I qualified as a massage therapist in 2002 and went on to qualify as a sports massage therapist in 2004. I have been working in the industry ever since, running my own successful clinic, offering many different massage and spiritual treatments.
I began teaching in 2007, working for a large award winning training school, writing and teaching my own courses for existing therapists and beginners.
During this time I have trained 1000,s of students and am particularly proud of our 100% pass rate of my iTEC/VTCT practical exams.
I foundered Yve Training as I care passionately about the industry, and believe in first class training, that gives the student both confidence and support to be able to build their own successful business and to thrive in the industry.
The tutors that teach for Yve Holistic Training are all highly experienced tutors and assessors with years of experience teaching in Schools and Colleges around the country.
They are all professional therapists who continue to treat private clients and manage their own successful clinics.
I hope you enjoy your training with us and i look forward to meeting you.
Cathy has trained with world renowned trainers and therapists such as John F Barnes and Gil Hedley in the USA, Robert Schleip from Germany and Mel Cash who are all innovators in the fields of education and training. With over 25 years experience she offers a wealth of knowledge and is a passionate, patient and inspiring tutor who takes great care in nurturing future therapists and helping students to realise their full potential.
She first became interested in Massage and Natural Health whilst living in New Zealand and studied with a Naturopath where she qualified in Therapeutic Massage,Sports Therapy and Natural Medicine, gaining internationally recognized certificates in Anatomy, Physiology & Massage, Gym Instruction with Diet & Nutrition.
An early career at the famous Sanctuary Spa in London led to experience in dealing with a wide variety of clients, enabling Cathy to set up and run a successful private practise in Brighton. Over the past 25 years she has continued to study and learn new skills, deepening her knowledge and keeping ahead of changes happening within the industry, these include advanced techniques for Cranial Sacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Techniques, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and through Advanced Anatomical Learning at St Andrews Medical School, a profound and unforgettable experience where the participants dissect whole human cadavers themselves to witness human anatomy at the deepest level.
She has been teaching in the UK for the past 8 years and more recently in France, Greece and Italy running workshops and promoting the benefits of Touch Therapy helping others to learn and pass on her knowledge to help therapists empower and inspire their own clients. We are truly delighted and privileged to have Cathy teaching the Myofascial Release course for us.
Maureen Bonner is an experienced oncology massage expert with over 17 years’ experience under her belt.
It all started in the year 2000 when she trained as a Massage and Beauty Therapist. From then on, she began to work with people using complementary therapies, particularly those with a range of disabilities, health conditions and cancer.
Early in her career she volunteered at a local hospice where she worked along with medical professionals to show the benefit that massage and other complementary therapies had on the wellbeing of patients. At the same time, she was able to show that massage therapy helped with various symptoms that cancer patients were going through with the effects of their treatments.
Maureen has also been involved in working with the elderly in nursing homes with patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Other groups she has worked with include the local fibromyalgia group, people with sight, hearing and speech impairments, and various other groups which support people with a number of disabilities. She also has a massage clinic, the Holistic Clinic which she has been running for almost 10 years. Before that, she operated a mobile therapy clinic which was also involved in corporate work throughout the Central Scotland area. Through this, she delivered therapies and health relief functions, meditation sessions and mindfulness lectures. Furthermore, she is also a practicing Nicherin Buddhist and this is where her passion for inclusiveness comes from.
Throughout her career she has continued to develop herself professionally, obtaining many certificates in training on various massage skills, learning Eastern methods as well as advanced Western methods. She also works with energy, been involved with crystals from a very young age, (around the age of 5) and meditation. She is also a Reiki and Seichem Master.
Maureen is looking forward to being your tutor and helping you fulfil your ambitions as she has hers. Also, she welcomes the opportunity to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with you while supporting your journey and helping you to achieve your dreams.
My interest in holistic healthcare started in 2004 when I became a product advisor for a small natural health store in Norwich. During my late teens and early twenties, I had benefited from the effects of aromatherapy and massage and after a break to concentrate on bringing up my family, I decided to qualify so I was able to offer such treatments myself.
I enjoy being active, creative and spending my time outdoors with nature so the connection with flowers, trees, scent and the amazing properties of essential oils was welcomed. I love to share my passion in this subject with others. Scent is amazing and so very powerful. It has the ability to assist with emotions and, essential oils can help treat on a physical level as well. Teamed with the positive effects of massage, it is a complete joy to be a part of the wellbeing journey of my clients. I now run my own business, Relaxation Station, specialising in aromatherapy and advanced massage. I create aromatherapy blends made specifically for each of my clients and use them in a variety of treatments including full body massage, deep tissue, hot and cold stone therapy and most recently sports massage.
Sports Massage Level 4 Tutor
My journey into sports & remedial therapy started from a background in the dance, health and fitness field and when your body is your tool to work with, you take notice of it! This naturally led onto teaching with private classes, personal training & yoga sessions in sports centres, clubs and in schools.
I was introduced to sports therapy after sustaining an acute hamstring tear and quickly realised that this treatment modality was so effective and appropriate, that it led to my training as a therapist in 1996. The learned bodywork integrated all my skills and after gaining much experience in the field of sports therapy with successful clinics, sports teams, professional athletes, many sporting events and continued education, I commenced in 2004 teaching at local colleges and various CPD events. My position as a teacher and lecturer has given me opportunities to share my wealth of knowledge and experience and I am passionate about providing the very best quality of training.
In 2015, I made to the move to establish and run a complementary therapy centre, offering mainly sports & remedial therapy, but also running a team of therapists with other holistic disciplines. The centre is also suitable venue to host small number CPD workshops. I have never given up the practical side of the profession and I still have my own clinic at my centre – keeping up with the real world helps to keep me inspired and expand my knowledge as a teacher. It is very rewarding to have the ability to fix people and share these skills with others, to bring greater success in their careers.
Reflexology and Aromatherapy Tutor
It was in 1993 with the birth of my son that I was introduced to the wonder of complementary therapies for relaxation, healing and pain relief. This prompted me to train from 1996-2000 and have since then enjoyed an amazing diverse career working in the industry with the combined background of education and professional practice.
From 2004 onwards I lectured Complementary Therapies in Further and Higher Education at East Coast College and then at Essex Academy. These roles included being responsible for the organisation, management and teaching of practical and theoretical subjects, whilst embedding and meeting all educational directives for all courses. Subjects I taught included aromatherapy, reflexology, body massage, Indian Head massage, advanced aromatherapy, aromatherapy and cancer-care, hot/cold stone therapy and crystal healing therapy. I have been awarded ‘Tutor of the Year’ for Waveney Coastal District in 2013 and have had successful results in competitions that my students were entered in nationally.
Professionally I have continued to work as a freelance complementary therapist on a self-employed basis at clinics in Acle and Norwich and for many parts of the community including corporate business, care, NHS, home visits and training/assessment. I have worked with Dementia offering appropriate complementary treatments with a care setting for 20 months and now also work (NHS) part-time within palliative care 3 days a week. I stay up-to-date with initiatives with CPD, training courses and Expo attendance. Currently I am developing a programme to integrate energy-based healing, mindfulness and complementary therapies to aid personal health and well-being.
With my longstanding passion, experience, teaching and practice of complementary therapies I am able to offer sound professional training to my students who can look forward to a rewarding and gratifying future.