Congratulations to Tamer Morsy, MFHT, who took home a gold medal, after finishing first place in the Freestyle Massage Western inspired category at the World Championship in Massage, held in Copenhagen from 22-23 June.
No stranger to professional recognition, Tamer adds the gold medal to a string of recent awards, including a bronze medal at the European Massage Championships and a silver medal at the UK’s National Massage Championships last year.
Representing the UK, Tamer finished ahead of stiff competition in the Freestyle Massage Western inspired category, with the USA’s Patrick Arnold gaining silver and fellow Brit and FHT member, Slav Marinov gaining bronze. Therapists in this category displayed versatile skills, combining different types of western massage methods, including self treatment, cupping, massage with tools and other types of bodywork.
Speaking to the FHT Tamer says, ‘Participating in championships allows me to meet fantastic therapists from all around the world (200 therapists from around 50 different countries participated in this one). It feels amazing to be surrounded by like-minded people who share the same interest and passion. I’ve seen a lot of new techniques and types of treatment and it gives me the opportunity to be judged by more experienced therapists and get their feedback about ways to improve my skills.
‘It feels amazing to get the gold medal. I didn’t expect to win, but when I received the medal, it boosted my confidence and indicated that I’m using my current knowledge about massage therapy efficiently. However, from what I’ve seen from the other participants, there’s a lot more to learn. Also, I was sponsored by CityLux during this championship, and coming in first place made me appreciate their trust and believing in me.
‘For those considering entering, they should definitely go for it. Everyone who participates in similar championships gains something. What is gained from networking and learning is a guaranteed win. Delivering treatments while judges and other therapists are watching is a different experience, as it takes you out of your comfort zone, making you more experienced for when you are delivering therapies in a treatment room. In addition, it opens unexpected doors for career development and progression, and can easily boost your business.
‘The next Championship is the UK National Massage Championship, [sponsored by the FHT] at Olympia London, and therapists who are planning to participate need to spend enough time practising their routine and ask for other trusted mentors to observe and help them to improve.’