Claire’s interest and passion in health and well- being resulted in following a career in physiotherapy enabling and supporting patients to improve their health and function. After completing rotations at junior level Claire went on to specialise in respiratory medicine where she works as an advanced physiotherapy practitioner in chronic lung conditions.
In Janurary 2017 Claire went out to India to study at Atmavikasa School of Yogic Science in Mysore to undertake a 300 hour teacher training programme in Hatha Yoga. This led to a further visit to the shala in September 2017 to study yoga therapy for six weeks (300 hours). It was during this course that everything fell into place and the blending of physiotherapy skills, medical knowledge and yoga came together and set the path for Claire’s passion in yoga therapy.
Teaching Hatha yoga allows breath and body to unite, while holding āsanas longer allows us to truly discover ourselves and go inwards.
With studies in yoga came an interest in Ayurvedic medicine which led to further completion of a certificate in Indian Head Massage. Indian Head Massage (or Champissage) is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system and has been practised for over a thousand years. Stimulating blood flow to the scalp through therapeutic techniques the massage focuses on bringing about a release of tension and promoting immense relaxation. It is a very effective treatment with the greatest success in better sleep patterns.
Treatment includes focusing on the scalp, neck, back, shoulders, upper arm, scalp, face and ears. In essence a full upper body massage. A typical treatment lasts one hour, but each treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs and timing. You remain fully clothed during the treatment.