Mary D

Following a career in education, I qualified as an aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute in London in 1999 and later worked there as an anatomy and physiology lecturer. My aromatherapy studies sparked an interest in natural health and since then, I have completed a variety of complementary therapy training courses including reflexology and various forms of face and body massage.

I have worked as a lecturer in the complementary therapy departments of several London adult education colleges as well as private colleges, including an AOR Accredited School of Reflexology, Westminster School of Yoga and more recently at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine & Aromatherapy (ITHMA) based at Regent’s University in London. I have also taught a range of continuing professional development (CPD) massage courses for qualified therapists.

I was awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for teaching anatomy & physiology at Merton Adult College in May 2005 and again in May 2008 (nominated by my students). I was also awarded a 'Commended Tutor of the Year' Certificate at the Federation of Holistic Therapists Excellence in Education Awards in 2012.

I have co-authored two books to date: “Indian Head Massage – the Essential Guide” & “Ear Candling – the Essential Guide” (both originally published by Hodder Arnold as part of their “In Essence” series). I also write regular health related features for various magazines. I am a Senior Fellow and former Vice-President of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), and hold a Master’s Degree in Education.

As well as my lecturing work, I ran a busy private clinical practice in southwest London from 1999 to 2020. I have now retired and relocated to Gloucestershire. During lockdown 2020, I put all of my anatomy and physiology teaching notes and resources together to write and publish "KNOW YOUR BODY - The Essential Guide to Human Anatomy & Physiology" (along with an accompanying Workbook). A section from this book is being submitted for the Page Turner Awards. So far I have received some great reviews which you can read here: and the book and workbook have received some good reviews on Amazon too!