Q&A with City Lit Massage Student, Alison Bradby

8 October 2021
Posted in: Stories

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  • City Lit catches up with Alison Bradby to find out more about how she got into Massage.

We offer a variety of courses in massage and complimentary therapies ranging from beginners to advanced and professional ITEC courses.

Q: Could you tell us a little about your background, and what led you to train in massage?

A: Having spent 27 years working in training and development, and latter running a small but successful animal feed business at the same time. My life changed dramatically in 2014 when I was made redundant from my training manager job.

At the same time my business started to face a series of challenges which I stubbornly refused to defeat me, taking on a part time job as a receptionist in a Myofascial Release practice. What an epiphany! Seeing the amazing results the therapists achieved, often in one session, was simply incredible. I was inspired, and suddenly I knew what I wanted to do.

I spoke to my boss who immediately offered me a job if I could qualify, so I closed my business (sad but long overdue) and researched where I could train for a level 3 massage qualification - the requisite I needed to be able to access the specialist Myofascial Release courses.

This is when I found City Lit. Being an impatient kind of girl, I was delighted to find I could fast-rack ITEC level 3 Swedish Massage and applied immediately. Once I had completed the application process, I suddenly found myself on the opposite side of the flip chart!

Q: What do you enjoy the most about working in massage and/or complementary therapies?

A: I absolutely LOVE the people I treat, and my job is so varied.

In an average day I might treat an athlete with an injury, a pensioner with a bad back, a new-born baby, someone experiencing PTSD, and someone who just needs an hour to chill out and leave the real world with all its stresses and strains outside for a while.

It’s so exciting and rewarding to meet and treat all kinds of people, from all walks of life.

Q: What courses have you taken, and what skills, knowledge and experience did you gain through your studies?

A: I studied ITEC level 3 Swedish Massage at City Lit and gained not only masses of knowledge in anatomy, physiology and practical massage skills, but also a huge amount of confidence in handling not only the body itself, but also the minds of the people I worked with.

Q: What did you enjoy the most about training with City Lit?

A: Our tutor Farrah was incredibly knowledgeable as well as humorous, and this combination made for a great learning experience.

Q: What are you doing now after completing your training?

A: I’m working in a specialist Myofascial Release practise, with a keen interest in scar work.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: To continue to develop my skills, particularly addressing the mind-body connection.

Q: What advice would you offer to anyone interested in training in this area?

A: Just go for it! You won’t regret it.

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