Sole Trader and Owner at Emma James, Sport Matters
Established since 1986, Emma James, www.emmajames.co.uk , specialises in Sports/Remedial Massage (incorporating A.I.S. Active Isolated Stretching where indicated) and Thai Yoga Massage Therapy.
Emma also works with a range of Holistic/Remedial Therapies including Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reiki Healing, Bach Flower Therapy and Reflexology.
Picture taken at The Thistle Hotel, London of William Buist and I, after one of the revived London Ecademy Events - that's a spritzer incidentally!
A staunch advocate of CPD, The latest qualification in Thai Yoga Massage was culmination of another year of study with Kira Balaskas at the School of Thai Yoga Massage.
"C.P.D. Continuing Professional Development," 18 February 2012; http://www.sunzu.com/articles/c-p-d-continuing-professional-development-174514/
Notworking but networking
So why network? Simple, I enjoy it and derive benfit from networking from a business and social perspective.
I was a single parent for over a decade to two adorable but demanding children. I wonder where they get that from! I run an active Practice and train, professionally and personally. Life is busy but I wouldn't have it any other way.
My children have now left home so were it not for the fact I have rugby/cricket players lodging with me, I'd be an empty nester.
My Amersham & Chiltern RFC players are just about to fly the nest and a new candidate is about to arrive at the end of April 2014. Liam from Perth in Australia I believe. Fantastic, that means a summer down at Chenies & Latimer Cricket Club!
Why? Because I enjoy it and it's a great means of reaching out, getting to know people and I learn through the interaction. It took me a while to find my feet blogging but we each of us have our own style and being a copy typist and opinionated helps!
"Mummy drivel to Mummy porn," 13 November 2012; http://www.sunzu.com/articles/mummy-drivel-to-mummy-porn-181960/ an account of the Mumsnet Blogfest 2012. Photograph taken by Anna Gordon, along with the cover photograph in my profile above.
Currently I run four Alliances on SunZu; Amersham Ecademy, Physician Heal Thyself, Naturism and Cross Training. A bit more manageable than the 13 Clubs I founded and ran on Ecademy originally, although I'm tempted to re-instate the DIY Club too.....
Before I found my niche in life professionally, I studied Twentieth Century Literature and Drama, writing my thesis on Gunter Grass.
After graduating, I spent three months in Chile with Operation Raleigh.
My love of the great outdoors, backpacking, camping and generally being outside and by myself stems from my adventures in Chile.
Expedition 5C was followed by a business and typing course. A necessary standby for an aspiring actress, before an exhaustive year of touring around the U.K./Ireland with the Northern Black Light Theatre Company; a Children's Theatre Company based in York for whom I played Brian in the Mantids of Nem. Memories, memories.....
I held a wide variety of jobs, some challenging, some dealthy boring while I persued my love of acting and music. Dead end typing jobs were enlivened by playing the electric fiddle and synthesiser in bands outside working hours.
More demanding P.A. roles (relatively speaking) were complemented with judo training sessions at the Marshall Street Dojo with the late Sensei Enoeda and it wasn't long before I gave up on my acting ambition. It's a precarious profession, I'm not exactly cut out to "rest" and I became embroiled in business.
I became interested in Massage Therapy after the birth of my children when I experienced back problems which were finally resolved when I discovered how effective massage could be and I determined to train as a Massage Therapist myself.
Since then I've carved out a defined career path in Complementary Health around the demands of parenthood.
In 1995, I trained in Therapeutic (Remedial) Massage with the College of Holistic Medicine and after qualifying, I set up my Practice from my home in Little Chalfont and have subsequently trained and qualified in Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Bach Flower Therapy, Reiki Healing, Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy, Active Isolated Stretching and Thai Yoga Massage.
Outside the demands of everyday life I release my tension and focus my mind through sport which provides me with a vehicle to direct my boundless energy and diffuses any pent up tension; the perfect antidote to my balanced, centered work as a practitioner.
Naturism is another big hobby. I'm a vocal and passionate believer in Naturism and a member of British Naturism, Naturist Life, who I also write for and I support the Naturist Action Group.
I joined my local naturist club, Diogenes Sun Club in 2011 where I help the PR Manager Andy with social media, assisting him in run the Diogenes Twitter account and I'm tasked with Ladies Recruitment.
In April 2013 I was asked to help Moderate a new international naturist networking site, The Naktiv Nook which I joined shortly after it was founded.
"Give us a break;" 23 November 2012, http://www.sunzu.com/articles/give-us-a-break-182170/
Blow me down. I'm an Optimist; http://typelogic.com/enfj.html
A Challenger. That's not going to surprise many people!http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/
Networking Organisations/My Profiles
Twitter; @MassageBucks (main business account) https://twitter.com/MassageBucks
Twitter; @Emma_James (secondary account, more local in orientation) https://twitter.com/Emma_James
Twitter; @Socksoff1 (naturist account) https://twitter.com/Socksoff1
UK Business Labs; http://www.ukbusinesslabs.co.uk/forums/members/emma-james.html
Business Scene; http://www.business-scene.com/view_profile.php?u=
Naymz; I've updated my Naymz account. This link was incorrect but I'm struggling to insert it. I'll have to deal with it later