I first became interested in massage thanks to my workplace offering subsidised massages to their staff. I hadn’t had a massage before and didn’t know what to expect but the therapist put me at ease and I was hooked! I then found myself having a massage at least once a month (more often if I could) and found immense benefits from it. I have inflammatory arthritis and regular massage certainly helps to keep my circulation going, releasing tired, tight muscles that go into a protection mode to steady my joints and move in waste products that build up in my somewhat sluggish immune system. I then discovered the benefits it had on me psychologically – I felt less stressed and anxious, my sleep improved and my erratic digestive system was less affected by the food intolerances I have.
Then a friend was going on an introduction to massage course, but was uncertain about going on her own. I went along to keep her company. What a mistake – I was hooked on giving massages as well as receiving them! Next thing I knew, I was signing up to the Level Four Diploma in Massage with MTI (Massage Training Institute) and here I am today, qualified, willing and able to share my skills as a Holistic Massage Therapist.
Before all this, I spent over 30 years working in care, supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health issues to lead more fulfilled lives. This has given me a range of skills that I bring to my massage sessions, with knowledge of basic sign language through to practical support of people with physical and medical needs - I’ve seen a lot of things and I’m not phased by very much that the human body can experience. I am trained in Emergency First Aid at Work, Mental Health First Aid and hold Disclosure and Barring Service checks on both the adult and child lists.
I have lived in Norfolk all my life, have a husband, 2 cats and a range of hobbies – singing, swimming, knitting and supporting a national motor racing club - I also dabble a little as a participant in motorsports, but have a rather high self-preservation threshold. I also enjoy spending time away in my motorhome, seeing the sights that the UK has to offer.