I am fully insured and a registered member of the Complementary Medical Association.
- 3- year Dip Shiatsu Acupressure
- Dip Pathology & Disease
- Dip Sports Massage ITEC Level 3
- Dip Nutrition
- Dip Massage ITEC Level 3
- Cert Advanced Practitioner of Neuromuscular Release (Emmett)
- Cert Lymphatic Drainage (Emmett)
I was selected to assist a renowned Australian physiotherapist on her intensive spinal therapy programme ‘Back-in-a-week’ in Cornwall during 2007 – 2011. It was a privilege to attend all biomechanical lectures, to acquire important and crucial practical skills and to enhance my knowledge about the diverse causes of back pain. I learnt about the five stages of spinal segmental break down and the many types of spinal disorders and subsequent treatment options. I gained proficiency in the correct use of a yoga block for specific and gentle yoga - based spinal decompression, its contraindications and the benefits of specific and gentle spinal decompression exercises. It is crucial to respect and understand any medical diagnosis and I regard this period as a massive and profoundly important learning event.
ANDREA VALLANCE - PERSONAL PROFILE
I was born in Germany and on coming to England in 1982, I married and had four, now grown up children who were all born and raised in Cornwall. I have previously lived in lovely areas such as the Lake District and more recently in the Surrey Hills for three years but Cornwall is a very special place and remains my home!
My health has always been very important to me. In my treatments I remain mindful to strike a balance between Science and Art or if you like ‘knowing and thinking my way forward’ and ‘sensing my way forward’.
Overall, my extensive studies in Complementary Health Care have stretched over a period of nine years of which some courses were confined to distant learning. During this time I read avidly and researched into health related topics to enhance my practise and refine my practical skills. With a broadened mind I developed a greater comprehension of the origin of pain, its multiple causes and effects on individuals.
I used to be a county gymnast and from a young age I enjoyed intensive training including Ballet. Gymnastic is a ‘high-impact’ sport with plenty of risky and extreme manoeuvres. With youth on my side came also ignorance and a silent acceptance of variable pain. Several decades on I sustained a couple of whiplash injuries followed by a traumatic climbing incident both of which have left me with chronic, diffuse back- and neck pain albeit only intermittently. Knowing and understanding how to best manage my own pain symptoms has been of immense value.
Physical pain tends to affect us mentally and emotionally. Sometimes it can also be our mental and emotional pain which can adversely impact on our physical body. My study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its health philosophy became instrumental and catalytic for my own lifestyle changes. TCM Philosophy plays an important role in my treatment approach as it can potentially unravel the cause of chronic pain where conventional medical treatments have failed to show results.
"A Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration on the Roseland Peninsula would have been an unmitigated disaster if it had not been for the professionalism and expertise of Andrea Vallance. The four-hour drive down to Cornwall had left my movement severely restricted, due to pain in my lower back. After a bad night's sleep I wake up in agony but determined to seek assistance. I felt very relieved she was able to re-arrange her appointments to fit me in at short notice. What shines through is her determination to get to the source of the problem and remedy it. Her attention to detail and conscientious care are highly impressive. I received a post-treatment follow up email with further advice and a hard copy of the exercises that I practised with Andrea earlier. By mid-afternoon, I managed to re-join my family in the celebrations. Many thanks, Andrea, for getting me back on the move!"
Justin Stanley, Hereford, Worcestershire - ACUTE LOWER BACK PAIN
(On vacation in Cornwall) 23rd August 2018
"The first time I heard of Andrea Vallance was via a friend whom she had successfully treated for cycling related symptoms.
I have suffered on and off with variable back pain due to a deskbound career. One morning I got out of bed and my back went into painful spasm. I phoned Andrea who gave me immediate advice after which I saw her weekly for six sessions. I now feel I have the know-how I need to steer clear of further episodes.
I can highly recommend Andrea for her varied skills and expertise as well as her calm, friendly and reassured persona. She is a true professional and I felt safe in her care."
Vince Falco, Cranleigh, Surrey – ACUTE BACK PAIN