For the first time in the history of Therapy Expo, an expert advisory board has been formed to bring the event even closer to the sector it represents. Liam Richardson, Head of Content, CloserStill Media has put together the advisory board to ensure that Therapy Expo continues to provide exciting opportunities for debate, learning, and collaboration across all therapy disciplines. Each member has been carefully selected as they are leaders in their respective fields and will give invaluable insight on what content and sessions each specialism is looking to experience. With the help of the advisory board, the 2022 Therapy Expo programme is guaranteed to be fresh, innovative, and relevant to your clinical practice.
Advisory Board for 2022
Want to know who makes up the advisory board?
Anna Maria Mazzieri – Soft Tissue Therapist and Educator, Director of The School
Anna Maria is a practising Soft Tissue Therapist and Educator. She established and is the lead tutor for The School which is a well-regarded group of training providers delivering the Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy (BTEC level 5) in Exeter, Bristol, and Birmingham. Having trained in Massage Therapy in 2002 and progressed into more clinical aspects of the profession (including the ISRM Soft Tissue Therapy Diploma and a BSc in Sports Therapy) Anna Maria champions its role in modern MSK care.
Through her clinics and schools, she is driving a change in Soft Tissue Therapy practice and Training by pushing for Evidence Based Practice, a drive which she is now expanding to the wider industry with her involvement in developing a new curriculum for the introduction of Evidence Based Practice in one of the UK Soft Tissue Therapy qualifications.
Together with her colleagues and friends Matt Scarsbrook and Becky de Mott Horton, she has created a grass root movement The Massage Collective which, through their courses and the well-received Massage Matters Podcast, aims to support Massage Therapists of all levels being comfortable with current Evidence based practice.
As a practitioner Anna Maria is particularly interested in the complexities of Shoulder Pain and her approach to treatment sees the integration of massage and movement approaches with psychologically informed concepts where she brings in her other great interest: the use of language with people in pain.
“Therapy Expo connects therapists from across the UK to assist with their professional growth and the development of their business. Attend for two days jam packed with a huge variety of workshops, seminars, and exhibitors. It is a vibrant environment for forging business opportunities and networking with likeminded professionals. Therapy Expo brings the industry together!”
Mike Grice – Osteopath, Rocktape UK & Movement Therapy Education
Mike is a Registered Osteopath with over 20 years experience in the Health and Fitness Industry. Mike started his own training company in 2003 specialising in Health, Fitness and manual therapy training (Movement Therapy Education) and also lecture's on the FdSc and BSc Sports Therapy programmes at University College Birmingham and throughout the world in Anatomy and Intrinsic Biomechanics Coaching. Mike is a lead tutor/instructor for Elite Therapy Education, Biomechanics Education, Oxford School of Sports Massage (OSSM), RockTape/RockBlade and NAQI and regularly teaches courses for Premier League and Championship football clubs. Mike has held consultancy roles with Boots, Pera Products, Startrite, Brytespark and Convatec playing a key role in the research and development of new products and education systems. Mike regularly presents at conferences including Therapy Expo, FitPro, International Fitness Showcase, Good Health Show and the IOC world conference for Injury Prevention in Monaco. Mike run's Movement Therapy Clinics in Birmingham where his team put all that Movement Therapy Education teach into practice.
Becky DeMott Horton – Soft Tissue Therapist and Tutor at The School, 1/3 of The Massage Collective
Becky is a Soft Tissue Therapist and a senior tutor at The School where with her teaching she brings translation of evidence-based information into clinical applications.
Becky strives to higher the standards in Soft Tissue Therapy education has brought her to co found with her colleagues Matt and Anna Maria, The Massage Collective which is a grass root movement brining Evidence Based practice into Massage Therapy industry. As part of The Massage Collective Becky takes this conversation to the wider industry by hosting the well-received Massage Matters podcast.
Apart from chatting incessantly about running and running shoes, Becky’s professional interest is in helping people in pain getting back to active life and empowering them with the knowledge of the potential strength and resilience of their body.
Christopher Norris – Physiotherapist, Clinic Director, Norris Health
Dr Christopher Norris is a physiotherapist with over 35 years clinical experience. He holds a Masters degree (MSc) in exercise science and a Doctorate (PhD) in spinal rehabilitation. He is the author of 14 therapy books including Sports & Soft Tissue Injuries (5th edition) published by Routledge which is on the recommended reading list of most sports therapy and physiotherapy undergraduate programs. He lectures widely and runs postgraduate CPD through his website www.norrishealth.co.uk
Matt Scarsbrook – Soft Tissue Therapist and Tutor at The School, 1/3 of The Massage Collective
A Soft Tissue Therapist by day, and a human trampoline for his two toddlers the rest of the time, Matt loves a decent massage! As coordinator/tutor for The School, one-third of The Massage Collective producing The Massage Matters Podcast and a neuroscience Masters student, driving forward the understanding and education of manual techniques in MSK care is his passion.
Mike James – Special Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, The Endurance Physio
Mike is a former Military Physical Training Instructor and rehabilitation specialist, fitness expert, Sports Scientist and Sports Rehabilitator. He has a strong reputation in the therapy world having had many articles published in national magazines and is a regular speaker at conferences and shows as well as running his own courses and workshops. Mike holds an MSc in Physiotherapy as well as degrees in Sports Rehabilitation, Strength Conditioning and Sports and Exercise Science.
His passion is helping therapists and patients alike understand the evidence base by sharing his message into a practically understandable and applicable content.
SST (Society of Sports Therapists)
The Society of Sports Therapists was established in 1990 and today it is the lead organisation for Sports Therapists in the UK. Membership of the Society is at Graduate level via a Society accredited degree programme. The Society now collaborates with 30 universities, including two internationally, and accredits 38 academic Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.
“It’s a great opportunity to attend an event that demonstrates the diversity of therapy in its broadest context and hear presentations from practitioners and experts across the full spectrum of the therapy world.”
BASRaT is the UK regulator and professional association for Sport Rehabilitators and an advocate of improving health through Physical Activity.
BASRaT champions and regulates Sport Rehabilitators, our register of Sport Rehabilitators is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, the UK`s top medical regulator.
Guiding Sport Rehabilitators on all aspects of their role and responsibilities, BASRaT ensures professional competency and continued professional development. Sport Rehabilitators on our register adhere to a strict code of ethics, conduct and professional practice. BASRaT works hard to promote the benefits of Sport Rehabilitation and to promote awareness of the profession.
"Therapy Expo is shaping up to be a great show this year. There's going to be a real diversity of topics and speakers that appeal to clinicians of all philosophies and approaches. I've no doubt there'll be valuable CPD and networking opportunities for everyone"
STA (Sports Therapy Association)
Sports Therapy Association (STA) is setting a new gold standard in professional representation for sports therapists, sports injury therapists and soft tissue therapists across the United Kingdom.
We have worked passionately to develop a truly independent and ethical association that is committed to raising standards across the industry and progressing opportunities for our valued members.
As practicing Sports Therapists, working in an increasingly challenging political climate, we identified the need for a new, dynamic, forward thinking and proactive professional association - a body that could voice the opinions of practitioners and lobby for positive change, crucially without the bias associated with direct links to training providers. We are proud of what the Sports Therapy Association represents, and we will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our members and to fulfil our commitment to promote excellence in the field of Sports Therapy.
“Therapy Expo is the premiere event in the UK for Therapists, offering unrivalled information and access to industry experts under one roof. A great opportunity to network, meet like-minded people and challenge your biases.”