About Fiona (BA Hons, RTT, ITEC, CThA)Fiona holds full insurance as a registered Traditional Thai Massage therapist and teacher and a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher.
After graduating, Fiona lived in Spain for 9 years working first in educational theatre, then as a teacher trainer and editor in ELT publishing. She began her training in massage and yoga in 2001 in Thailand and alongside this she began to practice Vipassana meditation, going on retreat regularly to deepen her practice. Over seven years she worked under and learned with a number of different Thai Massage teachers and Masters including Asokananda (author of The Art of Traditional Thai Massage) who authorised her to teach for The Sunshine Network in 2004; she did her UK training with her sister Nicky Smith in the UK and continued her advanced studies with Thai Master Pichet Boonthume. In 2005, she did her Yoga Teacher Training with Louisa Sear (Yoga Arts) and has also been influenced in her yoga practice and teaching through work with Rudra (Iyengar), Clive Sheridan, Donna Farhi & Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten.
Fiona had a massage clinic in Greece for four years, where she also taught private and group yoga classes. On her return to the UK, she joined Nicola at Bodywisdom in 2007 and now both teaches massage and has her clinic in Bristol. In 2010 Fiona integrated her training and teaching experience when she trained as a life coach. Currently she combines this with her work at UWE (University of the West of England) as a mentor for the Wellbeing & Disability Service, providing extra student support.
In recent years, 5 Rhythms Dance (with Leigh Tolson, and Dawn Morgan of Shapeshift) has both informed and supported her work as a bodyworker and therapist; the dance has led to a deeper understanding and release of holding patterns in her own body and an even more subtle awareness of how energy moves through us, both when moving alone and with another. In 2010, Fiona trained as a Tui Na therapist with Maria Mercati and so is able to combine an understanding of the Chinese Meridian system with the Thai Sen and so, again, deepen the therapeutic potential of her work.
Other studies include Naturopathic Nutrition (2007) with CNN; CST with the Upledger Institute (2006) and she has also completed the Reiki initiation (2006).