Meet the Team
Samantha’s career in Soft tissue Therapy originally began as a interest in Holistic and Alternative therapy’s in 1998 where she studied Reflexology and Aromatherapy at the school of holistic therapies in Stafford. This then led onto attaining a qualification In advanced sports massage and in 2003 then completed the Football Association ‘Treatment and Management of Injuries Diploma ‘at the Sport England centre at Lilleshall.
Since then a diverse career pathway has seen her work for West Bromich Albion Football club, the Women’s England football team, opening a private clinic in Spain and returning to England in 2003 to work at the English Institute of Sport which involved working with various teams of elite sport and Staff including Track and Field, Multi sport Great Britain squads within Hockey, badminton, archery and equestrian, both with able bodied and disabled athletes.
She has travelled extensively with the British Paralympic Association, supporting the GB Boccia squad at various National and International events and competitions, including the Paralympic games in Beijing and London 2012, where she also looked after the New Zealand Sailing team on location in Weymouth for the 2012 Olympic games.
Samantha runs Ocean Therapy around the commitments of her children, family, and pets and as a keen sportswomen regularly practises keeping fit by running, enjoying participating in races particularly long distance off road races. She also enjoys Mountain biking, Swimming ,gardening and Yoga.
After 13 years in the infantry, Boris was forced to leave due to a serious injury sustained during Army service. He then decided to become a sports therapist and trained with Premier , which led him to work with Olympic, Paralympic athletes, military personnel, adults with learning difficulties and many more.
As a personal trainer (and as a result of his own injuries), Boris has great knowledge of rehabilitation exercise and corrective training to help prevent and treat a wide range of injuries.
Having left boxing behind, Boris has a new found passion in Triathlons and last year completed his first ironman distance triathlon and this year will be repeating the experience.
Boris is very passionate and enthusiastic about his skills and the treatments that he can offer. He specialises in corrective exercises. This skill enables Boris to identify posture and movement dysfunction and any joint restrictions which may be inhibiting a normal range of movement. During a postural assessment Boris can identify muscle imbalances which may include over active and underactive muscle groups that can pre dispose you to injury. After a clinical assessment Boris will plan you a treatment plan to help prevent further injury helping you to sustain an active and pain free lifestyle.
Michala Smith has recently joined the Ocean Therapy team as an independent holistic therapist with 18 years experience in complementary therapies.
She believes in a holistic approach, aiming to work on more than just the general physical manifestations or symptoms, by bringing together body/mind connections and physical `disease’.
By taking into consideration the individuals whole lifestyle, Michala will provide appropriate bespoke therapeutic treatments, incorporating Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. These can have profound effects on health, induce deep relaxation, promote natural healing and can restore you physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
Having previously worked therapeutically within the NHS in an acute psychiatric unit with service users and independently in community mental health, she also draws on her caring approach with 8 years experience working as an auxiliary nurse in a hospital environment. Michala qualified as a yoga teacher in 2007, is currently a one to one support worker for clients with additional needs and an NLP practitioner. She regularly works as a massage therapist for the charity ‘Harlequin Care’ providing treatments for carers and also offers mobile services at Retreats, Festivals, Sporting and Corporate events.
Since early childhood, she has trained in a variety of styles of dance, performing, teaching and in more recent years studying African Dancing and Drumming. Interested in Martial Arts, participates in classes and workshops in the physical movement field, also enjoys yoga practice, cycling, walking and trekking and understands the importance of maintaining an active body with a balance of relaxation for a healthy lifestyle and well-being.
A member of The British Wheel of Yoga and Federation of Holistic Therapists.
BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition
My love of food, science and sport goes hand-in-hand and I am passionate about enabling people to live a healthy and fulfilling life. I love encouraging people to eat and enjoy wholesome, real food – after all ‘you really are what you eat’. It is my belief that many of today’s common ailments such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol (to name just a few) can be treated and maintained by eating real and un-processed food and importantly in an enjoyable way. I love to help people reconnect and develop a healthy relationship with their food. Helping people rediscover how delicious food can be is important to me and I love to see an improvement in people’s physical, emotional and mental health.
I offer a friendly, common sense and realistic approach to healthy eating. I take into account individuals current needs including their family and other social factors. I will calculate your macro and micro-nutrient needs and assess your body composition. I will then devise an individually tailored eating plan based on your circumstances, personal health goals, likes and dislikes. I am sympathetic but pragmatic and am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals which will make a real difference to your long term health and vitality. I aim to help de-mystify the often confusing world of nutrition and enable people to enjoy their food while sustaining the healthy body and sporting achievements they desire.
As part of my degree I gained clinical experience and worked closely with a team of NHS dietitians. I delivered seminars to recently diagnosed diabetics, and worked on the wards covering a huge range of nutritional conditions from acid reflux to calculating the nutritional needs of someone needing to be fed through a tube as a result of a stroke or other trauma.
Since graduating from the University of Wales, Institute in Cardiff I have worked as a nutritionist for Dorset County Council. This included working on many projects throughout Dorset within schools and the wider community. Part of my role was to encourage people to re-connect with real food by growing it, cooking and eating it. I also gave seminars to teachers and parents about healthy eating for themselves and their children, including a water in schools project where I ran a campaign to allow children to be able to drink water throughout their school day. I now teach Food and Nutrition to Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students part time in a local secondary school.
Helena’s focus as a health practitioner is on the health & function of the whole family – from babies & children to mums, dads, grandparents, even pets as animals can also be treated with Osteopathy. Helena has always lived in the community she works in, helping local people to get the most from their lives and she is very pleased to be able to bring this approach to Weymouth, having recently moved to Dorset from Surrey. Helena is very happy to be working at Ocean Therapy, where her skills and her professional, caring attitude perfectly complement the other therapies on offer.
As an Osteopath, Helena works using a variety of techniques – massage, articulation, manipulation – but she works mainly using a Cranial (or Cranio-Sacral) approach, which she has studied & taught at post-graduate level. Cranial Osteopathy is considered suitable for people who can’t be manipulated using traditional osteopathic or chiropractic techniques and many people prefer it for its gentle approach and profoundly relaxing effects. Helena’s particular expertise is in treatment of pregnant mum’s, babies and children, problems involving the head, neck and jaw and complex histories involving trauma, however all osteopathic techniques can be applied to any part of the body, so for further information on whether Osteopathy might help you, call Helena on 07805 650667 or see her website www.villageosteopaths.co.uk