My early working life was spent dealing with people during a 15 year career with a major international bank in the City of London and after the birth of my two children I was prompted into making a career change.
I have always had an interest in healing and complementary therapies and after personally experiencing the effects of reflexology, I realised how effective such a relaxing and non-invasive therapy could be. I then embarked upon a professional training course with The British School of Reflexology in Harlow and gained distinctions in Anatomy and Physiology and Reflexology in October 2002.
This then led me into exploring other holistic therapies and in January 2004 I gained a diploma with distinction, in Indian Head Massage.
My Reiki training then followed with my First Degree Reiki in April 2004, Second Degree Reiki in October 2004 and in August 2010 I completed my training with the Master Teacher level (Shinpiden). All levels of my Reiki training have been completed in the original Usui method.
My most recent venture has led me to gain a practitioners diploma for Natural Lift Facial Massage/Facial Rejuvenation in March 2012.
I’ve also completed numerous other CPD courses, workshops and seminars to enhance, update and improve my knowledge which include:
Maternity Reflexology, including Sub-fertility – November 2009
Advanced Reflexology Diploma, Reflexology for Back Pain – January 2006
Advanced Reflexology Diploma, Reflexology for Women – February 2007
Advanced Reflexology Diploma, Reflexology and the Intestinal Link – June 2005
Hand Reflexology workshop – January 2012
Whipps Cross Hospital study day on Reflexology in end of life care – November 2009
Advanced Reflexology with colour and crystals – July 2008
The Art of Foot Reading with Jane Sheehan – November 2008
Chinese Foot Massage workshop – October 2014
Emotional Freedom Technique workshop – February 2014
Level 3 Diploma in Pathology – June 2011
Mindful Reflexology workshop – September 2015
Introduction to Women’s Health seminar – October 2015
Fertility and how we may affect this as reflexologists webinar – March 2013
Hot Stone Reflexology - May 2016
I also hold a First Aid at work certificate which I renew every 3 years.
I’m a full member of The Association of Reflexologists, EMBODY (MCThA) and the British School of Reflexology and hold public liability and professional indemnity insurance. I hold a ‘Massage and special treatment’ licence issued by Essex County Council Trading Standards which enables me to work from home. I gained a ‘high level of confidence’ rating for my recent site inspection.
I have been a qualified reflexologist since 2002 and keep up to date with developments in the complementary field through my membership of Embody and the Association of Reflexologists. I participate in a continuing professional development scheme with the Association of Reflexologists which keeps my skills and knowledge relevant and up to a high standard.
I have also had two years experience working voluntarily in St Francis Hospice where I have given Reflexology and Reiki to patients living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. This was a very rewarding and valuable experience giving me insight into the support of patients needing end of life care.
I use a holistic approach to encourage a positive outcome and a better quality of life for my clients and I now have many satisfied, regular clients who have all benefited enormously from receiving these therapies. I have worked in various locations including clinics, salons, a hospice and as a mobile therapist earlier in my career. Demand is now high so I’m no longer able to offer a mobile service but I can now see all of my clients from my fully licensed, home based, therapy room. I have worked with people from many different backgrounds, from children to the elderly and those receiving end of life care. I regularly see pregnant women and those wanting support for fertility issues.
My own personal journey continues, as my career continually encourages me to be more relaxed and well balanced and to have a generally more positive outlook on life. It makes me aware of the necessity for good nutrition and exercise so that I can have a more happy, stress free and enjoyable life! I spend my spare time enjoying the outdoors with my family and doing Pilates to keep me strong and flexible. I even have therapy swaps so I too can enjoy the wonderful benefits of my therapies in return.
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