Dave massaging a baby elephant in Thailand 2008
I have been involved in complementary therapies since 1996, specialising in Oriental Therapies, and have extensively studied in the UK, India, Thailand and Indonesia. I have worked at St. Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth with cancer patients, a local NHS trust with learning disabilities clients, and at the 5-star Hotel Tresanton. Taught therapies for the Workers Educational Association (WEA), Truro College, and Cornwall Adult Education Service, from short workshops to ITEC level 3 diplomas.
I regularly work with a broad range of clientele: sports people, performance artists, builders, pregnant women, teenagers, the elderly, engineers, office workers, and adults with learning disabilities. All treatment modalities can be changed and mixed together to meet the individual needs of each client.
What I love about Oriental Therapies is that it combines the ancient art of healing with modern anatomical knowledge, making it into effective natural healthcare for all.
Registered with the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) www.ctha.com
Qualifications & Workshop Attendance
1994 Started studying Tai Chi (Taijiquan) & Chi Kung (Qigong) at the Plymouth Tai Chi Club
1996 Reiki levels 1 & 2 – Reiki Master Fran Hardiman
1997 Certificate in Tai Chi & Chi Kung – Plymouth Tai Chi Club; AoR Diploma in Reflexology – South Devon School of Reflexology
1999 Reiki Master Teacher Certificate – Reiki Master Fran Hardiman
2000 RIPHH Diploma in Nutrition & Health – Plymouth College
2002 City & Guilds 7307 Parts 1 & 2 Teachers’ Certificate – Plymouth College
2003 ITEC Certificate in Indian Head Massage – Truro College; Certificate in Hopi Ear Candling – Pressuredown Therapies; Diploma in Vibrational Healing – Iris School of Colour Therapy
2005 BhTEC Diploma in Thai Traditional Massage – Bodyharmonics Centre
2006 Diploma in Advanced Thai Massage – Lek Chiaya Nerve Touch School (Thailand); Diplomas in Thai Foot Massage & On-Site Massage – TMC School (Thailand)
2007 BhTEC Masters Diploma in Thai Massage & Manipulation, BhTEC Diploma in Thai Sports Injury Massage, Maintenance & Rehabilitation, BhTEC Diploma in Indonesian Traditional Massage – Bodyharmonics Centre; Diploma in Oriental Sports Massage – ITM School (Thailand); Diploma in Thai Herbal Compresses – ITM/Spa Mantra School (Thailand); Certificate in Tibetan Acupressure Head Massage – TM Therapies
2008 Certificate in Tui-Na Therapeutic Massage – Three Treasures School of TCM; Diploma in Advanced & Deep Tissue Massage – Gateway Workshops; Diploma in Thai Aroma Oil Massage – ITM / Spa Mantra School (Thailand); Diploma in Pregnancy & Baby Massage – School of Massage for Health (Thailand); Diploma in Yam Kang (Foot Pressure) Massage – School of Massage for Health (Thailand); Certificate in Advanced Thai Yoga Massage – Sunshine Massage School (Thailand)
2009 Certificate in Medical Qigong – Three Treasures School of TCM; Personal tuition with Traditional Massage & Healing Practitioners in Bali (Indonesia)
2010 Massaging people who have Dementia – advanced massage workshop with LMC Training; Certificate in Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – Sunshine Massage School (Thailand); Basic Balance Ball Yoga & Posture Improvement Course – RSM International School (Thailand)
2013 Diploma in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage levels 1 & 2 – Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Institute (Goa, India); Making Herbal Balms CPD Course – College of Chinese Medicine (London); Attended the Universal Healing Tao foundation workshops with Grandmaster Mantak Chia (London)
2014 Certificate in Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – Blue Garden Yoga Centre (Thailand); Certificate in Tok Sen Therapy – Ming Thai Massage School (Thailand); Certificate in Rusie Dutton Thai Yoga Exercises – Ong’s Thai Massage School (Thailand); Attended Introduction to the Medicine Buddha workshop lead by Karrim Rabi-Laleh; Attended Nei Gong Tui Na and Tai Chi workshops with Dr Wang Zhi Xiang; Informal study of massage techniques in Taiwan (ROC).
2015 Attended Tai Chi-Chi Kung workshop with Leigh from the Universal Healing Tao (London); Environment & Health teachings with Lama Samten; Interfaith & End of Life Care seminar
2017 Macrobiotic Level 1 Completion Certificate – International Macrobiotic School; Attended Advanced Ampuku (Japanese Abdominal massage) workshop at the International Macrobiotic School; Attended series of lectures about the Energetics & Science of Food by Steve Gagne at One World Festival
2018 Macrobiotic Level 2 Health Coaching & Wholefood Cook Certificate including Emotional Work, Do-In Exercises & Shiatsu Treatments – International Macrobiotic School; Roots & Branches Shiatsu (Chakra Work) workshop at the International Macrobiotic School; Shinrin Yoku Practitioner Training with Nature & Therapy UK.