I am a parent of 4 children, 2 of whom were born deaf (now young adults!)
I am a fully qualified reflexology, Reiki, massage and aromatherapy practitioner living in Hammersmith and Fulham, London. I enjoy working with people, especially those who are unable to easily access services through disability, caring, income or age. To date I have been fortunate to work within the charity sector in positions in which I have be able to do this.
Not a lot; but it is part of the life journey that makes me who I am. In 2004, following a cycle accident, I experienced first-hand the healing effects of reflexology, not only on physical pain but on general sense of well-being. My personal experience of reflexology encouraged me to learn the art myself.
Through my case studies and practice, I have seen the powerful effect touch has on those I have treated, on colleagues at work, family, friends and especially those whose main role has been thinking and doing for others.
I qualified as a reflexologist in London with the Association of Reflexologists in 2007; since then I have gained qualifications in Reiki, Massage and Aromatherapy. I have gained certificates in Reflexology Lymph Drainage, massage for the head and hands, Thai foot massage, Natural face-lift massage and baby and toddler reflex.
I provide a weekly reflexology/massage service for the local Carers Service and private clients,
I provide a weekly reflexology/massage service for people with disabilities or long term health conditions in Kensington & Chelsea and parts of Westminster
I undertake regular continuous professional development to improve my knowledge and skills.
other Life in Balance services
Talk and tips sessions for adults
practical self help reflexology sessions
Baby and Toddler Reflex workshops.
Staff and community Wellness days
Why Life in Balance?
In July 2010, The Hammersmith and Fulham Carers Centre was shut down, so in December that year, I spoke with council officers, and discovered that complementary therapies were also no longer being provided to carers.
According to a survey carried out by Tom MacInnes and Peter Kenwa for Trust for London 2009
Between 22-25% of pensioners in Hammersmith and Fulham receive the income guarantee element of pension credit
Carers Strategy for Hammersmith and Fulham 2005-2010
Carers and older people often suffer from:
Being a carer myself, having benefited from receiving reflexology sessions and having qualified as a reflexology therapist in 2007, I decided to set up reflexology sessions for carers.
Since April 2011, Life in Balance has been working together with London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham carers support service, to provide subsidised reflexology sessions, for carers in the borough.
To date more than one hundred sessions have been offered.