It’s great to meet you, I’m Trevor
I live and breathe massage every day.
I believe regular massage is hands-down one of the best things you can do to proactively maintain your health and wellbeing.
I qualified way back in 1993 which means I’ve racked up more than 10,000 days as a massage therapist 🤯
My journey into health and wellbeing started in my early teens with a fascination for bodybuilding and the Far East.
I loved everything about the Orient, the art, the history and the fact everything was so different. When I was 19, I was lucky enough to be able to jump on a plane and go work in Hong Kong for 9 months, working as a barman and in gyms as a personal trainer.
One day I hurt my lower back in the gym and a friend recommended I try some Acupuncture to ease the pain and get back moving again, it was amazing.
I wanted to become an Acupuncturist but it that was gonna mean a 3 year degree and a lot of money.
I didn’t have the patience or the money for that.
So I decided on a quicker option, I’d study to be a massage therapist first.
I figured I could use the money I earned as a massage therapist to pay my way through Acupuncture school.
Problem was, I’d fell in love with massage.
I fell head over heels in love with massage. I loved the connection you get from working directly on the skin, the feedback from every massage stroke and move. You can literally feel the muscles, fascia and soft tissues change under your hands as the nodules, knots and tension melts away. It’s amazing and I still love it for that very same reason.
Weirdly, I’d never had a massage before I made the decision to study massage therapy, but here I was now a qualified massage therapist.
Since then, I’ve gone on to study loads of different types and styles of massage. And been privileged to study with some of the best teachers from around the world.
In 1994 I studied a technique called Chi Nei Tsang, a Chinese abdominal massage to balance Chi (energy). At the complete other end of the spectrum, I studied DermoNeuroModulation in 2012. DNM is a science based technique which uses gentle touch and skin stretch to encourage change in the nervous system.
working with a human cadaver!
Yep, that’s right – I got to spend a whole week in the dissection lab with human cadavers and a scalpel.
It’s hands down one of the most gruesome and amazing weeks of my life! I learnt more in that single week than I have from almost all the other courses and books I’ve ever studied.
Here are a few of the people I’ve studied with over the years:
- 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.
- Core Fascial Release (level 1) 2022
In 2019 I also completed my 200hr Yoga Teaching Training in with Brea Johnson and Kat Boehm at Heart & Bones Yoga.
I’ve become more and more interested in how massage works from a Neuro perspective. It really is our brain and nervous system that create that feeling of magic that we experience when receiving 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 was offered the opportunity to take over the clinic space I was working out of.
I won’t say I jumped at the chance, because I didn’t.
I certainly never set out to run a clinic and if you’d have asked me at the time what my goals where, it 100% wouldn’t have included running a massage clinic!
But I loved the space I was working from and it was a case of either take it over or have someone else take it over and become my new landlord.
So, with lots of uhhming and arghing I decided being the landlord was probably the better option.
That was in 2011, 12 years ago and I’m still running my clinic, The Glasgow Treatment Rooms.
To be fair, I’m extremely lucky to have found the absolute best therapists to work with me in my clinic and they absolutely make my life easy peasy.
Art and Design
I’m a huge art and design fan. You might have noticed from the photographs around the website, I’m pretty heavily tattooed with black and grey patterns and Oriental scenes.
You’ll also find the walls of my clinic are covered by graffiti inspired art as well as the more traditional anatomy pictures, which I’m also a huge fan of and has lead to a rather large collection of vintage anatomy books.
Oh yeah, and I designed and built this website too.
I’ve appeared on TV (The Hour STV) and Radio (MacAulay & Co, BBC Scotland) to discuss massage.
I’ve been featured in The Guardian talking about tennis ball self massage and The Sydney Morning Herald talking about Nerve Flossing.
I’ve also taught massage workshops to therapists on “working deeply without hurting yourself”.
So that’s me,
A whistle-stop tour of my journey into massage as a career and business.
Have questions or want to connect – contact me.
for being here and supporting my massage business
🙏 Trevor Chisman