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About the Principal, Carolyn Roberts

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Carolyn initially had a 10 year career as a university librarian, working at the University of Bangor and the Liverpool John Moores University, and achieving an MA in Information and Library Studies.

During this time she studied aromatherapy and bodywork with the prestigious Shirley Price School (qualifying in this and anatomy & physiology in 1999); and then reflexology with ITEC, becoming a member of the Association of Reflexologists in 2000. Also in 2000, she completed a 3 year MSc in Holistic Approaches to Healing which culminated in a research study into the use of aromatherapy for PMS. She wrote an article on this which appeared in ”In Essence“ the journal of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists.

From 2003 she left the academic world to combine bringing up two children with her work as a complementary therapist. At the same time she started teaching introductory evening classes and day workshops in therapies until she undertook her adult teaching certificate in 2008 and opened her own teaching school, the Gaia School of Natural Health in the same year. At this time, the Gaia School was an accredited Association of Reflexologists school.

Carolyn is a member of the Association of Reflexologists, Professional Reflexology Association, Reiki Federation and the FHT.

Principal Carolyn Roberts with Assistant Tutor Debbie Hurst

Principal Carolyn Roberts with Assistant Tutor Debbie Hurst

Over the years, Carolyn has studied with many great teachers and organisations:

Carolyn has also acquired Continuing Education of 16 hours in The Science-Based Manzanares Method(TM) of Reflexology course, taught by Dr. Jesus Manzanares, MD. Course training includes instruction in the Manzanares Press and Slide Technique(TM), Manzanares research principles, reflexology protocols and foot reflexology mapping.

Carolyn is also a Reiki Master and Teacher and completed a two year Diploma in Crystal Healing (ACHO accredited) and incorporates crystals into her treatments and training courses.

Carolyn has been a practising therapist since 1999. She has many years experience using reflexology to support couples trying to conceive, and during pregnancy; and working with musculo-skeletal issues, as her main areas of interest. More recently she has focused on using reflexology as an energy therapy: combining it with meridians, light touch work, acupressure points, chakra work, ”linking“ and reiki; and teaching and writing on ”Subtle Energy Reflexology“. Her article on ”Distance Reflexology“ was published in ”Reflexions“, the magazine of the Association of Reflexologists, in December 2020, and can also be found in the Blog on this Gaia School website. Her AOR approved CPD course: Gaia AromaReflex, which runs live via zoom, is attended by students from around the world. Their enthusiastic testimonials can be read on the AromaReflex page. This knowledge, experience and passion, Carolyn brings to her training of future complementary therapists. The information and practical techniques Carolyn has acquired from her many years working with clients, the many workshops she has attended, and her own original concepts are incorporated into the teaching you will receive. Many subjects taught by others as "postgraduate" courses are covered during your initial qualification training at the Gaia School. You will therefore leave your practitioner courses with many extra and advanced skills and insights.

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