The Upper Street Practice

BodyMind Gateway

Osteopathy | Life Coaching               
for Body & Mind               

 

About

Working in the field of health and wellbeing for over two decades has been such an amazing path to have taken. It’s definitely expanded my interest in so many unexpected ways. However, my motivations and interest have been influenced by far more than clinical experience alone. Here are just some of my highlights so that you can gain a sense of what I’m about!

Community is the pulse of life

Currently, I enjoy participating in a number of London based communities where I live. The community in my neighbourhood where I like to roll my sleeves up and tend to the communal garden — growing organic veggies is my most recent interest. Then there’s the community surrounding my son’s education and personal interests, including the founding and running of a London-based BMX race team (and raising over £10,000 in charitable funds on the teams behalf) until 2020. 

Home Grown Sweet Peas

Then of course there’s the self-development communities which I enjoy getting in amongst! These communities have supported my own understandings and explorations of ‘what is’, as my thoughts and views have been confirmed or reflected back in contrast. This for me continues to be a valuable part of the refining process in reaching new heights of understanding, as well as new depths of embodiment (of new principles and approaches).

Fact file

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING: Osteopathy, Paediatric Osteopathy, Holistic Swedish Massage, Life Coaching, CBT, NLP, Counselling.

INTERESTS:
Simplicity, meditation, wisdom, mindfulness practices, metaphysics, personal development, natural environments, travelling and creativity.

REGULAR PRACTICES:
Osteopathy, Life Coaching, Meditation, Qigong & Cycling.

FAVOURITE QUOTE:
‘Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.’ — Lao Tzu.

FAVOURITE EXPRESSIONS:
Where the mind goes, the energy flows.

FAVOURITE LOCATION:
Wudang Mountain, in North-Western Hubei — China.

FAVOURITE STATES:
Contemplative.

SELF VIEW? Facilitator of wellbeing. Compelled to walk a purposeful path (one that is uniquely my own).

A Summer Afternoon On Wudang Mountain, North-West Hubei, China.

‘Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.’

~Lao Tzu

Yoga & Meditation

In 1997, I began practising yoga, initiating my (now 22 year) interest in Mindfulness and other types of meditation. I recently restarted my yoga practice after a 10 year gap – and I’m loving it once all over again! My appreciation and practice of meditation has continued to develop and grow since the start. I continue to enjoy my daily practice (often multiple times a day) supporting my intention to be as Grounded And Centred as I possibly can.

Because I appreciate the powerful impact of meditation in my own life, I’ve incorporated simple meditation techniques and advice into my therapeutic practice. It ties in really nicely with the subtle approach of the cranial osteopathic work that I have been doing for so long.

Post Sunset Meditation Upon The Rocks: Bugibba, Malta.

Osteopathy & The Mind-body connection

Since qualifying as an Osteopath in 2001, I have enjoyed cultivating a wealth of knowledge and experience through helping others to realise their goals (as others have done for me). Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to observe the mental, emotional and spiritual interconnections that play out in parallel to the physical complaints which have presented — I have found this to be fascinating. 

Overtime, I’ve developed a special interest in BodyMind Mapping and the various ways in which our internal states of harmony or dis-ease simultaneously express through through all aspects of our being (illustrating the inseparable nature of mind-body-soul). I’ve really enjoyed discovering, exploring and growing my understanding of the inter-connections between the various aspects of self — my cranial osteopathic training and experience has played a key role in this journey.

Cranial osteopathy (and subtle Expressions)

My continued practice of Cranial Osteopathy (working with the body’s involuntary mechanism) over two decades has been instrumental in vastly enhancing my intuitive ability, as well as refining my palpatory skills (a highly specialised sense of touch and ability to read the body’s subtle involuntary expressions). Working with these (subtle) physical expressions has certainly enhanced the structural work that I do.

Through my interest in metaphysics, I‘ve developed an ability to clearly sense the subtle energies at play (which I can appreciate has come about as a result of the time and attention that I’ve given to observing others on the subtlest levels over the years — a process reflected in the old saying,

Where the mind goes, the energy flows’

meaning, what you give your attention to out pictures more clearly in your life. 

Over the years I have learned to trust in my foundation of Osteopathic Principles, training and experience, while still allowing myself the time and space to develop intuitively and grow in ways which are uniquely my own.

Becoming A Life Coach

Life coaching is a journey that began through a two decade long career in osteopathy. Through my practice, I found myself spending more and more time helping others to explore resolutions to their own stresses – particularly when it is clear on how much they were influencing the expression of physical symptoms. Needless to say, many clients made use of my impartial listening ear! I came to see the verbal exchanges as an integral part of the service I provided. I have found it to be a fascinating process.

It’s clear that my years of therapeutic practice, and personal journey have positioned for my life coaching role. It’s a journey that’s very much been influenced by my character too. It’s pretty amazing when you observe life’s natural flows (and where they are able to take you).

Integrative Life Coaching has become yet another avenue for deepening insight within myself, and others — which I really love. It’s a skill that I’m grateful to posses. It’s extremely rewarding. There’s really nothing better than helping others to find the clarity and motivation they need towards meaningful change in their lives. It’s truly  an amazing process!

Travelling

I have loved travelling and gaining all sorts of wonderfully expansive experiences. I’ve enjoyed meditation and yoga practices in the ashrams and temples of Thailand and India, to the spiritually uplifting sounds of traditional African drumming, chanting and dance in West-Africa, and the healthful influences of veganism in Jamaica. It’s most certainly opened my mind to many fantastically healthful practices.

The African Renaissance Monument (On The Top Of The Twin Hills)
Dakar, Senegal.

In 2018, I travelled with my son to China where we were fortunate enough to train with several 34th generation Shaolin disciples for two weeks of consolidated Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong Practice. We trained amidst the beautiful backdrops of Langya mountains and Wudang mountains, as well as receiving a private invitation to the prestigious Shaolin Temple —Dengfeng. I participated in meditation training, talks, demonstrations, as well as a Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation delivered by several local indigenous practitioners. And as you already know, travelling is a sure way to deepen and expand upon any persons perception of life as we know it!

Breathtaking Views From The Great Wall Of China, Beijing

Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi & Qigong

I started training in Shaolin Kung Fu (along with my son) in 2014. In 2018, I extended my practice to include (Chen style) Tai Chi and Chi Gong with our teacher Shifu Yang of Shaolin Culture — a 34th generation Shaolin Disciple (since the age of 9). I feel very blessed to be training under the guidance of such an authentic – accomplished expert in the field. I have really enjoyed the discipline, mindful and meditative aspects of the practice, as well as the restorative sense of vitality and wellness that they so often bring. Regularly training alongside Shifu Yang and other who share this interest has truly been a  pleasure.

Enjoying A Rest With My Son During Kung-Fu Training
— Langya Mountain, China

I like to think that my life experiences will continue to lead me towards greater levels of awareness, joy and insight. This to me is an exciting prospect! 

 

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Osteopath and Life Coach serving the central London area:

Upper Street Islington ▪️ Highbury ▪️Canonbury ▪️ Angel ▪️Clerkenwell ▪️Barbican ▪️Essex Road ▪️Highgate ▪️Hackney ▪️Haringey ▪️Camden ▪️Online Life Coaching also available.

A Mind & Body Approach.