I commenced my training in Massage Therapy with the Australian College of Massage in 1999 and set up my own business as a Remedial Massage Therapist in Launceston, Tasmania in 2002. After a few years building my clientele and expanding my experience both in clinic and via external training, I completed a 'Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment' and became a Lecturer/Instructor for the Australian College of Massage with whom I taught for a couple of years. Since then, I have been Lead Instructor for a Launceston based RTO providing a 'Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice' and 'Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy' training program.
More recently, I have presented workshops on specific massage techniques for particular ailments for AAMT, as well as assisting a colleague and friend, David James, in presenting the first round of 'Innate Transformation' workshops.
My practice incorporates 17 years of study that was grounded in anatomy and physiology of the body as understood by Western Medicine. My interest in the body as an energetic being has taken me down many diverse paths of study which have included learning about Craniosacral therapy, Touch for Health and Chinese Five Element Theory, Kinergetics, Energy Medicine and Spiritual Healing.
I was first made aware of the bodies capacity to interact with its own healing potential by Michelle Schafer in 2001.
I was once again exposed to this concept of Energy Medicine by Ellen Allen who established 'Living Energy for Health'; first as her client and then as her student. I was fascinated by how she was able to interact with the unconscious body/mind. Whilst learning with Ellen I also trained with Andrew Oosterlaan, an amazing therapist from Victoria, who introduced me to techniques and methods for treating client's structural dysfunction using Energy Medicine techniques. Many of these form the foundation of my work.
I studied further with Elizabeth Herz, who introduced me to and taught me 'Touch for Health', opening my mind to the wonders of the body's meridian system and how to interact with it in a therapeutic manner. Elizabeth also introduced me to the Chinese 5 Element Theory which propelled me on to further studies in that area. I completed a short introduction to 5 Element Acupressure with John Kirkwood which proved most beneficial to my practice. He also introduced me to the work of John R Cross and in particular his book "Healing with the Chakra Energy System". This information provided with invaluable insights into the subtle body and its energetic makeup.
At the same time as learning about the body's energy systems I started an investigation into Craniosacral Therapy. Michelle Schafer, a mentor, colleague and friend, recommended I continue my studies with Patricia Farnsworth at the Craniosacral Therapy Academy and Myofascial Release Centre in Adelaide. I completed a number of short courses in the areas of Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy with the Academy presenters including Roger Gilchrist, a renowned international teacher of Polarity Therapy.
My understanding of the potential for healing through Craniosacral Therapy reached a new level when I undertook Hugh Milne's Practitioner Unfoldment workshop in Adelaide. I was then given the privilege of assisting Hugh Milne in the presentation of his Visionary Craniosacral Therapy course in Sydney later that year. This had a profound effect on my work as I was exposed to skills and techniques that treated the person very differently than I had previously experienced. I have also undertaken study in other styles of Craniosacral therapy which has complemented my understanding of this modality.
On a more esoteric level, I have participated in workshops and training in Theta Healing, Melchizedek method and Munay Ki. I had the honour of being taught Spiritual Healing by Susan Neighbour of the Eagle Spirit Healing Centre. This was a pivotal experience as it opened my mind to previously unexamined areas. Further experience and understanding of energy was gained studying Crystal Light Healing with Susan. Along the way I bartered massage treatments for Reiki attunements from Rob Miller which vastly improved my capacity for working with energy.
I had the wonderful opportunity of working in Michelle Schafer's clinic. I learned a great deal from her, in both a formal and informal setting. Michelle always generously imparted her knowledge, experience and understanding of the healing arts, for which I am extremely grateful.
At the start of 2015 (and again in 2016) I completed Philip Rafferty's Kinergetics training which took my clinical practice to a whole new level and provided me with concepts and techniques which have been integrated very successfully into my treatment regime.
At the Natural Therapies Clinic I have also been able to discuss and test new concepts and techniques in Innate Bodywork with David James, the founder of Innate Transformation bodywork.
New concepts are continuing to form an integral part of my treatment protocols and I am constantly amazed at the human body and it's innate healing ability. It is an honour to work with my wonderful clients and I thank them for being a part of my journey.