My name is Jennette and starting The Relaxology Room just happened at the end of a fantastic journey into the world of complementary therapy.
For the last thirty years I have used complementary therapies, specifically reflexology and massage as a way of managing my own stress. I have had a course of treatments, then when I felt better had a break returning when I felt the need for another course.
I love having and offering complementary therapies and blending essential aromatherapy oils to suit the client’s needs on a particular day.
I qualified in June 2015 with a Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Complementary Therapies at the Colchester Institute. This included Swedish Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy. The Relaxology Room opened in August 2015.
Since qualifying I have undertaken additional training in Reflex Lymph Drainage, Reflexology for Conception, Pregnancy and Labour, Chinese Foot Massage, Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Menopause and Digestion, Holistic Facials and Natural Facelifts, Detox & Cellulite treatments and Hopi Ear Candling, plus alternative types of massage.
The Relaxology Room is licensed by Essex Trading Standards and I hold a clean Disclosure & Barring Certificate (previously Criminal Records Check). I am a qualified 1st Aider.
As a member of The Federation for Holistic Therapists, I am voluntarily monitored to ensure I maintain appropriate standards and adhere to their Code of Practice. I also have to maintain my own professional development and training to allow me to be a member. In addition I am on their register of therapists so potential clients can check my credibility out before contacting me.
I became an Independent Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic (NYRO) in May 2015 so that I can use and promote their products as part of The Relaxology Room. NYRO products are available to buy and if you fancy having a pamper evening for your friends and family these can be booked with me too!
With a history of thirty years working in health and social care I have seen first-hand the benefits of complementary therapy for all age groups and for people living with disabilities and chronic conditions. I am passionate about being able to offer my skills to complement mainstream medicine and offer relaxing treatments to support women’s health and wellbeing.
My roles within the NHS included being a nurse for people with learning disabilities, a health and safety coordinator, a commissioner for mental health and learning disability services and a regional lead for Care Services Improvement Partnership (part of the Department of Health) this included being the Women’s Mental Health lead for the East of England.
I have worked for the RMBI, which is a charity for retired Freemasons and their dependents. I also volunteered in the third sector for Colchester Mind as a Trustee, then the chair over a four year period and as a trustee of COPE.
I am married to Peter Bowden and between us we have five children. We have two grand-children Isla and Stanley, who are full of mischief and fun, providing lots of laughter.
My husband and I have two dogs: Eva, a border collie and Alf a cockerpoo. So, if you love dogs you can be sure of a great welcome, if not then there’s a gate to keep you safe from their enthusiasm.
My hobbies include reading, swimming, cooking, eating out, theatre and socialising.