- Ron Mercer, Chairman, Treasurer and Membership Secretary
- Ron Mercer is our new Chair for 2013. Ron has been Treasurer of the association since 1993 and was Chair between 1995 and 1999. His focus has been to support and extend the vision of its founder members to provide a multi-disciplinary representation for qualified therapists, where the emphasis is on standards of training and professionalism.
His experience of the benefits of complementary therapies during a time of personal crisis led to a desire to understand the various approaches in greater depth. His training journey, in parallel with his own personal journey, extended through massage, aromatherapy, counselling, craniosacral therpay and the profound "Journey" led by Brandon Bays.
One of the most rewarding jobs on behalf of the association for Ron is to act as an examiner in swedish, therapeutic, hawaiian and indian head massage and aromatherapy. This gives him a chance to meet the therapists of the future and to learn from each individual, as well as confirming their suitability to become eligible for full membership of the association and professionally represent it to the general public.
- Sorrel de la Hey, Vice Chair, Schools and Exams Co-ordinator
- After a decade in London working in the music industry, Sorrel returned to her native Somerset in 2003 to pursue her earlier interest in complementary therapies. She has trained extensively in massage therapy, studying Thai yoga, Swedish, Remedial & Pregnancy massages. Sorrel runs a practice across South Somerset and Dorset.
Sorrel’s interest in massage and bodywork was fostered by her love of yoga. She has been practising yoga for over 10 years and is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher running classes, workshops and holidays in the UK and Egypt.
Sorrel is Schools and Exams Co-ordinator for the APNT. She is also an assessor on some postgraduate courses.
- Jan Trewartha, General Secretary, Communications, Fascia and Energy Consultant
- Originally, Jan trained as a State Registered Nurse then moved into complementary therapy in 1992. She started in Massage and Aromatherapy but always felt the need to go deeper, to heal at a more profound level. She then discovered positional release work and now specialises in Trauma Release through Body Realignment and Energy Field Therapy. She has also trained with Sharon Wheeler in Seattle, USA, in Scar Healing and Bone Rolling work which has transformed how she sees the body and works with it.
Working in Windsor and Somerset keeps her busy but she also founded and runs Body in Harmony Training, teaching the diploma course in Body Realignment and CPD courses in Scar Healing and in Fascial Unwinding. Jan also writes and has had articles published in, amongst other publications, Massage World, Today's Therapist and Paradigm Shift. Her passions are the subtle energies and the fascia, and she finds the body and its less tangible elements a constant source of fascination. Jan's latest project is the British Fascia Symposium which will run in May 2014 and for which she is Co-ordinator. More information on her work is available at: www.bodyinharmony.org.uk. Jan is also our website editor and In Touch editor.
- Brittany Spence, Social Media Secretary, Therapy Consultants Coordinator
- Brittany graduated from the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers (www.psmthc.com) in 2004, after completing the 650 hrs training. Originally from Pensacola, Florida in the United States, Brittany moved to the UK in 2005 with her husband and son. In 2011, she furthered her training with the Body in Harmony School with Jan Trewartha and now works as a Body Realigner. Through her own personal journey, Brittany has gained a strong passion and empathy for helping people get the most out of their lives.
- Carol Jordan, Aromatherapy Consultant
- I practise from Wayside Surgery in King’s Road, Horley and also from home in Burstow, Surrey, offering a variety of services relating to the field of complementary medicine. I practice aromatherapy, reflexology, Reiki, sports and therapeutic massage, Hot Stones Fusion for massage and reflexology, TMJ and am currently doing the Chrysalis Effect Recovery Programme for ME. I have had a therapy business for 20 years, work at 5 nursing homes seeing 20 people a week who are mainly young with things like cerebral palsy and am also a tutor and examiner in therapeutic massage, aromatherapy and reflexology and aromatherapy/reflexology in the workplace.
I've been involved with the APNT almost since the beginning of my involvement in complementary medicine: firstly as Administrator, then as General Secretary, a member of the Aromatherapy Sub-Committee, Reflexology Consultant and now as Aromatherapy Consultant.
- Helen Neal, Reflexology Consultant
- Helen has been the APNT reflexology consultant since 2007, a role which she sees as enabling her to promote the merits and benefits of reflexology. Although Helen is also qualified in Holistic and Sports Massage, reflexology remains her prime interest and she represents the APNT on the Reflexology Regulatory Council. She also chairs the forums education and training committee.
To further promote reflexology, Helen is the editor of the reflexology section of Massage World Magazine and runs training and CPD events.
Helen originally trained in reflexology at the education centre at West Middlesex Hospital and also trained with the American International Institute of Reflexology at their London college. Further study has been with Dwight Byers in America and with Tony Porter with whom Helen gained her Advanced Reflexology Techniques (A.R.T) qualification.
In her personal practice Helen has a specialised interest in maternity reflexology which she studied under the renowned expert and retired midwife, Susanne Enzer and enjoys bringing the techniques of massage and reflexology together into combined treatments.
- Rachel Fisher, Massage Consultant
- Rachel is trained in Swedish, Remedial and Sports Massage as well as Reflexology. She runs her own practice in Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Rachel is dedicated to maintaining and raising the standards in Massage in the UK and is a keen supporter and promoter of the APNT.
- Isobel Ravden, Sports Massage consultant
- Isobel Ravden is a Sports and Remedial Massage therapist specialising in Myofascial techniques, and is also a Medical Herbalist, running a busy practice in the centre of Exeter. In addition to her clinic, Isobel is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher with over 15 years' experience and is the tutor on the Remedial and Sports massage courses at Exeter's School of Bodywork.
Isobel takes an integrated view of her clients' well-being, providing bespoke health care solutions. In both her teaching and as a practitioner, she combines her medical knowledge and clinical experience as a herbalist with an analytically holistic approach to hands on bodywork.
- Emma Gilmore, Events Co-ordinator
- Emma Gilmore has been a member of the APNT since 2004, she is Director of the School of Bodywork and an advanced bodywork therapist specialising in JFB Myofascial Release, and a founding member of the Fascia Research Society (FRS).
Emma’s love of bodywork has led her to share her passion and enthusiasm with students. She encourages students to develop their own style, and to draw on their own personal knowledge and experience when dealing with clients. She aims to listen to and accommodate the individual needs of students, encouraging them to shine as individuals. Having initially studied massage in 1994, whilst working with adults with severe special needs and their carers, and by continuing to update her skills with internationally renowned experts, Emma has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.