Mario competed over two days against more than 70 massage therapists, representing a wide-range of disciplines, including Thai, Swedish, remedial, freestyle and chair massage.
In the final Mario took on five incredibly skilled massage therapists, including FHT member Tamer Morsy, and was victorious after impressing expert judges with a 60-minute chair massage.
Also finishing first in the Chair Massage category, Mario says, ‘Winning the competition was a tremendous honour for me, and a pleasure to be surrounded by amazing people. My congratulations to the organisers, judges and therapists. Olympia Beauty was the perfect place for this.
‘As a therapist, I continually strive to improve my techniques, help those in need and inspire younger generations.’
Mario received a certificate and trophy, as well as a wealth of exclusive gifts from leading brands and recognition from industry peers.
Congratulations also to Tamer Morsy, who finished second in the SPA Wellness category and third place in Advanced Massage.
The judging panel was made up of nine industry experts, including FHT Vice President, Mary Dalgleish.
Mary says, ‘It was an honour to be invited to represent the FHT as a judge at the very first UK National Massage Championship. As well as having the opportunity to observe some of the best bodyworkers in action, it was great to connect in person with the other judges, who are all respected names in the CAM industry. City Lux Director Kate Tora and Carl Newbury from Massage World did a wonderful job of organising the event and have plans to make it even bigger and better next year.’