I came to massage and soft-tissue therapy via a long and winding route. I have always been interested in the body and how it works and, therefore, studied Biology in my A-Levels and followed this to its natural next step by starting a degree in Anatomy at the University of Sheffield. However, I found this very theoretical approach was not what I was looking for, as I was much more interested in real life applications and how dysfunctional bodies can be made healthy again. If I’d have known then what I know now, I may have transferred to Physiotherapy, but as it turned out I finished my undergraduate degree in Philosophy.
My interest in the human body did not end there, however. From 1999, I have been a student of yoga with my interest and practice developing over the years to a point where, in 2008, I felt ready to begin teaching yoga, which I have now been doing in Sheffield for 9 years with a collective of yoga teachers called Sheffield Ashtanga Yoga. Yoga gave me a way of continuing my explorations of the body, starting with my own. Through teaching yoga, I began to learn about different body types and the ways in which the body can be balanced or unbalanced, healthy or unhealthy.
In 2014, I decided it was time to further my understanding of muscular function and dysfunction, and broaden the skill set available to me for helping others to improve their condition. As a result, I decided to take a course in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy, as this would provide a good understanding of the science of musculoskeletal function as well as the practical skills needed to treat. To ensure I got the most out of the experience, I spent time researching the most clinically thorough courses available, which led me to the BTEC Level 5 in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy/Soft-tissue Therapy at ASCT in Loughborough, accredited by the Institute Of Sports and Remedial Massage (ISRM).
Having completed my qualifications, I became a full member of the ISRM in November 2015. During the course I developed my knowledge of the role of the fascia and the work of Ida Rolf and Tom Myers and hope to take my CPD in the direction of structural integration. This year I intend to take the module offered by Anatomy Trains for teachers of movement therapies such as yoga.
As well as practising and teaching yoga, I also love to experience the relationship between body and mind through movement on rock, as I am a keen rock climber. I also like to cycle, swim and hike, and simply to spend time outdoors.