Glasgow Massage Specialist
My journey started in my early teens with a fascination for the Far East and China.
I loved everything, the philosophy, art, history and medicine. So much so, when I was 19, I jumped on a plane and went to live and work in Hong Kong for a year and worked as a gym instructor.
In my early 20’s, I learnt the theory of energy channels, meridians and the basics for Chinese medicine. I practiced Chi Gung (QiGong) daily and I read a lot on Taoist philosophy.
One day in the gym I hurt my lower back and Acupuncture helped get me back on track.
So that was it, I wanted to become an Acupuncturist but that was a 3 year degree and I didn’t have that kind of cash.
I came up with the idea of doing a massage course first. I figuring I could use the money I earned from giving massages to pay my way through Acupuncture school. It wouldn’t hurt having a massage qualification either.
Over time, the Acupuncture idea fell by the way side as I got stuck into my newest passion:
I fell head over hills in love with massage. I loved the connection you get from working on the skin and I still love it for that very same reason.
Being able to feel the nodules, knots and tight muscles with my hands and encouraging them to melt away.
So that was that, I became a massage therapist.
Since then, I’ve continued to study lots of different types of massage. And I’ve studied with teachers from all around the world.
In 1994 I studied a technique called Chi Nei Tsang, a Chinese abdominal massage to balance Chi (energy). On the other end of the spectrum, I studied DermoNeuroModulation in 2012. DNM is a science based technique which uses gentle touch to create change in the nervous system.
I’ve also had the privilege to work with a human cadaver!
Yes, you read that right – I spend a week in the lab with bodies and a scalpel. It was one of the most gruesome but awe inspiring weeks of my life! I learnt more in that single week than I have from almost all the other courses I’ve ever attended.
I’ve 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 (Dermo Neuro Modulation) 2012.
- David Lauterstein (Deep Massage) 2015, 2016.
- Walt Fritz (Myofascial Release) 2017 and 2019
- Anatomy Trains 2018.
In 2019 I completed my 200hr Yoga Teaching Training in with Brea Johnson and Kat Boehm at Heart & Bones Yoga.
Recently I’ve become more and more interested in how massage works from a Neuro perspective. It’s our brain and nervous system that are creating the magic that we experience from bodywork.
My fascination for all things Oriental is still intact. I still practice Chi Gung every now and then but I see it as mindful movement rather than energy work.
Traditional massage techniques still creep into my work and why not? They’ve worked for thousands of years, even if the theories behind them don’t hold water any more.
Science has moved on leaps and bounds and new theories have replaced old ones.
In 2011, I took over the treatment space I was working in. I never set out to have my own clinic but I now own The Glasgow Treatment Rooms. A shared workspace for massage and wellness professionals.
Which is one of the reasons I’m covered in tattoos and why art covers the walls of my clinic too.
I have appeared on TV (The Hour, STV) and Radio (MacAulay & Co, BBC Scotland) to discuss massage. I’ve also been featured in The Guardian talking about tennis ball self massage and The Sydney Morning Herald talking about Nerve Flossing.
I’ve taught massage techniques to save your hands to Spa therapists.
I also have another business where I teach how to make a living as a massage therapist.
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.
Have any questions or want to connect – contact me
See you in the clinic soon!
Trevor – The Massage Specialist
I have had quite a few massages over the years and I can honestly say 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
Try it and see for yourselves. Actions speak louder than words.
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