I first became interested in traditional healing practices travelling in Asia in my late teens. I studied Thai massage and began learning more about the philosophy and principles of Eastern medicine. Interested in working with people, I took a BA in Psychology at Manchester University. I found that for me, despite some positive aspects, a purely Western model lacked the wholeness and integrity I was seeking to base my working life upon. I followed my heart and interest in Qi Gong, and studied a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and a diploma in Qi Gong Tui Na at Westminster University. Whilst based on traditional practices and philosophy, the courses thoroughly emphasised Western pathology and physiology preparing practitioners to work in an integrated way with other health care providers.
I trained more in Qi Gong and Yoga in my spare time, immersing myself in learning about movement and energy as much as I could. After graduation I began working in Brighton in 2002. In 2007 I spent six months in India deepening my yoga practice and becoming qualified to teach.
In my acupuncture and massage practice I became more and more interested in womens health and birth and started attending births offering support as an acupuncturist. With my own pregnancy in 2007 I felt inspired to learn more about birth and attended a doula training led by Michel Odent. This was a profound opening for me. Following the beautiful birth of my daughter in 2008 I began the process of becoming recognised with the organisation Doula UK and have been registered since 2010. The work inspires me and I feel honored to be a doula. I feel passionately about supporting women to feel more connected to their deep intuitive wisdom. In 2011, in collaboration with dear friends, I initiated Red Tent gatherings in the Brighton area where women can gather to support one another and grow more deeply in touch with themselves. I have created a large Yurt, a space where women can retreat too in nature to rest and restore. If you would like to find out more about these things, please do get in touch.
I am a certified Shadow work coach, working with this technique to support movement beyond painful and life limiting patterns to find clarity, peace and clear purpose.
I draw on the range of influences and experience that I have gathered to try to offer the most integrated approach that I can whichever modality I am practicing. I am committed to my personal education and development, and meditate and practice yoga daily.