I've had an interest in complementary therapies as far back as I can remember and I've had a thirst for learning since I started. It has been a life-time journey and I've loved every minute of it.
Becoming a therapist wasn't in my original plans, but as you know life often takes us on journeys we don't expect, and mine started when I enrolled on a one day aromatherapy workshop just because it piqued my interest. I found all these little bottle of essential oils utterly fascinating and I knew I wanted to learn more. I discovered that I needed to qualify in massage before I could go on to study aromatherapy, and I was soon travelling to college to complete a year's massage course, anatomy and physiology, closely followed by a year's Aromatherapy course. This was back in 1995/6 and the obsession continues to this day!
Whilst training in massage I met a fellow student who was learning Bowen Technique and he was really passionate about it. I had never heard of it (and to be honest I was a bit sceptical about it). I was really struggling with my back at the time, and my pelvis was misaligned - I was in constant pain and it was embarrassing because there was me, trying to help other people, and yet I couldn't help myself no matter how many massages I had. I decided to book a couple of sessions with him to see what it was all about. During this treatment my initial thoughts were that anything that gentle couldn’t have an effect, as we had been learning massage and that was really hard physical work on our wrists. I was ready to dismiss it. However, as soon as I stood up after my first Bowen session I was aware that something fundamental had changed in my alignment. Not only that I felt completely relaxed.
The effect on my aching back, shoulder and painful hip (no doubt from carrying my toddler son on my hip and carrying my massage couch around) reduced significantly and I returned for a couple more sessions. I was so impressed by its effectiveness so I made the decision to train to become a Bowen therapist. I have to tell you, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. If you are thinking about it, do have a chat with me as there are various schools of Bowen and I can point you in the right direction.
I never kept count, but since qualifying I must have helped many hundreds of people with all manner of aches and pains as well as emotional and stress related issues using the skills I have developed over the last 24 years.
I went on to qualify as a teacher and trainer; I added various other therapies to supplement my knowledge including Neurostructural Integration Technique, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness teacher training, as well as Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Massage and Bowen to my skills. More recently I trained as a Wellbeing Life Coach so that I can help people online.
When you come to see me for physical therapy, I will tailor the treatment to you depending on the presenting issue and after a discussion with you.
When you book an online wellbeing session, again the sessions are tailored to you, but without the hands on element, there are many self help techniques which I can advise and guide you with.
My clinic is based at Bragborough Hall Health & Wellbeing Centre, based on the out-skirts of Daventry, Northamptonshire. (I also have a home clinic but at the during the current circumstances I am only seeing clients at Bragborough).
I am registered with the BTPA (Bowen Therapists Professional Association). This means you can be assured that I carry out continuous professional development regularly, that my qualifications are up to scratch and that I am fully insured.
Thank you for reading.
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