My journey as a massage therapist began in 2019. It complements a 20-year career as a Speech & Language Therapist in the NHS, working in stroke and brain injury neuro-rehabilitation, palliative care, elderly medicine, and mental health. Throughout my career in traditional healthcare I have become increasingly curious about the broader issues of our health – what it means to be physically well, but also how our physical selves interact with our individual emotional, thinking and spiritual selves. I believe that bodywork techniques such as therapeutic massage can help towards healing and re-integration of these aspects, and can complement traditional medical treatments available.
Massage can teach us much about our own body and mind, how we best function, and how to live well. Sometimes we simply need a period of complete calm and relaxation to help us recharge. In these instances I can use massage techniques to guide your system to a place of greater balance and rest. At other times we might need treatment that considers the individual health conditions we carry and the specific symptoms we experience. In this type of remedial approach I aim to help relieve specific symptoms of pain, stress and discomfort affecting you. I do this by combining my knowledge of anatomy, physiology and health conditions with your knowledge and experience of yourself and your own body. This collaboration forms the bedrock of my practice. My main focus is exploring the question ‘What works for you?’ My passion lies in relieving symptoms and supporting you in your journey of understanding your own health and recovery. The first relationship you have in life is with yourself and your own body – make it a harmonious one!
I qualified with a Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Therapeutic Massage in 2019 through the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training. I am accredited by the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). I am a trauma-informed practitioner, with an interest in trauma conditions such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Though I don’t offer direct treatment for trauma conditions, I offer sensitivity to and awareness of trauma-related issues that may arise in connection with receiving a treatment. If you have any queries about this please do not hesitate to contact me. I also aim to provide a safe, informed and welcome environment for transgender clients whether to address health issues, or for general relaxation.