I am Chloë, the therapist and scientist behind Reflexation Therapy. I moved towards mind-body therapy work after an established career in academic science and science communication. Here’s a bit of my story.
As a scientist, I studied Natural Sciences (Durham University, 1st Class BSc J.Hons), did my PhD in evolutionary developmental biology at the University Museum of Zoology Cambridge and afterwards spent several years in diverse science communication roles. I love science, especially biology and geology, and am in awe of the forces that have shaped our bodies and the world around us.
I am interested in how the mind and body can work together effectively, and throughout my PhD years I explored (and experienced!) the effects of complementary therapy, mindfulness and NLP coaching on the immune system, nervous system and general well-being. After my PhD I did a Diploma in Life Coaching (Distinction) and qualified as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. NLP-Coaching is a powerful way to achieve change and transformation, and it provides tools that fit seamlessly into everyday life. Since 2010 I have been a professional member of the ANLP (Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming).
I moved to Cornwall in 2012 as a new mum and looked after my children full time, with some inspiring part time work later on, teaching A-Level geology at Truro School and Helston College. Although I chose not to pursue a career in teaching I enjoy volunteering at my children’s primary school and sharing my passion for science and education with any age group!
Where does therapy work fit in? For many years I’ve been interested in mind-body therapies: I’ve benefitted from reflexology and physiotherapy myself, both physically and mentally. I was really struck by the value of reflexology for pain relief when I worked on my brother’s feet after a motorbike accident that left him with multiple spinal, limb and lung injuries. In 2018 I completed a Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (Reflexology, Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy Massage). Since then I’ve been a professional member of the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists), running a growing physical therapy practice in Cornwall.
My scientific approach drew me to Soft Tissue Therapy (STT) and nerve reflex therapy. I’m finishing my BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy at the London School of Sports Massage, where I’ve learned sports and remedial massage and manual physical therapy techniques derived from physiotherapy and osteopathy. I’m a student member of the ISRM (Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage aka Institute for Soft Tissue Therapists). I enjoy keeping up with clinical research developments in the fields of manual therapy and mindfulness as I feel it’s important to be led by scientific understanding as well as intuition in therapy work.
Outside of work, I practice yoga, meditation, running and train with Airfish Circus in aerial acrobatics (silks mainly). I also play classical guitar a bit and attempt to live mindfully!
Being in Cornwall I can never forget my passion for the natural world. I aim to integrate my science background with mind-body therapy work. It seems more and more apparent that those in education and other high stress environments need space to breathe and rejuvenate, as part of a framework that supports well-being and mindfulness in all its forms. Reflexation Therapy exists to help realise this vision, for individuals, groups and for our world.