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It all started with a fascination for the Far East.
As a teenager, I was totally intrigued by everything about China and the Orient, specifically Chinese philosophy, Movement and Healing Arts. I eventually spent a year living and working as a gym instructor in Hong Kong when I was 19 yrs old.
By my early 20's, I was a firm believer in the Eastern theories of energy channels and meridians. I practiced Chi Gung (QiGong) daily, read up on Taoist philosophy and got Acupuncture for a back injury I'd sustained in the gym.
In 1993 I started studying massage. My plan; to work as a massage therapist whilst putting myself through a three year Acupuncture degree.
Long story, short.
The Acupuncture degree never materialised.
But, I had discovered a new passion: Massage Therapy
I loved the hands-on work, the connection created with my clients, the ability to feel nodules and knots through the skin, and of course, helping them to feel fantastic.
Over the following 20+ years, I studied numerous different massage styles and techniques with some of the best educators in the massage industry.
From the bizarre Chi Nei Tsang (Internal Organ Energy Massage) in 1994, an abdominal massage to balance Chi or energy. To the cutting edge DermoNeuroModulation in 2012, a science based hands-on technique aimed at encouraging changes within the nervous system.
In 2012, I had the wonderful privilege to fully dissect a human cadaver, it was a gruesome experience but awe inspiring beyond belief! I learnt more in that single week than I have from most of the other courses put together.
I've been privileged to study with Art Riggs (Deep Tissue Massage) 2010, Sol Petersen (Applied Structural Integration) 2011, Joel Tull (Kinetic Massage) 2010, Gil Hedley (Anatomy/Dissection) 2012, Diane Jacobs PT (DermoNeuroModulation) 2012, David Lauterstein (Deep Massage) 2015, 2016, Walt Fritz (Myofascial Release) 2017 and Anatomy Trains 2018.
I'm currently widening my movement skillset and have doing my Yoga Teaching Training in Sustainable Yoga with Brea Johnson and Kat Boehm (Heart+BonesYoga).
In recent years, I've become particularly interested in the effects of massage and touch from a Neuroscience perspective. The brain and Central Nervous System is where the wonderful experiences or 'magic' often attributed to energy work actually happens.
I've discovered, it's easier for clients to create lasting changes when they are actively involved in their recovery. With this in mind, I often prescribe simple 'Movement Improvement' exercises to help break old movement habits and encourage new, better ones.
My fascination for all things from the Orient is still intact. I continue to practice Chi Gung irregularly but now consider it a wonderful mindful movement exercise rather than energy work. I also have a rather large tattoo of my hero the Taoist philosopher ChuangTzu.
I continue to use traditional massage techniques that have been shown to be effective for thousands of years, but I no longer subscribe to the energy based theories as to why they are effective. I understand these theories for what they are; the best explanations of how the body works given the available scientific and anatomical knowledge at the time.
Medical science has moved on leaps and bounds since then and these ancient theories have been surpassed by new theories. As an evidence based massage therapist I have to be willing to let go of old beliefs in order to provide you with the best and most effective client care possible.
In 2011, I got the opportunity to take over the rooms I was working from. I now run The Glasgow Treatment Rooms, a shared workspace for wellness professionals.
I've appeared on TV (STV) and Radio (BBC Scotland) to discuss the benefits of massage and I've featured in The Guardian talking about the tennis ball self-help massage technique.
I've taught advanced massage techniques classes and also mentor several fellow massage therapists.
So that's me. A whistle-stop tour of my journey with massage and movement.
It doesn't end there though, I'm always learning and challenging myself to be better at the job I love: Massage.
I have had quite a few massages over the years and I can honestly say that Trevor is by far the best. "Cosmetic messages" as I call them make you feel good at the time and even for a little while after, however 3 days after a session with Trevor I am still feeling the benefits. He makes you feel at ease, he will discuss any problems you are having and will conduct the session to suit. I have been to Trevor on 4 separate occasions and I have never received the same massage, they differ depending on the problems I am having at the time.M Reid - Facebook Review
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Quite simply Trevor is one of the best massage therapists I have attended. And I have had every kind of massage in dozens of countries over 20 years. No nonsense, no whale music, excellent results. And a very nice guy.Campbell Airlie - LinkedIn Review
Trevor brings a focus and an expertise to his work that I've rarely encountered in a massage therapist. Every time I'm in Glasgow I book in for a treatment. My muscles are tight and I have knots in my shoulders and yet after an hour with Trevor my body feels light and tension free. I recommend him to all of my friends who say they could use a really good massage. I haven't found a better, friendlier professional massage therapist in Glasgow or even in Scotland.M Halavage - LinkedIn Review