A massage therapist, reflexologist and natural health & lifestyle blogger
Here’s my story…
I consider myself lucky; I find people, the human body, health and disease fascinating.
In 2010 I took a brave jump from a much-loved career in Nursing to become a Natural Health Practitioner. Nursing gave me a great knowledge and understanding of human beings. I learnt how to manage, treat and care for people experiencing disease and illness.
I always thought health was the absence of disease, but when I stepped away from nursing I realized the gap between health and illness was much more pronounced.
My new role is all about increasing energy levels, reducing stress and improving health and wellbeing through natural methods. My aim is to help people live enjoyable, healthy, relaxed and happy lives.
Seeing the benefits that my skills and knowledge has on clients has been incredibly rewarding. It encourages my enthusiasm to learn and grow as a person and a practitioner.
The Professional in me
I have trained with some of massage and reflexology’s most experienced practitioners at both the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training and the International Institute of Reflexology. The long list of training courses I have completed also includes further diplomas in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and Maternity Reflexology.
Now as if that’s not enough, I am currently working towards a diploma as a naturopathic nutritionist with the Nutritional Healing Foundation. This completes my holistic understanding, whilst optimizing my own health and well-being.
In a nut shell
I am absolutely enthusiastic about practicing what I preach. I regularly receive both massage and reflexology.
I think myself very lucky because I love fruit and vegetables and base my diet around them.
I practice yoga, it keeps me flexible and strong.
I breathe, it keeps me calm and relaxed in our mad mad world.
I live with my partner O our 2 cats Beaker and Honeydew and Ethel the dog.
I dream that one day I’ll live on a self-sustainable smallholding, where all the animals are my pets.
I wish I could travel more.
The Instinctive Blog
An opportunity to indulge my creativity, share my knowledge, experience and little adventures.
Ultimately, this blog is about me. It’s about my personal never-ending journey into human nature, finding new ways in which to live a more comfortable, healthy, adventurous, content and happy life.
I haven’t always been healthy. In fact far from it, I did work for the NHS after all!
I put my skin problems, digestive symptoms, poor immune system and low energy levels down as life’s little annoyances. It was the hand I’d been dealt and after many years of nursing I fully appreciated that this wasn’t a bad hand compared to others. I carried on regardless.
But my body was SCREAMING… ”Will you just start taking better care of me!”
Eventually it became clear, if I carried on…
- skipping meals
- drinking too much wine and not enough water
- being highly stressed
- having sleepless nights
- constantly aching and feeling uncomfortable
- having no work - life balance
- having no time for creativity
- ignoring the signs that my body wasn’t happy and healthy
…it would be a slow but steady downhill journey.
So I stopped blaming my body for having rubbish skin, a useless digestive system and a wheezy pair of bellows instead of lungs.
I started to show myself a bit of kindness, compassion and understanding. I changed my career and my lifestyle. I started to eat and drink with healthy purpose and guess what? I got better!
I’m far from perfect, I often fall off the wagon and land with a very big bump, (my wagon is more of a rickety old horse and cart without seat belts, but full of character) but the bump wakes me and I find the wagon there waiting, so I climb back up and carry on with my journey.
Everything I write about, I’ve experienced, observed, used, visited or eaten. I hope this blog inspires you and shows that healthy is another word for adventure, more interesting than just fruit, veg and joining the gym.