Mark is a qualified massage therapist, Bowen Technique professional and yoga teacher. He is registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Council (CNHC), the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA), and is fully insured.
Prior to becoming involved in bodywork, Mark was working as a travel writer with credits in The Independent, Independent on Sunday and Daily Express. Prompted by the changes brought about by Vipassana meditation, he undertook a science-based Access course at the Guildford College of Further Education in 2003. The unexpected enjoyment he gained from study motivated him to go on to a BSc (Hons) in Therapeutic Bodywork at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2008. The emphasis of his training was on clinical practice and Mark now does a lot of remedial massage work. Mark’s interest in the Bowen Technique began principally with being curious about light touch, and whether this could be as effective in dealing with long term chronic conditions as the deeper touch to which he was accustomed. In 2010, following several sessions in the Bowen Technique from Anneke Loode of the Bowen School for Healthcare Professionals, he completed the practitioner training, qualifying in 2011. In January 2014, he completed the advanced training 1. He currently works at the Dulwich College Sports Club, Brixton Therapy Centre and Brockwell Lido.
His interest in Yoga began in February 1999 when he met Brenda Brown and attended his first yoga class in Woking, Surrey. It was the philosophy of yoga as well as the physical aspect, which Mark found really interesting. Since then he has also developed a meditation practice, motivated by a further two ten-day Vipissana meditation retreats, as well as a number of mindfulness-based meditation retreats at Gaia House in Devon. Becoming a yoga teacher seemed a natural progression. Mark completed the two-year teacher training course with Rosamunde Jordon and Marilyn Freedman at Morley College in 2009. The influence of this course was the philosophy and approach to yoga of Vanda Scaravelli (Awakening the Spine), an approach he finds really helpful in his own practice. He has also studied further with Sama Fabian of the Aurolab Yoga Project; including a two-week intensive yoga retreat at Auroville, Tamil Nadu, in January 2011. Mark teaches at Brockwell Lido and Dulwich College in south east London.