Therapist Spotlight – Ann Trybowska

Ann has always been involved in health and wellness, having originally pursued a career in personal training before turning her attention to manual therapy. Her warm and empathetic nature combines with her passion for anatomy and helping clients recover from injury, and she draws on her wide-ranging experience to offer detailed assessments and aftercare to those who need it.

She is currently pursuing her dream of competing in Strongwoman events, and is in her final year of her degree-level course in Clinical Massage Therapy at the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training, where she is also an ambassador and assistant teacher.

What inspires you?

For as long as I can remember, I have always liked to be around people and help them in whichever way I can. I have also been fascinated with the workings of the human body, both in a physical and emotional sense. I believe this may have stemmed from observing my mother, a major inspiration of mine, in her nursing career when I was younger, and wanting to give back to people and heal just as she still does today.
Working with my hands in a healing capacity has always been something that I’ve loved to do.
I find that the power of touch can be so significant, it gives me a great sense of purpose to be able to work with someone in this way.

What do you enjoy most about being a massage therapist?

I think one of the best things about being a massage therapist is meeting new people and being able to help them manage their pain experience through relaxing or remedial massage work.
Being able to help a client find a place of calm, and help them reconnect with their body is a great gift to give.

How would you describe your massage style?

Adaptability is key to how I massage, When I work ‘hands on’, I feel that I am able to listen and connect with what the client needs, and my style reflects this.

Do you have a great massage story to tell?

The power of massage on morale is a wondrous thing!

Not too long ago, I volunteered my services to a sporting charity event where the team of athletes were relay lunging around the clock….. a whole 24 hours. As a 4x marathon runner, I could envisage how the legs (specifically knees and hips) would be feeling after only a couple of rounds.

The event started at 8am in the morning, and I was covering the 3rd leg of the challenge (around ‘Mile 18’ in marathon talk)! I was aware this was going to be a mentally tough time for the athletes participating. With a big smile, keen ear, lots of energy and Deep Heat, I started getting to work on those tired legs.

The treatment’s were only 10-15 minutes long, however the results were instant. From crawling gingerly onto the table a bit tired and deflated, to jumping off the table and back into the challenge feeling like their legs had a new lease of life, was the most motivating thing to see as a therapist, so much so I had to get involved with a couple of lunge rounds! Walking down the stairs the day after those lunges was not fun, but the overall experience of being part of something special was invaluable.

What are your biggest challenges as a massage therapist?

As an advocate of self care, my biggest challenge is getting more massages for myself!
Being a massage therapist is a physically demanding job.  Sometimes I forget that I should also have regular massage treatment too.

What do you do to keep yourself healthy?

I love strength training and am a novice strongwoman. I fell in love with strongwoman a couple of years ago after going to watch a competition. Strongwoman tests your muscular strength and also mobility/ functionality within a lift. Navigating some of the awkward items can really test your body.

When the gyms are open and I am not at work, you can find me pushing a sled or squatting heavy sandbags. It’s a lot of fun and I feel like a badass doing it!

I also love to cook. A clean balanced diet is key to keeping healthy. I love to find interesting recipes that utilise wholesome produce in various ways.

After being a runner for many years, I do also enjoy the odd 5/10km every now and then for the cardio aspect. I am however a fair weather runner, so if it is raining, you can find me curled up on the sofa instead!

​Yoga is also a great tool for both mental and physical health. I find it hard to sit still for meditation, so I love the way that Yoga incorporates the two. I love both Ashtanga flows or something slower like Yin. It makes me really conscious of how I use my breath, and how good use of breath work can be powerful for both body and the mind.

Any apps, blogs or podcasts to recommend?

I do love the process of self-improvement, and podcasts that motivate you to become a better version of yourself.

Some of the Podcasts I listen to regularly and highly recommend are:
Adrienne Herbert – Power Hour
Oprah – Super Soul Conversations
Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu
The Sadghuru Podcast

What are the next steps in your career?

I would love to learn everything there is to learn about manual therapies, however the courses I am most interested in doing in the near future would be Spinal Manipulation and Medical Accupuncture, both treatment modalities that from personal experience can have great results, especially with more sports specific pathologies.

If you could give your clients one piece of advice, what would it be?

We only have one vessel to sail us through this sea of life. Love it, invest in it, look after it 🙂

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