I trained at the London College of Fashion, and obtained a HND in Beauty / Management. I went on to train in various complementary therapies and have now been a qualified complementary and holistic therapist for over 26 years. I use my therapies with great success on my friends and family in Hampshire, including my three children.
I love giving and receiving reflexology. I think reflexology is phenomenal and I have found that clients experience profound relief from pain and enjoy deep relaxation. After qualifying in reflexology, I went on to do an advanced postgraduate certificate in the Tony Porter method of advanced reflexology.
I have also recently qualified in Advanced Facial Reflexology, the Ziggie Bergman method, which I've had great success in treating anxiety, insomnia, headaches, migraines, hay fever and more. I have also seen great results on fine lines using the Ziggie Bergman Zone Face Lift (10 years younger in 12 weeks), a new and very popular non-surgical face lift treatment.
Aromatherapy massage is another favourite of mine, with the oils working through the sense of smell and also on deeper levels of the mind and body, relaxing the muscles. This in turn can prevent stress-related illnesses whether they are physical or emotional. Aromatherapy massage is also a fabulous and natural treatment for anti-ageing.
I spent a year (1993 to 1994) travelling around the world with my husband to America, the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia experiencing different cultures, languages and food. I became interested in the concept of chakras, which feature in the traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, and I incorporate some chakra re-balancing within my therapies, particularly Indian Head Massage.
I worked at Woolston Lodge surgery for 18 months from 2001 to 2003, where Dr Elliott, a psychiatrist turned GP, now sadly retired, referred patients to me for Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Aromatherapy. Around half of all GPs now provide access to some forms of therapy outside conventional medicine.
"Properly combined with traditional treatment, these therapies can considerably enhance a patient's quality of life" Dr Louise Selby.
My past experience also includes giving presentations and de-stress/taster days of complementary and holistic therapies to various groups such as Esso, and Axa Insurance.
I have volunteered in complementary and holistic therapies such as massage and reflexology for the Macmillan Cancer Centre in Southampton General Hospital. Although I sometimes found this emotionally hard, I also found it incredibly rewarding, as I can see the benefits that clients are receiving with these treatments whilst on their cancer journey.
I am now also offering Reflexology Lymph Drainage, which I trained for with Sally Kay. This is a technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet.