“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind;
and the third is to be kind.” Henry James
Continuing to feed my love of learning and working with health and well-being, I trained as a Reiki and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner and while living for 11 years in Germany, as a Yoga Teacher for both children and then adults. Now back in the UK, I still regularly attend yoga, mindfulness and meditation courses and am currently a regular visitor to the Yoga Campus in Manchester for continuing professional development.
My Zen Yoga training for adults in yoga with dynamic mindfulness emphasised meditation and Buddhism. My interest in mindfulness and Buddhism began in Sheffield in the 1990's and I've practiced meditation ever since. I have studied mindfulness further, attending several meditation courses and am a regular visitor in day events and longer retreats in various Buddhist centres. I completed a teacher training course in Mindful Meditation and incorporate mindfulness into all of my treatments and courses. I am currently embarking upon the Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) at the Samye Ling Buddhist centre in Scotland and am a member of the Mindfulness Association.
I still enjoy deepening my understanding of shiatsu, energy medicine, Chi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine and continue to practice mindfulness and study Buddhism. I meet regularly with therapists from various discplines such as acupuncture and fascial bodywork and other shiatsu practitioners for peer support and professional development. I have assisted the teaching of shiatsu students during their practitioner training and attend a weekly yoga class and regular yoga, mindfulness and meditation workshops.
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi
I know I'm very lucky to find pleasure in my work. I find the people it connects me with fascinating and genuinely enjoy meeting and working with each of them. We can learn something from every single person we meet and believe that we should find out what that is before we move on.
My body reminds me to move and stretch every day to ease aches and pains and keep well and positive. I try to remember to practice mindfulness in daily life, also making time for regular formal meditation and know this is not always easy! However, the benefits of mindful movement and calm stillness keep motivating me to carry on. I adore my husband and 3 kids; and love our cats, the countryside, fell walking, sunshine, nature, reading, music, dancing, laughing, singing, food, dark chocolate, Sauvignon Blanc and G &T!
"If I keep a green bough in my heart
the singing bird will come."
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi
More information on research into the benefits of Shiatsu:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell