Jennie Parke Matheson

Jennie began her career as a stage manager; working in theatre, opera & ballet before moving into arts administration – to become more instrumental in the overall planning and delivery of live performance. She then moved sideways to produce corporate conferences and live events.

Experience in both the performing arts and corporate worlds meant she was dealing, every day, with a variety of sometimes challenging personalities – which started her on her journey toward the world of therapy.

In the 1980s many friends and colleagues struggled with HIV and AIDS. She became a carer for one of her closest friends who was critically ill and discovered through that experience she had the ability to help people help themselves. This opened a new chapter in her life and she joined The Terrence Higgins Trust as a volunteer – effectively finding a balance from the then extravagance of the corporate industry. Jennie worked in several capacities at THT over a 6 year period, including co-managing the North London Buddy group – and devising & running a series of educational workshops for secondary school pupils.

The final part of her therapeutic journey came several years later. Having met a psychologist who was also a Healer, Jennie received Healing for the first time – and the experience really connected with her. Looking further into energy work and its associated therapies, she decided to enrol with a diverse and stimulating training organisation – and two years later was accredited as a Healer herself.

To augment her “hands free” energy work she studied Chakra Psychology; on advice from a reputed crystal therapist self taught herself Crystal Therapy – the two are deeply intertwined – and explored Feng Shui, Dowsing and Earth Healing.

To expand and build her therapeutic “tool box” Jennie added “touch” therapies – aware of a need for greater physical contact for many of her clients, in addition to her energy healing work. She trained and qualified in Deep Tissue Massage, then gradually added Hot Stone MassagePregnancy Massage and Indian Head Massage to her repertoire. Her most recent qualification is Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Jennie established White Wave – Jennie means white wave, white spirit – in 2008 and has been practising as a healer/holistic massage therapist/tutor ever since.

Jennie is a qualified Massage in Schools Instructor (running peer massage workshops in Primary Schools) and worked for 15 months in the complementary health department at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London – giving massage on the wards one day a week. She currently provides small group training on how to give gentle massage and understanding medical protocols, specifically for those either in hospital or in a hospice – and is teaching hand and arm massage to hospital volunteers for the NW Anglia NHS Trust. She gives workshops regularly for Kith & Kids, the charity supporting young people living with autism – working with clients, carers and volunteers

She joined the Practitioner Register of BAPAM (The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) in 2017, enabling her to specialise in working with performers of all kinds – musicians, actors, dancers as an example, as well as their production teams. 

Jennie is a member of the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), the GCMT (General Council for Soft Tissue Therapies) and the MTI (Massage Training Institute). She joined the Massage Specific Board of the CNHC and was appointed the MTI representative on the GCMT board in 2019. She is a member of the GCMT Crisis Task Force, generating guidelines and resources for the return to work during CD-19.

She became a Director of MTI in 2021.

To enable her to teach NVQ/Level 3 & 4 accredited courses, Jennie qualified in PTLLS in 2012 and CTLLS in 2014. She was accredited as an MTI Tutor in 2015.

Jennie, in collaboration with Earle Abrahamson, founded Hands-On Training in 2012 – initially to present a series of professional post-graduate development workshops, designed to support therapists once training and qualification has been completed.

Hands-On Training was awarded MTI accreditation in 2014 to teach The Diploma Course in Holistic Deep Tissue Massage, and in 2017 to teach The Diploma in Sports & Performance Massage.

Jennie runs most of Hands-On’s short workshop courses, including the Introduction to Massage 1 day course, and the 2 day Hot Stone Massage course.

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Professional Training & Qualifications

  • 2009  MTI Diploma in Holistic Massage and A,P&P
  • 2009  WFH Accredited Energy Healer
  • 2009  Hot Stone Massage
  • 2009  Chakra Psychology
  • 2010  Pregnancy Massage
  • 2011  Indian Head Massage
  • 2011  Counselling Skills
  • 2012  Instructor Certfication for the Massage in Schools Programme
  • 2012  Certificate of PTLLS
  • 2014  Certificate of CTLLS
  • 2018 FHT Diploma in Manual Lymphatic Drainage
  • 2020 undertaking Psychotherapy Training
  • 2021 Mental Health First Aid
  • Registered Practitioner with BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine)
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Emergency First Aid at Work Certification
  • NHS Voluntary Responder – and Vaccine Hub Steward

MTI Conference Presentations

  • 2014:   Chair – Pain Management Surgery
  • 2015:   Safeguarding Standards
  • 2017:   Energy Intuition
  • 2018:   Energy Intuition
  • 2019:   How to become an MTI Tutor, Massage in Hospitals & Hospices

MTI Regional Presentations

  • Communications & Marketing
  • Therapy for Therapists
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Safeguarding Standards
  • Energy Intuition
  • Crystal Therapy

Membership of Boards and other Associated Organisations

  • MTI Director 2021-24
  • CNHC, Massage PSB Board Member 2019- 2022
  • MTI Representative for the GCMT 2019-2022
  • MTI London Representative 2011-2013
  • MTI London Committee member 2009- 2011
  • Board Member of The Stage Management Association 2008-2012 

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