How I work
I have first-hand experience of these therapies and have benefited from each one in different ways. I enjoy passing on these benefits to others.
An important aspect of all my work is being a good listener. By this I mean observing and sensing through touch, and being present for the whole person. People coming to see me have often tried several other therapies without finding relief. A person who is connected to and heard often responds by releasing, letting go and relaxing.
People come to see me for a variety of reasons; ranging from recent or long term injuries, aches and pains, neuromuscular problems, stress, poor health and brain damage. Clients also come to improve skills and focus e.g., musicians, dancers, teachers, abseilers.
By connecting to the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, fascia and energetic systems I guide the body into positions of ease, which allows the individual to let go and find relief and comfort. The ways I work have been designed to develop mind and body in harmony, bringing awareness and balance, enhancing health and vitality.
Career and training
"I became interested in body work therapies following a period of back pain, when a friend recommended that I try Ortho-Bionomy. It was gentle, non-intrusive and effective and I was soon free of pain. I was so impressed that I decided to train as a practitioner; I trained with Arthur Pauls in both England and Switzerland, becoming a member of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy in 1989.
Prior to this I trained in Holistic Massage gaining my ITEC certificate in 1988. My first experience of massage was in 1981 in the Sinai desert from a Bedouin, I still remember that massage, particularly the loosening of the tissues either side of my spine, it was fantastic.
To compliment these disciplines I was later drawn to The Feldenkrais Method®, working with posture and the neuromuscular system to help reduce muscular effort, relieve aches and pains, and increase flexibility. I completed my 4 year training in Feldenkrais in 1999 and became a registered feldenkrais practitioner. Feldenkrais utilizes our brain's capacity for learning and is a somatic educational system,- learning from within, mind body movement. Discovering areas of my body could move, that previously I hadn't even been aware of, has been a delight. Recently I was approached by parents with a baby with severe brain damage and I started WORKING with CHILDREN, an advanced feldenkrais training 2014-15, using body plasticity or neuroplasticity, the focus is on babies and children with brain and neurological difficulties. To see a challenged baby learn something new is truly remarkable and heart warming.
For a long time I had been interested in Craniosacral Therapy, a gentle approach to healing the body, mind and spirit. I completed my 2 year training in 2008, and became a registered Craniosacral therapist. Rather than focus on disease, craniosacral therapy aims to concentrate on the full health potential of the individual; building resource, through stillness, balance and inner calm. It's also about resolving long-standing health issues through accessing these deep levels. The sense of calm and balance after a session is magic."