By choosing a Reflexologist with the letters MAR (member of the Association of Reflexologists) after their name, you are choosing a therapist with the full membership status for the Association of Reflexologists. This means that I have met the strictest standards for professional excellence in reflexology practice, as well as being committed to continually developing my skills and knowledge. All members of the Association agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice and have confirmed that they are insured to practice.
My background is as a Registered General Nurse, with 20 years experience working mainly in the community as a District Nurse. Over the years, the demands put upon the NHS meant that I was finding it increasingly difficult to actually have time to care for the patients I was seeing, as everything became very rushed in order to see a volume of patients throughout the day. I became more and more conscious that the physical symptoms and long term conditions we were trying to treat and care for may be better resolved by looking at the person as a whole, including their lifestyle choices and their emotional well being as well as the physical symptoms that were presenting themselves. Sadly, traditional medicine is so restricted on time, that GPs and other health care professionals may only be able to address one or two of the presenting symptoms at a time.
A lot of these patients were also suffering with anxiety and depression . This was something I could relate to having experienced some symptoms relating to anxiety and depression myself on and off since the birth of my first child. Over the years, I had found that the thing that helped me most was the deeper value and benefit that complementary therapies could offer in treating the person as a whole. I therefore took a big step and left the NHS and retrained as a reflexologist and created The Heeling Feeling. This means that I can work with clients in an unrushed manner, looking at the person physically, emotionally, and spiritually and giving the time needed for relaxation to enable the body to rebalance and start its own healing process.I passionately believe that we should listen to our bodies as a whole in order to achieve overall health and wellbeing.
I studied Reflexology at the Cotswold Academy in Cirencester and am now a qualified Reflexologist with an Association of Reflexologists (AOR ) recognised level 3 diploma. The course I completed was an ITEC diploma that included an anatomy and physiology qualification and also 100 case study treatments prior to qualifying. You can find me listed on the Association of Reflexologists Find a Reflexologist page. I have also completed further training in the Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) technique with Sally Kay, a course in Facial reflexology with Ziggy Bergman, and have completed a course and been awarded a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at The School of Natural Health Sciences