My passion is making a difference – understanding people’s needs, helping them get back to full health and range of movement… and dealing with stress, pain and injuries along the way. I love solving people’s problems using a range of massage techniques drawn from both Eastern and Western traditions. I am trained in disciplines including Sports and Remedial Massage, Yoga Massage, Ayurvedic Therapy and Tuina, as well as being a qualified and experienced Yoga Teacher.
I particularly enjoy working on sports injuries, such as those caused by running, cycling and weight training, and complex cases like myofibralgia (fibromyalgia) and disc issues. As a keen competitive cyclist myself I have had more than my fair share of aches, pains and injuries over the years. So I know just how much regular massage and/or yoga can benefit people. It also means that I can sympathise with clients’ issues and know the value of a sympathetic ear and a little TLC! My background is working in the NHS and I have been helping people with their physical and/or mental health issues for nearly 20 years.
I have been working at Derby Cottage Clinic – the cutting-edge osteopathic and sports injury clinic in Newmarket – as a Sports Massage Therapist since 2015. Working there I have been mentored by Bruce Smart, whose deep knowledge and outstanding track record of diagnosis and treatment continue to inspire me. I am fascinated in how the body works and always keen to learn more. I continue to study in my spare time and my massage and yoga practices are constantly evolving.
Massage Training and Qualifications
Level 3 & 4 Certificates in Sports Massage Therapy from Premier Training International.
Practitioner Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage (accredited by CThA Embody) from Central School of Massage, plus further one-on-one training in Yoga Massage with Kathryn Ellis and Kira Balaskas.
Ayurvedic Therapist Diploma course (accredited by the Complementary Medical Association) under the tutelage of Dr Deepa Apté at the Ayurveda Pura Academy.
Tuina Student to Master course with Erroll Lynch of Tui Na UK.
Numerous Bodymaster Method CPD courses with John Gibbons including Kinesiology Taping for the Athlete, Spinal Manipulation & Mobilisation Techniques, Muscle Energy Techniques, The Pelvis, Sacroiliac Joint and Lumbar Spine Masterclass, Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques, Knee Joint, Shoulder Joint, Cervical Spine, Hip and Groin, and Acupuncture Techniques for Sports Injuries Level 1.
Yoga Training and Qualifications
200 hours Yoga Alliance-registered teacher training course at It’s Yoga in San Francisco.
80 hours teacher training with Mark Freeth of The Freestyle Yoga Project.
40 hours Vinyasa Flow teacher training with Claire Missingham.
I have also attended numerous workshops with renowned teachers including Hamish Hendry, Anna Forrest, Paul Grilley, Joey Miles, Manu Rossi, Philippa Asher and Claire Missingham.