STRONG FOR LIFE Founder
STRONG FOR LIFE Founder
My name is Marcel Salazar and I am a Physical Therapist by training but have worked in the health industry since graduating in 2005 from Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention BSc (Honours) Degree.
I spent time during my degree working in the UK with a high profile physiotherapist in Athletics (Chris Allen of Battersea park) and in the US in the University College of San Diego, which had a fantastic rehabilitation and sports department which provided on site therapists for all of the collegiate athletes.
This experience allowed me to work with athletes of varying disciplines ranging from football, to softball to volleyball. Each presenting with their own unique injuries and imbalances of which it was my (our) job to manage and improve injuries as well as prevention in future. On the conclusion of my degree I underwent an additional diploma for strength and conditioning.
Your Therapist And Trainer
About Marcel - Physical Therapist
As a professional therapist, I have extensive experience in business and management, having started my own company in North Greater London after graduation. Despite its initial growth and success, I felt the need for further learning and development in these areas. I decided to close the business and pursue my goal of continuing professional development (CPD) in business.
I was fortunate enough to be selected as General Manager for Kieser Training, where I gained valuable skills and a deeper understanding of the importance of musculoskeletal training for overall health and well-being. In this role, I was responsible for all aspects of daily operations, including recruitment, training, marketing, and finance.
After five years of employment, I felt that there was more I could do to provide a complete and comprehensive service for customers. With this in mind, I developed the concept of Strong For Life and, along with my family, moved to southern Spain in 2017. I established my therapy business in June of the following year, and since then it has continued to grow and expand.
Today, Strong For Life offers home visits and is established in a private clinical setting with a breathtaking sea view in Calahonda. The future looks bright for our business as we continue to build our team of practitioners, with my wife, Ausra, joining as a personal trainer.
Ausra Televiciute Salazar - Personal Trainer
As a healthcare professional with a passion for helping others, I have always sought a fulfilling and impactful career. After earning my Master’s degree in Pharmacy 17 years ago, I spent years dedicated to the field, gaining invaluable experiences that shaped me into the person I am today. However, despite my love for the profession, I found myself feeling restricted and at odds with my holistic approach to wellness. So, with the unwavering support of my husband and family, I took the bold step to leave the comfort of the familiar and embark on a new journey in the world of fitness.
Fitness has always played a crucial role in my life, serving as my anchor during trying times, especially during and after my three pregnancies. It was through my own struggles with regaining confidence in my post-baby body that I discovered the transformative power of strength training.
I was challenged by my husband to enter a fitness competition, and the experience of discipline, hard work, and self-discovery was life-changing. I learned the importance of consistency and discipline in achieving optimal health and well-being, especially for women.
Now, I am on a mission to share my knowledge and inspire as many women as possible to prioritize their health, mind, and body. I want to empower women to take control of their wellness and live their best lives. Join me on this journey of self-love and discovery, and let’s elevate our health and well-being together!
Amazing! Marcel really focused on where my pain was coming from and gave me some excellent advise! Have already booked to go back! Would highly recommend
"Thanks especially to Marcel for being the pioneer and by far the most proactive member, well done Marcel! Its been a great collaboration with Marcel working here, not just because he is a positive, energetic guy, but because I have seen with my own eyes the benefits of Marcel's work with clients. They leave Maple Works after a session with a spring in their step; and what a great testimonial that is"
I endured a nasty calf tear and fortunately came across details for Marcel. From the moment my treatment began, I felt confident my recovery was going to be fine. Marcel is not only incredibly knowledgeable but also imparts his knowledge from the start and as the treatment is progressing ensuring a clear understanding of the injury and the importance of consistency in the healing process. I cannot thank Marcel enough. He would always be first choice for any future treatments given quality of treatment and client care ~Many Thanks
I started working with Marcel Salazar in July 2014 with a view to improving some muscular skeletal issues and improving my energy levels. I have found Marcel to be knowledgable and professional. He takes a holistic approach and brings a variety of factors into the treatment plan. He really cares about helping you reach your goals. He often goes the extra mile in terms of encouragement or time given to his clients. If he feels you will benefit from working with other practitioners he will make a recommendation or referral. He is also great fun to work with and will lift your mood with his good humour and light hearted way, whilst still remaining professional. I have seen some really good results and have no hesitation at all in highly recommending Marcel.
"I came to my first appointment with Marcel with some wariness around trying a new service, and negligible optimism about palpable results after just one session. However the sense of trust kicked in instinctively very soon after the consultation began. The consultation as a whole impressed me as more thorough, informed, intense and holistic in perspective than I had expected or experienced in most other medical/health appointments. (No one else has ever bothered to ask where my fibroid tumour is located at the back – not that I know the answer.) By the end of the session I didn’t question continuing with the recommended course of treatment. This was further reinforced the following morning, as the (surprise) reduction in pain overnight spoke for itself."
"Thank you Marcel, for treating my arthritic knees, well what a difference three sessions has made for me and the exercises you have given me to strengthen my muscles I feel so much stronger."
“I have had treatment at a Bupa hospital for the same condition for 3 months with no improvement. 6 Sessions with Marcel and I have been able to for the first time pick my daughter up with both hands”
"After breaking my ankle for the fourth time within the last 8 years I decided it was time to get some serious help and rehabilitation. Marcel was recommended to me and he prescribed an 8 week programme which involved deep tissue massage, exercises and a lot of helpful information and preventative action. As an active person who likes to run, I have found the information and guidance from Marcel has given me the confidence to pursue my fitness goals. Now that my ankle is better and healing, I feel I have the knowledge to prevent this type of sporting injury happening again. I look forward to working with Marcel over the next few weeks to ensure my running technique is correct to prevent further injury."
"I just received an excellent massage from Marcel Salazar at Strong for Life today. He treated my back pain (too much time spent at the laptop with a hunched back) by loosening up my neck, shoulder and back. I can already feel a substantial difference with greater range in my neck after just 30 minutes!"