Marc P. Kaiser MA, PTS (Dip.), MISRM
Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy
Following years spent in academia, during which I researched, lectured and presented papers at some of the top universities in the UK and North America, I turned my interest towards sports massage therapy. I had been very aware of the benefits of massage from an early age, having learnt a number of basic techniques from my mother. What was initially meant to be a part-time opportunity to top up my funding quickly became a full-time career.
After attending a basic introductory, but very enjoyable, course in Sports Massage, I quickly decided that I wanted to learn more and enrolled on a full diploma course with the Oxford School of Sports Massage (then still known as Pulse Training Solutions) were I was primarily taught by Paul Turner and Rick Weatherall. I hold a Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy, accredited and approved by Edexcel and the Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage, currently the highest massage qualification in the UK.
In addition to this training I have also taken a number of advanced graduate courses in human anatomy at Imperial College London, as well as acquiring extra skills in Sports Taping & Strapping and Ultrasound Therapy. (Please see the CPD section of this website for further information).
I am also a certified provider in Outdoor First Aid, holding SCQF Level 5 accreditation.
I also actively work in sports and have provided massages at events including the London Marathon, Mountain Mayhem (one of the world's oldest, largest and toughest MTB endurance events) and the 24-hour Addidas Thunder Run.
I am also a therapist and lead supervisor for Northampton based event massage specialist STAR Massage Ltd., founded by Kirsty McDade, where we predominantly provide sports massage at road cycling events and sportives, but also at mountain bike and off-road endurance running events. In this capacity we have worked all over the country with some of the UK's foremost event organisers, including UK Cycling Events (who run the Wiggle Super Series), KILO TO GO (organisers of 'Cheshire Cat' and 'Tour of the Peak'), Pro-Velo Support, as well as the charity Action Medical Research. (A full list of events I have worked at can be found in the events section of this website). In 2014 I took over as Events Director at STAR Massage, planning and managing the 50+ events in our events calendar.
In February 2011, I have also personally provided massage therapy for a team of cyclists from the Royal Navy destroyer HMS MANCHESTER, during their charity ride from Portsmouth to Liverpool.
Since 2013 I have been the resident sports massage therapist for the OnTrackCycling track cycling training camps, held at Calshot Velodrome in Hampshire.
In 2014 I have provided sports massage and pitch side first aid to the first team at Wolverton Town FC.
Sports & Remedial Massage is, however, not just aimed at athletes or people with an active lifestyle.
Since working in this profession, I have treated clients with a wide variety of painful and chronic symptoms or conditions, from typical backache/dorsalgia caused by bad posture at work, to rheumatoid arthritis, "sciatica", fibromyalgia, repetitive strain injury (RSI), torticollis, symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and "whiplash".
As a therapist working with athletes, it is quite handy to have some experience in sports yourself, to really know what the potential massage requirements are. In my spare time I enjoy cycling - mainly cross-country and endurance mountainbiking, as well as track cycling. In 2012 I competed in the 4 Hour Nuclear Blast MTB Enduro, as well as taking part in a number of off-road and MTB sportives.
My main sport at the moment is trail running and obstacle / adventure racing. Since 2013 I have run the 'Brutal10' at Bordon Heath, the London North round of 'Tough Mudder' and my first ultra marathon at the 12hr night time technical trail run 'Brutal Enduro', where I completed 50km. The toughest challenge I completed so far, however, was the 'Outdoor Fitness: Man vs. Mountain' in September (a 20 mile obstacle race from Caernarfon, via the summit of Snowdon, to Llanberis). I have also taking part in both the day and night races of 'Men's Health: Survival of the Fittest' in London, the 'Beauty and the Beast' trail marathon, the Anglesey and Flete rounds of the Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series and the 'Cannock Chase Calling' adventure race, as part of Team Mudstacle.