Hello! Thank you for dropping by and checking out the studio here at Cornerstone Therapies. My name is Jenny Walker, and I have been a qualified therapist since 1999 and have successfully run Cornerstone Therapies since 2004.
I am what is known as a "Practising Academic". I have spent over two decades furthering my knowledge in the realms of restorative and advanced clinical massage therapy, gross anatomy, and rehabilitation to help you as much as I can.
The outlook I have in blending my practice with academia is a harmonious approach, enabling the work at Cornerstone Therapies to be continuously grounded in the authority and foundation of research in human bio-psycho-social science.
I recently took a couple of years to hang out at the University of the West of England (UWE) to study physical rehabilitation. My second-year elective classes concentrated on chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal pain management, and scar tissue.
My first-year electives were on knowledge mobilization, management and leadership, and clinicians' autonomous practice. (Although we all know the truth, Mr Finchley, my cat, is the actual management leader in this whole affair.)
I have spent time at St Andrew's University with Gil Hedley in the past. He ran summer schools for those wanting to study human anatomy through dissection. I have had the privilege of being in the labs with him twice in Scotland and New Jersey, USA. In the same manner, I have been taught by Julian Baker at Imperial College London. In total, I clocked up around 700 hours in the lab. These adventures led me to be invited into the Institute of Anatomical Sciences, and I am one of the very few bodyworkers that have enjoyed the privilege of their membership. I am also a member of the Fascia Research Society, based in the US.
My level 6 degree in Advanced Clinical Massage was achieved through the Jing School of Massage. Through the five years, I was under their tutelage, Rachel Fairweather, the Yoda of anatomy and massage, was my supervising lecturer. At Cornerstone Therapies, you will experience their core teachings of heat, fascia release, massage, trigger point work, stretching and teaching.
You will learn about your body here; you are not passive in your journey to improved health.
My original studies were with Guildford College of technology, and when asked, I always advise those seeking to start massage therapy as a career to look at their local colleges. These vocational diplomas are vital to building the cornerstones of your practice and knowledge, and as you can work while you learn, you gain crucial tacit and experiential knowledge.
I love the time spent with my friends; food and laughter are all better when shared with people! When I'm not climbing (I am currently working on my lead 6a/b techniques), I can be found enjoying the beach, walking, and paddling about in a kayak. I also enjoy knitting, sewing and design, which offer me a rich creative balance in life.
I'm a passionate reader but hold hard to the wise advice that when you are an adult, there is no requirement to finish a bad book. My life is relaxed, easy, and packed with laughter, joy and peace. I am grateful for the blessings daily.
I am looking forward to meeting you soon and hearing all about you! I am delighted to help you on your way to a more comfortable future in your body.