I trained as a beauty therapist at Steiner studying Cibtac in beauty & qualifying as a beautician, moving on to study Cibtac body therapy & qualifying as a beauty therapist, adding electrolysis to the course which then allowed me to do my international diploma of Cidesco over a 3 year period. I added to the skill sets over many years attending The London School Of Reflexology qualifying in foot & hand reflexology, pregnancy & spinal reflexology. One of my most memorable courses I attended was with Mr Aaron Mattes (the founder) for his active isotonic stretching course which I now incorporate into my massages (if required).
I previously worked in Barnes beauty salon at ‘secretes’ for Guinot & Clarins products houses & working with the Caci machine for face & body treatments. From there I progressed up the career ladder & moved into Dulwich Village ‘Lesley Leale-Green’ beauty & aesthetics clinic working with MD Formulations & Environ product houses. Mechanical treatments on offer was Microdermabrasion, bio-Lift facials & bio-oxygen facials. It was also the Guinot award winning salon for many years.
For the last 14 years to date I am currently working in Central London for a prestigious department store where I have worked for the likes of Elemis, Thalgo, Temple Spa, Urban Retreat & Dr Murad products. I currently work with Caci & Guinot mechanical treatments & Aromatherapy Associates body products.
London was my whole life, born, raised, worked. Five years ago I decided to move from London to Windsor. Windsor had always been a special place for me. My parents use to bring me here as a child & I continued to visit as I grew up, it was my escapism from the city. Then 5 years ago I decided to up roots, take the plunge & move here, & my parents followed allowing them to enjoy their retirement.
Once we were all settled & I got use to commuting (I didn’t realise how hard it could be sometimes) I needed to find a little time for myself. I found ‘yoga for harmony’ & started a beginners class with Julie Potter who owns the company on her Tuesday late morning class. Once I found my feet (literally) with yoga I felt confident I could progress from once a week to twice a week. Julie recommended Liz’s class on Thursday mornings even though I was a little nervous being new at yoga I needn't of worried, Liz is such a caring teacher for all levels & soon showed me the ropes.
Thursday class also has the added benefit of a group coffee after in town which they kindly invited me along too allowing me to meet new people. Carrying a nagging injury at the time the ladies also recommended that Ashley’s restorative yoga once a month would have a positive impact on stretching the problem area that I had. I was in pretty good hands knowing that my overall well being was being taken care of ... that’s when the idea of a treatment room developed & progressed into the opening of therapy room at yoga for harmony.