Simon Wintle Sports TherapistMy 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, soft tissue therapy was by far the most effective. Having taught physical education and coached 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 attended many courses to develop my knowledge further and I am constantly reading and finding out more and more about this fascinating topic. It is inspiring to be able to spend my days resolving issues. Since qualifying I have been fortunate to have had experience working at a local premiership rugby club, I look after two international squash players, provide STT for Andy Cook Cycling Camps in Majorca and I have experience supporting women’s professional cycling.

I have also been very fortunate to have been invited back to OSSM as an assistant tutor where I have been able to help others to train and undertake a career in soft tissue therapy.

I am a member of the Institute for Soft Tissue Therapists, The Association of Soft Tissue Therapists and the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council.

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.