DipRemMassage* (SSNT), CertIV Massage** (SSNT), CFP*** (Australian Feldenkrais Institute), FGUK, MLD UK – CDT/DLT (Vodder), CNHC reg.
Movement is life. Without movement, there is no life. I love working with people who want to improve their quality of life, and I do that by helping them improve their quality of movement.
I have always loved giving massages – as a teenager my friends used to ask me to sort out sore necks, backs and shoulders. While studying music performance as a classical singer at university in Melbourne, Australia, I was introduced to all sorts of body work modalities, including remedial massage and the Feldenkrais Method.
Eventually my natural interest and skill turned into a trained professional career, which I was following whilst doing a masters degree in music performance.
I ran my own business, the Opera Studio & Wellbeing Centre, which combined all three interests. My clients ranged from students to professional musicians, singers, actors and athletes, from children to aged and palliative care. They included people with healthy bodies wishing to improve their day to day functionality or performance, people with acquired brain injuries, chronic pain, CFS, CP, MS, Parkinsons, stroke patients, amputees, mental health issues, rehab clients and pregnant women. There were labourers, office workers, managers, firefighters, farmers, artists. There were children with development or learning difficulties. There were people wanting to function better in their everyday life, at work and at home.
I taught Feldenkrais classes at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne to Music, Drama, Dance and Music Theatre students. I also taught massage and remedial massage at the Victorian Fitness Academy. I now live in Sheffield, and have joined the team at Therapy Room Sheffield.
I am passionate about helping my clients feel better, and work towards the optimal functioning of their body. Anything you are good at, you can get better at!
What is it that you are interested in? What are you curious about? Are you making the most comfortable and efficient use of your body? Do you want to move more freely? Make an appointment, and let’s see what we can discover together.
*Diploma of Remedial Massage, **Certificate IV Massage Therapy Practice – Southern School of Natural Therapies, Melbourne Australia; ***CFP= Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (Melb3 FPTP), MMusPerf (VCAM), BMus (Uni Melbourne), CertIV TAE, DBS Check, CNHC registered
Remedial & Sports Massage
In a remedial massage session, I use a variety of techniques tailored to each individual client. These may include elements of, but are not limited to, myofascial release, Shiatsu, resistance stretching, deep tissue massage, reflexology, effleurage, petrissage, MET, trigger points, joint and limb movements, acupressure, sports massage, intra-oral work, and oscillation.
The Feldenkrais Method is a learning method based in movement. It breaks down the patterns and habits we form over our lifetime, exploring them in a gentle and non-judgemental way, and rebuilds the patterns so we can move more easily and efficiently. 1:1 lessons are called Functional Integration lessons, or FI. These are usually on a Feldenkrais table, which is shorter and wider than a normal massage table. The practitioner uses touch, movement, and guided awareness to help direct the attention and curiosity of the client (or student). Often movement patterns are broken down into smaller components and explored out of context. When the separate components are linked back together, there is often more detail, awareness and choice of movement available. There are also voice led classes, usually in groups, called Awareness Through Movement lessons, or ATM. These also explore movement patterns, and the student is encouraged to discover more about their own movements, habits and patterns via small, comfortable movements. I am a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage – Combined Decongestive Therapy/Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy (MLD CDT/DLT)
The Vodder method of manual lymphatic drainage is recommended for a wide range of conditions. The relaxing and decongesting effects of this gentle therapy can be surprisingly powerful for acute as well as chronic symptoms. My advanced training in this method, combined decongestive therapy/decongestive lymphatic therapy means also that I can treat lymphoedema clients, including measuring and bandaging.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Organics (NYRO)
Neal’s Yard Remedies Organics is a UK based company providing ethical, organic, health and beauty products. I am an independent consultant with NYRO. The Therapy Room will be stocking a small supply of these high quality products for direct sale, as well as being able to take orders from our clients in order to help support your ongoing health and wellbeing. NYRO products include award winning skin care products to suit any skin type, as well as superfoods, supplements, teas, health boosters, creams and salves, essential oils and diffusers, bath and shower products, hair care, makeup, organic care for mothers and babies, men’s range and aluminium free deodorants. There are great gift ideas, and if you are interested in hosting a party or workshop, please have a chat.