Meet the Massage Therapist – James Carolan

Massage therapist

James Carolan Massage Therapist

I became a massage therapist because…

I originally wanted to pursue a career as a dancer after training for 3 years full time at The Arts Educational Schools, however that was cut short due to a lower back injury which required surgery.

My general interest in health, fitness, and well-being eventually lead me to shift my attention on to hands on therapies.

How I trained

Between 2005 – 2016 I attended various training courses, including ITEC Holistic massage, Tui Na Chinese Medical Massage – including for advanced sports injury massage, Indonesian Deep Tissue massage and Thai Yoga massage.

I am also trained in acupuncture and am a yoga teacher.

What has surprised me most about my profession as a practitioner?

How long people live with pain and stress before getting help.

My main areas of interest are…

Most of the people I work with are stressed out office workers with neck pain and discomfort. This can be accompanied with headaches, migraines, eyestrain.  I’ve seen so many cases this has now become a special interest of mine developing the massage techniques from various disciplines to help my patients.

We get a lot of active patients at the clinic involved in sports/fitness activities. I spend a lot of time helping people recover faster and address areas of pain so they are either able to continue pain free or keep pain to a minimum.

My most momentous moment?

Finally finding my vocation in life! I say that because I spent 5 years in unfulfilling jobs looking for a new path.

A glimpse of wisdom I can offer about health/ the body

We can always find time to do something to aid our health. A few gentle stretches at the work desk, 5 minutes of seated meditation on the train to work, eating a balanced diet all add up.

Outside of work, I enjoy in life…

Watching bands, yoga, martial arts, and any good social event that gets me exposed to a wide variety of people.

What will always bring a smile to my face?

A good comedy and good food!


  • Massage – is it a ‘nice to have’, a special treat to look forward to? Or is it something that should be equally placed as a necessity alongside exercise and…
  • By Massage Therapist James Carolan Sleep deprivation can affect most of us at some point in our lives. The odd night we can generally cope with. It’s when sleeplessness becomes…
  • I chose to become a Rehabilitation & Sports Therapist because... Since childhood I found the way the human body worked interesting. Coupled with a love of sport and exercise this…
  • What led you to become a chiropractor? I was inspired by a chiropractor from an early age and as a Junior Rower with back problems, I’ve experienced the difference chiropractic…
  • Our home and garden are places to relax and enjoy.  Unfortunately at this time of the year, they can also result in unexpected back pain! The change in weather sees…