About Myself

Since I trained in shiatsu and massage in 1994 and 1998 I have been amazed by their power to make a difference in my own and others lives. Pregnant for the first time, a shiatsu treatment was one of the few places where I felt truly met and understood in the changes that were happening to me. I was then unexpectedly at a friends home birth and discovered the power of shiatsu to decrease pain; I began treating friends antenatally and post natally and was so impressed by the results I went on to do a Shiatsu for Maternity Care  training course with Suzanne Yates of Well Mother and set up 'Family Nurture'. I then registered as a Doula and was able to bring my work as a shiatsu and massage practitioner into all aspects of maternity care. Touch is a great  way to create connection through the body and heart rather than the mind, which is so valuable in birthing. It helps a woman connect with her primal physical self which knows just what to do.

I spent six years working as a Family support worker in a Children's Centre. This was a great experience as I was constantly listening to  women's experiences of pregnancy, birth, mothering and family life and setting up the groups they needed to support them. I ran groups for Baby Massage, Young Parents, Toddlers, Pregnant Mums, Mums with depression/anxiety, Parenting groups and did one to one work with families as well.

I then trained as a midwife at Plymouth University, qualifying in 2016. I wrote my dissertation on the value of massage for parents with perinatal depression and anxiety. 

 I am now able to combine all this experience to support you on your journey into and through family life and through the hormonal changes of womanhood. To nurture you; to help you nurture those around you. 

 

Qualifications and Training Courses

Pre Registration Midwifery BSC-First Class Honours Plymouth University 2016

Holistic Care for Maternity-Diploma for Shiatsu Practitioners. Well Mother Doula registration course 2007

Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy 1998  Glasgow school of shiatsu

Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage. International Therapists examination certificate 1994

Infant Massage Instructor Course 2008

Doula Registration. Doula UK

Mother and Baby Soft Yoga Gym Peter Walker 2010

City and Guilds Work with Parents

Triple P-Parenting Class Instructor

Solihull Training

 

I am fully insured under Balens

 

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