Why I became a therapist
In 2011, I was working in an environment with stressed and overworked individuals experiencing pain. I wanted to share the success I’d had with stretching, massage and reflexology—and how complementary therapies can help support a huge range of problems, even fertility and ADHD.
I decided to take the plunge and leave all the office stress so I retrained as a massage therapist and Callanetics® instructor—my two passions—and added reiki and reflexology to my skills in 2013 and 2015.
I like to continually develop and learn new things so I can help more people. I most recently trained in:
Emmett Technique, which is a light touch way to release muscle tension without causing pain, and
Crystal reflexology, which uses crystals as a foot treatment which aims to help heal the body and bring it back into balance.
While continuing to build my knowledge on the fabulous Emmett Technique I have also trained to be an EMM-TECH Tutor and I teach the Emm-tech 1 day course to members of the public.
Why I love my work
I like to help people to solve their problems. My partner says I like to “fuss”.
I love it when I have helped someone to manage their health problems, stress, pain, insomnia or infertility:
When someone comes with a stiff neck, frozen shoulder or sore knee and then—after one massage and a few stretches—they achieve increased mobility
When someone experiencing menopausal symptoms has a full night’s sleep with no flushes—and feels calmer and less stressed
When a young woman who’s been struggling to conceive becomes pregnant after reflexology treatments.
Other things I love
Since 1992, I have volunteered with Girlguiding Edinburgh. I lead Rainbows and Brownies and I am Division Commissioner—so each week I am involved in crafts, camps, fun trips or helping to recruit new volunteers.
I teach Callanetics and enjoy weekly Pilates and yoga classes. In the winter months, I love skiing holidays: you can’t beat getting fresh air while speeding down the slopes.
Health, nutrition and wellbeing is important to me, so I am currently trying to improve my cooking skills while preparing healthy meals from scratch.
What my clients say
“As I work full time and have family it is not easy fitting in some ‘me time.’ Finding somewhere local for a massage on a Sunday afternoon was just perfect. The massage studio is a very soothing setting. I had a full body massage. The massage was firm without hurting and I felt so relaxed afterwards.”
“I have definitely noticed a difference since I started regular reflexology. I feel less stressed and more energised and it has worked wonders on reducing the dark circles under my eyes!”
Training and qualifications
I have a Massage Diploma from the Massage Training Institute and a Reflexology Diploma from Scottish Massage Schools and I am a Reiki Master. I am also a Certified Callanetics Instructor and volunteer regularly with Girlguiding. I have also studied:
Onsite Seated Acupressure - available in your home or workplace
Indian Head Massage - deeply relaxing head, neck and back treatment
Deep Tissue Massage - range of techniques on deep tissue layers
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage - light touch work for fluid retention
Advanced Myofascial Release - such as skin-rolling for areas of stubborn pain
Pregnancy Massage - to bring comfort and relaxation to your pregnancy
Maternity Reflexology - may help symptoms e.g. pelvic girdle pain
Reproflexology® (Fertility Reflexology) - can be done in your own home
I enjoy developing my knowledge base and learning new skills.
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