Lara Pesce, Sports Massage Therapist
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma, Sports Massage
Lara is a sports massage therapist who is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential be they elite athletes or occasional gym users. She recently gained her Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage at St Mary’s University, Roehampton, gaining a Distinction grade with 100% achieved in her Anatomy and Physiology paper.
Lara has a background in a variety of sports including Gymnastics and Hockey both of which she has competed in at a high level. She is a qualified aerobics instructor and swimming teacher and coached a number of swimming squads at club level. She is also a mum of 4 sports mad children who compete at national, regional, county and club level in sports ranging from Tumbling gymnastics, Hockey, Trampolining, Equestrian Sports , Fencing and Rugby.
In October Lara is continuing her training at University with a Level 4 course and hopes to achieve her Level 5 by the end of 2020.
What influenced you to study and practice Sports Massage?
We as a family have always been interested in sport and have received a lot of physio/massage/osteopathy treatment, from my boys having Cranial Osteopathy as babies all the way up to my husband and I being treated for various sports related injuries. When my daughter started competing quite seriously at gymnastics I realised there were not many practitioners who would offer sports massage to teenage athletes and so I started looking into the course. I toyed with it for a few years before finally committing last year. We are a ‘sporty’ family so we are involved in lots of different sports and activities and sport has always played an important part of our lives. Going back to uni was a bit of a shock!
Where did you study Sports Massage Therapy?
St Marys University Twickenham and I am now back there studying for my Level 4 Sports Massage.
How would you describe your treatment style?
I would say my style is not fixed yet and constantly evolving depending on who I am treating and the issue I’m treating! I am quite tenacious if something needs fixing I adapt my style to the individual.
Can you tell us something about yourself?
I was born in Italy, my greatest achievement other that having my amazing children is completing the Sahara challenge in 2001. I have a dog named Harley, 2 year old GSD who needs about 200 million hours of walks a week and a cat called Loki. I was a gymnast, hockey player and kick boxer. I played football at University and support Italy at football but England at Rugby! We are a BIG rugby house and all my children play including my daughter.