Kellie Matthews I.T.E.C., M.R.H.T.S.

Qualifications
ITEC Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology
ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage
Post Graduate Training in Pregnancy Massage
IAIM Infant Massage Instructor
Usui Reiki Healing Stages I and II
ITEC Diploma in Sports Massage
Thai Sports Yoga Massage Certificate
Crystal Light Therapy Certificate
Kneipp Hydrotherapy Certificate
Deep Tissue Massage Certificate
First Aid Training Certificate

Memberships & Subscriptions
Federation of Antenatal Educators (Registration number: 11704)
International Association of Infant Massage
Reiki Healers & Teachers Society
Touch Matters Newsletter
Today's Therapist Magazine

Newspaper cuttings
Mercury (Herts & Essex) Newspaper – 5th October 2007 [PDF]

My Story
After being a Legal PA for 16 years and working for some of London's top law firms and assisting many lawyers, I felt the need to do something that I felt passionate about, something rewarding.

My new journey began when I received Reiki for a shoulder injury I had been suffering with for several years. I was so impressed with the results that I went on to study Usui Reiki Healing stages I and II. I had so many amazing and wonderful experiences with Reiki that I went on to learn Anatomy and Physiology and Holistic Massage to gain a better understanding of the workings of the human body and to complement the Reiki treatments I was giving.

After qualifying in several more complementary therapies over the next few years, I attended a Pregnancy Massage course – at last I had found what I had been searching for! Something where I could really help people.

 

 


I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be involved in what is such a special experience in so many peoples' lives and to have had the chance to enhance the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood for them. It gives me such pleasure to be able to give relief to many mums-to-be thereby enabling them to relax and enjoy their pregnancy. Whether it be to get someone into a comfortable position to enjoy the first sleep they have had in days, relieve them of discomfort so that they can once again enjoy their pregnancy; or to simply offer quiet relaxation and pampering time in a busy lifestyle to allow a mum-to-be to connect with her baby and just "be" - it is all just as rewarding.

After working with so many mums and gaining much experience, I went on to train to be an Infant Massage Instructor. To see the benefits of Infant Massage for both mother and baby unfold before my eyes has been a wonderful learning experience. The results of the massage speak for themselves when I see the babies respond and experience positive changes by the end of the five week course.

I always strive to do the best for my clients and offer support where needed. This has resulted in many new and lasting friendships and it has been wonderful to go on to see the babies grow into happy and healthy children with loving and relaxed parents. I am always learning from the parents, babies and my experiences. I believe that it is important for me to reflect after each class/session and evaluate myself in order to continually improve and develop my skills and to give my best to caregivers and their babies.

It is also important to me to build relationships with other professionals in the community, such as midwives, so that we can work together to provide the best care for caregivers and their babies. This enables me to offer support and to fill in the gaps that health professionals do not provide as part of their care.