Cyrielle Marteau (Cycy) is an amateur Olympic weightlifter, clinical massage therapist, and a fitness and nutrition enthusiast. She works on Thursdays and Fridays at The Soma Room, specialising in clinical massage for sports injuries. She loves the great outdoors, cycling and dogs - not necessarily in that order!
I love helping people, and knowing that i can have a positive impact on someone's day - whether by helping someone with a migraine or with an overuse injury, or through recovery or getting a better range of motion and body awareness in order to perform better and live pain-free. That's what I love the most about my job: No two clients will be the same. Moreover, every body has something to teach and I find this fascinating.
What sort of client do you see most often in your practice?
I see lots of different people depending on where I am! At a physiotherapy clinic I work at, I get lots of rehab and post surgery of all types. I also have a practice at a Crossfit gym, where I treat a few weightlifters but also lots of runners and cyclists. I also work with a pro cycling team (Delta Rotterdam U27), flying out with them around Europe every couple of months. At The Soma Room it can be a real mix, with everything from weekend warriors and marathon trainers, to pregnant mums and stressed out office workers!
What’s been your favourite massage experience so far?
I treated a 60 year old man who had a total knee replacement a few months ago. This was probably my 'coolest' case, and treating him from his second week out of surgery, to seeing how much he's progressed with doing his exercises and now walking, is very gratifying!
My treatments are very influenced by the fact that I am mentored by the physios, osteopaths and personal trainers I work alongside with. It will be both remedial and holistic in nature, and you will most likely go home with some homework! I also love working with breathing techniques. They can unlock so much and we are often very unaware of the tension we hold through shallow breathing.
What do you do to keep yourself active and healthy?
I practice Olympic weightlifting 4 times a week and cycle a lot. Those are my main two activities, but I love an exercise class here and there. Spinning, yoga, crossfit.. I'm always up to try something new.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to all of your clients, what would it be?
Recovery is KEY! Focus on your sleep, hydration and nutrition first - your training will be far easier and you will be so much more efficient!
What courses are you wanting to take/ what are you looking forward to learning more about in the future?
Functional range conditioning, Osteopathy, dry needling, something on the respiratory system, neurokinetics, sports nutrution - the list can (and will) go on!