Our Team

Clinic Practitioners

john profile picture white.fw copy

John Wyn Parry has been practising in Topsham since 2005 having set up Redlands acupuncture. His now wife Lisa Roberts shortly joined the practice. John has practised in a number of work settings from medical practices to established private Clinics fueling his passion to create a truly integrated cross referral health system. In 2014 John and Lisa founded the new Estuary Clinic.

He is a both a highly regarded and respected osteopath and acupuncturist with over 10 years of clinical experience. He holds two BSc (Hons) degrees in the field of osteopathy and acupuncture, having studied at Oxford Brookes and Brighton University respectively. With his extensive knowledge in neuromuscular dysfunction (nerve and muscle related problems) and human biomechanics he has a strong passion in identifying the correlations between acupuncture theories and emerging neuromuscular models providing the best treatments for his patients.

 He is a member of the General Osteopathic Council and British Acupuncture Council & British Medical Acupuncture Society.

With his many years of clinical experience, John often combines the best of both modalities, enabling him to effectively treat a wide range of conditions.

Lisa

Lisa completed a four year degree in Acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading commencing in 2004. The college is a Centre of Excellence for Chinese Medicine in the UK.The degree combined studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element theory alongside conventional medical sciences, anatomy and physiology.

Lisa also has training in Tui Na (chinese massage), Indian head massage and is an experienced yoga teacher (Anusara trained). This has given her a thorough knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics and she often incorporates this knowledge into diagnosis and treatment.

Lisa is an enthusiastic and committed practitioner and believes in an integrated and holistic approach to health and medicine. She is committed to regular ongoing supervision and post-graduate training in order to further her development as an acupuncturist.

She has completed post graduate training in:

Obstetrics and the use of acupuncture during pregnancy

Fertility and the use of acupuncture during fertility treatment such as IUI, IVF & Clomid

Acupuncture in the treatment of PCOS & Endometriosis

SPECIAL INTERESTS INCLUDE:

FERTILITY, OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY.

STRESS & ANXIETY

Lisa is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and abides by the BAcCs Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct. She is covered by full Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.

isobel_ravdenAs a medical herbalist with a 4 year BSc (Hons) degree in Phytotherapy, CPP accreditation and NIMH qualifications, and a CNHC-registered massage therapist and tutor with APNT and BTEC Level 5 training, Isobel is ideally placed to promote and practise Specialist Clinical Bodywork and bespoke Herbal Medicine.

Isobel has been a professional clinical therapist for over 12 years, practising Herbal Medicine and Sports & Remedial Massage (specialising in Myofascial Release techniques). She builds the foundations of her treatments on identifying and resolving the source of problems as well as the symptoms. In addition to her clinical work, she is a passionate and enthusiastic massage/MFR tutor and examiner for the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT), and also has a position on their executive committee as their Sports Massage consultant.

Isobel takes an in-depth view of her clients’ well-being, providing individualised treatment and advice to relieve pain, discomfort and stress as well as to restore full function and optimum health. In her work as both teacher and practitioner, she combines her medical knowledge and clinical experience, with an analytical but holistic approach to both bodywork and herbal medicine.

“I believe that the future of medicine lies in an integrated approach to healthcare, and a holistic approach to the patient. Both herbal medicine and massage can not only provide solutions to existing problems, but also have a hugely important role to play in the prevention of and recovery from illness, injury and pain, stress, anxiety and depression. Both disciplines are also extremely effective as adjunctive treatments to palliative therapy and work well alongside acupuncture, nutritional therapy and osteopathy.”

Treatments Offered:

Sports & Remedial Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy

Clinical & Swedish Massage

Myofascial Release

Herbal Medicine

Integrated Soft Tissue Therapy (a combination of Myofascial techniques, Massage and advanced Soft Tissue techniques applied according the the individual needs of the client)

 

Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Phytotherapy (Herbal Medicine)

ISRM/BTEC Level 5 Diploma Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy/Soft Tissue Techniques

APNT Level 4 Diploma Sports Injuries and Massage

APNT Diploma Remedial Massage

APNT Diploma Integrated Myofascial Release Techniques

Post Graduate certificates of study with Anatomy Trains lecturer  James Earls, Advanced Deep Tissue massage and Myofascial Release with US bodywork guru Art Riggs and UK’s award-winning Ruth Duncan.

Certificates in Athletic and Kinesiology Taping, Gait Analysis, First Aid and Teaching

Isobel is currently studying with Ruth Duncan to obtain the Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy (iMFT), accredited by EdExcel as a QCF Level 5 qualification.

 

Professional Membership:

CPP (college of practitioners of Phytotherapy)

APNT (association of physical and natural therapists)

ISRM (Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage)

CNHC (registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)

Ruth physio.fw

Ruth is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Health & Care Professionals Council.

Ruth graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2013. Her training at the University of Plymouth had an emphasis on evidence-based practice which she continues to integrate into her practice.

Ruth currently works within private physiotherapy practices at Estuary Clinic, Topsham as well as in Cornwall. She specialises in musculoskeletal pain conditions including back pain, neck pain, any muscle and joint pain, sports injuries and rehabilitation to name a few. She is also training in Pilates instruction and enjoys teaching successful classes at both clinics including Pilates, Aqua Therapy, a Movement & Posture course, a Back Care course and Baby Massage.

Ruth has a diploma in Body Massage which she believes improves her hands-on skills and a Baby Massage Instructor diploma. She teaches a 6-week Baby Massage course at Estuary Clinic.

Ruth has trained with the Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists to enable her to use Western Acupuncture within her physiotherapy treatment which she finds a useful and effective tool for treating pain conditions. She has has also attended post graduate courses in Tendinopathy and Sports Massage and is committed to continuing her professional development by actively attending courses and researching current concepts and evidence.

Ruth has a friendly and caring personality and she is dedicated to building strong professional and therapeutic relationships with her patients.

Rachaels first experience in the field of health care was as a teenager when she would help her hardworking grandmother after returning home from work as a ward sister and district nurse with very painful feet.

After an initial career as a riding instructor, Rachael chose to study at the  Welsh Centre for Podiatric Medicine due to its commitment to providing extensive supervised clinical experience including NHS placements and research into care of the diabetic foot.  She graduated in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry. After a brief and interesting spell working in south east London covering maternity leave went to work for then Southmead,  later North Bristol NHS trust gaining experience in a wide range of clinical skills in general practice in health centres and outpatients departments  and nail surgery at Southmead hospital.

In 2000 Rachael decided to leave the NHS in order to move to the south coast and so went into private practice in Exmouth where she continues to enjoy providing quality podiatric treatments to members of the community, whilst continuing ongoing professional development and keeping up with the latest research.  Rachael is very much looking forward to expanding her practice to join the team at the estuary clinic to provide quality podiatric treatments and to further her experience in biomechanics as part of a team committed to integrated health care.

Rachael is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists which provide professional liability insurance and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Lesley

I studied for four years for a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy, after spending the previous ten years feeling unfulfilled with an engineering career. Like many others who practice what may be considered as complementary therapies, my own health problems led me to explore alternatives to mainstream options. It was during this time that my interest in nutritional therapy was ignited.

I believe that sound nutrition is the foundation for optimum health. I also strongly believe that an integrated approach to healthcare is the most beneficial for the individual. In my role as a nutritional therapist, I aim to provide appropriate information and achievable recommendations in order that the individual is able to make informed decisions about their own healthcare.

I completed my studies at the Natural Healthcare College under the guidance of Jackie Day.

Associations:

I am a Council Member and Full Member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA)

I am a Full Member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)

Qualifications and Professional Practice:

Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy; including supervised Clinical Practice

Diploma in Nutritional Therapeutics

Diploma in Nutritional Advice

Compliance with the National Occupational Standards for Nutritional Therapy

I observe the BANT Code of Professional Practice

City & Guilds Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD):

I am committed to maintaining a high standard of CPD. This includes regular attendance at seminars and workshops, subscriptions to trade publications and keeping up to date with current research in the naturopathic and nutritional therapy fields.

To read more about Lesley please visit www.lesleyharper.co.uk

Peter is a practical, down-to-earth Counsellor and Supervisor, with a realistic approach to what is achievable. He is easy to talk to, enthusiastic, has a sense of humour and people feel comfortable to explore their issues in his sessions. He understands that counselling is not always about finding a solution and solving things, it can also be about understanding yourself and learning how to accept who you are.

He has a useful all-round foundation on which to support his clients. Being an integrative counsellor enables him to use many approaches to cover the diverseness of issues clients present. He can combine; Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transpersonal and Body Process. This means, being able to cover thoughts, emotions, feelings, physiological symptoms and foundational beliefs and ‘rules’. He is also a bereavement counsellor, having many years experience with Cruse Bereavement Care. He has worked as a staff counsellor over 4 years within Occupational Health Departments at both Torbay & South Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trusts. He regularly supervises other counsellors for a national charity.

Peter gained his Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Dip Couns) MBACP, at Dartington, Totnes, which added many alternative interventions that have been of use to particular client situations. He is able to use more creative and artistic ideas, including; drawing, working with objects, writing and nature therapy.

He would describe his counselling as person centred and solution focussed, generally short to mid-term, his experiences include dealing with a variety of issues:-

Stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, assertiveness, bereavement/loss, discrimination, bullying and harassment, domestic abuse and violence, sexual abuse (including historical), interpersonal and relationship issues, sexual and gender identity, sickness management, addiction, mental health, work demands and conditions, work related support, conflict resolution, organisational change, substance misuse, trauma, suicide.

Peter utilises his life experiences, having worked in large public service organisations at grass-roots through tactical, operational and strategic levels, in roles including staff member, supervisor, and management. This understanding has enabled his clients to see through the mist, bringing clarity to their situations and gain new perspective.

Being a mature male counsellor can bring a different dimension and often breaks down perceived barriers. He has found this particularly helpful counselling victims, enabling them to establish trust, and gain new insight. Supporting them with tools and strategies for future self-help.

Peter says, “It’s a pleasure and very rewarding to be a catalyst in the positive change I regularly see in clients.”

My yoga journey began in 2006 with my own search to restore and recover. I had been supporting my son Matt’s journey through the special education system, he has autistic spectrum difficulties, and I had got lost somewhere between bureaucracy and overwhelm. Hatha Yoga and Meditation practices propped, strengthened and soothed me so completely that I wanted to pass their gift on to others.

 

In 2012 I completed my two year Yoga Teacher Training course with the Devon School of Yoga tutored by Duncan Hulin and his inspirational group of tutors. I am now a member of the Independent Yoga Network. Since qualifying I have travelled to India to further my yoga journey. Taking a course in yoga and meditation at Phool Chatti Ashram in Rishikesh and studying at Sivananda Ashram Neyyar Dam in Kerala. In 2012 I studied with Dr Bo Forbes Clinical Psychologist and Yoga Therapist, this enabled me to understand more about how we hold emotional memories and traumas in our bodies.Our issues are in our tissues!

Relax & Renew®
Restorative Yoga trainer
In 2014 I qualified as a Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Trainer under the tutorage of Judith Hanson Lasater and have been delighted to assist Judith on her Relax and Renew courses in London. Restorative Yoga is deeply nurturing, it holds you and cherishes the precious being that you are. And in that cocoon of rest it brings you back to who you were and opens your mind and body to a place of deep calm.

iRest & Total Yoga Nidra Teacher
I am also passionate about the therapeutic benefits of Yoga Nidra. Having experienced profound restorative peace during an iRest retreat with James Reeves in 2013, it led me to complete Richard Miller’s iRest Level One training last year. I was deeply touched by the practice and its profound healing potential. I then completed my Total Yoga Nidra teacher training through the Yoga Campus with Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli.Total Yoga Nidra has expanded my understand of the many aspects of this powerful technique.

Other Therapies
In researching therapies that would support both my son’s and my healing journey I have gathered a toolkit of practices that I feel offer powerful release from emotional stress, physical stress and trauma, safely and effectively. I offer these alongside my yoga practice.
I have found all these tools personally healing and I feel honoured to be able to share these with others. Many clients have found great relief and liberation using them.

TRE (Tension & Trauma Release)
TRE® (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises) are simple comfortable but profoundly powerful practices that help us release trauma held in our bodies from the past whether it is emotional or physical. TRE was designed by Traumatologist Dr David Berceli PhD. For the past 25 years Dr Berceli has developed and safely used this methodology. He has taught many thousands of people from diverse cultural backgrounds throughout the world. TRE has provided relief in conflict zones and with large populations of survivors following natural disasters. TRE has proved effective for those who were experiencing or recovering from trauma, PTSD and its sometimes debilitating disorders. It is reassuring and self-empowering. It can be equally effective in releasing everyday tension and stress. It reactivates our natural instinctive trauma release mechanism of tremoring and shaking. With our highly developed Prefrontal Cortex humans have misinterpreted and suppressed this shaking response, misunderstanding it as a sign of trauma rather than a release from trauma and so we have lost our instinctive re-boot.The result of the TRE is that we reactivate neurogenic tremors allowing us to naturally release the deep tension and emotions held in our tissues…….without having to talk about them or revisit them.
I am a Certified TRE Practitioner. To find out more about the work of Dr David Berceli. please look at www.bercelifoundation.org

EFT Energy Psychology
I am a Level 2 EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner in Meridian Tapping Energy Psychology.I have also trained with Professor Tony Stewart for my Advanced Level 3 Practitioner Qualification which I am presently completing. Tony Stewart is a Professor in Public Health for the National Health Service and an NHS Consultant .He has achieved great success using EFT with patients presenting a wide range of emotional, physical and traumatic issues. EFT has a high success rate. When I have used EFT with clients it has enabled them to release old patterns of emotional hurt, painful memories or unhelpful negative beliefs about themselves.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this intro, my son Matthew has autism, but what defines him is not that label it is his dear nature, his warmth, his humour and his presence. Matthew has enjoyed all the tools in my kit and his inner intuition knew that these therapies would help him crack the code of being human.I think he’s spot on.

So… thank you my dear son and guide for leading me to such a place of peace and smiles.

Please give me a call or email if you would like more information regarding my services. www.itsallaboutfeelingbetter.co.uk
Tel 07714253992 jopureyoga@gmail.com

 

Reflexology exeter Sue

I am a professional holistic therapist whose keen interest in complementary therapies resulted from a previous career in the UK Spa Industry. I was General Secretary of the British Spa Federation for several years and also a key member of the Project Team which developed the new thermal spa in Bath.

I studied for a degree in complementary therapies to enable me to work as a professional clinical aromatherapist, reflexologist and holistic body worker. I have also gained qualifications in Indian Head Massage, Reiki and additionally in beauty therapies – facials, manicures and pedicures.

As a professional Reflexologist, I am Full member of the Association of Reflexologists, and therefore adhere to their strict standards of professional conduct and ethics.

My wide range of experience as a holistic therapist includes practicising within a leading medical centre in Cheltenham (my previous town before moving here), and within a renowned Natural Therapy Centre – Neal’s Yard, where I offered reflexology and massage therapies. I have also worked within two leading blue chip companies as their in-house well-being consultant and undertaken a key piece of research which formed my Dissertation for the BSc (Hons) degree which is all about the efficacy of reflexology in improving and maintaining health and well-being.

I managed a well-being and Reflexology service at the East Gloucestershire Tennis Club which was very successful. I am passionate about people and helping themselves towards health, well-being and enjoyment of life.

Here in Devon, I worked at Hands on Health in Exmouth and am now very excited to be involved with Estuary Clinic in Topsham.

 

Studio Teachers
Lisa is an experienced yoga teacher having studied Anusara Yoga with Bridget Woods-Kramer for many years.  She has also studied with other reknowned teachers such as John Friend, Doug Keller, Jayendra Hanley, Martin Kirk and continues to deepen her knowledge and practice.
She is passionate about making Yoga accessible to everyone and is known for both challenging and taking care of her students.
Qualifications and studies
200 hour certification with Bridget Woods Kramer.
Restorative Yoga
Pre and post natal Yoga
Yoga therapy
Anatomy and biomechanics of Yoga
Teaching and Assisting
Advanced teacher trainings
Thai Yoga Massage studies

Ruth physio.fw

As well as being a Physiotherapist & Massage Therapist here at Estuary Clinic, Ruth also teaches Clinical Pilates, a Back Care class and a Baby massage class.

Ruth trained as a Pilates Instructor with the British School of Yoga and has also trained with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute.

Ruth applies her Physiotherapy knowledge to create safe exercises for her Pilates students and often uses Pilates exercises within her Physiotherapy treatment so the two approaches go well together hand in hand.

In keeping with our Integrated approach here at Estuary Clinic, our Yoga Teacher Lisa and Physiotherapist Ruth combined forces to design a Back Care Course. Back pain is so common with 80% of the UK’s population experiences back pain at some point within the lives. Exercise has been shown to reduce episodes of back pain so Lisa and Ruth designed a course to provide safe and effective exercises, along with Physiotherapy advice and education, to help prevent or treat back pain.

Ruth holds a Diploma in Baby Massage and has really enjoyed teaching the class here at Estuary Clinic. ‘The babies respond so well to massage and it is so lovely to see a difference during the 6 weeks in both mum and baby! Of course as a Physiotherapist I can’t help but give out post-natal physio advice during the course and we often go through core and pelvic floor activation as well as stretches and exercises for the back and shoulders.

 

To find out more about Ruth’s classes please email her at ruthbennettphysio@gmail.com or contact the clinic info@estuaryclinic.co.uk, 01392 875770.

Diana Treleaven

Diana’s passion is to empower her clients and students to lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling way of life, by providing them with the tools to find their own ….stillness within.

Diana is caring, compassionate and supportive and works with a wide range of clients, from all walks of life. Some of whom are dealing with physical, mental and emotional issues impacting, their wellbeing and those around them…..others who simply wish to live more in the present, whether it is to improve their quality of life, relationships, productivity or find that improved ‘match day’ focus.

As well as being a qualified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher and Coach she is an experienced complimentary therapist having worked in this field since 2008 as both a Reflexologist and Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher, she is well aware of the effects of stress and how it can effect our health and wellbeing, and the way we function. Because of the huge benefits she has experienced from her own meditation practice, she felt is was a very natural progression to train as a teacher and enable her to share the many benefits with others.

Mindfulness and Meditation helped Diana to transform her own life at a time when she was dealing with chronic pain, disability and all that came with it. She has her own regular daily practice and continues to study with Daizan Roshi (Zen Master), for her own personal and professional development. She is fortunate to have been trained to teach from both the traditional (Zen) Insight approach and the more Western approach (research based) with the emphasis on Stress Reduction and Wellbeing.

The phrase ‘Mindful for Life’ comes from her commitment to ‘walking the talk’. As she says “when we become more present in our daily life the most wonderful transformations are

possible”. Diana’s intention is to deliver training with understanding, compassion and without judgement, making it accessible to all, and offering her clients a firm foundation in Mindfulness and Meditation, so that they feel equipped to deal with everyday challenges and to live a more Mindful Life.

She offers both group and one to one training, to ensure her clients needs are met. Please contact her to discuss your requirements.

Those who book onto a course with Diana , also have the opportunity to be part of a research project entitled, “The Influence of Mindfulness and Meditation on Overall Life Satisfaction” running at Oxford University Under the Departments of Materials and Experimental Psychology.

Contact details:
Tel. 01392 876490. Email. diana@mindfulforlife.co.uk

laurie_cunningham-exeter yogaLaurie first discovered yoga 16 years ago initially starting to practise at home to videos for purely physical reasons. As the years went on Laurie felt the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga and the yogic lifestyle has become a massive part of her life. Throughout various periods in her life, practising yoga has consistently been a grounding and supportive way of being that has enabled her to deal with situations with strength and clarity.

Over the years Laurie has travelled to various countries to practise yoga and most notably India. It was in India that yoga became firmly entrenched into her being and she knew that all of the amazing skills that she was learning she wanted to share with others.

Through the practise of yoga Laurie believes that it is possible to heal oneself and that what you learn on the mat will help you so many ways in your everyday life.

Laurie is currently studying the 500hr Teacher Training with Devon School of Yoga along with a Diploma in Cognitive Coaching and Mentoring through The institute of Counselling.

Having tried various disciplines of yoga one style that has particularly resonated with her is Prana Flow a style founded by world renowned teacher Shiva Rea. Laurie completed a four day intensive Rasa Vinyasa Teacher Training with Shiva in 2014.

 

Laurie is also a qualified Traditional Indian Head masseur and qualified with the Bristol School of Holistic Therapies.

annah1compressed “When I was a student, I started attending yoga classes as a way to relax, disconnect and recover from a running injury. However, I found the more I practiced, the more focused and connected I became. This new self awareness led me to embark on a journey of discovery across India, Australia, Europe and the USA. Everywhere I have been, yoga has played a central part in my life. It is who I am and what I do, and I love sharing this passion with my friends, family and students alike.”

Yoga training:

Annah completed the 200 hour Certificate in Yoga Education at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nashik, India, in 2010. This was an immersive training, in which students lived in an Indian ashram environment for the duration of the course. This gave her a secure grounding in traditional Hatha yoga practices, and sparked an interest in yogic philosophy and lifestyle.

Since then, she has been teaching yoga to groups and individuals of all ages and abilities across the South of England.

In 2013, she travelled to New York to study with Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor at the Strala studio in Soho, which developed a dynamic Vinyasa flow style practice and emphasised the importance of moving with ease.

She has completed professional training in alignment and adjustment, and attends classes and workshops locally and nationally to maintain her own personal practice.

What to expect in Annah’s classes:

Her style is both dynamic and restorative, providing space, time and guidance for you to move, breathe and reconnect. Each class brings a fusion of traditional Hatha yoga postures, contemporary Vinyasa flow (linking breath with movement), practical breathing techniques and relaxation, accompanied by carefully selected music to ease you into movement.

In longer classes, Annah dedicates time to a lovely restorative Shavasana, incorporating Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) techniques and visualisations to promote deep relaxation.

Background:

As a languages graduate, qualified primary teacher, yoga instructor and trainee nutritional therapist, Annah has a broad and varied professional and academic background. She has travelled extensively, and spent time living and working in Australia, Spain and France. She is an eternal student; always wanting to learn more, and keen to share her knowledge and experience with others.

With four years teaching experience in primary schools, Annah has an acute awareness of children’s needs, and incorporates yoga practices into the school day to promote concentration, confidence and understanding of others. She has organised and delivered a specialised programme to A level dance students to increase strength and flexibility.

Currently studying part-time for a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition, Annah hopes to combine her knowledge of physical yoga therapy with nutritional therapy to provide an integrated, functional approach to health and healing in the near future.

Penny Bayer Qi Gong Instructor

Penny Bayer PhD trained as a Qigong teacher with Tai Chi Nation, focussing on sets of practices created for health and well-being (including Shi Ba Shi and 5 Elements). She is interested in passing on Qigong for health and well-being and making these simple beneficial practices accessible to all.

Penny has worked in the environmental, arts and heritage sectors, and has a PhD in women’s literature. Throughout her life she has practiced meditation in several traditions: Qigong, meditation in movement, has been a natural progression. Her interest in teaching Qigong is rooted in the wish to pass on the benefits she has experienced.

qigongdevon@gmail.com

www.qigongforeveryone.wordpress.com

01392 875523

Sam Forder BSc (Hons) Tai Chi Instructor

Sam started his career as a tai chi instructor in 2003 when he completed a course in Yang style tai chi with Keith Goode in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He furthered his understanding of Yang style with Joe Salmon and qualified to teach tai chi, qigong and qi theory in 2012. Over the past 14 years Sam’s sincere determination to understand tai chi has lead him to train in 2 other main styles, namely Wudang style and Cheng Man Ching style. He now focuses on teaching one main style, the highly popular ‘Cheng Man Ching style’. Sam brings practical knowledge and experience from Asia and draws from his background in meditation, yoga, capoeira and modern jive;

‘Tai chi is a diverse exercise and draws from various disciplines. It has ancient roots and there are many pathways to go down. It spans meditation, philosophy, medicine and is embodied as a martial art, it is a brilliant exercise. People enjoy practicing it from all ages and abilities. People practice for many different reasons. The contemporary scientific evidence supports the age old belief that tai chi can greatly help a person to live a healthy lifestyle. We find that people generally come back and continue to practise, because they enjoy the exercise.’

At the Estuary Clinic the groups are small with no more than 6 people practicing at one time, each class is tailored to fit what people need and want. Different groups practice different parts of the tai chi curriculum. Exercises are done slowly and smoothly and are done from a standing position.

To contact Sam please either see his website www.taichimomentum.com or phone him on 075544 26450.

 

Training:

2003: – Yang Style Tai Chi 60 hour course: Keith Goode – Chiang Mai, Thailand.

2006: – Present day: Wudang Style with Adam Chell in Falmouth. In 1999 Adam was the British Open Tai Chi Champion. Adams’s teacher is Dan Docherty and he is the head of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan. Dan is also the Chairman for the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe and has organised the British Open Tai Chi Championships since 1989.

2008: – White Crane Tai Chi Chuan, Brighton with Russell Suthern.

2009 – 2012: – Yang style, Joe Salmon – Director of Tai Chi Nation.

2012: – Qualified to teach tai chi, qigong and qi theory with Tai Chi Nation.

2012 – Present day: Cheng Man Ching style with John Fowler and the Zhong Ding Association in Kingskerswell. John has many dedicated students and primarily teaches the Cheng Man Ching form, Bagua, San Shou and weapon forms.

Share this Post