I’ve always been really interested in the health and wellbeing of our bodies and minds. Initially this interest was around nutrition and exercise but over time and through my own experience of injury and rehabilitation, I came to massage – or massage came to me – and I now consider it an integral part of self care to maintain a healthy body and mind.
After leaving university I joined the military and my body was put through it’s paces, after a year in training it felt pretty broken. From full on activity during training I went to my first desk bound job, struggling to adapt both physically and mentally I had injury after injury. After several years of struggling with chronic pain and having had several operations to ‘fix’ troublesome joints I realised I needed to make a radical lifestyle change. I used my knowledge of health and wellbeing to undertake my own transformational journey. I took up yoga, improved my diet, followed my rehabilitation programme to the letter and started to notice improvements, but I wanted more of a change.
I left the military and re-trained as a personal trainer which I loved. I had the seed of an idea that I could put my degree in nutrition and the personal training together with my experiences to help others achieve their own health and wellbeing goals. It’s been an interesting journey to get here, along the way I have worked as a chalet host in Chamonix where I was able to indulge in several passions at the same time: cooking, skiing and climbing; worked in high performance sport and seen how the professionals approach health and wellbeing; worked in a progressive coaching environment and seen the power of coaching in changing people’s thought and behaviours. Each role and experience helped me fine tune how I could help others, but there was one more piece of the puzzle.
When I was in the military I had received massage as part of my rehabilitation each time I’d had an operation, it was something that stuck in my mind as a relaxing and restorative experience during physically and emotionally demanding times (although at the time I had no idea why!). I had just moved to the Bristol area and started having regular massages to help keep aches and pains away and through my therapist heard about Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (BCMB). When I looked into the training course I knew it was exactly the right thing for me to do.
Their approach blended the learning of massage techniques with detailed anatomy, physiology, pathology and self reflection of myself as a person and therapist. It was a busy year of introspection, learning and massage practice, supported by brilliant course colleagues and tutors and in 2016 I proudly qualified as an Holistic Massage Therapist.
As a therapist I focus on you as an individual and take your physical, emotional and mental needs into account each time you come to see me. I work with you to build a plan that’s specific to you and that is enjoyable, as well as therapuetic. I specialise in massage to help with chronic pain, stress relief, niggles from every day living (like sitting at a desk) and exercise related pain. With everything I’ve been through and experienced I’m passionate about sharing the wide and varied benefits of massage to help you be able to live your life to the full.
A keen cyclist, I can often be found cycling around Weston Super Mare and local areas. I am a big fan of cycle touring and in 2012 cycled 2,000 miles from Grenoble to Athens and in 2017 1,400 miles from Seattle to Los Angeles as well a lots of trips around the UK and Europe. In 2018 I will be touring round the coast of Ireland and also attempting the 312km ride around Mallorca.
I regularly practice yoga which I find calming and restorative, it keeps me flexible and and also increases my knowledge of the body and how it functions. Other hobbies are cooking, skiing, walking, reading, learning new things, finding out about people and their lives, gardening, watching films and finding time to fit all my hobbies in!
Massage Training Institute Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology – Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork
Myofascial Release Qualification
Advanced Clinical Diploma in Myofascial Therapy – Myofascial Release UK (currently working toward this and will be completed at the end of 2019)
BSc Hons Nutrition – King’s College, University of London
REPs Level 4 Master Personal Trainer, Fitness and Nutrition Coach – European Institute of Fitness
Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching – Barefoot Coaching
Continuing Professional Development
As part of my commitment to you to provide the best massage possible, I undertake regular workshops which add to my range of techniques and keep me up to date with the newest thinking. I also attend a monthly supervision group with an experienced massage therapist where I’m able to get my queries about techniques or practices answered so that I’m sure I’m offering the best service possible.
I feel lucky that I have been able to train with some of the most knowledgeable therapists in the massage field through the CPD courses at BCMB. Below is a list of the additional courses and workshops I have attended.
Monthly Supervision Group (Gill Ayshford)
Releasing the Neck Workshop (Andy Fagg, BCMB)
Deep Tissue Massage Workshops (Andy Fagg, BCMB)
Hands Free Massage Workshop (Darien Pritchard, BCMB)
Monthly Supervision Group (Gill Ayshford)
Effortless Massage Workshop (Sarah Hoare, BCMB)
Postural Analysis Workshop (Anna Orren, BCMB)
Myofascial Release Structural Series Part 1 (Ruth Duncan, MFR UK)
Myofascial Release Structural Series Part 2 (Ruth Duncan, MFR UK)
Myofascial Release Structural Series Part 3 (Ruth Duncan, MFR UK)
Advanced Myofascial Release for Upper Body (Ruth Duncan, MFR UK)
Advanced Myofascial Release for Lower Body (Ruth Duncan, MFR UK)
Myofascial Rehabilitation (Ruth Duncan, MFR UK)