I originally trained as a librarian and worked in further education colleges for 15 years, but following a mid-life career crisis discovered sports massage and gained a Diploma from the London School of Sports Massage in 1992. I qualified in the Bowen Technique in 1997 and now practise in Hertfordshire and in the City of London.
I gained my MSc in Complementary Therapy: Bodywork in 2003 from the University of Westminster, where I also worked up until December 2009 as part-time Senior Lecturer/Clinic Supervisor on the degree in Health Sciences: Remedial Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy. I also lectured part-time on the University of Bedfordshire’s BSc Sports Therapy degree until April 2015.
I have been involved in disability sport for many years and have worked with various Great Britain teams at many international events including the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, and at the Macau holding camp prior to the Beijing Games in 2008. At London 2012 I was the sports massage therapist to the Paralympic 7-a-side (Cerebral Palsy) and 5-a-side (Blind) football teams. I am currently working with the England and GB Cerebral Palsy football teams and was so proud to see them finish 5th (their best ever!) at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
A passion for track and field athletics led me to take up sprinting, long jump and triple jump in my late forties (in search of my second childhood perhaps?) and I regularly compete in masters’ events both locally and nationally.
Complementary And Natural Healthcare Council Registration
Both massage and the Bowen Technique have been accepted onto the register of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Endorsed by the Department of Health, CNHC provides assurance to the public, health insurance companies, doctors and other healthcare professionals that the Registered Practitioner has met all recognised standards for safe practice. Registration with CNHC is seen as the “gold standard” for complementary health practitioners.
I am a Registered Practitioner with the CNHC for both Massage and the Bowen Technique and I am also a member of the following professional associations: