Konstantinos Nikolaou – Queer Careers, Physiotherapist
Queer Careers is an ongoing series featuring ‘out and proud’ professionals. This time, we speak to Konstantinos Nikolaou, a physiotherapist based in the UK. This gorgeous Greek God is open-minded, and he has a killer smile. He speaks to us about his packed schedule, and his passion for helping people to heal, without shame or embarrassment.
Where did you grow up?
“Born and raised in the most beautiful city, full of spices and flavors, Thessaloniki, Greece!”
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What inspired you to become a physiotherapist?
“I think the most honest answer is this; my mother! I grew up in a customer service environment, working in the family business, which we’ve owned for the last 30 years, and it was very stressful. My mother wanted me to do something less stressful with my life. With that said, I think I may have still managed to pursue a somewhat stressful path, as I’ve taken on two masters by 29, and I also have to deal with the health and well-being of others. I think the responsibilities are too many already.”
What do you do?
“Maybe the question should be what am I not doing. I’m working full-time with the NHS, as a physiotherapist, continuing my practice two evenings a week in the private sector, giving spinning classes as an instructor once per week, training 4-5 times in the week, and I recently enrolled part-time for my second M.Sc.”
What’s gay life like for you in Birmingham?
“It sounds funny, but I have no idea. My life in Birmingham is so busy, that when I have some time off, I’m traveling to see my friends abroad or in London. I’m sure it’s a promising city! And I guess it’s no accident, that the Gay Rugby team the ‘Birmingham Bulls’ is the most popular one.”
Are you single?
“So, I would argue, and I would ask you, what single means for you? From my perception, no one is single. We are creating and surrounding ourselves with different kinds of relationships in our life, depending on our needs at that moment.”
Can you talk to me a little about your profession, and your work with pelvic floor rehabilitation?
“Over the last two years, I’ve started exploring a newly developed area for physiotherapists which is, pelvic floor rehabilitation. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can help to address sexual problems such as pain with urination, ejaculation during intercourse, erection dysfunction, rectal pain, or testicular pain. Many of these symptoms are common to men after prostate surgery, as well as to transgender male and females who undergo a massive number of operations.”
What is the hardest part of your job?
“Physiotherapists, we are something more than the guys who will treat your pain. From my perception, we are dealing with ‘persons’ who come to us with different backgrounds, needs, experiences, and traumas. Providing emotional support and having some understanding of relationships and sexual issues is paramount in helping patients and in making them feel safe and understood.”
Anything else you’d care to mention?
“I will add something that always inspires me from RuPaul, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”. #loveislove🌈”
Even more Konstantinos Nikolaou
So you may have noticed that Konstantinos the Greek physio is a fan of topless selfies. For even more of his clothing optional adventures, follow this smiley, Grecian happy trail, over to his personal Instagram.
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