My name is Simon Wintle and I am a Level 5 soft tissue therapist. Following persistent back pain caused by a bulging disc in my lumbar spine, I discovered the benefits of soft tissue therapy. Of all the treatments that I tried, STT (soft tissue therapy) was by far the most effective. Having taught physical education and coached a number of sports for over 20 years, I was inspired to requalify and pursue a career helping others to train, work and go about their daily routines without pain.
Since qualifying at the Oxford School of Sports Massage I have treated a wide range of people providing me with a very broad spectrum of experience. I have had the good fortune to work at a local premiership rugby club, I look after two international squash players and provide STT for Andy Cook Cycling Camps in Majorca. I have experience working in professional woman’s cycling and am currently looking after 8 GB age group triathletes. It is inspiring to be able to spend my days resolving issues.
I am constantly reading and finding out more and more about this fascinating topic and have attended many courses to develop my knowledge and skills further. I’m currently studying for a second level 5 diploma in Sports Therapy at the Birmingham Movement Therapy Clinic. I am now a senior tutor at OSSM, using my skills to train others to undertake a career in soft tissue therapy.
Personally, sport has played a central part of my life whether competing, coaching or teaching. I swam at national level, I have competed in the World Triathlon Championships at both standard and long course distances and played rugby for the Navy, Combined Services as well as trials for Wales at U21. Although I’m not a ‘speedster’ I have also completed two Ironman Triathlons. Since struggling with my back I have returned to the pool, training with Gloucester Masters and competing in masters and open water swimming events.
I am a member of the Institute for Soft Tissue Therapists, The Association of Soft Tissue Therapists and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.