I’m Suzy and although originally from America I have fallen in love with and settled in Edinburgh – after falling in love with and settling down with a Scotsman :D. One of the first things that struck me about Edinburgh is that it has such a ‘Healthy’ vibe. I’m not sure if it’s by design – the beautiful buildings, abundance of parks or by nature – not many Capital cities have a volcano in the centre and have breathtaking views of water and hills. Actually I’m pretty sure it’s the unique blend of both design and nature but through this blog I’m hoping that I’ll be able to explore all the people and places that help make Edinburgh a healthy place to live. And, maybe even call attention to areas that may need a little bit of our help.
Professionally, I am a qualified Complementary Therapist. I used to work in Chemical Engineering and IT and witnessed stress in the workplace both personally and with many of my colleagues. I used complementary therapies for my own benefit to great success and decided to embark on a career in holistic therapy so that I could use my experiences to help others improve their wellbeing and quality of life. I also have over 7 years experience teaching Further and Adult Education; teaching IT and Indian Head Massage to qualification level. For my own well being I enjoy Yoga and attend workshops to help deepen my practice. I also enjoy receiving Thai Massage and have attended workshops to learn Northern Style Thai Massage for personal use. My professional training includes:
- Diploma of Higher Education in Complementary Healthcare (Distinction), Edinburgh Napier University
- Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy (Distinction), Central College Glasgow
- Diploma in Holistic Massage, ITEC (Distinction)
- Indian Head Massage, IPTI Accredited
- Further massage studies include training in Anti-ageing Facials, Hands Free Massage, Table Thai Massage
- Regarding Nutrition, I have completed 3 Open University modules: Introduction to Diet and Nutrition, Plants and People and Challenging Obesity. I have now just embarked on a 3 year diploma course on Nutritional Therapy with the Institute of Optimal Nutrition
The last few years have led me on travels around Europe – walking in the Alps, trying new foods, cycling and becoming a Spinning® enthusiast but I’m always happiest when I return home to Edinburgh. I am also a bit of a ‘foodie’ who loves to cook and eat out. I do try to cook healthily, with a strong focus on vegetables and whole grains but with a good core diet and routine exercise I also think a few treats are OK too – I just try and put quality over quantity. I hope you enjoy the blog, maybe even join in with comments and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me on any of the social media sites or by email. I look forward to hearing from you!