I am Chloë, the therapist and scientist behind Reflexation. I moved towards mind-body therapy and yoga after an established career in academic science and science communication.
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 trained and qualified as a Life Coach and 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, these days I enjoy volunteering at my children’s primary school and sharing my passion for science and education with any age group!
Where does Reflexation fit in? I’ve long been interested in mind-body therapies and have 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. I completed a Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies (Reflexology, Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy Massage) in 2018, and my scientific approach drew me onwards to Soft Tissue Therapy (STT) and nerve reflex therapy. In 2019 I completed my BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy at the London School of Sports Massage. I loved learning how to apply sports and remedial massage and manual physical therapy techniques derived from physiotherapy and osteopathy. In 2021 I qualified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher, after an eventful teacher training journey with Falmouth Yoga Space.
I’m a professional member of the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and the ISRM (Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage aka Institute for Soft Tissue Therapists). I run a dynamic physical therapy practice in Falmouth, with clinics in the Greenbank area and centre of town. I also teach yoga, mainly on Zoom, focusing on slow flow, mindful movement and whole body stretching for fascial release, deep relaxation and resetting of the nervous system.
Outside of work, I practice yoga, meditation, cycle and train with Airfish Circus in aerial acrobatics (silks mainly). I also love my classical guitar, learning foreign languages and hanging out in the dramatic natural wonder that is Cornwall. My aim in life and work is to integrate scientific understanding with practices that promote a healthy and happy mind and body. For all things mind-body, the nervous system is the obvious bridge to all other systems. According to Reflexation, your nervous system is extraordinary and unique, and is the defining force when it comes to healing and wellbeing, whether nurtured through physical therapy, yoga practices… or swimming in the sea.