Dulani Stephenson : Practitioner of the week

dulaniHi Dulani, how are you this week, what do you do at Trinity Laban Health?

I’m good thank you; I’m a Sports massage and Aromatherapy practitioner here.

Tell us about your background? How did you get into it?

I have been doing it since 1999. I used to play a lot of football but I got injured, and I didn’t rehabilitate it properly, which caused it to get worse and accelerate. I thought if my injuries meant I couldn’t go back to training and make it in to professional football, I wanted to find something else that is centred around sport and health.

I went on to study Sports Massage. A lecturer said I was a natural and I really enjoyed it so went on to further my studies, doing complimentary therapies, then gained a degree in Sports Therapy. I have done a number of small courses on top of that to learn different techniques.

What are the three main benefits of the treatment?

  • Faster recovery from training
  • Relief of muscular tension and shortened muscles
  • Increased range of movement and a general feeling of well-being.

What do you love about treating at Trinity Laban Health?

I enjoy getting different cases, it keeps it challenging with a range of injuries. I have good interaction with all my clients. Working with dancers means a large range of issues, everyone coming in with slightly different cases. This means I always have to think on my feet so I can never get bored.

Describe yourself in three words?

  • Friendly
  • Outgoing
  • Focused

What is the best way to look after your body?

  • Regular maintenance
  • A good diet
  • Regular exercise

What is your favourite ‘healthy’ food?

Watermelon

If you could meet anyone who would it be?

Usain Bolt

Finally… tell us something interesting about yourself?

I’m learning Mandarin at the moment. I started as I want to visit China and it’s a good language to know in business.

Hannah Wheeler: Practitioner of the week

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Hi Hannah, how are you this week, what do you do at Trinity Laban Health?

Fine thanks! I am a Feldenkrais practitioner here.

Tell us about your background? Have you always been a Feldenkrais practitioner? How did you get into it?

I was a student here at Trinity Laban, I studied BA Dance Theatre and I am trained in contemporary dance. During training I found that Feldenkrais really helped with an injury. After that I decided to learn more about the field.

What are the three main benefits of the treatment?

Feldenkrais leads to a greater awareness of movement habits and how they influence problems experienced in our bodies. Feldenkrais also reduces muscle tone and increases relaxation. It is also great for refining co-ordination.

What do you love about treating at Trinity Laban Health?

I get to treat both student and the general public, so I get to work with all types of people. Also because of my dance student background I am able to relate to what students need, which is great.

Describe yourself in three words?

  • Calm
  • Thoughtful
  • Geeky

What is the best way to look after your body?

Pay attention to it.

What is your favourite ‘healthy’ food?

Sushi.

If you could meet/treat anyone who would it be?

That’s a tough one; I’ll get back to you on that.

Finally…..tell us something interesting about yourself?

I dance whenever I can.