Saturday, March 05, 2011

24. Degree Awards Ceremony

On Saturday 9th October 2010 my fellow students and myself attended The Great Hall at the University of Leeds to receive our Foundation Degree awards. This emotional occasion was the culmination of our previous two year's of study and a particular highlight for me was to receive my award from the broadcaster Harry Gration.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

25. Student of the Year 2010

I was delighted and honoured to win a Student Award at Leeds City College's awards ceremony in June 2010. This was the Overall Student of the Year for the Beauty & Complementary Therapies Department at Thomas Danby Campus. This was in recognition of my outstanding achievement on the Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapies programme. The event took place at Leeds Town Hall on 24th June 2010 and was hosted by writer, poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan.

Monday, April 06, 2009

24. Sharing the Success

Follow this link to the Sharing the Success website for more info about the ABDN awards where I was recently a winner.

I'm also on A4E's website, here's the link

And today I'm attending a meeting with Leeds Wellbeing Centre about the opportunity of working with their vulnerable client group as a self employed complementary therapist, offering reiki, massage, indian head massage etc.

More news on that soon.

Blessings from


Wednesday, April 01, 2009

23. Anna wins Female Entrepreneur of 2009

I was delighted to be presented with the ABDN Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 award at the Asian Business Network's 11th Annual Award dinner at the Royal Armouries last week. Averil Frederick of the Milun Centre nominated me for the award and Simon Brereton of the Sharing the Success (LEGI) team, who presented me with the award on the night, spoke of my drive and determination and the challenges I had overcome to achieve my success. The evening was hosted by Kulvinder Ghir of Goodness Gracious Me and the Kumars at No 42 who kept us all entertained as you can imagine!

Back in January I was invited to attend the LEGI dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Leeds where Carl Hopkins, the Secret Millionaire, both inspired and entertained us in equal measure. Myself and three other local female entrepreneurs, Lyndsay Din and Siobhan Thomas have all utilised the service of the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative and we were invited along as three of the organisations success stories of the past year.

In October last year I embarked on my studies for the Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapies with Teesside University. Although this has not been easy so far it has made my practice much more diverse as I am now able to offer an even higher standard of service to my clients along with a wider range of bodywork techniques. These include acupressure and meridian techniques, ayurvedic techniques, no hands massage and hot stone therapy. Visit my website at to find out more.

I am now also offering on site therapies for the corporate sector as well as events and parties. I can also deliver workshops or presentations to your company or organisation on any aspect of complementary therapies that might interest you such as a reiki healing workshop, a talk on crystals or some simple massage techniques. Check out the website for more details.

Blessings from


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

22. Festival of Fun!

Here's some images from the recent Health and Healing Festival at Bodington Hall. The event was a great success and lots of fun. I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was and pleased by the great response we got. The reasonably priced taster treatments were very popular and it was a joy chatting to all the visitors.

My partner, Rob, supported me at the festival and was also amazed by how much he enjoyed it; having thought beforehand that he would probably get bored. Nothing could be further from the truth as I pitched him straight in by asking him to do reiki on clients with me so they got a double whammy of healing! He was a huge help chatting to people and taking their details whilst I did treatments and he also got a lot of names for the tai chi and meditation sessions he hopes to start in Leeds in the near future.

I shall definitely exhibit at similar events in the future but probably not till next year now, perhaps I'll give the Ilkley Complementary Festival in spring a try next.

As regards how business is progressing, I am pleased to be slowly building a client base and am finding that Indian Head Massage is proving particularly popular. Lots of clients are going for two treatments per booking, usually having a massage and a session of reiki too. They are taking advantage of the special offers and discounts to save themselves money and the number of repeat bookings is increasing.
More events in the future include the Leeds Mela on the 3rd August and a staff day for Yorkshire Forward in September where I shall be offering taster treatments and Rob will be doing a tai chi workshop.

Blessings from


Friday, June 27, 2008

21. News, news, news

Here's a link to an article from the Yorkshire Evening Post all about the Pathways Action for Employment Offical Opening that I attended in my capacity as one of their success stories!
Unfortunately they didn't put any of my contact information on or even the name of my business - but all publicity is good publicity as they say.

Plus there's more news from Ray of Light, I have now added Indian Head Massage and Ear Candling to the range of therapies that I can offer, if you would like to know more about the benefits of these treatments then visit my website at

Blessings from Anna


Sunday, June 01, 2008

20. Out and About

There's two exciting events for Ray of Light in the pipeline. Firstly, I might be having a stall at the next Artsmix market on Sunday 8th June offering mini treatments in the midst of this exciting alternative arts and crafts market which has music, food and lots of interesting stalls with handmade and fair trade goods on offer. It's open from 11 am till 4pm so come along and have a look - it's in Chancellors Court just off Assembly Street at the back of the Corn Exchange. Visit for more details. You can have a hand or foot massage for £8, a shoulder neck and upper arm massage (over clothes) for £5, a sample reiki healing for £5 or a full reiki healing for £15. There's also the opportunity to have a free crystal diagnosis which will also find out how in touch with your higher self you are!

I am also exhibiting at the Health and Healing Festival at Bodington Hall in Leeds on the weekend of 12th and 13th July . Visit for more info. I shall be doing sample treatments as above plus Indian Head Massage for £10. There'll be lots of other Mind, Body, Spirit themed stalls, workshops and activities available all weekend so I hope you'll come and say hello.

Hope to see some of you at either or both of these events.

Blessings from