I grew up on the Isle of Man - my mother was Manx and I have traced my ancestry back through her to the 1600s in the Lonan area. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics, for 25 years I worked as an actuary in the insurance industry in various countries around the world.
I discovered BodyTalk through my two daughters, one of whom had an eating disorder and the other has special educational needs. My wife and I had been exploring alternative approaches to help them for several years, having become increasingly frustrated by mainstream medicine's symptom-"treating" approach. We finally arrived at BodyTalk, which I firmly believe has helped them enormously.
The more I learned about BodyTalk, and the more sessions I had myself, the more I was attracted to its approach of treating the bodymind holistically and resolving the conflicts and miscommunications in the body which are the root causes of problems. Since becoming a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner I hugely enjoy practising BodyTalk and am now delighted to be the Isle of Man's first BodyTalk Practitioner.
I completed BodyTalk Fundamentals and Fundamentals Integration training courses, and qualified as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. Since qualification I have also completed all the Advanced BodyTalk training modules (Bio-Dynamics, MindScape, Macrocosmic BodyMind, Principles of Consciousness and Matrix Dynamics), also Energetics, and the training modules for BodyTalk for Animals and BodyTalk for Plants. I use the animals and plants techniques on our smallholding here at Ballawyllin.
I am also studying PaRama BodyTalk - the highest level of BodyTalk practice. I now find that advanced level and PaRama BodyTalk techniques are used in most sessions, so clients benefit from more focused and more powerful sessions than would be the case with a practitioner only trained to the level of BodyTalk Fundamentals.
Particular areas of interest
I have worked with clients with a wide range of health and other issues, and am particularly interested in
- Chronic pain - back, neck etc
- Autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, neurological disorders
- Work stress-related issues
- Hormonal issues including endocrine disorders, fertility, menopause, eating disorders
- Immune disorders, allergies, intolerances, digestive issues
- Confidence and performance (I have used BodyTalk on myself in these areas, improving my confidence, acting and singing technique markedly over recent years)