ea health


by elaine atkinson

about ea health founder elaine atkinson

A trampolining accident as a teenager, the long journey to get a diagnosis and the lack of meaningful rehabilitation drove Elaine to set up ea health. Years of pain, dismissals and recurring injuries and niggles followed the initial accident, stopping Elaine’s training as well as dealing with constant, daily back ache and stiffness.  A diagnosis was finally made 27 years later. Instead of a rehabilitation plan, Elaine was told to stop all training and focus on strengthening her core. This didn’t ring true and Elaine embarked on research, training and education to rehabilitate her own back. Five years, two Advanced Diplomas, a Personal Training qualification and a mentorship with Dave O’Sullivan, later EAST(ea Health) emerged with the sole purpose, to stop others having  similar experiences.

Career & Qualifications

Degree in Music - University College Salford

PGCE Music and PE - Manchester Metropolitan University

MA Educational Management - Open University

Level 3 Personal Training - HFE November 2017

Level 2 Gym Instructor - HFE August 2017

Vocal Massage - Active Health Group June 2017

Level 1 Assistant Boxing Coach - ABA

Run London Marathon twice, well plodded! 

Provided pre and post massage for London Marathon, Liverpool and London Triathlon weekends

Did Trek of the Sahara for Beaumond House in 2012

7 years Head of Music at schools in the Greater Manchester area


15 years  leading Nottinghamshire’s Instrumental & Music Teaching Service


CNHC registered - Sports Therapy and Massage  

Prosport Academy Mentorship - Dave O’Sullivan  April 2019


Took up kickboxing 2002 at the age of 31, achieved black belt 7 years later and competed

Plodded a few sprint triathlons

Played cornet in Championship Section Brass Bands in Lancashire and Yorkshire, despite being a Southerner!

McGill Level 2 The Detailed Back Assessment: Converging on a precise diagnosis - Dr Stuart McGill March 2018


Level 5 Advanced Diploma Sports Therapy and Clinical Rehabilitation - Active Health Group December 2017


Pitchside Sports First Aid including Spinal Injuries and AED - Active Health Group November 2017

3rd Age Woman Instructor (Specialist Wellness Coach for Perimenopausal & Beyond Females) - Burrell Education  January 2019

Diagnosed with a fractured spine (spondylolisthesis) 2013

Ovarian Cancer diagnosis 2016 

Joined the team at Code Fitness 

BTec Level 5 Professional Diploma Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy (Soft Tissue)  London School of Sports and Remedial Massage December 2014

Level 1 Assistant Triathlon Coach - England Triathlon 2014

Kickboxing Coach

Love - Coffee, working out, helping people, learning, positive psychology, getting to the root cause, finding out why and addressing that, oh... and the occasional piece of cake!