I originally come from Norway, and first arrived in the UK in 1985 to study architecture and later photography. I worked within these fields for a number of years before I eventually turned to complementary therapies in 1999. I studied A&P and Body Massage, Aromatherapy and Sports Massage with Essentials for Health (EfH) in London. I have also studied:
- Chair Massage with TouchPro® UK,
- NO HANDS® Massage with Gerry Pyves’ The No Hands Massage Company,
- Thermo-Auricular Therapy (Ear Candle Treatments) with Lincs School of Holistic Therapies/IFA,
- Facial Rejuvenation Massage with the London Centre of Indian Champissage International,
- Abdominal Sacral Massage with Helen Rohlicek.
I began my professional massage career in 2001, and started out working at Ashlins Natural Health clinic in Walthamstow (where you can still find me if you need a massage) as well as at Relax, a central London clinic.
My work has since taken me to hospitals, offices, even a residential home for autistic adults where I massaged the residents once a week. I have always been passionate about dance and have massaged dancers since 2003 when I first started working at the London Studio Centre treating dance students and tutors.
Working on my own as an independent massage therapist there gave me a chance to deal with acute and chronic conditions giving manual therapy, advice and ‘mentoring’ guidance to the students. I was invited to join the therapist team for the Royal Ballet in 2008 and have been working alongside the physiotherapists at the Royal Opera House ever since. This has been very rewarding as I find working with other multidisciplinary health professionals interesting and educational and I feel a combined treatment approach is often the most effective way to treat dancers – as well as clients in general.
In addition to my massage practice, I have been teaching since 2002. I used to be a senior tutor on the Essentials for Health sports massage course and still run my own workshops for various schools (amongst them Quantum Metta) and organisations in and outside London.
I also do private tuition for massage students and therapists.
In 2010 I extended my teaching overseas when I was invited to do a couple of taster workshops at the IFA’s (International Federation of Aromatherapists) 25th Anniversary Conference in Tokyo. This led to invitations to host workshops in both Taiwan and Japan the year after, which then culminated in me teaching aromatherapists in Japan both Deep Tissue Massage, Stretching and Muscle Revision annually since 2011.