New Qualifications: Advanced Clinical & Sports Massage

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New Qualifications: ACMT Level 5 & Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist

Exciting new qualifications to add to the list of ways that I can help you – I passed!

Covid, ACMT & Graduation

I am now a level 5 qualified ACMT therapist and level 4 sports massage therapist – check out my exciting new logos! I now rank alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors as a healthcare professional who can help you with most types of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain including:

  • back pain
  • sciatica
  • neck pain
  • whiplash
  • headaches and migraines
  • frozen shoulder
  • sports injuries
  • knee pain
  • strains and sprains
  • ligament and tendon issues.

As well as systemic conditions like:

  • fibromyalgia
  • myofascial pain syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • plantar fasciitis

and many more – see Treatable Conditions for the full listing.

Any of you who follow me on social media have probably seen it all over my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts. If not I’d love you to connect with me there and have a look as I often update them with news, information and links to promotions – including the return of my Referral Bonus scheme! A FREE treatment for each client referred by yourself – click Referral Bonus for details or see at the bottom of this blog.

New Qualifications


I feel extremely fortunate not to have caught Covid or for any of my family or friends to have suffered or been hospitalised because of it. I count my blessings daily because of this and used the time in Lockdowns to create a daily meditation and yoga practice.

Although the latest variant appears milder, Covid levels are unprecedentedly high, life is far from normal and my bookings are low. Covid, together with losing clients after having to move house, has greatly disrupted bookings. This time there is no lockdown, no more Government support and I am struggling to keep the business going.

There have been good months which give me hope, but also times like now where I have few bookings compared to my ‘normal’ business and simply not enough income. I have been told by Universal Credit that they are not there to ‘prop up failing businesses’ and that if things haven’t improved by October the benefit will be withdrawn, no matter what the Covid situation we are facing.

Naturally I want you to be safe and book when you wish to, but it’s simple cause and effect that without work businesses like mine will struggle or fail. I have excellent safety protocols, no Covid so far and will continue to keep you as safe as possible.

If you would like me here in the future as Nature To Nurture to treat and support you this is how you can help me 🙂

  • Book: if you’d like to please book! You may have forgotten, are out of the habit or would like to restart. Booking, even if it’s just occasional, is what will make the difference to me
  • Rebook: people tend to float out of a treatment and forget, but rebooking for regular treatments is truly invaluable and keeps the business running
  • Recommend: I have lots of incredible testimonials so if these can turn into bookings it would be amazing. If you like what I do or think I can help someone you know with clinical or holistic massage (level 5), aromatherapy (level 5), sports massage and rehabilitation (level 4), scar tissue release or natural products – please recommend me! I am happy to answer any queries
  • Referral: I have reinstated my Referral Bonus. If you recommend someone you get a free 30 mins treatment of your choice
  • Review: please click these links to leave a review or give a testimonial – it really brings in new clients
  • Recommendations: if you have a suggestion or know of an opportunity, perhaps where you work or through a connection you have, please let me know
ACMT Training and Qualification

I am so proud of my fellow ACMT graduates and to be a part of this very special group

My response was to consider closing the business and getting a desk job, back to financially-stable office work but I love working with people, I love helping you, I love making a difference, I love my job and I have spent 10 years of my time, money and hard work creating a successful business. I instead made what many would consider a crazy choice given my income loss. I decided to invest in new qualifications – train, learn, work harder, upskill and spend my time and what money I had left on learning more.

The Covid pandemic and lockdowns highlighted to us all the physical and mental health issues that many suffered in isolation. The need for treatment and help is greater not less. I not only wanted to remain a massage therapist but I wanted to improve what I could offer to you as clients and help more people – and this meant new qualifications and training.


So I joined the a training course in the UK that would offer the highest qualification in the UK, but did you know that this means I actually have two new qualifications – I am also a level 4 sports massage therapist now!

It turns out I was not alone. Other struggling massage therapists had made the same, seemingly crazy choice. The choice to get ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again. Covid meant that this hands-on training course and its students had to be flexible and became a blended course – a mixture of online content, videos, tests, zoominars and exams combined with face-to-face hands-on training with plenty of safety protocols and PPE. We got used to masks, visors, aprons, gloves, bubbles and distanced couches in huge ballrooms as we looked after each other and our families and clients.

Course Requirements

There was a LOT of hard work involved.

  • many hours of massage practice
  • case studies
  • creating treatment plans
  • learning hundreds of muscles, ligaments and tendons, together with their attachments and actions
  • perfecting and deepening techniques I already knew such as facial release and trigger point therapy
  • learning new procedures – orthopaedic special tests and range of motion assessments, active isolated stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and balance techniques, self-care plans and physiotherapy rehabilitation
  • not to mention in-person and online CPD of a plethora of pathologies, conditions, acute injuries and chronic pain
  • sports massaged rehabilitation techniques, sports and eventing training
  • passing a 4 hour written exam and practical massage exam
  • two new qualifications – level 5 advanced clinical massage therapy and level 4 sports massage therapy
For more information on what ACMT is and how it can help you with acute or chronic pain, soft tissue injuries or conditions – please click ACMT – Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy


To Book or Ask Questions about how ACMT can help you please Contact Me