With a lifelong interest in what makes people “tick”, and a background in bodywork, yoga, and personal development, I wanted to develop something different that blended inward with outward practices, to enhance wellbeing.
Before training as a bodywork therapist, I worked in the outdoor pursuits and hospitality industries in the UK, Switzerland and AustraIia. I loved seeing people overcoming fears and challenges, pushing their limits physically and mentally, and accessing their inner resources when things got tough. I used to rock climb and scuba dive, and this was often when I felt most in the moment and “in the flow” of my life.
It was while I was working in a high pressure job as a chef in Australia and starting to feel burnt out, that I tried yoga for the first time. I remember feeling a calm and energised connection – something quite new to me! However I was working hard and playing hard at the time and the adrenaline-junkie in me wasn’t ready to embrace the gentle pace of yoga! It was only when a car-crash finally forced me to slow down that I started to listen to my inner dialogue, and decided to come home to the UK and change direction.
I trained as a Sports Massage Therapist and began what is now a twenty-five year -plus journey. I loved working with elite athletes but I began to feel limited working on the purely physical level. They say that when the student is ready, they find the teacher – I was obviously ready because around this time I met Andy Thomas, an osteopath and remedial yoga teacher, and began studying his Full Movement Method. This method combines physical therapy to release restrictions in the body’s myo-fascia (muscles and connective tissues) with applied yoga postures and pranayama breath-work, to increase movement and relieve pain. My interest and love of FASCIA began in the 90’s and im forever indebted to Andy Thomas who was a steadfast mentor and friend.
I began to fully embody what I’d learnt, and realised I had finally found a truly holistic approach to the management and treatment of pain – be it physical, emotional or spiritual in nature.
I’ve been lucky to learn from some highly respected practitioners ;Bones for Life with Ruthy Alon & Adam Ward, Fascial fitness with Robert Schleip and Joanne Avison,Neuromuscular Therapy with John Sharkey, Myofascial Release with Ruth Duncan, NOI PAIN awarenesswith David Bulter, Jill Miller’s Roll Model Method ® & Yoga Tune Up®
I continue to learn and evolve my approach, blending Myofascial release Fascial Fitness , Aromatherapy, Meditation, Mindfulness, Bones for Life® Neuromuscular Therapy, using the NOI protetometer and the Roll Model Method ® & Yoga Tune Up® and into my treatments classes and
Realising that I could help people by employing a broad ”toolkit” of different disciplines, I developed my unique Body-Mind-Unwind class – a modern take on yoga, incorporating fascia release using rollers, spiky balls and domes to encourage full movement and relieve pain.
Over the last few years in learning more about Fascia as a Yoga Tune up Teacher and Roll Model Practitioner I generally prefer using Roll model® therapy balls as my “ball ” tool of choice.
My hands-on therapy also evolved to embrace the range of disciplines I’d studied and practiced over the years. During Body-Mind-Unwind treatments, I look at the big picture and select the right blend of therapies for each client in a truly integrated approach to wellbeing.
If you’ve tried everything and you’re still in pain, or you need to manage stress and want to be balanced and centred again, do get in touch – I’m ready to help you!