After leaving school, I worked for B.T. as an engineer for 33 years.
Following an accident and suffering a spinal injury that doctors said they couldn’t treat, I was introduced to a therapy that I had never heard of by a friend. Willing to try anything at this point as my condition was worsening, I had my first reflexology treatment. Being amazed by the way I felt after only one treatment, I became intrigued by this wonderful therapy and started to investigate it and decided to train as a therapist.
I qualified as a reflexologist in 1995 at Gablecroft College of Natural Therapy in Shropshire.
Whilst there I gained International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) Diplomas in Reflexology and Anatomy & Physiology.
I was granted full member status of the Association of Reflexologists in 1996.
I later went on to train in advanced reflexology techniques and successfully passed the ART assessment to become a member of the ART Register of Advanced Reflexologists.
I am also trained in "Vitality Reflexology" and "Vertical Reflex Therapy".
I was granted membership of the NHS Directory of Reflexologists in 2002 by the Association of Primary Care Groups and Trusts.
All members of the Association of Reflexologists are fully insured and work to strict codes of practice and ethics.
I qualified in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in 2004 and became a Certified Practitioner.
I spent several years researching and developing a revolutionary new reflexology technique that increases the effectiveness of treatments. This is called “Foot Tapping Reflexology” (FTR) and was launched in 2012, and went on to start the Academy of Foot Tapping Reflexology in 2016 to train and offer a qualification in FTR.
I am also a musician and have been a guitarist and bass player since my early teens. I played in various pop bands in the 1960’s and cabaret and folk bands ever since.
Currently I play in a Lancashire comedy folk band called “Tacklers’ Brew” and write most of the songs, and occasionally play with “Harmony” a four part vocal harmony band.
I am a firm believer that “laughter is the best medicine” and that music can play an important role in health.