Although I qualified and started my journey as a Holistic Therapist in 2010, it's really been an area of interest for me since I was wee. Whether it was mixing witches potions of flowers, herbs and water with childhood friends, or an instinct for the healing power of touch and massaging my Dad's achy shoulders before I knew what the word 'massage' meant!
I work on a mobile basis, coming to see clients from the comfort of their own homes. Working this way has many benefits, not least the convenience for clients of being at home, working around busy work and home lives, and being able to stay cosy and continuing to rest a while after treatment, helping getting the best benefit from our work together. It really is lovely not having to rush back out into the 'real world' afterwards!!
As well as treating clients from their homes, I have also worked in a variety of environment from multi-disciplinary clinics and yoga centres, to on-site corporate work in businesses of all sizes, as well as health events, fundraisers like the Edinburgh Moonwalk, Edinburgh Marathon and as part of the Scottish Government's healthy living initiative, 'Healthy T' at T in the Park music festival for 5 years. In 2011, I started volunteering at the Wester Hailes Health Agency, promoting health and well being in the local area, working alongside other health professionals. The following year, I started working with sister organisation the 'Westerhaven', a Cancer support centre, providing treatments to people living with cancer.
Outside of work, I love being in nature and hiking and camping is my favourite pass time. I love exploring new places and have recently taken up sea dooking, whether on trips to the Highlands and Islands, or from closer to my home in Portobello.
"When "I" is replaced with "We", illness becomes wellness." - Shannon L. Alder
Reiki Level 1 Cert. - Robin Reiki 2007
Reiki Level 2 Cert. - Robin Reiki 2008
VTCT Dip. Holistic Therapies - Edinburgh College 2010
VTCT Cert. Indian Head Massage - Edinburgh College 2011
Pregnancy Massage Cert. - Inspire Massage Workshops 2012
Intro. to Thai Foot Massage - Inspire Massage Workshops at CAMexpo 2012
Intro. to Thai Herbal Compress Massage - Inspire Massage Workshops at CAMexpo 2012
Intro. to Counselling Skills Certificate - Edinburgh College 2012
Intro. to Ayurvedic Facial Massage - Puna Academy Workshop at CAMexpo 2013
Massage for people with Cancer - Level 1 - Iris Cancer Partnership 2014
Intro. to Reflexology for people with Cancer - Workshop at CAMexpo 2014
Advanced Clinical Massage for Headaches & Migraines - JING Workshop at CAMexpo 2014
COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate - Edinburgh College 2014/15
Intro. to Advanced Pregnancy Massage - JING Workshop at CAMexpo 2016
Intro. to Aromatherapy in Pregnancy and Childbirth - Expectancy at CAMexpo 2016
Diploma in Advanced and Deep Tissue Massage - Gateway Workshops 2016
Diploma in Hot Stones Massage - Gateway Workshops 2017
Diploma in Hopi Ear Candling (Thermal-auricular therapy) - Gateway Workshops 2018
Cert. in Health, Safety and Hygiene - Returning to work COVID-19 - Gateway Workshops 2020