The Quiet Heart
Hello, I’m Gemma and I am the founder of The Quiet Heart here in the vibrant and beautiful city of Bristol, UK.
I am a Chinese Medicine practitioner and use acupuncture, massage, cupping, nutritional and lifestyle guidance to help support your health.
I am also currently working on a project to deliver emotional literacy, mental health awareness and mindfulness in primary and secondary schools in the South West as part of the PHME Curriculum.
I am passionate about living with the natural rhythm of nature, and through The Quiet Heart I create and deliver wellbeing workshops to women and children. The workshops provide a space for meditation, advice on nutrition and gentle movement, and are delivered with an overall emphasis on seasonal living. Through these sessions, teaching and individual treatments offered in clinic, it is my aim to help you gently connect with your self, your body and to life. To hear what feels right. For you.
My interest and passion for wellbeing began early on; I grew up foraging and helping my dad grow vegetables, cooking with my mum and learning about complimentary therapies/remedies from a young age.
The outdoors and the Welsh Mountains became my second home, and we spent holidays climbing mountains in trainers (it was the 80’s), combing beaches for scrapbook projects and swimming in the sea. I swam and ran competitively for most of my early adult life and started practicing yoga in my early 20’s. I now run half-marathons, practice yoga regularly and have developed a passion for meditation.
I spent many years working in large corporations as a Business Manager and Human Resources Manager. During this time I was responsible for large teams of people and multi-million pound budgets. I specialised in Training and Development and gained experience in Brand Development and public speaking. Through the business I worked for I qualified as a Business Coach and Psychometric Assessor.
Following a few personal tragedies in my early 30’s, I felt that the corporate world no longer aligned with my values.
After an incredible holiday in the outdoors (of course) in Cornwall, I decided on a career change and enrolled on a BSc Acupuncture course at Lincoln University. I achieved a first class degree and was chosen as the student speaker at my graduation ceremony. This meant delivering a 15 minute speech to 1000 people which was a great honour as well as a huge achievement. Following graduation, I began a practice in Nottingham and as in addition, regularly contributed to a show on BBC Radio Nottingham called ‘Health Matters’.
One year later I moved to the gorgeous city of Bristol and set up a practice here which is now thriving.
I am member of the Bristol Acupuncture in Conception and Childbirth Team and British Acupuncture Council.
Most recently I have received certification from The British Mindfulness Association to teach Mindfulness in Primary and Secondary Schools. I have also completed an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.