I got into massage therapy at the age of 18. After leaving school I had planned to go to University to be a social worker. But during a year out I decided this wasn't the career for me, I took a course in massage therapy to occupy my time and fell in love with it.
Massage therapy is a beautiful treatment to give to anyone, and I enjoy having such a beneficial impact on someone's life.
I chose to further my study in this field by attending the University of Cumbria to gain a BSc Complementary Therapies. With this I was able to create and run a complementary therapy clinic in a day care centre for people with severe mental health problems. I loved it! Every treatment was a challenge.
I later added to my education through the study of the Emmett Technique. Learning this work changed me as a therapist. Taught me to think more specifically about each person and the challenges they face through their tensions/pain.
When I came back to Belfast I worked in a spa setting. Whilst I enjoyed the work, and I learned a lot, it lacked the challenge I enjoyed. So I worked to open Willow Massage Centre.
At Willow we have a range of clients, from stressed/tired to in pain/unable to move. Any of my regular clients will tell you that when faced with a complicated set or circumstances (disability, complicated injuries or the need for intricate/delicate work) I can get quite spirited about the treatment.
One of the reasons I love complementary therapies, and my job, is the versatility of it. Working out what is the most effective treatment to achieve the results requested by the client.
I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with people in this way.
I am also extremely blessed to have a career/job that I love.
My two favourite treatments to do are the hot stone back, neck and head massage treatment and the Emmett Technique. Mostly because or the reactions I receive after I have done them. With the hot stone back, neck and head massage people feel they have to pull themselves off the table. I have had more people fall asleep during that treatment than any other treatment.
With the Emmett technique it is the most astounding reactions. People who have been in pain for such a long time feel a huge difference. Others who haven't been able to lift their arms/ move their legs properly in years can do so. Love it!
Your friendly Aromatherapist and holistic therapy enthusiast