Physiotherapist and CranioSacral Therapist (retired)
Human being first, teacher and therapist later…dancer, doting dog owner, crafter, meditator, harp player, labyrinth walker, wife/lover, auntie, daughter, sister, friend, artist for pleasure, reader, singer, writer, t’ai-chi fan, white wine drinker, brownie maker (former dance and keep fit teacher, jeweller, aromatherapist, bell ringer, motorcyclist, doula etc) in between! I fiercely support all things that help support the planet and life on it.
My hobbies are many fold (as you can see) and regularly changing. I recently started square dancing, harp playing (I enjoy working with all instrumentalists) and learning French. I also support a local repair cafe and scrap store along with my husband and have started a craft group that meets regularly in Pocklington.
In terms of credibility to do this work…I have a broad wealth of knowledge (and qualifications) gained from working in both the NHS and private practice, pain management, mental health, and teaching dance and exercise. Having retired from the NHS I keenly understand the issues around people who are about to retire/retiring or retired!
I am totally curious about the human body and I hope you are too. I enjoy moving! I have done since I was a very young child. I loved dancing and still do. I think movement needs to be joyful and playful, though it has a serious side too. I have worked with so many people where pain and discomfort make that almost impossible. I am curious about the effect that habits, emotions, thoughts, experiences and environment have on the body-mind. Actually I believe mind and body are inseparable and we can change (posture, muscle tension, mood, pain) through changing the way we think.
I discovered a wonderful teacher, Gentian Rahtz, who taught me The Alexander Technique where aspects of my “self” became integrated in the process of becoming a fully awake, fully present human being (some of the time!) I later had other wonderful teachers including Lena Schibel-Mason and Alex Farkas who supported me to become an Alexander Technique teacher.
Becoming an Alexander Technique teacher, continuing to dance, live life and explore other therapies, including talking therapies also played a part in my journey. This is not a complete process but a lifelong experience and is more frequently blissful with moments of extreme challenge.
I have attended many postgraduate courses, such as Clinical Aromatherapy, Acupuncture (within my Chartered Physiotherapy practice), Reiki, Clean Language, the Listening space and writing courses. I love learning and continue to keep abreast of the latest research and constantly challenge myself to explore and learn about to my work.
I am a member of the Health Professions Council and The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. I am a graduate of the York Alexander Technique School, now called York Alexander Technique Centre.