I am a body worker, yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, chi kung teacher and web developer. I find the mix of all these things keeps my mind and body in balance and enable me the freedom to continue my personal and professional development.
I have been practising yoga for over 20 years and it was through yoga that Thai Massage found me. During a 3 week yoga retreat during 2003 in Greece with Angela and Victor I encountered Rebecca and received my very first thai massage. When 2 hours was over it felt like it had been both 2mins and my whole life at the same time. Later that year while on a trip to Thailand I took some time to do a course with the Sunshine Massage School, and so I discovered more about this technique that had made such an impression on me. Nicky, our tutor (Bodywisdom), was UK based and once I was home I attended more training courses with her school. At Nicky's suggestion in 2006 I completed my qualification. I was told by Gabbie, my yoga teacher, who had suggest the course in Greece, that training with Angela and Victor would change my life, I don't think either of us foresaw exactly how profound a change that would be.
In 2007, after 13 years in the IT industry, I decided it was time to organise my working life to suite my needs. I was working for an IT consultancy managing offshore software projects and I wanted more time to pursue my own spiritual journey. I took a radical step and set about building a portfolio career that drew on all my strengths and training. I quit my job, bought an old van (wellington boots and quality waterproofs) and booked into healing areas of an assortment of festivals around the UK and set about building my own business. I now run a holistic practice based in south west London as well as running a company developing web sites and offering PC Training.
In January 2009 I came full circle and spent a month at a Sivananda ashram in India training as a yoga teacher. I have also be blessed with the chance to explore Chi Kung and in 2010 completed a 2 year Chi Kung teacher training with the College of Elemental Chi Kung. I continue to value my personal development and work with excellent and inspiring teachers to ensure that my skills continue to grow.
During the five years I have been running my holistic practice, it has become very evident to me that clients understand that even though receiving a treatment is very rewarding and beneficial, they can also do a great deal to improve their own wellbeing. My clients regularly ask me for suggestions on how they can improve aspects of their health. I feel that both my clients and myself would benefit from me growing my skills in teaching and coaching, so in my practice i am not always actively giving to the client as passive receiver. I want to help my clients take control of their own health and wellbeing, hence offering yoga, chi kung and meditation classes as well as coaching focused on wellbeing.
I would like to thank all my teachers, who have all contributed to the path that I am following, and I look forward to the teachers that I have yet to meet.
Mary Newing BSc, Yoga Siromani
I am fully registered and insured with Embody.