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Mrs Katherine Breslin Burn

Soft Tissue Therapist
BTEC Level 5 in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy

Practising at

Spire Manchester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mrs Katherine Breslin Burn at Spire include:

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Professional profile

I have been working in the world of Soft Tissue Therapy since my qualification in 2011, having previously been in Facilities Management. I have been lucky enough to be selected to work at all levels of sport, from amateur rugby teams to professional football teams, to elite gymnasts at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, to para- and able-bodied athletes at the 2017 athletics championships in London. My work is now largely in private practice and I treat a wide variety of clients, from people who have a bad back from sitting at a desk 5 days a week to ultra-marathon runners. I am passionate about educating people from all walks of life about the benefits of sports massage and soft tissue therapy and adamant that its benefits extend well beyond the realms of sport.

I am involved in my industry at all levels. I work for the largest professional body within sports massage (The SMA) as both the Admin Manager and a Board Director, which gives me an excellent overview of the industry as a whole and allows me to get involved in delivering large projects for our membership. I am also a tutor at the college widely regarded as offering the best sports massage qualification in the UK, NLSSM. I love this part of my job and I believe that teaching feeds directly back into how I work with clients because the nature of teaching means you have to have a rationale for choosing any given technique to be able to demonstrate to students why it’s worthwhile.

I am a great believer in massage as a holistic treatment, in the sense of focusing on the whole person rather than one specific part. Massage works for the mind as much as it does the body and I am a firm believer that the benefits of the relationship between therapist and client go far beyond simply feeling physically better after treatment is done. I work hard to ensure that treatment and homecare are very much centred on my client, there’s no one-size-fits-all, nor should there be.

Sports massage and soft tissue therapy complement other treatment modalities (physiotherapy or osteopathy, for example) exceptionally well and so I can work with any other specialist you might be seeing in order to develop a treatment plan that works for all aspects of treatment and rehabilitation.


Clinical Interests


I am also qualified to work with pregnant and post-natal clients.

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Qualification and professional memberships

BA(hons) French and German / University College London / 2004
Bachelor's degrees with honours

BTEC Level 5 / NLSSM: The School of Sports Massage / 2011
Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy


Professional memberships

SMA: The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists; Silver graded member


Professional leadership

Board Director, The SMA

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Personal Profile

I have played various sports throughout my life – horse riding, rugby, netball, running, cycling, swimming (the odd triathlon here or there), weight-lifting and I am a firm believer in the benefits of movement in any form to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.  My main pursuits these days are hill-walking, with a side of mountaineering, and cycling.  I love to sing and am a member of a local choir in Stockport.  My husband and son aside, singing makes me happier than almost anything else.  When I get a chance, I like to play with my sewing machine and am teaching myself (slowly) to make my own clothes.  Knitting is slowly being replaced by rag-rugging as my evening craft of choice.  I have decided that 2018 will be the year I finally get my motorbike license so that my husband and I can start to lay our plans for our 50th year on the planet (some way off, but still…) and ride from Canada down to the tip of Argentina.

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Private contact details

Website www.essential-massage.co.uk