can give some effective relief. Finding the cause and ensuring our fundamental movement patterns are of good quality, is the best way to move away from discomfort for the rest of your life.

What I have found contributes most to success is having an understanding of why you are in pain, committing to making the changes to fix your individual issues, and creating good habits. It doesn’t have to be a set hour everyday of rehab, just making small sustainable changes can go a long way to helping you.
For many years I’ve regularly taken part in Yoga and Pilates. Often, I’ve not wanted to start a session because I’ve felt tired; I’ve got too much other stuff on or I’ve felt a niggle in my body. These excuses should be the reason we get up and move, not the barrier. Movement in any form gives me more energy; allows me to be more productive afterwards and can alleviate that niggle. That is why I qualified as a Yoga and Pilates teacher.

As a result, I’ve come to believe that movement is essential to improve and maintain a healthy mind and body.