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At City Sports Massage we enjoy working with people at the top of their game. They demand the best and it keeps us on our toes. Robyn Simpson is no exception. Robyn is Aerial Captain for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Robyn Simpson, City Sports Massage client and aerial captain of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

High-achieving Robyn Simpson, City Sports Massage client and Aerial Captain of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games opening ceremony. When not working at height, Robyn can be found project managing high-end events.Image ©The Dream Engine

Robyn has been visiting Jon Gee and the City Sports Massage team for several years now – and her background as a well known dancer, choreographer and aerialist, has meant she has referred many other high-achieving professionals to the good ship City Sports Massage!

We caught up with Robyn and asked her about her priorities when it comes to massage therapy.

Being efficient when it comes to getting massage therapy.

Robyn’s work takes her across the globe, and when she returns to London massage therapy is often the first thing she needs. Finding a masseur or masseuse is never easy on the road – if there’s one billeted to her show then she might be lucky – but part of Robyn’s job is leading the other performers, and as a leader she prefers to let performers take priority in the massage queue.

Like many of us, when she finds herself busy taking care of others, her own body doesn’t always get as much TLC as it would like.

Robyn knows that the stress of performance can be just as tough when it’s related to office-based work. In addition to her current London Olympics role, she has also recently been the International Education Project Manager at London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012.

“I’m really busy at work, and so when I do find the time to get a treatment, it’s important that massage therapy addresses the specific issues I have at the time. If I’ve been working at height in a harness, I might need massage to release tight psoas/hip flexors, but if I’ve been project managing on my laptop, I might have a stiff neck and aching shoulders. The massage therapist needs to be flexible”.

Circus Kathmandu. Working with displaced children in Nepal.

Robyn has been doing a lot of long haul travel recently, working setting up and supporting a project called Circus Kathmandu, which trains displaced or trafficked Nepalese youth in circus skills and gives them a chance to be part of a professional show. But with the rewards of such a project, also comes the demands of long flight times, and utter exhaustion.

“When I return from working away, sometimes I just want a full body massage for relaxation, but that’s what makes City Sports Massage in London so useful to me – they have an ability to combine a relaxing sports massage with powerful remedial massage techniques, which helps heal my aching muscles, and tired, sore body! ”

We’re wishing Robyn all the best with her current projects, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing her opening the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. We hope you are too!

Good Luck Robyn!

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© Jon Gee 2013Jon Gee is the founder of City Sports Massage, a team of sports massage therapists based in London who combine deep-tissue massage therapy with stress-reduction and body-awareness techniques. Jon’s articles have been published in the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. He specialises in teaching postgraduate sports massage therapists advanced intuitive massage skills through the application of his mindfulness-based approach. Jon’s work teaching therapists enables them to teach their clients how to develop their own pain relieving, body awareness skills.