Our Team

All our therapists are members of leading professional bodies in their fields and regularly complete continuing professional development (CPD), so you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality of care. For more information about each individual therapist please click on an individual therapist’s name.

Katherine Creighton Crook – Founder and Principal Therapist

Ailish Paterson, Sports Massage Therapist

Aiden Van Graan, Sports Massage Therapist

Sarah Balogun, Sports Massage Therapist


Katherine Creighton Crook

Katherine Creighton CrookKatherine is the principal therapist and founder of Leyton Sports Massage. Originally from the US, Katherine trained in Sydney, Australia, obtaining certificates in Remedial and Swedish massage. After moving to London, she completed a Level-5 Diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy at the London School of Sports Massage, and has recently started learning organ-specific fascial techniques. She’s a member of the Federation of Holistics Therapists (FHT) and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as both a sports therapist and a massage therapist.

Katherine focuses on understanding the source of any problems along with a holistic, structural approach to bodywork so changes are made quickly and last as long as possible. This approach, along with targeted home care, work towards clients’ long and short-term goals. Her clients come to her to stay in top form for their sport, to take care of the muscle-related discomfort from day-to-day life, or to aid recovery following soft tissue damage, either from injuries or operations.

She is available at:
Leyton on Wednesdays 3:30-8:30 and Sundays 10-5.
Angel on Mondays 3-8.
Walthamstow on Tuesdays 3-7.

Her list is currently closed to new clients, but is accepting new clients on a referral or case-by-case basis.


Ailish Paterson

Ailish has a level 3 in sports massage therapy AND a BA in dance performance, is a member of the FHT and is registered with the CNHC. Ailish is passionate about health and fitness, is a keen runner, cyclist and takes regular dance classes.

During her degree, Ailish specialised in contemporary dance and studied dance science which expanded her knowledge and understanding of anatomy & physiology, especially when it comes to movement. Ailish strive to help clients reduce muscle-related pain and discomfort through sports massage therapy and gentle exercise stretches to enable and maintain a fully mobile and pain-free lifestyle.

Since qualifying, Ailish volunteered providing pre and post event massage at numerous sporting events in partnership with charities such as the Macmillan Foundation, Lord Taverns and Make A Wish Foundation. She also loves spending her free time studying more about the human body, anatomy, and movement to provide the best possible sessions for her clients. 

Ailish is available at:
Leyton on Monday 8-2 and Thursday 3-8:30.
Angel on Friday 2:30-8
Walthamstow St James St on Monday 3-8:30 and Thursday 8-2.

Click here to book an appointment online with her. If you’d like to get know Ailish better, click here to watch her short video bio on our Facebook page.


Aiden Van Graan

LSM Therapist AidentAiden first came across massage after leaving a career in corporate finance. He strongly believes inhuman connection & has always loved helping people, so to be able to support people’s quality of life after years working in a corporate environment was a breath of fresh air. Qualifying first in Swedish in 2012, he went on to study deep tissue, sports, reflexology & Indian head massage. Using these various techniques creates truly unique experiences for clients–especially once their initial complaint isresolved and they move on to regular maintenance sessions. He’s also a member of the FHT and CNHC-registered.

His years at a desk made him acutely aware of how hard the office environment can be on the body. He knows ‘sports’ massage isn’t just for sports people, and is passionate in helping his clients with musculoskeletal imbalances that have arisen from office, other work-related, and general day-to-day activities.

In his spare time, he’s a bit of a geek when it comes to technology & gaming. He’s a proud early adopter of tech gadgets like smart watches and the NFC payment ring. His favourite games at the moment are MMO PC & console games, breaking up his gaming time with long walks outside. Like many of our team members, he spends a fair amount of his spare time learning more about the human body particularly around kinetics, biomechanics, and rehab techniques.

Aiden is at our Angel location on Monday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon/evenings. To book a session with him, click here to go to our online booking


Sarah Balogun

Sarah holds both a level 3 diploma in sports massage therapy and a personal training qualification, and is a member of the FHT. 

With two years experience in the fitness industry,  she is passionate about exercise and loves trying out different types of training i.e. crossfit, bodybuilding and athletics.

During her massage course, Sarah explored Swedish and relaxation massage along with sport & remedial and enjoys mixing modalities when working with clients. She’s particularly interested in anatomy and physiology and seeing how muscle pain in one area can be linked to many other muscles/factors in the body.

Sarah loves seeing the psychological and physical effect massage has on the body. Seeing the positive difference her sessions can have on clients is the most rewarding part of the job. In her spare time, Sarah loves studying psychology and creating her own natural beauty remedies.

Sarah is available at Walthamstow on Wednesdays 8:00-20:30 and alternate Saturdays, and at Leyton Tuesday 8:30-14:00 and Friday 8:00-20:30. Click here to book an appointment online with her.

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