Steve Spence, Sports Massage Therapist

Steve Spence, North Down Physio

As a qualified Sports Massage Practitioner with over 17 years experience, Steve applies Sports Massage Techniques and Mobility work to the dysfunctional tissue of acute and non acute muscle & tendon injuries & pre-existing conditions.

For the last 12 years, he has been course co-ordinator and part-time lecturer in Sports Massage at the South East Regional College, and is now working towards VTCT Level 5 Sports Massage qualification, the industry’s highest accreditation.

In addition, he is also qualified as personal trainer, and has worked at David Lloyd Leisure.

Steve is a skilled and experienced practitioner and has a particular passion for Triathlon and Running, himself completing Ironman Austria in 2014. He believes Sports Massage & Mobility is the sorely neglected part of nearly every athlete and exercise training plan.

Regular Sports Massage with him can change your life by changing the way your body feels forever. After all, no matter how much strength, power, or speed you’ve acquired, your joints will slowly deteriorate over the years unless you also optimise your mobility.

He said, ‘there can be nothing worse than training all year for a sporting event, building a huge cardiovascular and metabolic engine and an enormous number of well firing muscles, only to arrive at the starting line with an inability to tap into your fitness because you simply can’t move through the necessary range of motion.’

Steve’s skills and experience address not just short and tight muscles, but also tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, neuromuscular recruitment, movement dysfunction, and muscle-recruitment issues.


Sports Massage Practitioner – North Down Physio 2009-Current
Co-ordinator for Sports Massage at major sporting events throughout NI
VTCT Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage Tutor – South East Regional College, Bangor campus 2002-Current
QCF Personal Trainer and Part Time Instructor – David Lloyd 2001–2009
Sports Massage Practitioner – Ulster Senior Rugby Team 2002-2006.
Gym Instructor – Ards Leisure Centre 1997-2001


VTCT Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) Pending
VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)
VTCT Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage Association Tutor
OCR Level 3 & 4 Assessor
Body Balance Instructor
Kinesio Taping (KT1 & KT2)

Professional Memberships

Tutor Member of Sports Massage Association (MSMA)
Tutor Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
Body Balance Instructor Lesmills