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The Optimal Massage Therapy team is growing using a network of professionals and recommendations. We like to recognise in each of our team members every quality and criteria expressed on our home page, it is essential for us to develop our concept together with passionate individuals.



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Jacques H Poullard is the founder/director of Optimal Massage Therapy, which provides private and corporate Physical therapy services. He qualified in 2004 (London School of Remedial & Sports Massage) and qualified at UEL in Sports Science & Nutrition (weight management & Sports nutrition).


His latest qualification is in Traditional Thai Yoga massage and reflexology; training undertaken at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, a long-standing and prestigious traditional medicine training centre in Thailand and part of the Shivagakormarpaj Lineage.


Over the years he has done massage work at numerous key events including: Sports Massage Therapy to the Athletes IAAF World Athletic Chanpionships 2017

  • Official Selection for Sports Massage Therapy to the Athletes at the Rio 2016 Games

  • Official Selection for Sports Massage Therapy to the Athletes at the London 2012 Games

  • For Roger Federer's Team & his family during Wimbledon

  • International Beach Volley ball, Horse Guard Parade 2011 Olympic test event

  • Water Polo Olympic Park 2012 test event

  • The London marathons 2004-6

  • The London Triathlon (2006),

  • London 10k, VISA


During the London Olympic Games he was based at Wimbledon All England Club for the tennis and for the Paralympic Games in the Poly Clinic in the Olympic Village.


He followed and treated over 80 athletes some of whom went on to win medals including:

  • Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) Olympic Bronze in tennis

  • Mohamed Farhat Chida (Tunisia) Paralympics Gold in long jump.



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Nicholas Newton qualified as a Masseur in 2005 (ITEC dip) and in the following year began a three year degree course in Classical Five Element Acupuncture at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Warwick, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) and a Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic.Ac.).


Nicholas has worked as an independent massage therapist for 9 years. He has treated many hundreds of patients for a wide range of issues with both massage and acupuncture with much success. He currently works in central London and is a fully engaged member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC).

Pedro Olabarri qualified with the NLSSM (North London School of Sports Massage) and acquired a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy; he is a member of The Sport Massage Association.

Since 2014 he has developed skills and experience in treating neck, shoulder & back pain, muscle injuries, stiff joints, musculoskeletal & neuromuscular imbalances and tension.

Pedro was part of the physical therapy team for international Sport events such as the IAAF 2018 World Indoor Athletics Championships, Sevens and The City (Rugby 7s & Crossfit) and the London Marathon.

Pedro worked with the London Scottish Football Club during season 2014-15 providing treatment to the players. He also has 3 years 5 Star hotel and private Members club experience, treating a wide range of clientele.

Pedro currently covers several locations, including a Health & Fitness club in the City, he is also passionate about sports, nutrition, health & fitness and has been practising sports since early age.

Emma Greenhalgh embarked on a career as a professional massage therapist following a prolific dance career. She trained for 7 years at the Royal Ballet School and in 1990 went on to join English National Ballet, dancing there for 9 years and becoming a Soloist dancer. She also performed as a Principal dancer with City Ballet of London 1999 - 2000, a Soloist with K Ballet of Japan 2000 – 2001 and performing in several freelance projects before retiring.


Emma has always had a special interest in Sports and Deep Tissue Massage due to the various injuries she sustained in her career and many long periods of rehabilitation, in which massage therapies were a major factor in maintenance and recovery.


Emma qualified as a massage therapist in 2012 (ITEC Dip) and the following year in Sports and Deep Tissue Massage. In 2014 she also gained an IPTI Practitioner’s Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage. She also is qualified in and practises Pregnancy Massage.


Since qualifying she has been practising from Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms post graduate clinic in Covent Garden and from two other clinics in North London, Wood Green Complementary Health Clinic and Bridge Complementary Health Centre. Treating and working with a diverse range of clientele.

David Graham is a Level 5 qualified Sports & Remedial Massage therapist with the NLSSM (North London School of Sports Massage).

He developed a keen interest in health & fitness through personal experience rehabilitating a shoulder injury and found sports massage to be of great benefit. He now enjoys working with clients with both an athletic and non-athletic background to treat musculoskeletal & neuromuscular injuries; but also a wider range of postural, stress, sports & physical related conditions.


David has experience working in corporate health clinics having worked with The Telegraph as their in house Clinical & Sports massage therapist and has also done event work with the Brighton Marathon.


David currently works throughout central London in a number of locations and enjoys hitting the gym, and actively studies Osteopathy at University College of Osteopathy.

Natalie Toulou played hockey to a national level but at the age of 18 her sports career was cut short due to an accident. Natalie has been practicing massage therapy for 6 years with an interest in recovery from trauma and traumatic injuries including sports injuries as a result of her own experiences. Her focus is releasing trauma from the body both due to specific injury and emotional disharmony/imbalance.


Natalie completed her Sports Massage BTEC Level 5 in 2013 and her DipHE in Biodynamic Massage in 2014. Instead of completing her masters in Biodynamic body psychotherapy she began training specifically in traumatic Injury completing level 3 by 2016.


Natalie is currently studying part time at The London School of Chinese Medicine to explore further the benefits of meridian stretching and trauma release techniques with acupuncture.

Natalie has been working in clinic for 2 years and been treating both muscular-skeletal, neuro- muscular/ emotional conditions such as: neck pain/ sprain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, spinal conditions , stress, anxiety, emotional blockages, insomnia and  low energy levels.


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