Meet Morganne Blair
You bang your elbow on the door, you’ve woken up with a cricked neck, what do you do?
Your automatic reaction to an injury is to hold that area, with the aim to relieve the pain that you feel there. This is the very basic beginning of massage – and it hasn’t been around for thousands of years for no reason. Touch makes us feel better, due to the release of oxytocin and endorphins, but also psychologically making us feel more connected and reducing levels of stress.
“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion” ~ Buddha
I began studying human physiology and anatomy during PE GCSE and continued this through to University with a degree in Physiology and Sports Science. After Uni I took a few years working and travelling abroad as a Nanny and childcare Supervisor for an Active Holiday Company, as well as travelling to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. It was then that I decided to return home and continue my studies. I took my time researching courses and embarked upon studying Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy at The North London School of Sports Massage, graduating in January 2014.
“Massage has had a positive effect on every medical condition we’ve looked at” ~ Tiffany Field, PhD. Director of Touch Research Institute, University of Miami.
During my time studying I was able to train with the medical team of Saracens RFC in London for 6 months, going on to work at private clinics in London working with a multitude of clients – including office workers, medical professionals and athletes. After 4 years in London, I decided it was time to leave the big smoke with the intention of continuing my studying, and working here in Bristol.
Since working at Bristol Massage Therapy, I have been able to work with & treat great people, whilst continuing to learn new techniques including Kinesiology Taping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Release & most recently Medical Acupuncture. Combining these new techniques with the more traditional soft tissue work styles I hope to continue delivering effective sports and remedial treatments to help keep you on your feet!
Alongside my work at BMT, I also work as part of the Medical, Physio and Training team at the University of Bath's Sport Training Village. This entails working with private clients as well as the students and athletes training there in their respective sports including Fencing, Athletics, Netball, Heptathlon and Swimming - helping them to stay injury free, or aid in their return to play - ensuring they get to their World Championships or even the Commonwealth Games.
- BTEC L5 Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy from the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM)
- ITEC L3 Diploma in Massage – Accredited Massage Courses
- BSc (Hons.) in Physiology & Sports Science from the University of Glasgow
As a member of the SMA (Association for Soft Tissue Therapists, formerly the Sports Massage Association), I am held to the highest standards in the field following strict guidelines, the Code of Conduct, ensuring integrity, client confidentiality, client wellbeing and commitment to continued professional development.
CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
My CPD includes Staff Training, as well as reading relevant articles and papers on massage and injury preventions & repairs. I have also undertaken the following courses:
- Deep Tissue Massage – Accredited Massage Courses
- Intrinsic Biomechanics for Rehabilitation of the whole body – Therapy Expo
- Arsenal Football Club SEMS Conference 2015: The Muscle in Sport: Current concepts in muscle injury prevention, classification, treatment & rehabilitation
- Complete Shoulder Massage – with NLSSM
- Myofascial Release – with Alex Fugallo
- Advanced Techniques with Soft Tissue and Joint Articulations – with Cameron Reid
- Kinesiology Tape
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage – RockBlades
- Medical Acupuncture