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A Bit About Me
I have spent over 30 rewarding years as a health care professional, working as a dental hygienist within the NHS, private practice, hospitals, care homes, and during my time serving in the Royal Air Force. I loved my career and was passionate about helping others- but early retirement beckoned in 2019.
I am also a qualified reflexologist and reiki practitioner.
Pilates entered my life many years ago when I was recovering from a neck injury, and I soon realised that the benefits from Pilates classes also helped with my posture within my role as a hygienist. I quickly relied on it to keep my aches and pains at bay which enabled me to lengthen my career span in a physically demanding role!
In 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a long arduous year followed of multiple surgeries and chemo. Again, Pilates came to the rescue and played a huge part in my rehabilitation, helping me improve function and mobility on my affected side. I also had regular reflexology throughout my chemotherapy, which I believe helped with the side effects of treatment. Since then I have trained in reflexology lymphatic drainage, which has shown to be extremely effective in reducing lymphoedema (swelling caused by fluid build up) after breast cancer surgery.
I am passionate about helping others and sharing knowledge, so I decided to train as a Pilates teacher to add to my existing qualifications. I felt that Reflexology and Pilates was a fabulous combination of movement and complimentary therapy to offer those going through cancer or post cancer treatment, however long ago that may have been. I chose APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) as my training provider, as they offer a rehabilitation based training programme. Since then I have trained as a Pink Ribbon post rehab breast cancer Pilates specialist, and I'm delighted to offer a rehab service today for those who are struggling after surgery.
Today I work with both cancer and non cancer clients, everybody is welcome!
Qualifications and continuing professional development-
Dental Hygiene DipHE
First Diploma in Caring
Level 3 Comprehensive Pilates Matwork
Diamond Pelvic Floor
Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Post Operative Rehab
Level 3 Certificate in Reflexology Techniques
Reflexology Lymph Drainage
Reiki First Degree
Reiki Second Degree
First Aid at Work Certificate
Gary Ward Wake your body up
Gary Ward Wake your feet up
Gary Ward Movement series Module 1
Here are some lovely comments from my Pilates and Reflexology clients!