Ria Sands

    BTEC Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage

    Ria is our highly qualified soft-tissue therapist, with a Level 5 diploma in Remedial and Sports Massage. Ria is kind and approachable, which helps her understand her patients needs in a truly meaningful way. Clients are able to share their preconceptions about their bodies and injuries, and how these affect their confidence to move forward.

    Ria acutely listens to each patient’s needs, and treats each person based on their individual requirements. She is keen to get people away from thinking that sports massage is about getting a ‘pummelling’, Instead, she uses the therapy to deliver specific and targeted treatment, in order to relieve physical issues. 

    Ria’s interest in therapy came from her own experience of suffering from a long term back injury. Through her journey back to health, she became aware of the power of being positive and proactive in breaking negative thought patterns. She learned first-hand that a negative mindset can prevent people getting over their injury and back to doing the activities they enjoy. 

    Ria’s natural aptitude as a therapist was recognised by her alma mater: Exmouth School of Massage, where she was asked to return to train therapists.

    In her free time, Ria is a committed gig rower and loves walking the coast path with her friends. 

    • Diploma (Level 5) Sports and Remedial Massage
    • Rocktape Level 1 – Functional Movement
    I have had a number of massages (therapeutic and recuperative) over the years, and I
    can honestly say that Ria is top of my list. She is friendly and professional - yes, but she
    is also kind and generous. She indulged the 'geek' in me by explaining anatomy and kind
    of impact/response. After an hour, I walked out feeling taller and more 'aligned' than
    when I had walked in. She gave tips on how to instigate some self-regulation for muscle
    tension. I am hugely impressed, and cannot recommend her highly enough.
    I had my first treatment today with Ria and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She's
    friendly, professional and makes you feel at ease throughout your treatment. Straight
    away she found exactly where each problem area was and worked thoroughly to relieve
    all the knots and tension in my body. Will be sure to go back again
    I usually find it hard to relax when I'm having a massage but Ria has such a lovely way
    about her, she makes you feel instantly comfortable and calm. I've had a few sessions
    now and all of them have been absolutely amazing and left me feeling like a new person!
    If you have any injuries or niggles, or just need some TLC - I cannot recommend Ria
    enough. She is a very talented and knowledgeable therapist.
    After irritating both my Achilles (long story!) I booked into to see Ria. After an hour long
    session my calves, ankles, feet and tendons feel soooo much better and relaxed! Highly