I am Jessica Healy, Founder of Jess Yoga and Wellness ( formerly Treetots yoga).
I grew up in Newton Abbot and then spent 19 years in the North West before returning here with my children in 2013. I love our busy, bustling town and all the wonderful places there are around it! I am priviledged and very happy to be teaching yoga here.
Qualifications and continuing professional development:
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology; PGDip Informal Education (Youth and Community Work); VTCT Level 3 Diploma Swedish Massage, Anatomy and Physiology; VTCT Level 3 Diploma Indian Head Massage; Reiki Cert. levels 1 and 2; Cert. Hands Free Massage ; Cert. Thermal Auricular Therapy (Ear candles); Cert. Advanced Indian Head Massage; Birthlight Baby Yoga Diploma ; Birthlight SMART Toddler Yoga certificate. Certificate in massage for pregnancy and labour (TEACH therapies). Birthlight Level 3 Advanced Baby Yoga. Birthlight Nurturing baby massage. Myofascial release for the pelvic diaphragm( School of Bodywork). Mindful rebozo, Closing the bones massage Level 1 and 2 ( Sophie Messager)
Yoga: Teenyoga and mindfulness 30 hour teacher training Nov 2015. Yogacampus 30 hour Pregnancy yoga certificate April 2016 .Jivamukti yoga immersion with Emma Henry July 2016. Jivamukti one day urban retreat with Andrea Everingham (I organised this) Nov 2016. Doug Swenson one day workshops 2015 and 2016. Santosa yoga camp 2015, 2016, 2017. Sundara yoga camp 2017. Surya yoga camp 2016, 2017. Yogacampus Total yoga nidra for children 1 day CPD 2017. British Wheel of Yoga 300 hour teacher training course ( currently studying).
I am a member of Birthlight (www.birthlight.co.uk), meaning i have to adhere to their code of conduct and professional standards, and complete CPD points every year.
I am a student teacher member of the British Wheel of Yoga.
I am insured by BGI and the British Wheel of yoga.
My yoga journey:
I have been practicing yoga for around 18 years. I have been blessed to discover that becoming a parent has enhanced and deepened my practice of yoga.
I became Mum to a beautiful baby girl in 2010. She inspired me to train as a Birthlight baby yoga and SMART toddler yoga teacher, and brought a new passion for all things pregnancy, birth and baby! I had my second baby, a little boy, in December 2011. I returned to teaching when he was 7 weeks old so i was on the journey of baby-raising together with the Mums in my classes! I met so many wonderful people, both tiny and grown up, whilst teaching and massaging in Manchester, over three years i started to see siblings pass through my classes, whole families coming back for toddler yoga and mums return for pregnancy massage the second time around. This was particularly special as my own children were at the same age at this time.
In June 2013 i moved to Devon, where i grew up, with my Tots. I restarted my business here as well as rebuilding our family life in this beautiful part of the world.
I am also a qualified Youth and Community Worker , and for the 10 years prior to having my second baby I was working with young people who have disabilities, and their families. I love that some of these skills are transferred over to my current work.
I was working at a residential unit for adults with autism in 1998, when i first came across Reiki. One of my colleagues was using it on the residents, and i was impressed with how this calmed down a very highly strung, anxious man who had Asperger’s Syndrome. We got talking and he introduced me to his Reiki Master, Christine, who trained me in Levels 1 & 2. I have also trained with Colin Powell in Manchester.
I took a career break from my busy youth work job in 2005 and trained in Swedish and Indian Head massage, before taking time out to travel to India.
My interest in baby- related things led me to train as a specialist pregnancy and labour massage therapist. Along with post- natal massage, This accounts for a large part of my client base.
In June 2014 i trained with Birthlight to teach ‘Nurturing baby massage’, after massaging my own babies this was a very special course for me, enabling me to teach a separate class to mums and babies in the very early weeks, combining massage and yoga.
In October 2015 i trained with Teenyoga (www.teenyoga.co.uk) to teach yoga to young people aged 13-18. I am excited to take this work forward and bring together my background in youth work, education and yoga.
I am the tutor for the course in Indian Head Massage at the School of Bodywork in Exeter. This was a diploma course in Nov 2015, then changing to a certificate course in Feb 2017. I have taught 20 therapists Indian Head Massage.
I trained with Uma Dinsmore- Tuli through Yogacampus in April 2016 to teach pregnancy yoga. This has enabled me to bring together my own practice, my interest in pregnancy work and my passion for yoga as a transformative practice for pregnant and postnatal women . I love teaching it!
In June 2017 I started my 300 hour yoga teacher training with the BritishWheel of Yoga, taught by Tara Fraser. Whilst on the course I will be teaching a weekly Sunday yoga session open to all, 7.15-8.45pm at King St Studios, Newton Abbot. 🕉
I am constantly updating my skills and knowledge in both yoga and massage: full list of qualifications and CPD above.