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Kassia Portas – The Pole Dancing Therapist

Kassia Portas has been pole dancing since 2010 and instructing at Spin City Bristol since 2012. She has been trained through the Spin City Instructor Training and now coaches competitive, instructors and amateur level students.

Kassia is a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator (Bsc) hons and a Level 5 Sports Therapist. She combines her knowledge of the body and pole dancing mechanics to give her clients the best treatment possible. However, she has of experience working with people from non sporting and other sporting backgrounds.

Kassia is known for her combinations and technical teaching style, she can spot the smallest corrections to help her students perfect their tricks. She is a 4 star approved instructor through the Pole Dance Community.

Kassia is the CEO and manager of The Bristol Pole Championships and the UK Professional Pole Championships. She has competed many times over the years which gives her a great insight into the competitive world and loves helping others when going through this experience.

Kassia combines her qualifications and experience to influence specific bodily structures. She can help reduce pain, restore functional movement, encourage recovery from injury and increase the body’s overall fluidity and ease of movement.

“Kassia’s classes are the best, with a huge variety of combos catering to all types of polers! Always a supportive atmosphere, would highly recommend” – Eloise Harris

Qualifications:

Sports Rehabilitation BSc (hons)

Kassia has completed a degree in Sports Rehabilitation which gives her the indepth skills to assess and treat various pathologies.

Level 5 Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage

Whether you are suffering from chronic pain or have recently been injured, most musculoskeletal problems tend to result from:

Poor prolonged posture

Faulty body mechanics

Stressful living and poor working habits

Loss of strength and flexibility

These factors can all have a major influence on the physical state of our soft tissues, particularly in relation to activity. Kassia will use a range of techniques including deep tissue massage, active release and passive mobilisation to balance out the muscular system. You will be given exercises to incorporate in to your day, this will help ensure long term benefits from your massage.

Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage

Kassia believes that holistic massage is an extremely important part of treatment. When we relax we access the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the ‘rest and digest system’. This puts the body in an optimum position for muscular recovery. If that wasn’t enough of a motivation to have a holistic massage here are some other great benefits: reduces stress, relaxes muscles by reduces ‘nervous tension’ and improves circulation.

Medical Acupuncture

Medical Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles in to muscular tissue for a therapeutic effect. Overall, it is an adaptation of the Chinese method, but using modern in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.  The effect of this is very similar to some deep tissue massage techniques but can be quicker and more specific.  Studies show that acupuncture increases the release of endogenous opioids, a system shown to be an innate pain-relief system. Although some people worry about having acupuncture, Kassia creates a very safe environment and will only ever use them with your consent.

Pole Dance Certifications

Kassia has been trained to coach pole dance from beginners to advanced through Spin City Aerial Fitness, who are renowned for their instructor training.

Competitive Titles:

South West Amateur Pole Champion 2012

Miss Pole Dance Semi-Pro Runner up 2013

3rd Place UK Pole Championships 2013

Yorkshire Professional Champion 2014

Solent Professional Champion 2014

UK Sponsors Choice 2015

2nd Place BPSC 2016

UK 2nd place professional category 2017

UK Best Entertainer – Elite Finalist 2018

UK finalist every year from 2012-18

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