Pressure Point Training Clinic is based in the Old School Business Centre on Church Drive which actually was an old primary school up to 2009 and before that, a girls’ school from 1896.
The post code NG5 6LD will take you to Church Drive East which is just off Church Drive. Useful reference points are all a one minute drive away: Sainsburys, Aldi, Wickes and St Pauls Church (the spire is the tallest in Arnold so if you are lost – head for that).
If you are planning on taking a weekend course, Premier Inn is a short walk away with rooms from £29 per night
Access & Car Parking
You can park in the old playground which is through the gates at the right hand side of the building – there are many spaces, and on your way in you can have a quick game of hopscotch!!
At the front door, press the buzzer for Pressure Point, say your name and I will let you in. As you walk down the corridor, the male and female toilets are on the right, pass these, turn left then walk to the end of the corridor and my room, Studio 7, is at the end on the left.
Director, tutor and sports massage therapist
Clare Riddell BSc is an experienced sports massage therapist from a wide sporting background. She began as an athlete, then martial artist gaining a black belt in Fudo Shin Karate when she was 18. In her final year at Loughborough University studying a Sports Science degree she had accomplished European Sparring Champion in Hung Kuen Shaolin Kung Fu. Clare then turned her hand to rugby where she represented her country as an England Student only one year after starting the sport.
Clare trained as a sports massage therapist in 2000 and has a particular interest in anatomy and sports injuries. She is a qualified teacher and has been teaching sports massage, fitness testing, sports injury and anatomy & physiology for many years in further education.
Clare founded Pressure Point in January 2013 teaching private courses for adults in small classes using her enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and sense of humour to make learning fun and enjoyable. She also works as a sports massage therapist at her clinic in Arnold treating a wide range of clients. Clare achieved finalist for Tutor of the Year 2021 by the FHT and has written several articles in the International Therapist magazine.
Sports massage therapist (Myo Flexion)
Devinder “Jolly” Matharu is a fully qualified and insured sports massage therapist and a member of the FHT. He trained under Pressure Point’s director Clare Riddell in Level 3, 4 and 5 and is highly recommended. He is enthusiastic and committed and will go over and above to ensure his clients receive the best treatment and aftercare advice. Jolly is an active, dedicated and trustworthy person in all aspects of his life including work, family and his training in martial arts.
Jolly’s treatments are based on the understanding that his client’s health and wellbeing are of the upmost importance and to solve their issues requires working holistically to find the cause rather than work solely on the problem area.
His interest in the human body and exercise methods enable him to provide individual treatments with excellent communication skills. He is building up a growing client base and is very flexible with his working hours currently seeing clients evenings and weekends including last minute and emergency appointments. He can be contacted directly on 07843 095 742 or via the website contact page.
I completed the 2 day stretching and strengthening course with Clare and Tom and found it really beneficial. I learnt a lot and continue to share my knowledge with clients who would benefit from stretching and strengthening certain muscle groups as part of their injury rehabilitation. I would highly recommend this course to any sports massage therapist or fitness coachSaskia Sharpe (Stretch & Strengthen Course) SJS Sports Massage /
I completed my level 3 sports massage therapy course with Clare previously and I had no hesitation in contacting her about organising my level 4 massage course through Pressure Point Training. Clare was excellent throughout an intense, ten session course and you could see a lot of time and effort had gone into the preparation of it. She was very detailed with her delivery and made the learning environment very comfortable for us all on the course. She was also patient & flexible in her teaching style and made it very enjoyable throughout. I cannot thank Clare enough for her effort and help on this course and would recommend anyone in contacting her about wanting to complete a massage therapy course.Reuben Walker – (Level 4) Lead Sports Massage Therapist at Leicester City FC /
"I chose to do Level 5 with Pressure Point as I have in the past received great tuition from Clare Riddell and her enthusiasm and experience within sports massage. I found the whole course very structured and to a precise timetable from day one. Due to the current pandemic there were extra precautions in place, such as a Covid questionnaire before arrival, our temperature taken daily and plenty of PPE and sanitisers available which made me feel that we were in a secure place to study."Paul Proud – (Level 5) Leicester /
"I would definitely recommend Level 5 sports massage therapy at Pressure Point to increase your anatomy and testing knowledge together with advanced massage techniques. The course is well designed and progressive. It’s hard work but really interesting. Clare (the tutor) has an excellent teaching style and makes learning fun. She has patience and appreciates the diversity of learning styles in her students. Her knowledge is phenomenal (as are her cakes!). The assessment days were conducted in a relaxed but professional way. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am booking further courses at Pressure Point to improve the range of treatments I can offer my clients in the future."Zoe Furlong – (Level 5) AllAboutU Sports Massage /
"I have trained with Clare over the past 5 years. In that time I have completed both level 3 and 4 qualifications and I am also in the process of completing my level 5. Clare’s training is second to none. She is extremely knowledgeable and can deliver content in a way which you can understand and can digest. Her courses are fun and engaging and worth every penny! Clare has given me the knowledge and confidence to change my career and I now run my own successful business."Leanne Greasley – (Level 5) Birmingham /
"I decided to complete the level 5 course after completing level 3 and 4 with Clare. I am happy I made this decision. The course gives you more strings to your bow and improves your knowledge as a therapist. It allows you to understand more complex and difficult clients whilst providing you with alternative techniques to use as a therapist. Clare made the course interesting/fun with a good balance of practical and theory. Clare has a perfect balance of professionalism, knowledge, fun and passion which makes her a great tutor. Many thanks Clare. I look forward to completing more courses in the future."Dan Carter – (Level 5) Loughborough /
"From the beginning of the Level 3 Sports Massage course I knew I had made the right decision. Our course tutor was a fun, dynamic and versatile teacher, who captured our attention and outlined our course content and objectives with clarity and conciseness. The course was easy to follow, and although a lot of the content was in depth and at a higher level than I had previously studied, I was able to keep up and felt competent before we moved on to the next topic. Clare could not have been more supportive and understanding, and her encouragement and positive feedback really encouraged me to stay on track and complete the course. Clare made the learning fun whilst maintaining academic progression and professionalism being at the forefront of the whole course."Yasmin Master (Level 3) /
"I thought the Level 3 Sports Massage course was excellent. It is obvious a lot of time and effort were put into the handouts and PowerPoint slides which were great and very helpful for revision. I cannot praise Clare's teaching and patient approach to her students enough."Aimee Lovric (Level 3) /
"I started the Level 3 Sports Massage course hoping to gain skills and a qualification in massage. I enjoyed the course fully, the class was always dynamic and I learned a lot with Joy in Clare's sessions. She was always full of positive energy and she helped me gain confidence in my new skills. I cannot thank my teacher Clare enough for all her help and support."Rana Mohammadi (Level 3) /
"The Level 3 Sports Massage course was well-structured and informative throughout, ensuring that I was equipped with the knowledge required to pass the qualification and become a skills sports massage therapist. Without a shadow of doubt I would not have been able to progress on the course in the manner that I have without the support and continued understanding from my tutor Clare Riddell and for this I will be eternally grateful."Stephanie Tirrell (Level 3) /
"I consider myself very lucky to have had some marvellous tutors throughout my learning experience in massage and Clare Riddell is no exception to this previous high standard. Clare clearly has outstanding knowledge and expertise in this field and teaches her knowledge and skills to others most enthusiastically and in an easily understandable way. I was particularly impressed by the way Clare showed a deep level of interest in my own development and of the other students in the class. I have to acknowledge my huge gratitude to Clare who was thoroughly emphatic and supportive to my learning process throughout this course."Jeremy Hill (Level 4) /
“I started Level 3 Sports Massage with Clare in September 2016 and from the first weekend, I fell in love with it. I knew I had to continue with my study, onto Level 4 as I love learning and found the content fascinating. The L4 course seemed to go really quickly, with the format well laid out covering a different joint each session. I find Clare's way of teaching really easy to digest so will no doubt be signing up for future courses with her and Pressure Point”Sarah Allen – (Level 3 & 4) Indigo Circle Health & Beauty /
“Clare Riddell, the course tutor, has created a wonderful learning environment which has been enriching and enjoyable. She has been friendly and approachable whilst maintaining a very high level of professionalism and her subject knowledge is excellent. The small numbers on the Level 4 course meant the atmosphere has been less formal and intimidating and has therefore provided opportunities for one-to-one tuition. I look forward to attending 1-day courses through Pressure Point in the future as part of my CPD”Tammy Fleming – (Level 4) Physiotherapist /
“Great course, great tutor, great place - enough said!”Paul Styche – (Animated Anatomy) Tamworth /
“The Animated Anatomy course was a fantastic day and the course content was so relevant to what i wanted. Clare is very engaging and the activities were fun. I would highly recommend!”Francesca Brierley – (Animated Anatomy) Ashby-De-la-Zouch /
“Clare is an incredible tutor, she is extremely knowledgeable and helps students learn in a fun and focused way. I thoroughly enjoyed the courses and preferred learning in the relaxed and informal setting at Pressure Point Training Clinic. I feel the Level 4 course is crucial for every therapist to further their career in the industry as you get to learn advanced soft tissue techniques and detailed muscle knowledge. It was a pleasure completing both courses especially with Clare's in depth, structured teaching style. Thanks again Clare and I'm sure we will cross paths again in the future.”Rachael Egan – (Level 3 & 4) RK Sports Massage / Hinckley
“Clare is a very experienced therapist and tutor who has helped me increase my knowledge in sports massage. I would recommend anyone who wants to learn massage or anatomy or refresh their existing knowledge to contact Clare and attend one of her courses. They are informative and rewarding but also fun and friendly.”Jack Hooley (Level 4) / Bridging Course & Level 4 Sports Massage
“I have studied both Level 3 and Level 4 Sports Massage with Clare Riddell - I love the subject and find the variety of teaching methods make learning both fun and easy. The tutor has been exceptional and I would like to give my thanks to Clare. She has always taught with enthusiasm and made learning possible even at the end of a long week at work. I have noticed a huge improvement in my theoretical knowledge as the course progressed and my confidence has soared in practical treatments. I can't wait to use my new skills and develop a business based on these”Dan – (Level 3 & 4) Leicestershire / Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage
"Clare is probably one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, she made the courses interesting and hands on to ensure confidence in all necessary areas. The course itself was a brilliant mix of theory and practical to give the learner an all round experience and foundation of knowledge and understanding. The posture course taught me how to see the body differently and to effortlessly assess someone, easily indicating the correct areas to work on, suitable techniques and relevant prescription of strengthening advice for weaker areas. The course was a perfect add on to Level 3 sports massage allowing me to improve the service I can give to clients."Nicola Rossell – (Level 3 & 4) Rossell Fitness / Leicester
"I attended the one-day Postural Assessment Course just after graduating from my Level 3 sports massage diploma. The course was fantastic in helping me underpin my existing knowledge. Previously I had found postural assessments quite daunting, however after the course I feel a lot more confident to carryout assessments and appropriate tests and stretches, so much so I was applying them to my practice with clients the following day. The environment and course structure was laid back, informative and hosted in a lovely environment. All in all a great day, I came away feeling re-energised and confident about my practice and knowledge, thanks Clare!"Hannah Elkington (Postural Assessment) / Massage Therapist
"I have taught postural analysis for many years but this course has given me so much more to work with. I thoroughly enjoyed the hands on approach to the day and can't wait to use my new knowledge and skills. The small class size meant that nothing was missed and it was fabulous to spend the day with like-minded people. I am definitely interested in more courses! Thank you Clare"Jayne Catley (Postural Assessment) / Massage Therapist and Lecturer
"The posture course was brilliant, I really enjoyed it! It was an excellent refresher of anatomy and special tests (which I needed) and I definitely learnt some new and interesting things which I will be using in my clinic!"Ryan – (Postural Assessment) RL Sport Therapy /
"This course is an absolute must for any serious body work therapists! Insightful, educational in content and very helpful, detailed instruction on practical techniques."Lynn – (Postural Assessment) Body Synergy, Derbyshire /
"If you are looking to become a sports massage therapist, I would highly recommend Clare to teach you! I studied Level 3 and 4 sports massage with her and can genuinely say she is one of the best teachers I have ever had! Her manner and energy will keep you engaged and her lessons will entertain you. She is practically an oracle of A&P which she transfers into digestible pieces, making a complicated subject highly enjoyable and easier to understand and remember. If you are looking to become a competent and knowledgeable therapist, look no further than Clare to be your guide.”Emma (Level 3 & 4) / Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage
"Thank you for a very well-run enjoyable course. I've done quite a few management courses and you could go up against the best that I have seen in the commercial and give them a run for their money."Neil – (Level 4 Leicestershire / Level 3 Sports Massage
"A truly challenging but even more rewarding course, if you are serious about sports massage this is undoubtedly the best way to learn. With Clare's support and guidance everything just clicks into place and you come away feeling confident you can put your new skills to practice straight away. A wonderfully relaxing and personal learning experience makes what may appear to be an overwhelming subject thoroughly enjoyable."Gavin – (Level 4) Leicestershire / Level 4 Sports Massage
“I chose my level 4 sports massage course with Pressure Point for the convenient location and the fact that it was over a series of weekends rather than one evening a week. Clare is such a brilliant tutor and so with her enthusiasm and motivation it has been thoroughly enjoyable albeit hard work! I wouldn't hesitate to do further study with Clare and highly recommend Pressure Point to anyone considering sports massage therapy.”Helen – (Level 4) Derbyshire / Level 4 Sports Massage