What makes me different from other Practitioners?
Hello, my name is Alan and I’ve been helping people recover from injuries and various other conditions for over twenty years.
I have spent all this time attempting to turn myself into the best therapist I can possibly be – somebody who has the answer to ANY muscular-skeletal discomfort or energy imbalance, without the need to refer a patient off to somebody else when the going gets tough or an answer can’t be easily found. Being brutally honest, I help most people that come to me but not everyone. As I like to say to those patients who have unrealistic expectations – “I’m good, but I’m not God”
Arriving at therapeutic practice from the martial arts ( I was a student of the martial arts for more years than I care to remember, and hold black belt Dan grades in Jujitsu and Ninjutsu), I began my formal therapists training in 1990 with the gifted acupuncturist Gerry Roche. He helped me recover from a failed spinal operation and inspired me to become a Therapist in my own right.
In 1992, I was fortunate to be accepted into the European school of Modern Acupuncture, run by the complementary therapy guru Mr Ken Andrews.
There I qualified in Anatomy & Physiology, and was also thoroughly schooled in many disciplines of physical and energetic alternative and complementary therapies, including; Traditional & modern acupuncture, five element, frequencies, balance points and soft tissue & manual releases. This led to diplomas in advanced modern acupuncture, massage, neuromuscular release & Cranial sacral therapy.
I joined the Association of Osteomyologists in 2003 and gained further diplomas in Muscle Energy Technique, and Cranial sacral therapy, and leaving them in 2009 when they started to move in a direction that I no longer agreed with.
So, in 2009 I joined the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) and who I remain with to this day. For a short while I also joined (the Government monitored) Register of practitioners – the complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) for massage work, but in 2013 chose to leave the register as it appeared to be just another body taking money and offering very little to me or my patients.
Finally, I’m also a fully qualified First Aid instructor and teach First Aid and Pet First Aid for Blackbird (GB) Ltd, a training provider based in Wales.
If you got this far, thanks for reading and good health for the future.