Are there any forms to fill in?
Yes there are. Before your first Reiki, massage or yoga class there will be a form to fill in. This gives me information about you so that I can safely and effectively provide you with a treatment or guide you correctly in a yoga class. As an insured professional it is a requirement to carry out health consultations.
Are gift voucher available?
Gift vouchers are available. Please contact me to purchase them.
Are you fully Qualified and insured?
Yes I am. I began my training back in 2000 and am still going. Life is a constant learning adventure. I am fully insured with DSC Strand to teach yoga and give massage and Reiki treatments. My insurance also allows me to work mobile.
My qualifications in order of achievement are:
- Level 3 diploma in Anatomy, physiology & Massage with ITEC
- Level 3 IIHHT diploma in Indian head Massage with VTCT
- Certificate in Manual Lymphatic Drainage
- Reiki level l & ll
- Level 3 CYQ diploma in teaching yoga with 500 hours of study
- Certificate in Vinyasa yoga
- Strala yoga training- Intensive training
- Prana Samayama meditation teacher training with Traditional Yoga UK
I also attend regular continuing professional development workshops/courses to broaden and deepen my skills and have received training from some amazing professionals such as Lizzie Laster, Adelene Cheong, Tara Stiles, Mike Taylor, Dr DLV Kumar and more.
What style of yoga do you teach?
I teach Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is the yoga of movement. Hatha yoga is a combination of breathing techniques (pranayama), and postures (asana) which work to bring harmony and unity. Hatha yoga is a good choice for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. It is slower and gentler compared to other types of yoga. There are many other styles of yoga that come from Hatha yoga, such as Iyengar and Ashtanga.
How much does a class cost?
All of my classes are £10 each and are pay as you go.
There is also the option of a loyalty card. For every class you attend you will receive a stamp, once you get 7 stamps your 8th class is free.
Do I need to book?
Booking is preferred due to the size of the spaces.
I have never tried yoga before, is the class suitable for beginners?
Yes. All classes are suitable for beginners. Modifications and alternatives can be made to all poses and we will work at your pace. It is not about being flexible, or a certain size or shape, its a space to be authentically you. Come as you.
Can I still attend a class if I have an injury or medical condition?
Yes. At the beginning of your very first class you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire. This will tell me of any condition that may need adjustments or consideration to practice safely. This is also a great opportunity to discuss any medical issues or injures. There may be cases where advice/consent from a GP maybe needed. Please keep me informed of any new conditions or injures at the start of each class.
Is the class suitable if you are pregnant/ have recently had a baby?
You can still attend yoga classes whilst pregnant, as long as you take certain precautions. You will need to inform the teacher that you are pregnant and which trimester you’re in, as there are certain poses you should avoid whilst pregnant. You should not begin yoga during the first trimester.
With my classes I choose not to teach pregnant ladies. Pregnancy is such a special and precious time and I feel this requires the guidance of someone specifically trained to work with pregnant ladies and the development of their unborn child. I feel that pregnant ladies would best benefit from pre-natal yoga as it’s specifically tailored to meet your bodies needs at this time. My classes are not planned with pregnancy in mind. I can recommend prenatal and post-natal pregnancy yoga teachers that will work with you during this time and use yoga to help you prepare for birth.
After having a baby, it is generally recommended that you only start exercising after any bleeding has stopped. It is recommended that you do not start a yoga class until you have had your 6 week midwife check and have discussed it with your midwife or GP. If you have had a cesarean it may be longer before you can begin. If you are wishing to come to one of my classes following a recent birth, please do get in touch.
Do I need to bring my own mat?
Mats are available, but are limited to 4 per class. I do encourage people to bring there own.Your yoga mat is a place of connection and where you do deep work. It is a sacred space. So find a mat that resonates with you, its a tool on your journey.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and with ease. Most wear leggings or jogging bottoms with a t-shirt or light top. Avoid loose, baggy clothing as this may get in your way. Also avoid clothing that is too tight and restrictive.
It’s a good idea to bring a warmer layer for relaxation at the end of class. This could be a jumper or light blanket.
It is best to practice yoga with bare feet so that you do not slip on the yoga mat (socks and yoga mats do not mix!). However you can practice seated postures with your socks on or purchase special yoga socks that have grip on the bottoms.
Do you offer 1-2-1 yoga sessions?
Yes. These sessions will be tailored to you and your needs. Currently I offer these sessions in your home in the Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury areas or at fixed locations in Faversham or Canterbury. The cost of a 1-2-1 session is £45.
Am I able to have Reiki treatment?
Reiki is safe for all. There may be a few exceptions to take into consideration, but generally Reiki is suitable for everyone. A short consultation will be given before your session to determine if this treatment is the right one for you.
What Style of Reiki do you practice?
I have been attuned to Usui Reiki and am currently a Reiki II practitioner.
How much does a Reiki session cost?
An hour Reiki session costs £40. Shorter treatments are available after discussion and upon request.
What happens during a treatment?
After an initial, brief consultation, you will lay on a treatment couch, fully clothed. You will be guided to relax using breathing techniques. I will direct Reiki into your body my hovering or gently laying my hands over you.
What does Reiki feel like?
For many it’s relaxing and rested experience. You may feel warmth, coolness, tingling or the feeling of floating or sinking or rushes of energy through your body. All these feelings are completely normal and shows your response to the Reiki energy. As you relax you enter an altered state of consciousness, which opens up your capacity to feel and experience differently to how you would normally.
How many treatments should I have?
This is completely unique to each person. There is no fixed rule. We will work together and discover what you feel you would benefit from. It’s about what you feel is right for you.
What should I do after a treatment?
At the end of your Reiki I will talk with you about things you can do. It’s best to relax as much as you can and drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and nourish your body. It’s not usual to experience fluctuations in energy after a session, feeling sleepy or more energised. This is completely normal.
Am I able to have a massage treatment?
Before any treatment is carried out a consultation will be given. Part of this consultation is completing a health questionnaire form. From this I will be able to determine if massage is suitable for you.
Do I have to remove my clothing for a massage treatment?
For Indian head massage, no, although it does help if you wear clothing that I can adjust to be able to massage your shoulders and neck (such as a vest).
For body massage, yes clothing will be removed. Your bottom underwear will remain on and towels will be used at all times to shield your privacy. Oils will be used directly onto the skin along with massage techniques.
What oils do you use for massage treatments?
I have a selection of oils that I use. Once I have carried out a consultation i will then talk with you about which oil may work best with your skin.
What happens during a massage treatment?
After your consultation, I will leave the room to allow you to undress, cover yourself with available towels and position yourself on the massage table. At this point I will come back into the room and begin the treatment. I will arrange towels to keep you covered at all times, apart from the area I am working on. I will only work on the areas that you are comfortable with me doing so.
How many massage treatments should I have?
This is personal to you and is dependent on what you would like to gain from massage. We will work together and can talk about what you feel you need.
What should I do after a treatment?
At the end of your treatment I will go through some aftercare advice with you. Relax as much as you can and drink plenty of water. It’s not usual to experience fluctuations in energy after a session, feeling sleepy or more energised. This is completely normal.