At SCMT students benefit from the wealth of experience that each tutor brings.

Vicky Gaughan – Course Director & Principal Tutor

258Nature is my inspiration, I love being outdoors and I walk a lot. My approach to teaching massage reflects this love. I see myself facilitating growth from the “seed” of interest that students bring along to their training. This is my passion and I have felt privileged to witness hundreds of students these past 25 years, come into full bloom!

I expect a lot of myself as a massage teacher. I deliver a high standard of training and I make no excuses for expecting a lot of my students, this is a competitive industry where standards count. Having said that, I believe there are enough clients for everyone. As long as the practitioner pays attention to their nature they will harvest many fruits

In my life as well as massage, are my Partner, Daughter, Son, Grandson and a desire to be ever learning.

Eva Weltermann – Course Tutor

048My fascination with massage began at an early age, when massage was very much part of my childhood in Germany. My other passion are languages, and I hold a degree in Applied Languages and Cultural Studies (from a German University). After working for 12 years as a translator, I decided to eventually train in Holistic Therapeutic Massage with the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training (SCMT), which laid the sound foundation for a person-centered, mindful approach to massage – arguably one of the best decisions I made in my life (even in hindsight).

I started work as an assistant teacher on SCMT massage courses in 2008. In 2012, I completed a teacher training with Sheffield Hallam University for adult education (Certificate to Train in the Life-Long Sector, CTLLS).

I find the combination of working and teaching as a massage therapist enormously gratifying, albeit challenging, I would not change it for the world. Considering myself an eternal student, there are so much more areas in the field of bodywork out there to explore, that I cannot imagine I will ever grow tired of it.

Rebecca Shine – Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology Tutor

The Bexter!I started my teaching career in 2004 with a passion to help people learn
and to enjoy learning. Many people I’ve come across; including myself have
had a bad educational experience and I wanted to change that. My approach to teaching is to be flexible, to adapt to my learners and to play in sessions both physically and with ideas. By also having a relaxed, respectful and supportive approach, I’ve found that I can engage the learners and help them achieve their potential.
A friend and mentor of mine Lynda had a saying…” I’ve made many mistakes and learned from them, so I think I’ll make some more!”
Mistakes don’t have to be negative, if we look at them from a different
perspective, through reflection we can learn from them, therefore mistakes become positive.

Craig Foden – Course Tutor

Craig 5After receiving an inspiring massage for a painful lower back due, in part, to poor drumming posture, I became acutely aware of the healing & restorative potential of massage. My continuing martial arts practice nurtured my growing interest in bodyuse, naturalness of movement and body/mind awareness which encouraged me to seek out and qualify (2005), in professional holistic massage with SCMT

Having enjoyed the entire learning experience so much, I commented to fellow graduates that I would happily repeat the training. When asked if I would like to do just that, but this time as an assistant tutor, I jumped at the chance to continue to learn and share inspiration with ‘new’ students.

I became an accredited tutor with the Massage Training Institute in 2014.

SCMT also has two enthusiastic and creative assistants.

Hayley Blogg

Hayley & Ted

When I left corporate world I didn’t have a plan for a new career, all I knew was that I wanted to do something worthwhile, that helped people and that I felt passionate about on a daily basis – tall order.

I started on a journey that eventually led me to the doors of SCMT and I have never looked back. As a student of the school I was encouraged to grow and learn as a massage practitioner and as a person. I could be creative and find my own voice in a safe and supportive environment; tough and challenging it has been but I would do it all again in a heart beat.

For me Massage is not simply a technique to learn for the benefit of others it is a doorway through which a whole new world appeared. So like Alice I have entered that new world meeting fabulous people along the way, being able to help my clients and now I have the opportunity to help students learn about this amazing gift that we all have – loving touch.

What about the Bears? Well that’s another story…….

 Jade Goacher

Jade GoacherI first studied massage in 2005 and, whilst working for a theatre company in Spain, I was able to expand my experience of different styles of massage, both giving and receiving, with people from all over the world.

Soon, I stepped away from the clinical environment and the procedural massage routines I had learned and allowed myself to observe how other massage practitioners worked, and I  began to see the possibilities of how creative massage practice can be. My training in Holistic Therapeutic Massage with SCMT 2012, has built on the foundation of my previous learning and enabled me to develop a more intuitive way of working.
In the East, along with other therapeutic practices, it is common for massage to be built in to the rituals of daily life. Here in the West we are still making pathways to integrate some of these practices into our own lives, and I am discovering that my ethos within my massage practice is to help people discover the benefits for their everyday lives by receiving massage on a regular basis, rather than simply as a wonderful but occasional treat.
I believe that regular massage is an effective, none-medicinal method, not only does it ease physical aches and pains but can also relieve stress, anxiety and low energy levels. Massage is one such therapy that has proven effective for a range of conditions as well as promoting health and well-being.

One of my main interests within my massage practice is providing a space for people to step towards understanding the dialogue between body and mind. When asked if I would like to assist on the SCMT training I knew this was the next step for me.