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ABOUT JOANNA

Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist

I am an experienced, qualified and fully insured Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist. I believe in treating the client holistically and focusing on therapeutic remedy, maintenance and prevention. I have been interested in alternative therapies most of my life. They have helped me with a number of ailments including insomnia, anxiety, aches and muscle tension. Not only have the holistic nature of Yoga and Massage treated these disorders but they have also offered a host of additional physical and mental benefits. It is from a place of personal experience I authentically bring these therapies to my clients. Healing is really about bringing fragmented pieces of the body and mind back together into fluidity, harmony, peace and awareness.

I like to nurture and heal people and find the whole process of communicating and connecting with the client, learning about the dimensions of their lives (physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual), and then finding solutions to bring them back to optimum health and balance, incredibly rewarding and also interesting. I began studying massage in 2001 when I studied Thai Reflexology at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand, one of the most prestigious traditional medicine centres in Thailand. Since then I have qualified in many massage techniques from the London School of Massage, UK (ITEC and CPD qualifications), the Chu-Len College of Sustainable Health in Bristol, Gateway Courses and at Absolute Ayurveda in India. 

 

I worked as a Massage Therapist at The Gainsborough Spa in Bath from December 2017 to March 2019, which as one of the top three spas in the UK, I was fortunate enough to work with highly skilled therapists who inspired my massage practices. I have since been developing my private massage clientele. 

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I discovered my Yoga practice early in life at 19 years old; my mother has always been into Yoga and healthy living and inspired me. I developed my personal Yoga ritual, practicing morning and night whilst moving from hut to hostel during a travelling trip to Australia and Southeast Asia when I was 20 years old. My body got stronger, leaner and visibly toned and I felt calm and grounded so I decided it was best I continue! I have been into Yoga ever since and really believe in the physical, mental and spiritual benefits. I qualified as a Yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance Certified) at Abhijna School of Yoga in Varkala, Kerala, India in 2013. Once I returned to the UK, I taught yoga classes for free at Ponte Vecchio restaurant in Bath in the early mornings, building up a little following. I have now been teaching Yoga at the renowned Sports Training Village at the University of Bath and at the Bath Spa University since October 2014 and have built up loyal students. I really enjoy teaching here because students are often open to the new and sporty and really take a lot from the Ashtanga Yoga practice, such as fitness, flexibility, core strength, as well as stress relief and clearing busy minds. I enjoy sequencing flowing, dynamic classes that optimise working deeply with the body and the breath. I also teach Yoga at the YMCA, Bath. Additionally, I teach Yoga to private clients in the Bath area. I am a full member of Yoga Alliance Professionals as well as insured by them. 

I attained a First Class Honours degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Goldsmiths University, London in 2008. I do very much find culture and the new very interesting and I love to learn. I have studied some Hindu philosophy and Ayurvedic texts in India. I loved Asia, especially India with all it's colour, food, rituals and festivities. I have also completed a CELTA qualification so that I can teach English to speakers of foreign languages. I continue my pursuit to learn, studying more Massage and Yoga courses. I am now also studying the Spanish language. Most years I try to travel to a country I have not been before and love the new sights and culture.

WHY I DO WHAT I DO and some QUOTES

My father suffered with addiction, mainly alcoholism. I have spent most of my life trying to help him and heal his need to self medicate. I made good innings at points but his addiction was very entrenched and he sadly died of it three years ago. Yoga and massage bring people back into their body and work on trauma and emotional freedom, which, if my father managed to practice consistently, I'm pretty sure he would still be alive today. I will continue to try to heal people with these therapies. I always endeavour to honour the influence my father has had on me: encouraging travel; being positive, fun and experimental; a spiritual interest; having a loving heart, compassion and an open, non-judgemental character. 

Another big influence on my interest and passion for holistic health and therapies and the person who got me into it all in the first place is my mother who has led a very healthy, balanced and natural lifestyle for as long as I can remember. She has been practising Yoga every day for years and years, eating a vegetarian diet, practising non-consumerism with a passion for the environment and sustainable living. I have definitely been made positively aware of an alternative way of life. I don't know when I would have got into holistic health if I didn't live it and see it so much growing up. 

“I feel an indescribable ecstasy and delirium in melting, as it were, into the system of being, in identifying myself with the whole of nature..” 
Jean Jacques Rosseau

“You are your cells! Health first, then everything else.” 
Nancy S. Mure

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