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Manya Michalidis

Manya Michalidis is a fully qualified and highly experienced Sports Massage Therapist. She has been practising soft tissue therapy for over 25 years in Wokingham, since she qualified in 1996.

Having suffered from an injury that forced her to retire from competitive sport, Manya chose to study enabling her to share her knowledge and experiences with others. Manya is passionate about her job, thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to care and promote well-being, in an understanding and supportive role.

Manya believes that an open approach is best and has furthered her skills to promote this. As a result she has gone on to build up a substantial skillset amongst an exceptional and varied clientele as detailed further below. To compliment her sports massage skills, Manya is also a Specialist Biomechanics Coach, proficient in myofascial release, Cupping Therapy, Dry-Needling as well as Kinesio and Dynamic Taping. Together it results in a complete treatment package. To assist with aftercare and re-habilitation, Manya is also a qualified Stott Pilates Instructor, personal trainer, pre & post-natal exercise, aqua instructor and spin instructor. In 2019 Manya started studying 5 Element Acupuncture, a 3 year degree level Professional Licentiate at The Acupuncture Academy in Leamington Spa.

Since 1996, Manya has enjoyed working in a variety of sporting fields such as athletics, tennis, fitness, motor sport, ice-hockey, basketball, triathlon, football, rugby, hockey. In 2000 she joined the team at the WTA Tour, travelling the world providing sports massage at many international venues for the worlds best tennis players.

In 2012 She worked her dream job at the London Olympic (tennis mens & womens) and the London Paralympic Games (athletics). She also contracted for the WTA Tour, for 12 years. In 2012 to she decided to dedicate herself completely to Manya SMT

Career Highlights

Professional Boxers

Michael Sprott & Aji Sharif

Ice Hockey Champions

Bracknell Bees, Lukas Smital & Ryan Aldridge

 

  • 2022 – Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London celebrated 21 years working at this event
  • 2019 – 2022  – 5 Element Acupuncture – 3 years Honours Degree Level Professional Licentiate
  • 2021 – Transylvania Open – Cluj, Romania, WTA Tennis Tour.
  • 2020 – Palermo & Prague, WTA Tennis Tour, sports massage therapy.
  • 2018 – Body Restore, Trigger Point Pilates – London.
  • 2014 – Stott Pilates – Essential Matwork Qualification
  • 2013 – 2022 Wimbledon Championships – Tennis – lead sports massage therapist for the women – Wimbledon
  • 2013 – Professional Boxing – Working with Raw Elite Fitness
  • London 2012 Olympics – Tennis – providing sports massage therapy for men & women – Wimbledon
  • London 2012 Paralympics – Athletics – providing sports massage for men & women athletes – Olympic Park
  • 2012 – Japan Open – Osaka – WTA Tour – Tennis – core sports massage therapist
  • Anatomy Trains – Myofascial body map – Part 1 & II
  • 1997 – Wimbledon Football Club Professionals
  • 1997 – 1999 London Marathon – charity work for Child Line
  • 1997 – 2000 – International Athletics Team, based at Thames Valley Athletic Stadium, Eton. Working with international sprinters and hurdlers. Also, Olympic Medal Winners such as Denise Lewis, Mark Richardson, Mark Hylton, Marlon Devonish and Jon Regis.
  • 1996 – 2000 – British Fitness Champion and international presenter – Joey Bull
  • 1998 – 2000 – ATP British Masters, Battersea – Male tennis stars such as Pat Rafter, Tim Henman, Greg Rudeski, Richard Krajicek, Marat Safin, Roger Federer, Mark Philippoussis
  • 1998 – 2006 – Bracknell Bees Ice-hockey Club
  • 1998-1999 – Thames Valley Basketball Club
  • 1998 – Birmingham Bullets Basketball Club
  • 1999 – 2005 – Basingstoke Bison, Ice-hockey Club
  • 2000-2002 – Cardiff Devils, Ice-hockey Club
  • 2004-2005 – British Equestrian Riders
  • 2006 – Formula BMW, motorsport scholarship trainees
  • 2010-2011 – Slough Jets, Ice-hockey Club
  • 2000 & 2001 – Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2001- to present, AELTC, Wimbledon Tennis Championships, London, lead sports massage therapist for the women
  • 2011 – Olympic Test Event – Mountain Biking, Hadleigh Essex
  • 2000-2012 – WTA Tennis Tour, international womens tennis, various venues around the world, working with the top 200 world professional players.
  • 2013 – Professional boxers Michael Sprott and Aji Sharif alongside RAW Elite Fitness
  • 2020 – Palermo, Sicily. WTA Tennis Tour, international women tennis event, working with the worlds top players.
  • 2020 – Prague, Czech Republic.WTA Tennis Tour, international women tennis event, working with the worlds top players
  • 2021 – Cluj, Romania. WTA Tennis Tour.
  • 1996 – Sports Massage Therapy – London, FSMT
  • 1996 – Personal Fitness Instruction & Assessment, NVQ Training London
  • 1997 – Taping & Strapping – London FSMT
  • 1998 – Advanced Sports Massage Therapy, London, FSMT
  • 1998 – Essential Mat Work, Levels 1 & 2, Stott Pilates
  • 1998 – Pre & Post Natal Exercise Prescription, London, Fit to Perform
  • 1999- Aqua Rehabilitation and Instruction, London, Aquafusion
  • 2004 – Personal Trainer Qualification, London, HOlmes Place
  • 2005 – RPM Instructor, London, Fitness Professionals
  • 2007 – Fundamental, Advanced & Sports Kinesio Taping, Newcastle, Kinesio UK
  • 2007 – Somatic Energy Course – London
  • 2011-12 – Biomechanics Trainer, Advanced & Specialist, Nottingham, Intelligent Training Systems
  • 2011 – Vibe Cycle Instructor, Oxford, Vibe Cycle
  • 2012 – Anatomy Trains, part 1, Exmouth, Anatomy Trains UK
  • 2013 – Anatomy Trains, part 2, Oxford, Anatomy Trains UK
  • 2013 – Orthopedic Dry Needling, Bury, NISM. UK
  • 2013 – Fascial Release for Structural Balance – Oxford – Anatomy Trains UK
  • 2014 – Pilates Essential Matwork – Oxford – Stott Pilates
  • 2014 – Dynamic Taping – London – Dynamic Taping UK
  • 2015 – Golf Biomechanics – Loughborough, ITS
  • 2015 – Pilates Intermediate & Advanced Matwork – Oxford – Stott Pilates
  • 2015 – Pilates for Osteoporosis Management – London – Stott Pilates
  • 2015 – Pilates for Scoliosis Management – London – Stott Pilates
  • 2015 – Pre & Post Natal – London – Stott Pilates
  • 2015 – Trigger Point Pilates – London – FitCamps
  • 2015 – Trigger Point Pilates, Level 2 – London – FitCamps
  • 2018 – Body Restore Trigger Point Pilates – London – FitCamps
  • 2019 – 5 Element Acupuncture – 3 years Honours Degree Level Professional Licentiate