When I began studying holistic massage twenty years ago, one of my teachers said to me: ‘this is just the beginning of the journey…’
I smiled and thought that she was talking about the journey of becoming a massage therapist but now I understand that when we delve into the connections of body, mind and spirit the journey never ends.
Whilst living in London in the 1990s, I became an avid yoga student and, inspired by my two brilliant teachers (Liz Lark and Louise Reilly), I followed the path to teach yoga when I moved to New Zealand from 2000-2007. I trained with Shantimurti, Atma and Alinta at Ashram Yoga in Auckland and am qualified to teach beginners through to advanced as well as pregnancy yoga and postnatal/mum & baby yoga.
Returning to London in 2007 I discovered the role of the doula ‘mothering the mother’ which perfectly filled the gap between the pregnancy yoga and mum and baby yoga. Having had the immense privilege of attending many births I have seen first hand how vital the right kind of support is through pregnancy, birth and in the early weeks of parenthood.
During my doula training, I was introduced to Arvigo Therapy. This was a transformational moment when it was declared that periods weren’t meant to be painful!!! I had to find out more, so between 2008 & 2011 I studied hard to become a Certified Practitioner of this work – marvellous for all abdomens but particularly for those of women!! I continue to deepen my knowledge of this part of the body and am currently training with Marty Ryan to become a Love Your Guts belly massage practitioner.
The more I see, the more I understand how movement is our baseline to health, whether you move your whole body in a yoga practice, or concentrate on moving the tissues and organs in the abdomen with an Arvigo massage. I am continually inspired by new movement practices and biomechanics which add depth to my physical yoga practice and teaching.
And so the journey continues …
I draw on the freedom of yoga and movement, the grace of massage and the essence of being a doula to provide nurturing, educated and non-judgemental support to women.
I am especially dedicated to supporting women on the path to motherhood – from preparation before conception, right through the early months of mothering when I encourage my yoga mummies and babies to adapt to the family life that is right for them.