I first started feeling Sciatic Nerve pain down my right leg when I was 17years of age which progressively got worse. After an MRI Scan, I had an operation on a bulging disc in my lumber spine (L4/L5) at just 22years of age. Having recovered very well in the following years, unfortunately in 2007 I experienced a relapse and another in 2012/2013.
Throughout these years I continued to study. Gaining a Diploma in Health & Leisure, gave me more knowledge and experience in the Anatomy & Physiology, exercise and the promotion of health. Having worked as a Swimming Teacher and Lifeguard for many years, I continued to keep these skills up by becoming a First Responder in a local De-Fibullator group and more recently, becoming an Instructor.
After working in the Leisure Industry for many years, I studied Sports and Remedial Massage part time and then went on to study Complementary Health Therapy, where I acquired Diplomas in many therapies such as Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy and Reiki Healing (Masters). In later years, I added to these qualifications by training in Deep Tissue Techniques, Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage (Heartworks), Maternity Reflexology, the BodyTalk System and Accunect.
Having gone through a lot of physical and emotional pain and stress, I have experienced how this can impact on people in their everyday life, not only financially but mentally and spiritually also. I wanted to use these experiences to help empathise with and understand my clients more and therefore increase the positive effects of their treatments. This led me to have a huge interest in how our bodies respond to our emotional and mental stressors. Along with the amazing effects of working with energy therapy such as Reiki and Accunect, I have also gained a FETAC Level 5 qualification in Applied Psychology and Social Studies in 2011. I believe we have a responsibility in our own self-healing, therefore I continue to grow and learn through my own ongoing Personal Development with The Social and Health Education Project (SHEP).
In my own home town of Kinsale, I’ve had the privilege of receiving many treatments and advice from some of the most amazing and experienced practitioners. Some of which include; Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Personal Trainers, Nutritionists, Doctors and Counsellors. Some have not only become clients and colleagues but have become inspiring friends and mentors. I believe, the Complementary approach, the ethics of referral and through my own determination, has encouraged my passion for ongoing healing on all levels and I have learned to adapt and evolve not only as a therapist but as a person.