From the very top of the elite sporting circles in every field to the most common and complicated cases, Thomas has treated them all.
Thomas Creevey’s start to life on earth proved to be a defining and crucial time to set the scene for a lifetime seeking an understanding of the human body that is unlike any master bodyworker you may have been lucky enough to meet.
At 6mths old Thomas became ill, the family doctor implemented a major diet change for baby Thomas that made him even sicker, his father took him off of the macrobiotic diet several months later yet the damage had been done and it led to almost 2yrs of epileptic fits. On top of this Thomas was asthmatic and born with a condition that meant one of his legs was turned in. The only way he could ride a 3 wheeler was with one leg sticking out so as not to catch his big toe in the wheel spokes. He spent a lot of time alone and his Father taught him principles of Eastern Mysticism from the age of three. Ill health was a constant as he grew up reaching the age of 15 with a weight of just 36kg, At 16yrs old, Thomas had become adept with a strong daily meditation practice and states of deep contemplation. He explored the Eastern Mysteries and learned much through those years out of personal interest in many topics. It came to light very early on that Thomas possessed an exceptional IQ score, despite having given up caring about his studies in school and doing only enough to get by largely unnoticed in his senior years of school. When the state IQ test was run at his school, he was the last to be called for results, being told that while his score was more than 190pts they could not provide formal results as he turned out to be literally ‘off the charts’. It was suggested to Thomas that he immediately join Mensa. Needless to say this came as a surprise to everyone, Thomas included. He spent time caring for racehorses at the local racetrack at Eagle Farm, placing a few bets of his own, and listening to The Beatles was much more interesting than his school studies! Even more interesting than the horses though was his meditation practice. He was curious to know everything about everything which was both blessing and curse.
At 17 years old, Thomas began running while he attended University of Queensland (UQ) part-time, studying the Arts. A regular part of running training was to get massage and various forms of chiropractic treatment. Within a few years Thomas was running for QLD in 10km Cross Country, Steeple Chase and Marathon events, making it to the Trials for the Australian Olympic team. In 1971 he suffered a knee injury that would cut his athletic career short. The next year he had surgery which had not corrected the injury, he was told it wasn’t coming ‘right’ and that he would have to learn to live with a limp for the rest of his life. Not one to take such a defeating prognosis lying down, Thomas set about healing himself. He had been massaging other athletes for a number of years and been unofficially studying with Mr & Mrs. Leembruggens, a husband and wife team who used the Schellberg Technique. With that information, he was able to work out exactly what had happened to his knee and he was able to correct the structural instability, restoring and maintaining full mobility. He no longer limped. The experience of his own injury and what he had learned in applying the Schellberg Technique massaging and treating other athletes gave him a deeper understanding of structural balance & injury therapy.
Thomas began his Human Movement Studies degree in 1973 at UQ and six months into the course he began lecturing a subject when the regular lecturer had become sick. He continued lecturing and sharing his knowledge in a teaching capacity until 1996. For a time he held the positions of President of the Human Movement Studies Student Society, was the Orientation Director and an Executive on the board of the UQ Sports Union. He began training track & field teams and assisted in other subjects. It was at this point that Thomas began combining his knowledge of massage and adjustments.
The basic understanding of structural balance Thomas had cultivated already, broadened as his study progressed. Thomas developed a knowledge of the complex mechanics of human anatomy and how it reacted to injury, which was immediately being applied for his client’s benefit with exceptional results across many different areas of the body. The word spread quickly the more people Thomas treated and the university department heads and various sports circles were hearing many reports of great success stories.
A key turning point in Thomas’ career was a client by the name of Sue who ended up going to the Commonwealth Games, her father was the coach for the UQ Swim Team squad. Through that connection, Thomas was invited to Aussie Swim Titles in 1976. Team coaches from different sports across the campus began seeking Thomas’ skills as a bodyworker. He became one of the coaches for the Australian Disabled Team in 1978, serving as QLD Coach for The Sporting Wheelies from 1975-1979.
By this time Thomas was gaining a reputation and was called into UQ’s Professor of Anatomy’s office where Professors Bronx & Parker questioned Thomas, asking him “What is this we are hearing about miracle cures?” Thomas was surprised at the attention and the caution these Professors were urging, understanding that the ‘powers that be’ within academia at the time were becoming uncomfortable with how clients were talking about his treatment protocols and results. Thomas paused in treating clients for a few months before returning to his growing practice and again ran into these two Professors in a coffee shop one morning. When they heard Thomas had resumed treating clients, their repeated cautioning led to Thomas chasing down more certifications that would support his skills and protect him from the scrutiny of some of the medical fraternity who were firmly grounded in Western Medicine principles. Thomas completed a Touch for Health course in 1978 & a basic Massage Diploma in 1980. He was invited as guest Lecturer at Health Schools International for a number years, then later appointed Lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology at the Australian Medical Acupuncture College in 1982, also continuing his studies in alternative modalities, expanding to more than just western medicine focussed training institutions.
In 1983, Thomas passed his exams to be grandfathered into a Doctorate of Chiropractic with the help of Dr. Roy Wood in his pursuit of sufficient certification in the eyes of the industry. Due to a minor association with a teacher and qualified Chiropractor who was considered a persona non grata, his Doctorate was denied despite being acknowledged for his skill and experience in the field. This turned out to be a blessing for if it had been granted, Thomas would surely have toed the political framework of the times and abandoned the alternative studies and treatment methods that had become finely tuned to work holistically with the body, mind, and spirit. Later in 1987 a Sydney college offered to grant Thomas a Doctorate in NSW in exchange for teaching his style of peripheral treatments, yet being unable to find paid work to support himself, Thomas was unable to take the opportunity. Despite the setbacks in gaining his doctorate, the many colleagues Thomas developed in Chiropractic circles supported his methods. The President of the Australian Chiropractors Association singled Thomas out at a party one night saying “If this guy (Thomas) isn’t registered then the rest of us shouldn’t be”. Thomas appreciated the acknowledgment, his peers still understood the value he could bring to a client. Thomas never had the support of the Chiropractors Association in an official capacity. He is thankful that not having the rules that went along with the Associations & credentials allowed him to work outside the box and incorporate both eastern and western thinking and methodologies. He was free to apply the full breadth and depth of his knowledge for his clients which he firmly believes is what makes him such a unique and effective bodyworker.
Some critical junctures of his early private studies in body-related subjects like the 1967 book by Julius Fast “Body Language”, Desmond Morris’ books “Man Watching: A Field Guide to Human Behaviour” (1978) & “The Human Zoo” (1969) inspired Thomas to start looking at how people move in a certain way to express non verbal ques, aka body language, and how that related to emotion. His work continued to deepen and intersect with psychology, spirituality, and philosophy. Body language & Chinese Medicine plus eastern thinking gave him a very good understanding of a broader aspect of healing that western medicine alone could not embrace. When he came across Louise Hay’s “You can Heal Your Life” all aspects began to permeate Thomas’ approach to his treatment – mental, emotional, spiritual and physical healing entwined to give birth to Thomas Creevey Therapy (TCT).
Thomas’ intuitive ability was not something that was spoken about in those days as the mainstream paradigm was not accepting of such things, however in truth Thomas was applying a knowledge that was more than just his inherent or learned knowledge, it was deeply intuitive and many times this intuitive capacity enabled him to connect the dots of what he had learned academically to the physical application of those principles with his clients.
Around these years of 1984-86 Thomas continued getting great results for his clients however a crisis of ego was taking place which was affecting his intuitive ability. His structural understanding never left him but the magic touch he had been known for felt like it was slipping away.
“He was put on such a pedestal, the word miracle was so often associated with his name that he had a complete crisis of ego, so much so that Thomas lost the gift to treat the body on a deeper level. Only by developing humility did he find the ability to accept that he may never get back ‘the magic touch’ he had been known for. Luckily it did return and he was able to continue developing the method and treating clients in a meaningful way.”– Craig Williams
The challenges Thomas faced during the next decade in his personal life followed similar themes of finding a level of humility and surrender to doing what he had been called to do without focussing on the materialistic side of notoriety associated with high-level clients.
Different sporting teams still sought his services, the State Softball, State Baseball, State Cricket, Brisbane City Soccer Club and QLD Catholic Netball Teams were all receiving treatments from Thomas at this time. Yet the political environment around the Acupuncture College in 1984 led to Thomas losing his job lecturing, it was a critical time for Alternative modalities in the industry as the Australian Medical Association (AMA) were only just recognising Acupuncture had a place in the landscape of western medical practice. Thomas had a very different view of treating clients than the associations and institutions that govern most bodywork methods. Despite proven results of his approach that no other bodyworker seemed to be achieving at the time, it seemed that Thomas Creevey rocked the status quo too much for everyone’s liking. Yet this never swayed him from continuing to treat the body in his unique style, something in him refused to bow to a narrow-minded fraternity.
In the late 80’s Thomas continued his involvement in the sporting world working with the Japanese Swim Team at the Pan Pacific’s, he was appointed Australian Team Manager for Triathlon by Sally-Ann Atkinson as a part of the Brisbane City Council Sister Cities Program. Thomas also became Head Trainer of Valleys Rugby League Club. Thomas worked with Motocross 7x titleholder Peter Melton, Andrew McFarlane (2nd place in World Titles in Europe), Michael Byrne and many others. He became Head Trainer for the Dolphins (National Baseball League Team) & was working with individuals across a number of other sports.
Between 1993 – 1996 Thomas traveled to the USA and worked at Bellvue College in Seattle and joined the support team massaging for the Seattle leg of the Senior Tennis Tour, having the privilege of treating former world number 1’s such as Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors. The Seattle Mariners Baseball team headhunted him; meanwhile, other offers of jobs, book deals, and lecturing tours came in all at once prompting Thomas to consider applying for a skills-based visa to extend his time overseas. When complications arose with those opportunities, he decided to return to Australia and focus on his private practice which was steadily and consistently growing as his reputation traveled primarily by word of mouth.
From 1999 – 2012 his primary focus remained on his private practice while also treating elite Superbike riders across events at Philip Island (2001-07), Bran’s Hatch UK (2005/6) & Nurburgring Germany (2011/12). He also spent time in Japan with Motorcross athletes, with pro BMX athletes and the Northern Fury Football Club proving that the Thomas Creevey Therapy methodology could treat nearly every high-performance sporting field there is while maintaining accessibility for the general public with complex issues that he is able to assist to reclaim their strength and stability in the body.
While Thomas’ heavy involvement with sportsmen & women allowed him to refine & develop TCT in an elite performance environment where stakes were high for his clients, his private practice treating complex & layered injuries of the general public has afforded him the ability to master treatment protocols that traverse all layers of the human experience.
Throughout Thomas’ career, there have been consistent themes challenging the thinking of the medical fraternity that treats the referred pain rather than the cause, of a holistic approach to the effective treatment of the body on multiple layers. Thomas has been consistently redirected by the universe away from traditional patterns, carving out his own unique pathway and utilising a high functioning intelligence to understand the complexity of the human body in a way that breaks molds and challenges the norms of bodywork. Maintaining his mindset as an eternal student of life and developing a grounded humility have been instrumental in allowing Thomas to wear the label of a miracle worker with grace and honesty.
Along the journey, Thomas has been asked to mentor many practitioners and train them in his style of therapy. I was very lucky that Thomas recognised my passion for wanting to learn what he knew and how to do it and chose to mentor me as one of a select few that he gave his time and teaching to. Due to Thomas’ training I have been able to establish a thriving clinical practice of my own on the Gold Coast, as has my colleague Steve Jones in Cairns.
In 2017, Thomas suffered his third stroke while still recovering from a heart attack, making it abundantly clear that his decision many years ago to pass on his knowledge was an incredibly wise choice knowing that the legacy of his knowledge would be enduring through his students.
Thomas has recovered from the stroke remarkably well and continues to treat clients with the help of his students, keeping the therapy available to all who need it. With Thomas’ deep understanding of the human body and how to treat it, he has been able to recover to the point where he is back to treating all those clients that need his expertise.
Currently, with the help of his students, Thomas is documenting his therapy with a view to registering it as an approved modality through the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT).
It is with the deepest gratitude that I thank Thomas for all he has shown me throughout the years of mentoring.
Craig Williams, Total Body Therapy.