In 1992 my marriage broke down and I found myself at home with my 18-month-old son. I had left my job as a Nuclear Medicine Radiographer in London and had come back up to Lancaster. I am not the sort of person to sit about and do nothing, so I enrolled on an IHBC Beauty Therapy Course at the local College. Consequently, I was awarded the Stella Baxter Trophy for best part time beauty therapy student. This motivated me to additionally obtain diplomas in Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology from the same college. As most Nuclear Medicine patients were from an oncology background, this aspect of holistic therapies assisted me with relaxation techniques for some of them, and instigated a mutual conversation point, as some of them were participating in holistic treatments at the Hospice through Cancer Concern.
Upon receiving these qualifications, I then started my own business as a mobile beauty therapist, also working 1 day a week at my local hair salon, alongside doing bank Radiography shifts. I then went back to college and did my Advanced Aromatherapy Course where I was introduced to Reiki.
I felt a huge connection with this relaxing healing modality and so after studying Spiritual Healing, I then progressed to Reiki becoming a Reiki Master and Teacher. I now teach Reiki and am a member of the UK Reiki Federation and the Federation of Holistic Therapists. I am also a Radiographer working in the oncology arena doing PETCT scans.
My business is called Angel Wings and as well as offering Usui Reiki, I also do Karuna Reiki and a practice called BBA (Body Balance Activation). I teach Levels 1-4 in Usui Reiki. I have also just graduated from Coventry University with an MSc in Mindfulness and Compassion.