In 2007 Jackie studied Holistic Massage with the Massage Training Institute, a therapy she had always used to help her own stress management when working as a TV executive before she had children. Since then she has provided tailored massage to individuals, working with different massage techniques from light touch to deep tissue, to help people with such issues as insomnia, to headaches, to frozen shoulders.
In 2008, whilst living in a state of ‘new motherhood’ she wanted to develop a practice which offered pregnancy massage to local mums, training with the internationally acclaimed Suzanne Yates of WellMother, and began providing massage for pregnancy specific aches and pains, pregnancy insomnia and natural inductions.
Having had a difficult first birth with her daughter Megan, in 2008 Jackie also became very interested in HypnoBirthing and the effect that the fear of birth has on the mind and therefore on the body, during birth. Over time and after studying with the internationally renowned Marie Mongan HypnoBirthing, she set up BeCalm HypnoBirthing and Massage in 2009, helping support pregnant and birthing mums, from a mind and a body perspective.
During this time she had an amazing birth experience with her next baby, her little boy Sam, and when he was still a baby she trained with CamYoga in Baby Yoga, afterwards setting up YogaBubs – Baby Yoga and Massage. Just a couple of years later, with BeCalm becoming very successful, she took an opportunity to link up with her good friend and work colleague Nutritional Therapist Catherine Jeans and together they opened up a thriving multi-practise complementary health care clinic in Norwich called the Orange Grove Clinic.
Jackie’s friend Kate Coulson, of BabyFit, inspired her to do her pregnancy yoga training with BirthLight, which Jackie completed in early 2013 and she now teaches ‘YogaBumps’ pregnancy yoga as part of her complete package supporting pregnant, birthing and new mums.
Jackie also works as an expert for BabyCentre, Columnist for The Evening News and The NCT, Editor of The Baby Magazine, Producer and Presenter of ‘How to take the labour out of labour’ and Presenter for Future Radio. She is also Director of the NEW ZENMUMA ONLINE (watch this space!)
She is also, most importantly, Mum of two and loves nothing better than family friendly festivals in the summer and muddy wellies in the winter!