About me (Lisa!)
My career began back in 1995 when I qualified as a Nursery Nurse, roll on 25 years and here I am with a family of my own. I have continued to study and expand my knowledge and experience with children and families and now hold a BA in Early Childhood Studies. In 2010 I was awarded Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) at Oxford Brookes University. Throughout my career the importance of understanding the basics in child development has been vital and proved to be an area I have been particularly passionate about and has instilled in my varying roles within the early years sector, including that as a Quality and Training adviser for a national nursery chain. As a result of this high quality training I which won the national award for 'Trainer of the Year' by The Nursery World magazine.
This depth of understanding in child development has given me the opportunity to further explore the development of the brain and the affect that physicality and in particular nurturing physical touch has on wellbeing and mental health for all age groups and abilities including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Following a few years of health complications including periods of anxiety and post-natal depression, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and then Osteoarthritis. As a result, I was forced to review my own working commitments and work/life balance. For one year, I took time out of the profession to reflect and re-energise and 'slow down'. During this time, I became a support worker for adults with varying degrees of need such as disability, dementia and the elderly in need of support and could see first hand how physical contact and touch makes a difference to the lives of so many at such a deep level.
The light bulb moment came with the realisation that many of the facts and theories learned about brain development in the early years were also applicable throughout our whole lives and relevant to each and every one of us, including myself, and the search for personal wellness began. I now manage to be on top of her conditions for 90% of the time with the use of holistic therapies such as massage and acupressure which has enable me to redirect energy, knowledge and experience to provide holistic wellbeing therapies to all ages, abilities, disabilities and those with special educational needs. With this new and exciting change comes additional training to fully compliment my current qualifications.
Alongside Listening Touch Therapies, I also work part-time as Finance and Administration Officer for a small, local nursery chain.
Listening Touch Therapies is a fully registered member of The Complimentary Medical Association
BA Early Childhood Studies (BA) - Oxford Brookes University
Anatomy and Physiology
Adult Mini massage for hands and feet - Blossom & Berry
Baby Massage Instructor Mastery - Blossom & Berry
Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy and Relaxation Instructor Training
Yoga Diploma - Complimentary Medical Association (CMA) approved
First and second Degree Reiki
In 2013 Lisa won 'Trainer of the Year' within the Nursery world awards. This came as a direct result for the quality of writing, and national delivery of training relating to early years.
Nurture through sensory experiences and a 'Listening Touch'.
To support parents and carers to learn and understand the high value of sensory experiences for children, including ‘Nurturing through a Listening Touch’. To Comprehend how this will also impact on their physical, intellectual and mental health, now and in the future. For parents and carers to feel confident and empowered to consciously make positive choices to improve outcomes for the children they nurture and care for.
"Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need.
To me, those are traditional values."
I have an enhanced DBS clearance in place (police check) and is registered on the update service which means these details are continuously accurate and immediately available.
I am also fully insured with Westminster Insurance.