My interest in complementary health originates from my curiosity of how the body works, Far East culture and philosophies and people! I love the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life. I bring support and care to my treatments to help raise awareness of a person’s own health and wellbeing through ancient and modern bodywork techniques, using one of or a combination of all my treatments to suit each individual.
So, how did it all start? Well, I first embarked on Shiatsu training in 1999, after a leaflet was dropped through my door and my curiosity got the better of me! This chance occurrence opened up a whole new world and led to me qualifying from the Yorkshire School of Shiatsu in 2001.
Since then, I continued my studies and went on to qualify in Sports massage, Therapeutic (Swedish) massage, an introduction into Thai massage and Acupuncture, a degree with the renowned Northern College of Acupuncture in York. The learning and the journey never stops!
My work has led me to work all over Leeds in various settings of private, corporate and charity work including Schools, the Round Foundry Media Centre, the Health Centre within Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds Wellbeing Centre, a wonderfully unique charity project which offered complementary therapies and counselling to vulnerable adults across Leeds for over 4 years through such other wonderful charities such as PAFRAS, Solace, The Mount and the Becklin Centre. I was involved with this project from inception, and wore several hats through it’s life including being a Manager of the project as well as being a therapist.
I began my private practice at Chapel Allerton Holistic Centre where I worked for ten years, until I recently opened my own complementary therapy clinic – Balance Natural Health Clinic, in Chapel Allerton, north Leeds. I now currently divide my time between Balance Natural Health on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays, and Farfield House Osteopathy Clinic in Keighley on Tuesday afternoons/evenings.
In the past few years, through my own journey of infertility and loss, my interest has led me to how acupuncture and Shiatsu can help with women’s fertility and gynaecological issues. First and foremost, my role as a therapist is to be a support to women and couples who are going through this journey and the emotional roller-coaster it can bring. My own path has led me to working with a fantastic network of therapists and organisations around Leeds and Aire Valley and I am a firm believer in offering my clients access to these resources wherever appropriate. In this field, I have learned and continue to learn from additional training, my resources, and most importantly, my clients.