My Endless Journey
When lived to the fullest, life can be a fulfilling journey. I’d like to share with you the long and winding path I have taken.
The Beginning of My Bodywork Training
In 1997, I started my bodywork training after I qualified with an ITEC diploma in Anatomy Physiology and Body Massage. To further my proficiency, I took a Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage course at Morley College, London in 1998.
Knowing that there was more to learn, in 1999, I traveled to a small tribal village in northern Thailand to study Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, yoga, and meditation. Studying with Asokananda, the founder of Sunshine Network, was particularly gratifying.
On to Fitness Training
Being a keen sportswoman, in 2000, I decided to expand my horizon by studying fitness. I spent the next three years taking a variety of courses on fitness and nutrition. What I learned had the effect of strengthening another interest of mine, health, and wellbeing. I was inspired to start working as a fitness trainer at a health club while also continuing my bodywork practice.
Throughout all of my education and training, I read extensively, expanding my knowledge of everything relating to health and wellbeing. This quest became my passion.
In 2001, when I started having health problems of my own, I looked into taking natural remedies instead of the allopathic medications with which I was already familiar. This study sparked another passion that grew quickly and motivated me to learn as much as I could so that I could help others even more.
The more I read, the more I wanted to know. So, I read more. My goal was to understand how to best support and stay in touch with my body. Everything I learned, I passed on to my clients as well as my friends and family.
While taking natural remedies, in 2001 I also started exploring various detoxes which were also part of an experiment to further my knowledge and understanding of the human body. I made some amazing discoveries, including the importance of removing waste material from the body.
Then, in 2006 when my health issues were resolved, I decided to take a course to learn how to perform Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) to support the body further while on a detox program. Additionally, I found that MLD is extremely relaxing and helps move the lymph around to release toxins.
Through Yoga and Reiki to Buddhism
In 2005, I decided to go to Northern India to complete a Sivananda yoga training course for teachers. I felt that this trip was an essential part of self-development. I was right. Not only did I expand my spiritual life, I still practice yoga on a regular basis.
After that trip, my interests expanded to Reiki. Very soon, I was initiated into the second degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing.
In 2007, a friend of mine introduced me to Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism which comes from Japan. I’ve always had an intellectual interest in Buddhism so this was the perfect time for me to explore it with greater focus. After six months of beginning my practice, I decided to become a Buddhist. I also became a member of SGI-UK, a lay organization which promotes peace, culture, and education.
I can clearly remember feeling that I didn’t need to look for anything else for my spiritual development. The meditation retreats and courses that I participated in prior to immersing myself in Buddhism were amazing experiences. They are still an important part of my spiritual journey but are now part of my past. I have found in Buddhism everything I need to keep me grounded and help me face life’s challenges.
Focusing on Family and Discovering The Bowen Technique
In 2008, after adopting my daughter, my journey led me to take time off work so that I could focus on my family life. I put my interest on hold. That was until 2012 when a friend told me about The Bowen Technique.
After receiving my first Bowen treatment, I started investigating it more and decided to take a course with the European College of Bowen Study in London.
This course gave me the inspiration I needed to reconnect with my passions. It put me back on track and triggered the old flame which has been burning in my heart for a number of years.
Within 2 years I became a Bowen practitioner.
The Bowen Technique is a more intelligent way of working. It’s very gentle but extremely powerful. Very different to everything I had done in the past. It changed my way of thinking and how I do bodywork. I’ve been using this technique with great success in my practice and I continue taking courses on a regular basis to increase my proficiency.
My Work Today
In June 2015, I participated in a five-day human dissection workshop at Imperial College London. It was led by Julian Baker, an expert in the fascia. This intensive hands-on practical course re-affirmed for me that the make-up of the human body is much more complex that textbooks would have us believe.
For me, seeing “the real thing” was an eye opener and made me believe even more that gentle work on the body to create a change is really what I want to do from now on.
Today, I perform home visits around Knightsbridge and South Kensington areas. I also enjoy my freelance work at KX gym and spa in Chelsea. Primarily, my treatments include oil massage, MLD, and The Bowen Technique.
I’m pleased that my deep tissue massage treatments have helped so many people recover from all sort of injuries, aches, and pains over the years. But today, with the knowledge that I’ve gained from my latest studies, I feel that a gentler approach is more appropriate because it works in harmony with the body as opposed to against it. It’s the direction we are taking throughout the industry.
For the past two years, I’ve received weekly Bowen treatments and experienced a wonderful transformation, re-adjustment, and re-balancing of my body at a physical and emotional level as I’ve never had before with all the other therapies I tried. It has blown my mind away. It makes me feel very passionate about the fact that, by doing so little, I can get such a huge response from the body.
For all these reasons, today I am focusing mainly on providing The Bowen Technique as I am confident that I can help people for the long and short term. Even more than with giving them a massage or MLD.
My treatments are tailor made to my clients’ needs on the day when I see them.
With more than 17 years of experience, the knowledge and skills I have developed support my powerful desire to heal people at a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level.
November 7th, 2016 is the beginning of my new practice at the Grove Neighbourhood Centre.