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My journey to ill-health was long and slow. I started to experience health issues in my late twenties, and these carried on into my early forties; in this time, I was diagnosed with various health conditions and told I simply had to manage them. My life shrank, I was barely able to manage on some days, and it was around 2015 that I realised it was chronic stress, my lifestyle and chronic fatigue that was causing the problem; it took me four years to recover from my lowest point. Quigong, craniosacral therapy, naturopathy, regular massage, nutritional advice and supplements, and emotional healing all helped me get my energy back and become pain-free.
On my journey, I needed to address adverse childhood experiences, trauma, unprocessed grief, family and friendship dynamics, the pace at which I lived my life, and poor relationship choices. Alongside this journey of ill-health, I found an inner strength that I was not aware of before, the sort of courage that I had only previously read about in books, and I began to like who I am. I have found that combining my passions of Holistics Therapy, Assistive Technology, alongside Wellbeing Coaching has given me the tools to help others recover more quickly and efficiently. For this reason, I have set up my practice to help people take control of their own recovery.
Shirley qualified as a Holistic Therapist in 1998 and has extended her knowledge over the last 22 years. Alongside her therapy work she has work in education and the workplace supporting the assistive technology needs of people with a wide range of complex conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, M.E. and Fibromyalgia as well as conditions such as Cancer, visual and hearing impairments, Mental ill-health, Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, specific learning differences such as ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia; Asthma, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Eating Disorders, Heart conditions, Hypermobility Syndrome, Insomnia, Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia (POTS), Migraines, Epilepsy, Scoliosis, Arthritis and in a few cases some or all of these conditions combined in the same person.
In addition to understanding conditions and how they affect cognition, physical ability, and emotional and mental health it is also important to understand reasonable adjustment. Understanding reasonable adjustments are vital in ensuring that someone is supported to succeed in their recovery, work or course of study. Shirley has specialised in understanding these needs alongside her work as a Holistic Therapist helping people to identify reasonable adjustments they can make at home, work or in education to facilitate recovery.
Shirley has studied with the International Federation of Aromatherapy, International Institute of Health & Holistic Therapies, International Institute of Sports Therapy, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Chrysalis Effect, British Safety Council, Centre for Accessible environments (CAE), Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP), Canterbury Christ Church University, Sciedegger University, the Open College Network and the Jing Institute.