Guest Tutors


Darien Pritchard

Darien Pritchard

Darien Pritchard began working as a massage practitioner in 1977, and has taught professional massage training courses for 25 years (including 5 years within a University Degree course, and 21 years as a guest teacher at the Royal National College for the Blind).
Since the 1990s he has taught a range of CPD courses that are designed to expand the professional practitioners ‘tool-kit’, to broaden new practitioners’ perspectives on massage and bodywork and to refresh the work of more experienced practitioners. In all of his teaching, Darien emphasises working skilfully and effectively, looking after your own hands and body and how to adapt the techniques to suit each client’s build and responses.
Darien has been a pioneer in focusing on the practitioner’s bodyuse as an integral part of massage training in the UK, including pioneering Hands Free Massage (the skillful, sensitive use of the forearms and elbows to save the practitioner’s hands). Darien has written two massage textbooks – ‘Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective, Strain-free Massage’ and the student text ‘Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Massage’, and is working on a book on Hands Free Massage. He has been a member of national massage councils working to raise UK massage training standards.

Karen Yarnell

Karen Yarnell

Karen Yarnell qualified as a massage practitioner in 1997 and has been in private practice since. She is trained in a range of holistic treatments including Thermal Stone Therapy all knitting into her holistic jigsaw. Karen currently teaches Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, CPD courses and workshops. She is an examiner for the Massage Training Institute and an assessor and internal verifier for City & Guilds and other awarding bodies. She is also a Director of the Massage Training Institute.

Heidi Armstrong

Heidi Armstrong

Heidi Armstrong has been a complementary therapist since 1993, a fully qualified Shiatsu practitioner since 2001 and teaching since 2004. After training postgraduate with Suzanne Yates and Well Mother, she went on to do a teacher training with Suzanne and is a Well Mother teacher. Heidi is a fully qualified adult education teacher and teaches Massage, Reflexology Shiatsu and Anatomy and Physiology. She is especially interested in bringing together the approaches of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Shiatsu. She integrates them into other therapies, with a large interest and passion for Maternity care.

Ruth Duncan

Ruth teaches MFR at various venues in the UK and has been asked to teach internationally including teaching at an Osteopathic school in Portugal and in the Physiotherapy department at a hospital in Kuwait. She runs her own clinic just north of Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in the MFR approach

Ruth has written many articles for the Scottish Massage Therapy Organisation, Today’s Therapist and Massage World trade magazines, International Therapist, the Federation of Holistic Therapists magazine, and EMBODY, the journal for the Complementary Therapy Association. She has also authored ‘A Hands On Guide to Myofascial Release’

Ruth is on the committee for the British Fascia Symposium and had the honour of presenting the opening anatomy lecture on fascia at the events primary conference held in Windsor in May 2014.

Greg Morling

Greg has presented his popular massage workshops for over 20 years around the world. his 30 years experience as a full time remedial massage therapist, researcher and author will give you many practical and unique massage skills. Past president of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, he has also spent several years in the UNSW morgue studying the iliopsoas and the visceral system in situ.

Greg values both the art and science of our palpatory work and the intimate biomechanical and psychosomatic connections involved.

Leora Sharp

Leora Sharp has been a massage practitioner since 2008 and very early on in her career, realised the importance of needing to work as Hands Free as possible. To that end, in 2009 she trained with Darien and was so blown away with Hands Free Massage, that she offered to assist him on his 8 Day Advanced Training. Her role slowly transformed into co-teacher and she then started teaching solo in 2016. She is continually bold over how amazing HFM is and the benefits it brings to practitioners to sustain their careers and how marvellous it feels for clients to receive. She founded and facilitated the Bath Practitioner Group for 12 years. Alongside teaching HFM, Leora has a private practice at Neal’s Yard in Bath and designs websites for complementary health professionals.

David Lauterstein

David is based in Austin, Texas and is co-founder of  The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School established in 1989. An accomplished musician and author of several books, David visits us each summer to deliver training in Deep Massage – The Lauterstein Method (TM), which he has developed over many years and draws on various bodywork traditions including massage, Zero Balancing and Rolfing.


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