Actually accountant is only one of several successful careers I've enjoyed including archaeologist, musician and senior manager in local government.
However I've always been interested in natural health and fitness and a fortuitous redundancy back in the 90s gave me the opportunity to follow my heart's calling and I've been working full time as a complementary therapist ever since.
I trained originally in Japanese Shiatsu and then in Chinese massage (Tuina) including study in Nan Jing. I then went on to do extensive research encompassing many styles of bodywork including myofascial release, trigger point release, cranial work, Ayurvedic massage and Lomi Lomi. I've integrated the key elements of all these systems into my own unique approach.
If you were to ask me what the essence of my approach is, I'd quote an old Chinese massage master I studied with who said simply, "hands find what feels not good - hands make feel good".
I specialise in the holistic prevention and treatment of chronic pain including back, neck, shoulder and joint pain. I am one of few bodyworkers internationally, experienced and compentent in the treatment of abdominal, pelvic and genital pain and the release of scarring and adhesions.
I also teach massage and for many years I ran a professional massage diploma course. I set up and directed the bodywork module at Northern College of Acupuncture and I'm currently teaching at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. In the past I've been invited to Ireland, Germany and New Zealand to teach.
I'm also qualified in herbal medicine and nutrition, hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic therapy and work as a life coach and relationship counsellor, particularly with men.
Outside work, I live in Baildon, West Yorkshire and spend my leisure time making music, getting out in nature, meditating, cooking super delicious healthy food and enjoying fine oriental teas.