I first became interested in complementary therapies when I suffered from migraines in my mid 20's, finding that massage helped ease tension in my body, relieving the pain. After 20 years as a Personal Assistant, I decided to follow my dream and train as an aromatherapy massage therapist, going on to study Indian head and deep tissue massage. Most of my continuing professional development training now takes place at the renowned Jing Institute in Brighton.
I founded Pure Bliss Massage over 17 years ago, treating clients from my therapy room in my South Bristol home, as well as being a member of Bristol Massage Clinic where I work two days a week, and massaging corporate clients. I am passionate about Continuing Professional Development and learning new skills and techniques and also offertable Thai, holistic facials, Thai foot massage and hot stone fusion. The majority of my training has been undertaken at the prestigious Jing Institute in Brighton where I completed the Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy course and the Advanced Clinical Massage certificate, both year long training courses as well as qualifying in TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder).
I trained as a nutritional therapist over 3 years at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and, although I no longer practise nutrition, I still have an on-going interest and am always happy to incorporate tips on diet and lifestyle into my client self-care.
I love learning more about the body and how massage can help my clients and myself. The more I learn, the more I want to learn - it's like doing a never-ending jigsaw puzzle and every new piece of the puzzle starts to fill in the bigger picture. More than anything, applying that learning to my treatments and seeing the difference it makes to my clients is what makes me love what I do.
Qualifications & Training
International Institute of Health & Holistic Therapies (IIHHT)
Indian Head Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Thai Foot Massage
Holisitic Facial Massage
Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training, Brighton
ACMT Certificate in Advanced Clinical Massage
Advanced Clinical Massage for Neck and Upper Shoulder Pain
Advanced Clinical Massage for Shoulder Girdle Pain
Advanced Clinical Massage for Carpal Tunnel Wrist and RSI Pain
Advanced Clinical Massage for Low Back Pain
Advanced Clinical Massage for Hip and Pelvis Pain
Advanced Clinical Massage for Leg Knee and Foot Pain
Advanced Sport Stretching
Advanced Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
Hot Stone Fusion Massage
Advanced Hot Stone Fusion
Table Thai Massage
Working with the Spine
Institute for Optimum Nutrition
3 year Nutritional Therapy Diploma
Federation of Holistic Therapists
Federation of Nutritional Therapists
Ali Cook ACMT, Dip MS Anat, DipIon, MFHT, MICHT