I started my training in 2006 at the National Training Centre of Ireland, graduating with a qualification in Massage, Remedial, and Neuromuscular Therapy. After this, I headed to Aberdeen in Scotland, which shaped a lot of my career. I completed a two-year physiotherapy degree at the Robert Gordon University, graduating with a Higher Diploma in Health Profession Studies. I did further training in Sports First Aid, Dry Needling, Cupping and Advanced Soft Tissue and Injury Management.
While studying in Aberdeen, I founded the Aberdeen Sports Massage Clinic. I spent seven years here, building up a solid reputation with the sporting population of the shire. I worked with the Aberdeen Football Club and the University Sports Scholarship Athletes. In 2012, I was chosen to work at the London Olympics, providing support for Women’s football teams. I was a member of the Scottish Institute of Sports Massage Providers Network and was invited to work with Team Scotland at their home games in 2014.
I said goodbye to Aberdeen to spend some time travelling, but this led to a new discovery of something else I love - teaching! While in Goa, India, I started lecturing in anatomy and physiology, as well as yoga therapy and clinical practice. It was then and there that my appreciation for yoga started to grow. I practised daily and really noticed the difference yoga had on my mind and body. I got to be a student too sometimes, I was taught the philosophy of yoga, all whilst enjoying teaching those who were on their own yoga paths.
My journey has taken me to many countries, continents, yoga studios, sweat lodges, and medicine ceremonies, to name a few things. I've been lucky to have spent time with great teachers and healers. I’ve experienced first-hand great therapy from great therapists. I've climbed snow-capped mountains and sailed across stormy seas, and like many of us, have been in deep love and felt deep loss too. This path has allowed me to see the past and the patterns for what they are. I’ve found a real sense of who I am and something valuable that I can bring to others as a result of my experiences. By looking at myself, adapting and growing, I am now able to act as a support for others to do the same. Through wellness education and personal development techniques, I empower my clients to find balance in their daily living and live an embodied life.
I hold long-standing relationships with yoga studios across Dublin, where I am currently located. My active partnerships are with YogaHub and YogaDublin, to name a few. I am all about connection, with both the studio’s staff and their clientele.
One big benefit of my relationships with studios is that it allows both parties to encourage and promote one another. For private 1:1 sessions, I use studio rooms, which brings my clients into yoga spaces. I further keep them up-to-date on future events that I hold on the premises. Through my workshops, I introduce guests to the yoga world, as I fuse my myofascial release with elements of Yin and Restorative Yoga.
I see the therapeutic benefits of these yogic practices, how they work hand-in-hand with what I teach, an alternative method of opening up the body and working towards healing. On numerous occasions, I have held collaborative events with other studio teachers, adding in meditations and yin practices for a full immersion of deep-tissue release and relaxation.
I am a current guest teacher on YogaHub’s 200HR and 300HR Teacher Training, sharing my knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as well as teaching yoga to those with common injuries. I also host workshops and training with YogaHub that are open to the public, the latest being a 6HR Anatomy Training over Zoom.
I hold strong relationships with YogaHub’s teaching and workshop coordinators, as well as studio staff.
Taking these relationships seriously, I see the benefits of collaborations and the possibilities that come with getting to know owners and clients. It’s about teaming up with studio staff, listening to what the public wants, and providing those things for them efficiently and effectively, topped off with a lot of smiles!
"Forest bathing" going into the woods for a mentally soothing experience