It’s great to meet you, I’m Trevor Chisman 😊
I literally 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 also believe it’s one of the absolute best and most rewarding careers around.
I qualified way back in 1993 and still get excited about all the opportunities there are to grow an amazing massage career and business.
Here’s MY STORY
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 also in gyms as a personal trainer.
One day in the gym I hurt my lower back and tried some Acupuncture to ease the pain and get back moving again. It was amazing, I was hooked.
I started to learn as much as possible about Acupuncture, the theory of energy channels, meridians and the basics for Chinese medicine.
I also started to study and practiced Chi Gung (QiGong) daily and I ended up reading loads about Chinese philosophy especially Taoism.
I wanted to become an Acupuncturist but 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 and cheaper option, study to be a massage therapist.
I figured I could eventually use the money I earned as a massage therapist to pay my way through Acupuncture school.
Problem was, I’d now fallen in love with massage therapy.
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!
Yes, you read that right – I got to spend a whole week in the dissection lab with human cadavers and a scalpel.
It has to be one of the most gruesome and awe inspiring 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 some of the people I’ve studied 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.
- Core Fascial Release (level 1) 2022
In 2019 I 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 umming and arghing I decided being the landlord was probably the better option.
That was in 2011, 11 years ago and I’m still there now 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.
Saying that, it’s not something I intend to do forever. I do have other plans for the future.
See below 😊
After opening my massage clinic and working closely with other therapists, I realised I had a wealth of massage business and marketing experience that was helpful to other therapists.
I’ve grown and developed that knowledge and skills further with loads of courses, workshops and books on ethical and authentic business and marketing practices.
It’s become my newest passion alongside massage, helping therapists to grow a sustainable business they are totally in love with.
What do I mean by sustainable business?
I mean a career that serves the therapist as well as the client.
A career or business that enables them to make a decent living and live the life they’ve always wanted.
A career that feeds their soul and fires up their passion and motivation.
Let’s face it, a sustainable massage career is everyone’s dream job, right?
Art and Design
I’m a huge art and design fan. You might have noticed from the photographs of me around the website, I’m pretty heavily tattooed with black and grey patterns and Oriental scenes.
You’ll 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, Trevor Chisman
A whistle-stop tour of my journey into massage as a career and business.
Although it doesn’t end there,
I’m always learning and challenging myself to get better at both Massage & Coaching.
Have questions or want to connect – contact me.
for being here and supporting my massage business
🙏 Trevor Chisman