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!

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┬áContinuing Professional Development (CPD).

To date I have taken additional bodywork based courses in the following –

  • 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….