Dr. Sarah Bryan, Ph.D, has been fascinated by the human body and medicine since the age of about three. Her mother worked as a nurse in London and Sarah sometimes accompanied her on her rounds, learning about medical conditions, procedures and drugs. She became more interested in natural health and well-being while at boarding school in Worcester, where she was introduced to massage and aromatherapy and began experimenting.
Initially keen to pursue a career in a mainstream medical field, Sarah began her studies in speech and language therapy at Sheffield University in 2002. She graduated with a B.Sc in 2006, an M.Sc in 2008 and a Ph.D in 2012. She greatly enjoyed academic life at first, and continues to take an interest in speech and language sciences. However, she discovered over time that long hours spent at the computer, high stress levels and a sense of isolation in her research were detrimental to her physical and mental health. While remaining committed to completing her Ph.D, she decided to train in massage and aromatherapy, alongside her academic research. She attained a diploma in holistic therapeutic massage with the prestigious Sheffield Centre for Massage Training (SCMT) in March 2012 and completed her Ph.D in the following September. She also started attending classes at the Sheffield Satyananda Yoga School and has since continued to incorporate yogic principles into her daily life and massage practice.
In July 2012, she founded her company, ‘SB Holistic’, offering person-centred, made-to-measure, massage treatments. She spent the following three and a half years building up her clinical practice in Sheffield, working with clients with a diverse range of physical and mental health conditions, in a variety of clinical settings: a chiropractic clinic, a physiotherapy clinic, a large legal firm, a holistic health practice and a charity for people with visual impairments.
Keen to advance her skills further while establishing a client base, Sarah went on to complete a further diploma in holistic sports and remedial massage at SCMT, with visiting tutor, Julie Linton, principal of the JL Meridian School of Massage and Bodywork in Birmingham. This was complemented by an extensive course in hands-free, deep tissue massage with master practitioner, Darien Pritchard of Dynamic Massage. In 2014, she graduated from the Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy with an Associate Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy. She is currently studying with Ruth Duncan of Myofascial Release UK, for an Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy.
Sarah is a practitioner member of both the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA). She is registered as a massage therapist and aromatherapist with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), the register of complementary therapists accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), backed by the government and General Medical Council (GMC). Having relocated to Exeter in January 2016, she is now the local Devon champion for the CNHC, working to raise local awareness of the importance of choosing a suitably qualified and insured complementary therapist.
Sarah has relocated her massage and aromatherapy practice to the Exeter Natural Health Centre, in Exeter city centre and offers sports massage at local sporting events. She is equally passionate about remedial massage and aromatherapy and believes that the integration of these disciplines is highly beneficial for clients’ physical and mental well-being.