Hello! I’m Debbie. I’m a mum of two, I live in Bristol and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to working with people to help them lead healthier, happier lives.
My fascination with natural therapies started as a child; my Dad’s own childhood in Africa taught him to use natural remedies for our bumps and bruises and to support us when we were sick. I turned to natural therapies again in my twenties, having suffered with persistent digestive issues and a constant lack of energy. Finding support and advice within complementary health that really turned my health around, I started training in Reflexology in 2010.
In 2011 I completed my clinical Reflexology Diploma with the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR), and have since continued to expand my skills and techniques to include a range of specialisms within reflexology and to offer an ever increasing array of natural therapies.
I enjoy working in a number of settings, including private clinics, social care settings and wellbeing events, and with a broad spectrum of clients and conditions, from fertility and pregnancy to mental health and stress-related conditions, and have relished the different challenges and experiences that this has brought to my practice.
My Approach & Special Interests
I treat my clients’ wellbeing holistically, taking into account their physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. I respond to the unique needs of each of my clients, focusing and tailoring each treatment accordingly – everyone is different. I combine my variety of techniques and experience with a calm and restorative approach, promoting wellbeing and bringing into balance the body, mind and emotions.
I’ve worked with a broad spectrum of conditions, including back pain and sciatica, M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis), hypothyroidism, digestive issues, fertility and IVF, pregnancy, post-natal, stress, anxiety and sleep disorders.
I have a special interest in women’s health. I’ve attended a number of courses over the years focussing on pregnancy, fertility and women’s health, and am fascinated with the unique aspects of our ever-changing hormones.
I am also experienced in supporting people with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges, and with adults with learning disabilities. Before moving to Bristol, I worked for a wonderful charity in London providing therapeutic support for people with mild to severe mental health challenges, and witnessed the calming effect reflexology had on the people accessing the service. I also enjoy working with adults with autisms as well as the elderly, and I am adaptive to my clients’ needs.
I’ve worked with children and babies, and my own children enjoy regular reflexology and gentle massage to ease tension and tiredness.
Qualifications & Professional Training
I am a qualified clinical Reflexologist trained at the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) and I am a fully insured member of the Association of Reflexologists (AOR) and the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA).
Reflexology Professional Diploma with Hagar Basis, International Institute of Reflexology – May 2011
Professional Proficiency Seminar (Reflexology) with Dwight Byers – Oct 2010
ART (Advanced Reflexology Training) Registered Practitioner – June 2013
Maternity & Fertility Reflexology with Mauricio Kruchik – July 2013
Thai Foot Massage with Kira Balaskas, The School of Thai Yoga Massage – Oct/Nov 2013
Professional Diploma in Facial Rejuvenation (Natural Face Lift Massage) with Mary Dalgleish on behalf of the London Centre of Indian Champissage International – November 2013-June 2015
The Manzanares Method of Reflexology with Dr Manzanares – June 2015
Link Feet in Chi with Reflexology Plus the Meridian WayTM with Louise Exeter – Oct 2015
Visual Reflexology Workshop with Angela Telford – Feb & May 2016
Breakthrough Seminar/Advanced Reflexology Techniques with Tony Porter – Sept 2016
ReproReflexology Part 1 (Fertility Reflexology) with Seren Natural Fertility Training – Nov 2017
UK Reflexology Conference 2018 organised by Sue Ricks – Mar 2018
Reflexology for Women’s Health with Hagar Basis, Reflexology Academy London – Mar 2018
Reflexology Lymph Drainage with Sally Kay – May 2018
Reflexology and Movement in Minutes (Vertical Reflex Therapy) with Lynne Booth – June 2018
Reproflexology Part 2 – Assisted Conception (Fertility Reflexology) with Seren Natural Fertility Training – June 2018
Roundabout: The Foot – Advanced Reflexology Seminar with Dorthe Krogsgaard and Peter Lund Frandsen of Touchpoint – June 2018
Professional Diploma in Indian Champissage (Indian Head Massage) with London Centre of Indian Champissage – Jan 2014-June 2018