Berkshire’s No. 1 Long-term pain solution
I have always had a passion for health and well-being, as I grew up in a medical family and feel that I inherited a vocation in the health sector. I am fascinated by the human body and what happens when it goes wrong. I have worked in the health and well-being industry since 2002 and have been helping people out of their pain since 2009. I have enjoyed successful clinical practices in Yorkshire, Devon and Berkshire. I have worked with many different clients, ranging from the fit and active to those with serious illnesses and debilitating conditions. I find this work both challenging and exciting. I feel inspired when people can resume previously enjoyed activities, return to work, move without pain and feel more confident in their abilities.
Freedom from Pain – my personal journey
Beacons of Inspiration – my personal journey
During the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, I was unable to see clients face-to-face for hands-on bodywork. This made me think about whom I could serve equally well with an online offering. The answer was obvious: living with total sight loss since birth and overcoming many hurdles, I found myself well placed to help those in a similar position. While I can’t make the hurdles magically disappear, I can empower clients to find the magic and resilience within themselves, so that they can make their dreams a reality.
Teamwork makes the Dream work
Many heads are better than one! I find that my clients benefit most from a combination of therapeutic approaches, from bodywork, exercise and nutrition, to coaching and help unlocking the beliefs which hold them back. For this reason, all of my clients work with a multi-disciplinary team of hand-picked experts, who are outstanding at what they do and lovely people to work with. We are in constant communication when working with a client, so that we are singing from the same sheet and can help the client to progress as quickly and smoothly as possible.
I use many different tools and the help of my team to journey with my clients, from a place of pain to a place of renewed energy and purpose. It is somewhat simplistic to list my specific qualifications, because these by know means tell the whole story of what my clients receive. However, some people are more comfortable having this information and I have therefore listed it below. This does not include the collective qualifications of my expanding team.
- Ph.D in Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield
- Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy, Myofascial Release UK
- Diploma in Holistic Therapeutic Massage, Sheffield Centre for Massage Training
- Diploma in Holistic Sports and Remedial Massage, Sheffield Centre for Massage Training
- Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy, Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy
- Certificate in Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork, Body in Harmony
- Certificate in Hands-Free Massage, Dynamic Massage
- Level II certificate in Reiki, Devon School of Reiki
- City & Guilds Award in Education and Training, Exeter College
- Bespoke health, lifestyle and business mentorship training, Heart Centred Business
Memberships and professional organisations
I am a practitioner member of the Massage Training Institute (MTI). I work on the MTI research committee, reviewing the existing scientific literature on massage and writing articles for practitioners who have no research training.
I am registered as a massage therapist and aromatherapist with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the register of complementary therapists accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), backed by the government and General Medical Council (GMC).
Outside of my clinical work, I am a keen singer in both a local choir and my church. I enjoy reading, yoga, walking with my husband, cycling, Olympic nattering with friends, delicious food and fine wine! All of these activities take care of my physical, mental and spiritual health, so that I can be on good form for my clients and all the other people who matter to me.
Charitable work and Goals
10% of my profits go to charities close to my heart, including Shelter, Guide Dogs, Signpost International and my local church. I also support local projects and am about to start working with ‘Parenting Special Children’, focusing on women who are recovering from abusive relationships.
After a humbling and eye-opening experience of working with homeless people as a massage student in 2012, one of my long-term goals is to be able to offer weekly, pro bono support for people who are sleeping rough or in temporary accommodation.
Coming from an academic background, my other major goal is to become more involved in complementary medical research, to enhance the recognition of our work amongst mainstream medical professionals, ultimately making it more accessible as part of mainstream healthcare provision.