About the Therapists

Reflexology, Baby Reflex, Japanese Face Massage with Vena Bunker, BA, Dip AOSM, IIHHT

Hello and welcome. My interest in complementary medicine has spanned over 30 years, firstly for my family and then in a professional role. As my passion grew I made the decision to train as a Reflexology Practitioner. As part of my commitment to continuing professional development I have trained in Japanese Face Massage, Seated Acupressure Massage, Hopi Ear Candling and Counselling Skills. To enhance my Reflexology practice I am also qualified to teach Baby Reflexology to parents.

My own health challenges and that of my family have enabled me to experience first-hand the restorative and supporting benefits of complementary medicine, whilst experience of working in both complementary and conventional medicine has given me a more balanced view of healthcare.

As a student of Yoga, I am a firm believer in its healing abilities and the importance of the breath. I continue to study Yoga to gain further knowledge of its healing potential, which I can then apply within my own practice.

I am particularly interested in the role that stress plays in our daily life and how it can affect our overall health. with this in mind, my colleague, Maggie Fraser, and I collaborated together as in2Balance, taking Seated Acupressure Massage and Reflexology into the workplace. We have also run workshops on Acupressure Massage and Face Massage.

The therapies that I offer are modern developments of ancient traditions which encourage well-being, vitality, and relaxation. Each therapy is adapted to your individual needs in a supportive, caring and professional environment

My therapy practice is in Bishopston, Bristol. I am very happy to discuss general enquiries with you.

Shiatsu, Japanese Face Massage with Maggie Fraser, BA Hons MRSS DS,Dip AOSM

My background is in Human Resources and I worked for a varied range of organisations. It was interesting, stimulating and demanding.

My earliest awareness of complementary health approaches was from my father, who regularly extolled the benefits to health of deep breathing. At home, I was always a very willing and popular giver of face, hand and foot massages. So – the breath and touch – key elements of my later training and practice as a Shiatsu practitioner.

It was in seeking to look after myself to meet work challenges that I decided to explore complementary therapies and discovered Shiatsu. My first experience of Shiatsu left me feeling amazingly relaxed, revitalised and grounded. A colleague at work next day asked me if I was wearing a new dress! Shiatsu became an integral part of my life. I found that I became more body aware; more sensitive and responsive to subtle changes within myself and more conscious of the link of physical health with thoughts and feelings. Shiatsu has undoubtedly helped to see me through various times of challenge and significant change. I have never lost my sense of wonder about Shiatsu.

I found myself progressing from an introductory Shiatsu course to the full three years’ training with the Bristol School of Shiatsu. The emphasis of the training was on the development of intuitive touch within the framework of traditional oriental medicine theory as well as strong encouragement for self development. I had the privilege of being taught by inspirational individuals such as Keith Phillips, Frank Davis, Janet MacDonald, Suzanne Yates and Thea Bailey – with some of whom I have been able to do further postgraduate work, along with other teachers such as Nicola Pooley and George Dellar, Nick Pole, Cliff Andrews and more recently Daniella Coronelli. I have now been a qualified practitioner for over 10 years now and I am a registered member of the The Shiatsu Society.

I am committed to continuing to learn and develop my professional practice. I aim to enable individuals to experience non intrusive intuitive touch specific to their individual needs, in a safe and tranquil space where they are able to relax and find a restorative calmness and sense of inner harmony to support them in their daily lives.

Recognising increasingly stressful working environments and the growing organisational awareness of the benefits of employee well being programmes, my colleague, Vena Bunker (Reflexology practitioner) and I decided to additionally train in On Site Seated Acupressure - an ideal workplace therapy. In order to offer the best possible service to organisations, we then chose to work collaboratively under the banner of In2BALANCE. This also gave us a further means of promoting our own individual therapies to a wider audience. We also added the wonderfully relaxing Japanese Face Massage to our individual repertoires.

I love choral singing and working in my garden, and of course the company of my wonderful friends.

My practice is at home in Sneyd Park and at Neal's Yard Therapy Rooms, Clifton.