Val worked for Boots Opticians for six years before deciding to use the experience she had gained to become a joint owner in an independent optical practice in Blackpool which she helped to run for 12 yrs. After working in this healthcare sector for over 20 years she decided in a change of career. This was motivated by debilitating shoulder and neck pain which she had suffered from for over 10 years and was not resolved under the traditional healthcare model. At the time she was presented with two options, wait for it to resolve or have some bone removed from her shoulder to possibly increase the range of movement. Neither of these options were appealing.
It was at this point that she found a tendonitis expert online and followed his holistic protocol which involved changing her diet, adding vitamins and minerals as well as targeted exercises. After 8 weeks there was a dramatic improvement in her health and wellbeing having achieved full movement in her arm. After feeling empowered by being able to control her own health outcomes and improve her quality of life, she decided to study for a post-graduate diploma in Nutritional Therapy. This proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding things that she has ever done.
The whole ethos of nutritional therapy is entirely suited to the way she likes to work. It is a scientific, evidence based approach. It integrates all of the body’s systems as well as their emotional wellbeing and lifestyle when addressing a client’s health concerns. The qualification she has achieved has allowed her to become a Registered Nutritional Therapist with the British Association of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine. This body insists that members are educated to degree level or above and provides clients with the reassurance that they are receiving the best possible care. It also allows her to hold professional indemnity insurance for client’s further peace of mind.
Valerie set up her business, South Manchester Nutrition, after qualifying. She enjoys the detective side of the job and will spend time away from consultations researching the best possible evidence-based approaches for her clients. She then presents her findings to her clients and they work together to produce an action plan that is manageable and sustainable in addressing their health concerns.
After working for large businesses in the past, she particularly enjoys working with employees and employers in her corporate workshops. A bespoke approach is taken in providing general nutrition advice to each business. Employees and employers are encouraged to choose from a range of topics which are relevant to their needs and produce the best outcomes. Both employers and employees benefit from increasing their knowledge to improve their health and wellbeing. This helps to promote increased productivity and reduce absence due to stress and ill health.
Nutritional therapy sessions and all courses are now available online.
“Health conditions which I am particularly interested in and may benefit from a nutritional therapy approach are immune health, digestive problems, energy regulation, weight loss and hormone imbalance. If you would like a free discovery call, please use the contact details below.”