Complementary therapies are part of my life, I use them daily whether that’s using an aromatherapy blend as a body oil, diffusing essential oils in my house, giving my children and husband treatments, practising mindfulness, doing yoga/pilates or having a massage. I’ve learnt over the years the huge importance of listening to my body and nurturing it.
My journey began when I developed M.E/CFS ( Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) in the first month of my first year at university. I was fortunate to have a supportive GP and took his advice. It was at this time I really began to understand what the term ‘holistic’ (characterised by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease) meant. The nature of the illness meant everything affected me, a smell, a sound, a light, a food, an exercise, the impact on my whole body would be truly profound. I didn’t know at the time complementary therapies worked holistically, what that meant and I hadn’t even heard of many of the therapies. Approximately 3 years into the illness, alongside conventional medical care I started using complementary therapies and found it helped to improve my quality of life and bring comfort to coping with a chronic condition. From this point onwards I realised the need to keep my body in balance. I successfully managed to complete my degree in fashion & textiles and a post grad diploma in design management. I went on to work in fashion buying.
Over the subsequent years I have made changes to my diet, exercise regime and relaxation methods. I have used many different therapies, Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Nutrition, Acupuncture and Osteopathy, all which have helped at different stages of my life.
I lived in China for 1 year, this really opened my eyes to eastern medicine. Acupuncture and reflexology to name a few were part of everyone’s daily health care, they used it to increase their wellbeing rather than turning to the therapies when they were unwell, a whole new concept to me.
I was lucky enough to travel to many more countries and saw first-hand how different complementary therapy approaches, many ancient healing traditions kept people nurtured and in balance. This really fuelled the spark of intrigue I had developed at university and I wanted to retrain.
I truly love what I do, it’s incredibly rewarding whether that’s to allow someone the time and space to relax and unwind, help them become pain free or to assist them on a journey of recovery.
Each and every client is a privilege to work with.
I have been a complementary therapist for the last 13 years.
I firstly trained in Reflexology with the highly acclaimed Maureen Burgess School of Reflexology, London. I then went on to train in Aromatherapy, Essential Oil Science and Massage with Neals Yard Remedies (NYR) London. I completed subsequent courses in Maternity Reflexology, Maternity Aromatherapy and Massage, Deep Tissue techniques, Natural Facelift and Rejuvenation, Reiki. In April 2017 I completed a diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage at the world renowned Jing Advanced massage training in Brighton.
I am also accredited with IFPA, the International Federation of Practicing Aromatherapists and AOR, Association of Reflexologists and I abide by their code of practice and ethics. I am trained in first aid and I am fully insured. I am committed to continuing my professional development.
Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy (ACMT) – Jing Advanced massage training, Brighton (2017)
Advanced Natural Facelift Massage – Purple Turtle Training Academy, Brighton (2014)
Deep Tissue Massage – Elaine Tomkins – London (2009)
Diploma in Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science (IFPA) – Neals Yard Remedies, London (2007)
Maternity Aromatherapy and Massage – Neals Yard Remedies, London (2007)
Maternity Reflexology – Suzanne Enzer, Surrey (2007)
Reiki degree one – Mariea Rudenko – Surrey (2006)
Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology (AOR) – Maureen Burgess School of Reflexology, London (2004)