Jon Matson-Higgins – Principal & Senior Tutor of Brighton Holistics
I was born and raised in Peterborough and moved to London in 1992 where I worked in a very demanding high profile job. Eventually, this lifestyle took its toll on my health and well-being – an all too familiar story these days.
It was because of this that I decided to give up my life and career in London, and move to Brighton for a more relaxed and peaceful lifestyle by the sea, and cherish the time with my family and friends. I love being by the sea and on the edge of the South Downs National Park and have found this incredibly calming and energising.
Before moving to London I was training as a nurse and realised very quickly that the general route was not for me. Instead, I went on to train in body massage at Peterborough City College. In 2006 I re-sat my qualifications, and have added new therapies and treatments since developing my skills and knowledge of the holistic and beauty industry.
Without even realising it, holistic health and the holistic approach has always played a part in my life, it was after my Reiki ‘attunement’ that my life pathway changed, and over the years my personal growth has been incredible. This wonderful energy has helped me to develop calmness and stillness and has helped me to recognise compassion for other people’s needs and give me the understanding for me to be a better person, practitioner and tutor. Also teaching me that being a dyslexic is not a problem, but a gift.
I have met many wonderful people on this very exciting journey and I have realised how powerful the gift of holistic energy really is and how rewarding life can be as a holistic practitioner and tutor. I was honoured to be awarded Commended Tutor for the Federation of Holistics Therapists in 2012. In 2015 I was humbled when the Federation of Holistics Therapists made me a Fellow Member, also in 2015, I was awarded FHT Excellence in Practice – Advocate. I am also registered with the Reiki Federation as a Reiki Master Teacher.
I have worked within the training industry since 2002, training people of all ages and with very different learning needs. Brighton Holistics is the highest accredited complementary therapy training schools in Sussex with all courses being accredited by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC), Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT), the Federation of Holistics Therapists (FHT), and Qualsafe. I’m a great believer that training should be fun and informative. I hold a City & Guilds Certificate in Education & Training (CET) Level 4 and am also a qualified A1 Assessor and Internal Quality of Assurance Officer I am also registered with the Institute for Learning (IFL).
We are currently working on a very exciting community project based in South Africa, for further information on this project please click here.
Ryan Higgins – Deputy Principal & Assessor of Brighton Holistics
I’ve worked for Brighton Holistics since the very start, offering administrative support to Jon and the team and helping out where I can.
I also work part-time as a long-haul cabin crew and as part of my training I have completed a full first aid qualification and do annual refresher training as well as regularly dealing with first aid situations on board. I have found that I became very interested in first aid and the importance of knowing what to do in emergencies and would love to be able to pass on that knowledge in the hopes that it will help other people to know what to do.
Being a fully qualified first aid instructor for Brighton Holistics, I hope that I will be able to teach as many people as possible these important first aid skills.
As well as teaching first aid, I am also qualified in many complementary therapies and help Jon and his team teach some of the courses when needed.
Donna Winwood – Reflexology Tutor
I was born in the Caribbean and moved to London then onto Essex where I grew up.
I left school to work as a Nursery Nurse for a holiday company before joining the NHS as a cervical and breast screening manager.
After having children I realised I wanted to spend time with them so returned to work with pre-school children within a private nursery where I was a deputy manager. I continued to work with pre-school, primary age, and children with special educational needs as my family grew up. I continue to teach parenting classes and work with families providing advice and support through schools.
Having had an interest in alternative holistic therapies I decided to retrain in 2007 following an introduction to reflexology and a personal experience of its benefits. Since then I have continued to train in other holistic practices including palliative care.
In 2011 I began volunteering with the local hospice offering reflexology, I went on to be involved in the forefront of developing community services for the local hospice and visiting people in their homes providing relieving therapies for patients with life-limiting illness and their families.
I have also been running my own practice offering a range of complementary therapies since 2008.
Jenny Wood – Complementary Therapy Tutor
I was born and raised in the Brighton area. My working life began by qualifying as a dental nurse at Guys Hospital in London, and over the years in dentistry, I worked in post-operative recovery and as a Dental health educator.
In 1990 I married and in 1997 gave birth to my son. After having him I got involved in education and studied as a Dyslexia and Dyspraxia specialist at the University of Brighton, I have worked for many years in a large primary school as nature and pastoral support leader. I am still actively involved in the school as a parent support worker and until recently was a school governor.
I decided a few years ago that I needed to have a change of direction and to be my own boss. I went back to the University of Brighton and studied for a science degree in complementary healthcare, it was during this time that my passion for many therapies came to the fore particularly interest in Reflexology and Aromatherapy. I have studied Chinese medicine and find that I use my skills a huge amount in my own practice. I opened a small business locally and have an ever increasing client base.
Eugény graduated in Holistic Massage from the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork in 2013 (MTI), and in Aromatherapy from the Jotra institute in 2014 (ITEC). She was immediately employed as an In-House Aromatherapist for the cosmetic brand, Amphora Aromatics, where she got to film promotional movies, write press articles and also develop new cosmetic ranges as well as helping to improve existing ones by making their composition greener. This work allowed her to receive a series of awards delivered by the specialised press. Moving forward as a freelance Consultant Aromatherapist, she accepted a position of Head Therapist for a renowned Spa in Bath, where she helped launch the new venue, secure business and spent the following 2 years travelling and appearing in the press and on stage, all while still delivering treatments, managing the therapists team in the Spa and qualifying in more holistic therapies as part of her continual professional development. Keen to challenge herself further, she finally moved in Hove in 2017 and now runs a successful complementary massage practice from the Tree Of Life Integrated Health Centre in Hove.
For the past 14 years Georgina has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in sports environments both as a fitness athlete, tutor, assessor and as a coach delivering strength and conditioning programmes.
Georgina has solid tutor experience at a high level in fitness education, serving as a Master Coach in fitness and nutrition teaching and assessment. Having completed many fitness related qualifications, working with strength and conditioning, specialist populations and disciplines to increase range of movement and functional movement ability. She has also worked extensively in therapeutic environments through yogic and complementary principle to heal the body by modes of holistic attention.
Georgina remains to work within sports led and therapeutic environments in rehabilitation and functional movement programs;focusing upon conditioning and optimising human movement and health. Both by movement and by modes of complementary treatment paths.