Fiona Smith RAB, RTT, BAHons, ITEC
Background & Influences
I have lived and worked in Denmark since 2015 and by 2018 my Danish was good enough to take the additional 10 hour course needed to gain RAB (Registreret Alternativ Behandler) status.
Previously based in Bristol, UK I have been a certified Thai massage practitioner since 2001 and was authorised to teach Thai massage in 2004 by Asokananda (founder of The Sunshine Network) and my principle teacher until that point. In 2007, I founded Bodywisdom School UK with my sister Nicola and am also an authorised instructor for THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International).
I have a passion for teaching, coaching, training and mentoring - something I have done in many different environments for more than twenty years. In Spain, I taught English to adults and children in both a traditional school setting, and through the medium of theatre with Moving On theatre company. Subsequently, I became a teacher trainer in secondary schools in Spain for ELT publisher Burlington Books. Whilst taking a sabbatical in 2000, I discovered yoga & Thai massage and my life changed dramatically, leading me to study Vipassana meditation and Iyengar yoga alongside the massage and qualifying as a yoga teacher with Yoga Arts in 2005.
Alongside massage teaching and my clinical practice, I trained as a life coach in 2009 and from 2010 until I left the UK I worked for UWE (University of the West of England) as a Wellbeing Mentor, supporting students with a mental health diagnosis in order that they succeed and thrive in their lives at university.
5 Rhythms Dance, meditation practices and yoga influence my life and teaching – I have studied yoga with Donna Farhi, Angela Farmer & Victor Van Kooten, Rudra Dev & Clive Sheridan amongst others. My biggest influences in dance have come from Dawn Morgan and Leigh Tolson, both certified 5R teachers. I have studied Vipassana meditation in the Goenka style in both India & Thailand and Northern Style Vipassana at Wat Chom Thong in Northern Thailand.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
― Mahatma Gandhi
2018: Klinikdrift, with Nordlys. Gained RAB authorisation in Denmark
Energy Lines & Thai Anatomy, with Felicity Joy
Pathology & Further Pathology Level 3 Diplomas, with ETS
2016: Dynamic Thai Massage, with Krishnataki & David Lutt
2015: Osteothai for the Breathing Process, with David Lutt
2010-2015: Specialist Mentor Training Days, UWE (University of the West of England)
2010: Foundation Diploma in Tuina Chinese Massage, with Bodyharmonics
2008: Bristol Mindline Volunteer Skills counselling programme (100 hours)
Dance Movement Psychotherapy, with Dance Voice Therapy Centre (60 hours)
Massage for People with Cancer, with Andy Fagg (BCMB)
Instructor in Traditional Thai Massage, with THAI
2007: Anatomy & Physiology Diploma, Raworth International
Anatomy & Physiology Diploma, ITEC
Chi Ne Tsang Level 1, with Doris Kolling
2006: CST 1, with The Upledger Institute, Inc.
Yoga Teacher Training, with Yoga Arts (RYS 200 Yoga Alliance)
Introduction to Drama & Movement Therapy, with Sesame
2004-2005: Professional Thai Massage Diploma, with Bodywisdom School
2001-2005: 750 hours’ Thai Massage Teacher Training with The Sunshine Network
2001-2004: Thai Massage training with Ralf Marzen (180 hours), Asokananda (90 hours),
Krishnataki (270 hours), Pichet Boonthume (180 hours)
1999: CELTA Diploma, with University of Cambridge
1998: Trainer Development Course, with Pilgrims Canterbury
1989 – 1992: BA Drama & English, Exeter University