Pippa Cherrington is the owner of Pippa's Movement Therapy.
Pippa Cherrington offers manual and movement therapy near Okehampton, Devon.
My Early Years
I enjoyed all the sports I took part in as a child, although someone falling and crying out was enough to distract me. I discovered that I wanted to help others more than be competitive myself!
Yet, I have family members who have competed at a national level in their chosen sport. So I understand the drive within people yet gain far more satisfaction in supporting them as they strive.
I think this has transferred to my relationship with my clients.
No matter the level of your movement ability when we first meet, I will do my best to improve that to the level you want.
My Tai Chi journey
I fell in love with Tai Chi at the very first session I tried. It felt like coming home to my body. New, yet familiar. I took as many classes as my teacher, Angus Clark, would let me do.
After a few years, this led to my assisting in classes. I progressed to qualify as an instructor for The School of Living Movement. I gained recognition as an Intermediate Grade teacher with The Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.
My Manual Therapy Story
At the same time, I was also receiving beneficial treatments for my chronic headaches and neck pain. Stewart Mitchell’s Naturopathic approach, friendship, and skill inspired me to train as a Holistic Massage Therapist.
My earliest Tai Chi students prompted my drive to improve my understanding of the human body. I noticed that some students seem to be hampered by physical tension or injury that they could not consciously release.
It was as if, they too, needed some manual therapy help.
So, I studied Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage and my Level 4 Sports Massage with Rehabilitation. For fun, I also learned Hot Stones Massage. Everyone likes a little luxury.
But I wanted more depth of information. I wished to comprehend the relationship between physical movement limitations, injury, emotion, trauma. I wanted to assist people as they dealt with these issues, supporting change both mentally and physically.
My Commitment to In-depth Learning
This goal led me to Tom Myers' Anatomy Trains and the skillful and amusing teaching of James Earls.
Once again, I was hooked, attending all the workshops, roping in friends to experience my rudimentary techniques, and finding willing volunteers for the work.
After two years, I earned my Structural Bodywork Certificate. After another year of working, and many clients later, I qualified in Anatomy Trains Structural Integration. I was so happy.
In 2016, I also qualified as a Board Certified Structural Integrator with IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators).
Continual Professional Development
I have continued my professional development by enrolling in Til Luchau's Advanced Myofascial Training Programme, Levels I and II.
The British Fascia Symposiums have kept me up to date with current thinking and research into body fascia.
Informed podcasts like The Thinking Practitioner, and Anatomy Trains Webinars, enlighten my understanding of the human body and the psychosocial aspects of being human.
My clinic is a beautiful stone barn which my clients say exudes peace and security. The barn has both a treatment room and a Tai Chi studio. The bathroom is upstairs.
Arrival is via a long lane that crosses our organic farm full of trees and natural pastureland. There is plenty of parking as well as hard standing, great for outdoor Tai Chi practice. We can also go by the river and delight in the view and sound of the water.
My experience has enabled me to help a wide variety of clients, both adults, and children.
These include amateur sports enthusiasts who use my skills to support them in their endeavors. I understand the different needs of runners, riders, cricketers, cyclists, walkers, anglers, golfers, and tennis players.
Some clients have been referred to me because they have an unresolved functional problem. Others because of pain issues, trauma, postural problems, or a desire for Scarwork.
I regularly treat clients with additional needs due to long-term health conditions, surgical procedures, wheelchair users, and those with learning difficulties.
It will be my privilege to help and support future clients when they book an appointment.
Pippa Cherrington is a:
Member of The Complementary Medical Association MCMA,
Member of Complementary Therapists Association CThA
Intermediate Level Instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain TCUGB.
She has full professional insurance with Holistic Insurance Services.
Manual Treatments available at two Devon locations.