About Fiona Purnell

My introduction to massage

My first massage was as part of treatment following a life changing ski accident in 1998 and I quickly appreciated how extremely beneficial it can be. I was a biologist, a research assistant and animal handler working in the field of animal sports medicine diagnostics and lived a physically active outdoor lifestyle that I could no longer maintain. Recovering from acquired head injuries is extremely challenging and although I had to teach myself to write again amongst other things, and still have balance issues from time to time, I consider myself extremely lucky.

I was fascinated, so I moved into complementary medicine

I grew fascinated by massage’s ability to have multiple systemic effects for reducing physical pain and stress, calming the nervous system, enabling space for the processing of complex emotions such as grief, trauma and creating an oasis of stillness in a highly pressured life. I realised I wanted to retrain and bring this therapy to others. Moving into the complementary medicine field was a big step at the time – indeed it was via a number of laboratory based years working in gene therapy. Now I really wish I’d done it much sooner! As time has gone on I have expanded my scope of practice to help clients with stress and trauma in different ways.

Massage training

I trained with Massage Training Institute (MTI) at the renown Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (BCMB) in Holistic Massage (Level 4) in 2010 and in Remedial and Sports Massage (Level 5) in 2015. The latter taught a clinical testing approach with a whole variety of advanced massage skills including positional release, soft tissue release, myofascial release and neuro-muscular release techniques. I am a Trauma Informed Therapist.

As part of my membership to MTI and the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council – the national voluntary register for therapists) is a commitment to ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Further continual professional development (CPD) massage training

  • Deep Tissue massage
  • Freeing the Shoulders
  • Postural Assessment and Analysis
  • Chair massage
  • Indian Head massage
  • Hot Stone massage
  • Warm Bamboo massage
  • Cycling Injuries and their Management
  • Bikefit 3-step Package
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Beyond Trauma
  • Emotional Processing
  • Skin Cancer awareness for Massage Therapists
  • Covid 19 infection prevention and control
  • Trauma Informed Therapist

As a self confessed CPD junkie I am always adding so there will be more…

Other professional level psychology courses I’ve done include Emotional Freedom Technique and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety. Professional bodywork courses include Gentle Release Therapy, Gentle Release Spirit Points, Reiki 1 & 2, and Ho’oponopono.

Tai Chi Instructor training

I have done Tai Chi on and off for a number of years before training in massage and it is now part of my daily routine. I have found it a helpful and remarkably strengthening exercise and have recommended it to my clients. However, the difficulty in finding suitable classes for them was an issue so I bit the bullet and decided to do Instructor training myself.  I chose the Tai Chi for Health Institute programmes that are all research based and offers a safe and easy way to learn that is accessible for everyone. In time I will offer classes in person but for now am concentrating on teaching 1 to 1 lessons and small group lessons online. I now teach standard and advanced programmes for arthritis, diabetes, energy and Qigong for Health. You never get bored of exploring the depth of this fascinating exercise! What good does it do? Well quite a lot actually – try it and find out for yourself.

Foot Health Professional training

I trained as a Foot Health Practitioner with The SMAE Institute (smaeinstitute.co.uk) and am/was DBS checked, insured and registered with the British Association of Foot Health Professionals.  The whole training was inspired by having to refer a number of clients for foot issues and I thought it good to add into the Radiance Wellness repertoire. NB. Radiance Foot Health is paused during Covid.

Massage training and registration

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Foot Health Training



Tai Chi for Health

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Tai Chi For Health Institute


Radiance Gift Vouchers

Personalised vouchers available from £10 upwards.

Wellness Products Shop

I have always had a few selected items available to buy in clinic – Resistance Training Bands, Foam Rollers, Kinesiology Tape, Foot Rollers, spiky massage balls and Gift Vouchers.  Please ask for details.

In 2020 I opened an online shop to offer Self Care bags and Gift bags containing a range of items to help you relax and sleep better.  I have since become an affiliate with Herbs on the Hill and have a few products in stock including bath salts, rollerballs and Little Pot of Magic creams.

My shop page for this is Aromatherapy Shop | Frome, Somerset | Herbs On The Hill – LoveHerbsOnTheHill.com