I worked for over sixteen years in social care supporting adults with learning disabilities. This included ten years in New York City where I was employed in creating programmes in skills development for individuals, managing residential care homes and as a member of the staff-training department.
Feeling highly stressed and burnt out I went for a massage and found the experience life changing. I had never imagined massage could be so beneficial on both a physical and emotional level. I decided to train in massage therapy with a view to combining massage with my passion for social care work and supporting individuals to develop their potential and enjoy a better quality of life.
I studied for two years at The Swedish Institute in New York where, in 2001, I obtained an Associates Degree in Massage Therapy.
Since returning to Edinburgh I have obtained a diploma in Pregnancy and Postnatal massage from Wellmother. I subsequently trained in Core Myofascial Therapy with The Core Institute of Florida.
In 2012 I completed the BTEC Level 6 Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage qualification, which is one of the highest levels of massage qualification in the UK. More recently I have successfully completed several oncology massage courses aimed at providing massage for people living with cancer. I have also trained as a Healthy-Steps instructor and have been running a popular class for over a year.
I believe that continued education is essential to being able to offer the best massage treatment for each client. I seek to keep abreast of discoveries and developments in the fields of pain science and manual therapy in order that I may provide effective evidence- based techniques.
For four years I taught massage with the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training. I have taken a break from teaching massage in order to focus on developing my work in oncology massage and running Healthy-Steps classes.
Previously I volunteered at a Marie-Curie Hospice in Edinburgh as I believe that touch therapies are beneficial at all stages in our lives and I take the lessons learned from this experience into all areas of my life and work.