Jon Ward

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Jon Ward

Jon is a fully qualified Soft Tissue Therapist having studied at the London School of Sports Massage, which is seen by many as the pioneers and profession leaders for Sports Massage.

Having worked in the Finance Industry for a long period of time Jon was looking for a different career path. This new path became clearer after sustaining an injury whilst training for his first London Marathon in 2013. The excellent treatment he received enabled him to recover quickly enough for him to complete his training and the race itself. Having felt at first hand the benefits of massage, when administered correctly, Jon set his sights on being able to give others the same positive experience. His plan came to fruition in January 2017 when he gained his qualifications. 
Jon’s outside interests usually revolve around sport, he is a FA qualified Football Coach, a keen runner having run numerous Marathons, Half Marathons and other endurance races, played and coached tennis locally and enjoys a round of golf when he can.

Q&A with Jon Ward

What are your qualifications? 

I am a Soft Tissue Therapist having graduated from the LSSM (London School of Sports Massage) situated within Regents University.  I successfully gained a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy and am an active member of the Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage.

This qualification has 3 key clinical elements: 

Assessment – using and applying numerous methods to determine whether Soft Tissue Therapy is appropriate. A suitable treatment plan is then devised per individual client.

Treatment – apply a range of soft tissue techniques (including Massage, Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy and Neuromuscular techniques) aiding recovery from injury also improving muscular conditions and joint mobility.

Rehabilitation – offering advice on a range of remedial exercises and lifestyle factors that not only should speed up recovery times but prevents further injury.

Why do people come to you?

The majority of my clients have arisen from word of mouth and recommendations. They contact me looking for help with differing levels of muscle soreness or tightness and in some cases strains or sprains.
My clients range from semi-professional footballers to painters and decorators. Within this diverse range, every person has an individual need to them. Whether you are an athlete looking for a pre or post-event massage, have developed an injury arising from excessive training, if you are a plasterer feeling pain due to repetitive movement or even have tight calf muscles after a night out dancing. I can tailor a personalized treatment for you. 

Do you have any specialisms? 

There isn’t one specific specialism but having been a runner for a number of years picking up numerous injuries along the way I have plenty of knowledge in this area. I can honestly say I know how my clients feel pain wise as well as the anxiety and frustration when wanting to run again! This has proved valuable especially when I have worked at post events such as the Southend Half Marathon and London Marathon.  

What are the typical complaints your treatments can help with?

Having worked in an office environment for so long I have an appreciation of the aches and pains that accumulate after being sat in front of a computer screen for hours on end. This empathy enables me to find the root cause and treat, showcasing how sports massage isn’t just for elite athletes! 

I do see a number of recreational athletes, who most commonly develop injuries when they increase their workload too quickly. This can be in any sport but I would say in my experience it is more common in runners and gym users. Especially in the gym when lifting more weights and having slightly incorrect technique will lead to muscle strain, which Sports Massage can ease. 

What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising?
The majority of my clients contact me for help with a variety of injuries or niggles and leave the clinic physically feeling better. However, many of them comment as to how they feel a lot more relaxed and in a better headspace after a session. Having this time whether it being a bit of “me” time or just a period away from modern-day stress (mobile phones etc) shouldn’t be underestimated. Regular massages can greatly improve the body and mind.

Can you tell us a surprising fact about sports massage?

Sports or deep tissue massage shouldn’t be unbearably painful there is an urban myth of “no pain no gain” but the best therapists work with their clients enabling uncomfortable treatments for injuries to be very bearable and that is my aim with every client I see. 

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