My background and training in Psychology & Performing Arts lead me to work within community and education environments using art as a means for cohesion and inclusion. A particular series of projects I undertook in a therapeutic prison environment gave me the opportunity to work with individuals involved in intensive group and individual therapeutic work alongside a range of other therapeutic commitments and practices. I was struck at the efficacy of a multi faceted approach supporting this community and it lead me towards my studies in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
I was fascinated by the detail with which Chinese Medicine understands physical and emotional expressions to be woven together and the layers that this modality offers us to understand health - from a physical, emotional and philosophical perspective. My fascination and respect for Chinese Medicine is testament both to the success of my experience of this medicine both as patient and practitioner.
My yoga and meditation practice greatly inform my work. In 2006 and 2011 I spent stretches of time studying yoga and philosophy in India. Yoga introduced me to the benefits of Pranayama 'the practice of controlling and working with the breath' and to meditation, to the benefits of a mindful movement practice for both body and consciousness.
In 2011 I spent time running a multi bed Acupuncture clinic in India treating a group of children, young people and women affected by drug and human trafficking. It was here that I witnessed the efficacy of Craniosacral work for children and those affected by trauma. I find Cranial work profound in how it works with the body as a composition of collated experiences that we have gathered through the course of our lives. The understanding that our bodies 'remember' on both psychological and somatic plains. The simplicity of listening to stories that the body still needs to express and have heard.
I went on to train in Craniosacral Therapy at the College of Craniosacral Therapy graduating in 2013. The training spanned the course of two years and included working with both adults and children.
I have also undertaken further professional development workshops and seminars in the following fields:
- Supporting Patients with Eating Disorders
- Understanding Trauma and PTSD Within the context of the treatment room
- Attachment and early life trauma: Lifespan impacts
- complex trauma and attachment bonds
- Embryology: Phenogenesis, The process of becoming visible
- Acupuncture for Gynecology and Fertility
- Working with IVF
- Applications of abdominal massage for dysmenorrhea (period pain)
- Body reading; structural and postural assessment
- Introduction to using myofascial release
- Dermatology and Cosmetic Acupuncture
- Reiki I & II
I am a registered British Acupuncture Council practitioner & a member of the Acupuncture for Childbirth Team (ACT) in Oxford, I am also an ACT steering committee member. I set up and co-run The Women's Multi-bed Acupuncture Clinic with my colleague Jess Buck. I am a mother, grateful to have had a positive and empowering childbirth experience and feel strongly about supporting women towards positive pregnancies, births and post partum experiences.
I have been running workshops on preparing for the fourth trimester since the start of 2018 - preparing women for coming into motherhood with the support of Chinese Medicine understanding. I feel passionately that this is a time that enables women to connect back to their instincts. To come into connection with their deeper knowing. Find more information about these workshops here.
I am insured and licensed to practice Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy.