Stephen Watts M.Ost has been interested in health and fitness for a long time but he hasn’t always been like that! Other than playing the occasional rugby game during his childhood, he was extremely unhealthy—plagued with weight issues, asthma, terrible skin conditions, and more.
Later on, a friend attempted to bring Stephen out of his evident health funk by inviting him along to a martial arts class. After his very first class, he was set and motivated to get in shape once and for all.
Along the way he picked up his fair share of different injuries from muscle strains, ligament sprains, overuse injuries, and general aches and pains. He didn’t know how to train effectively, just excessively! Also, when things went wrong he didn’t know how to fix them himself or who to see.
Massage was another grand turning point for Stephen—Sports Massage in particular and he experienced his first bout of it in a Thai Boxing camp in Koh Samui. It is that form of massage that kept him in continual training and fast-recovery mode especially after an incident with a badly sprained ankle.
As soon as Stephen returned home, he immersed himself in all-things sports massage. His extensive research inspired him to study at the London School of Sports Massage in Regents Park. This school provided the most in depth training for sports massage on offer and launched him into the therapy world.
After qualifying, he worked alongside physiotherapists, chiropractors and other therapists in various other clinics.It wasn’t long before he decided to branch out on his own and set up the Inline Health Clinic in Maidstone, United Kingdom. In addition to clinic based work he offered pre/post event massage at events including London Triathlon, the London Marathon, and Sevenoaks Tri.
After several years in the sports massage field he was finding he was quickly wearing his thumbs out, but also felt his knowledge was lacking and wanted to be able to do more for his patients. Osteopathy, a medical based practice with a primary focus on the manipulation and massage of the bones, joints, and muscles seemed like a natural advancement to Stephen. The intensive four-year course, as in-depth as it was, ultimately ended up being incredibly rewarding and one of the most notable points of his life. Stephen completed his training and received a First Class Award in Integrated Masters of Osteopathy (that year only one other classmate achieved this highest level).
“There are so many approaches and techniques available in Osteopathy and manual therapy that no two therapists will be the same. For me this applies to my patients as well and I enjoy using a wide range of techniques, individually tailored to suit you – the patient.”
While Stephen may be an Osteopath, he doesn’t like to ever limit himself because his priority is to get you feeling your best in a way that’s 100% practical for you. He utilizes various techniques, including but not limited to structural approaches (joint manipulations, articulation, and soft tissue techniques) and gentle techniques (visceral, functional, and cranial). Moreover, he strongly feels that it’s absolutely necessary to be active throughout the recovery process without straining yourself. To achieve this, Stephen prescribes stretches, strengthening and mobility exercises, ergonomic and lifestyle advice.
Stephen feels very fortunate to combine his passion for helping people recover with his love of travelling. He enjoyed working and travelling throughout Asia and the Middle East including Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai. He has now returned to Asia, working alongside other top Osteopaths in Hong Kong.
M.Ost Osteopathy – First Class Awarded
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (RYS 200)
Evidence Based Therapeutic Exercises for Cervical Spine Disorders
NAT Certified Practitioner for Frozen Shoulder
Post graduate training in Manipulative Therapy
Rocktape Kinesiology and Power Taping
LSSM (Dip) – Professional Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage
Strapping and Taping Injuries
Seated Chair Massage