My name is Fraser Burton, I am a BTEC Level 5 qualified Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist and a full member of the Sports Massage Association (SMA).
I also hold qualifications in both Personal Training and in Corrective Exercise Instruction
I have been involved in some form of sport from a very young age, but predominantly martial arts and strength training since I was 13. I have had my fair share of injuries and hiccups along the way.
Aged 19 a neck injury finished my involvement in martial arts and focused my training and interests more towards the gym and understanding the mechanics of the body.
This led me to gain my level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Sports Massage Therapy. It was a fantastic baseline of knowledge and enhanced my own training but I felt I needed more understanding to be able to confidently help other people.
I left feeling I knew just enough to know what I don’t know and with a strong desire to keep learning.
Over the next few years, I kept hitting the gym, kept hurting and saw therapists from many disciplines with varying degrees of success. One of the most impressive ones pointed me in the direction of the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM).
After researching NLSSM I realised I’d found my ‘next step’ and enrolled on their Diploma course. This added A LOT to my toolbox such as advanced sports and remedial massage techniques, a deeper understanding of functional anatomy and in depth assessment skills.
During my time as a student at NLSSM I made the decision to join the SMA. Part of its purpose is to establish and maintain ethical, professional and educational standards for soft tissue therapists. The SMA also requires its members to complete regular continuing professional development. Towards the end of my time studying, I was nominated for and received the SMA’s student of the year award.
Shortly after qualifying I was invited to train as a tutor with NLSSM and spent the next few years on the teaching staff there, before ultimately transitioning to running my clinic full time locally. It was a fantastic opportunity for me as a therapist, being part of the teaching team at NLSSM allowed me to reinforce and develop my skills, working with some of the best in the industry.
I understand the passion to perform better and the frustration, struggle and desire to return to training after an injury. I also understand the need to be treated by someone fully invested in addressing the cause, rather than the symptoms and who will then guide and help through the whole process.
Keeping thorough assessment and regular reassessment at its core, I believe soft tissue therapy is most effective when the client treats it as a 3 part process; not just what happens during the treatment but also what modifications are made to your lifestyle/regular activities and what work (stretches, exercises etc.) you do to rebalance and complement the treatments.
Wherever possible I aim to educate and empower my clients to understand their own bodies, how they can help themselves resolve their issues, achieve their goals and show them how to maintain themselves to the best of their ability.