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. I ran, cycled, rode horses and lived a physically active lifestyle that I could no longer maintain.

I was fascinated, so I moved into complementary medicine

I grew fascinated by massage’s multiple systemic effects for reducing physical pain and stress, calming the nervous system, enabling space for the processing of complex emotions such as grief 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 lab based years working in gene therapy. Now I wish I’d done it much sooner!

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.

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
  • Hot Stone massage
  • Warm Bamboo massage
  • Cycling Injuries and their Management
  • Bikefit 3-step Package
  • Indian Head massage
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Beyond Trauma
  • Emotional Processing
  • Skin Cancer awareness for Massage Therapists

Always adding so there will be more…

Foot Health Professional training

I trained as a Foot Health Practitioner with The SMAE Institute (smaeinstitute.co.uk) and am 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 a good skillset to add into the Radiance Wellness repertoire.

Tai Chi Instructor training

I have done Tai Chi on and off for a number of years since training in massage and it is now a part of my routine. I have found it a helpful and strengthening exercise and have recommended it to my clients. However, the difficulty in finding suitable classes was an issue so I bit the bullet and decided to do Instructor training myself! I chose a style that is research based and offers a safe and easy way to learn that is assessible for everyone. In time I will offer classes but for now am offering private tuition and taster sessions.

Massage training and registration


Massage Training Institute logo

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Foot Health Training

The SMAE Institute

Tai Chi for Health

Tai Chi For Health Institute


Radiance Gift Vouchers

Personalised vouchers available from £10 upwards.

Wellness Products

I have a few selected items available to buy in clinic – Resistance Training Bands, Foam Rollers, Kinesiology Tape, Foot Rollers etc.  Please ask for details.