Emma Gilmore Director School of Bodywork


Emma Gilmore APNT, iMFT, BCMA Reg, CST, BCST
Director of School of Bodywork, which she established in 2009. She is an advanced massage therapist with a background in Sports and Remedial Massage, currently specializing in Myofascial Release. Her study of Biodynamic Cranisacral Therapy greatly deepened her knowledge of human anatomy, fascia and the delicacy of the human condition. Emma shares her knowledge of how physical and emotional trauma manifests in our physiology causing pain, discomfort and pathologies, as well as the potential for its release through bodywork.

Emma’s passion for the benefits of bodywork are enthusiastically transmitted through her national and international teaching. She has been invited to judge the National Massage Championships, is a founding member of the Fascia Research Society (FRS) and writes regularly for Massage World Magazine. She is currently writing a book on fascia and the body mind complex.

Having been a bodywork therapist for 25 years, Emma shares her detailed knowledge in an accessible and engaging way. She encourages all students to develop their own style, drawing on their personal knowledge and experience when dealing with patients. Currently teaching on the Complete Bodyworker, as well as teaching Myofascial Release Diplomas.

Emma’s journey through the world of bodywork has been a very personal one of self-development and healing and it is with this understanding and sensitivity she shares her knowledge.  

“Emma was a great tutor. She was informative, understanding and really helped support us all. She was always available by email and phone to help us and was extremely supportive.” Kate Adlam

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Sarah Henderson: Tutor School of Bodywork

Louise Mockford: Manager 

Louise is the voice of the school, she is friendly, approachable, super organised and is the main contact for all the courses; happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Louise has always been passionate about helping others, having completed a Psychology Degree in 2007 with the intention of becoming a Counselling Psychologist in time.

Louise’s Equine Massage Therapy led her to study human bodywork, she joined SOB to study the Complete Bodywork Diploma and enjoyed it so much, she continued her studies with Hot Stones, Remedial Massage and Myofascial Release, which she finds simply amazing in the way that it can help both physically and emotionally/psychologically. Now all the pieces of the jigsaw are falling into place Louise feels she has found an effective way of helping people with emotional, psychological and physical issues and is hoping to work more with PTSD and anxiety issues in particular. She has her own busy clinic and brings her knowledge of her own practice and training experience to help guide both current students and prospective students.


Cathy Payne

Cathy APNT Dip, has a successful massage practice offering a range of therapeutic treatments, for Cathy this was a welcome change of career after children. Having travelled extensively, she finds herself drawn to non-western modalities. Cathy has studied comprehensively with School of Bodywork and has been totally inspired by their teachings. She brings common sense and practical skills to her teaching, she is kind and patient. Cathy is passionate about giving her students everything they need to be able to confidently work as a therapist on completion of their studies.

Cathy believes Hot Stone Therapy is an invaluable tool for any massage therapist who wishes to work in a holistic way. It is a popular treatment which can be easily incorporated into current practice with clients saying they experience a deep and profound sense of relaxation. It is also a very relaxing and grounding treatment to give for therapist.

Tutor: Complete Bodyworker and Hot Stone Massage

Cathy Payne

Joanna: BA(hons), PGCE, PG Dip. Vocal Studies (TCM), Hornsby Dip. Dyslexia/spLD, ITEC Holistic Massage & Aromatherapy, APNT Indian Head Massage Massage for Pregnancy, Eastern Facelift Massage, Deep Tissue & Advanced Massage, Soft Tissue Release & Myofascial Release

Jo grew up in the beautiful Dart Valley in South Devon where her Mum still practises as a Herbalist & Reflexologist. Jo’s leaning towards natural medicine, developed into a passion for bodywork and the power of vital touch during her post graduate classical singing training at Trinity College of Music, London. By this time she was also a Secondary School Teacher, becoming further interested in how stress effects our physiology. Jo went on to specialise in working with students with Dyslexia whilst continuing to sing and train as a Massage Therapist & Aromatherapist.

Jo currently has a thriving Massage Therapy business in Ashburton and has recently launched her own natural product range: BUFF Natural Body Care available in 99% plastic free packaging. She is delighted to be joining the School of Bodywork as a tutor to combine her love of bodywork and teaching.

Tutor: Complete Bodyworker Diploma (Main Tutor), Rejuvenating Facelift Massage, her flawless complexion speaks volumes for the efficacy of the Facelift Massage.

Katie Whitehouse: Tutor pregnancy massage

Katie Whitehouse

Tutor: Pregnancy Massage Diploma

Katie is a leading figure in the field of pregnancy massage, she has over 20 years’ experience specialising in Pregnancy Massage; as well as in training massage therapists and midwives. Her mission is to communicate the benefits of positive touch in every day life. Katie explains that “to massage a woman throughout her pregnancy is a wonderful privilege. This everyday miracle of life is easy to take for granted – connecting through touch reminds us that it is indeed a miracle.” Pregnancy Massage, preparing for the birth and post-partum (after birth) are time when massage can be particularly beneficial and supportive to a woman, both physically and emotionally. Katie is the founding director of Vital Touch range of organic essential oils and massage oils and the Natalia range of natural products for pregnancy, birth and parents. also Pure Therapy – a Soil Association certified range Newof gorgeous body oils, balms, butters and body scrubs.

“Katie is an inspirational teacher, with a wealth of knowledge which she loves to share with others. She brings the subject to life and has an interest and deep understanding of both the physical and emotional well being of her clients.” Emma Gilmore