Beccy is the founder of Yew Tree Therapies, established over 10 years ago, and Sita joined her in 2020. The two of us have come to complementary therapy via very different pathways, but we share the same ethos.
I have worked with many different client groups since 1980 in a variety of social care settings, before I trained as a Complementary Therapist. I first qualified as a Massage Therapist in 2001. I really love my work as a holistic therapist and as a result I have extended my training over the years to include a wide range of other therapies.
I feel passionate about providing high-standard complementary therapies to people who would not normally be able to access this type of treatment, for financial or social reasons, but whom I believe would benefit greatly from this opportunity. I have worked with many voluntary organisations as a result, including the Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, providing therapies for cancer patients and their carers. I have also worked with asylum seekers and refugees, carers, people with advanced dementia, people recovering from addiction, women’s groups, bereaved parents, and people with mental health problems including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety and depression.
I have worked as a Therapist at many community events including World Mental Health Day, International Womens Day and Sure Start Healthy Living events. I have worked with many private clients, wishing to work on specific issues, or wanting to take time out from busy, stressful lives to relax and feel pampered.
I am currently training as a complementary therapist at the Natural Health School, based at Harrogate District Hospital's Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre. It is the UK's only NHS-approved complementary therapy training school. I will qualify in October 2021 in Aromatherapy and Holistic Massage. In addition, I am training as a Reiki practitioner with my colleague Beccy. For the moment, I am offering treatments as a student practitioner, which means that I don't ask for payment. Instead I invite you to make a donation to St Gemma's Hospice, Leeds, for £10 or whatever you can afford.
My whole career has been based on my interest in bodily experience. Previously I worked for 25 years in dance, teaching degree level dance students and then becoming Professor of Performance and Technology at the University of Leeds. I have worked with dancers and robots, using dance in digital design, understanding gesture in computer gaming, and learning about prosthetics usage through movement. Always human bodies have been central to my work.
In 2019 my husband passed away following a long battle with cancer. Throughout his illness, complementary therapies played a key role in helping him and me to find a sense of comfort and wellbeing. I decided that I would retrain as a therapist so that I can give other people the kind of care that was so precious to him. I look forward to helping you relax and unwind, easing away the stresses and strains of everyday life from your body and mind.