Xanthe qualified as a Reflexologist in 2002 after following an accredited practitioner course with Philip Salmon and Anna Jeoffroy-Salmon in Hammersmith, London. The practitioner qualification Xanthe holds is accredited by the Association of Reflexologists, AoR(UK), of which Xanthe is a full member.
Since arriving in New Zealand soon after qualifying, Xanthe joined Reflexology New Zealand Incorporated (RNZ). Xanthe is a past President, Secretary and Vice President of RNZ. RNZ is affiliated to Natural Health Practitioners of New Zealand (formerely the New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners) and its members are able to arrange insurance and apply for membership to NZCHP. The strength of RNZ is in its regional groups around New Zealand and Xanthe is a member of the Christchurch based Southern Reflexology Group (SRG), which is a group of practicing reflexologists who meet regularly to support each other, attending Festivals and Expos to promote reflexology and organise courses to assist with upskilling. Xanthe is a Registered Natural Therapies Practitioner with Natural Health Practitioners of New Zealand for the modalities of Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Remedial Massage and Reiki. Xanthe works with people of all ages and animals, particularly dogs and horses.
As well as having her own practice, Xanthe enjoys teaching natural therapies including; Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and CranioSacral Therapy. Xanthe was a tutor at the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine based in Christchurch teaching both introductory and Diploma level courses from 2004-2010 until the diploma courses were discontinued. Xanthe now teaches her own workshops in Reflexology and Indian Head Massage and is an Instructor for the Upledger Institute teaching CranioSacral Therapy. Xanthe also teaches Anatomy & Physiology for the College of Natural Health and Homeopathy at their Christchurch based campus.
Xanthe has studied Reiki to level III Practitioner level and is a member of Reiki New Zealand. Xanthe also has a Diploma in Indian Head Massage, accredited by the International Institute of Health and Holistic Therapies (IIHHT) and is a member of the Institute of Indian Head Massage and Certified Massage Therapist with Massage New Zealand (MNZ).
Xanthe continues to attend courses and seminars to increase her knowledge in natural therapies. As part of the continuous up-skilling requirement forHealth Practitioners of New Zealand Xanthe has attended postgraduate reflexology courses in; Hand Reflexology, Ear Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Ayurvedic Refelxology, Vertical Reflexology and CranioSacral Therapy in Reflexology as well as workshops presented at annual Conferences held by RNZ and MNZ.
Xanthe also practices CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation and is the New Zealand Satellite for the Upledger and Barral Institutes who teach CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation courses around the world. Xanthe has attended courses in CranioSacral Techniques, mouth work, SomatoEmotional Release and CranioSacral Therapy for Paediatrics. Xanthe incorporates these techniques into her treatment sessions.
Xanthe receives invitations to talk to groups on both Reflexology and Indian Head Massage, during 2004 she presented 2 workshops at the Massage Institute of New Zealand conference (now called MNZ), in 2008 presented 2 workshops at the Massage New Zealand conference and in 2012 presented 2 workshops at the Reflexology New Zealand conference.
Xanthe graduated with an honours degree in Applied Chemistry (1992) and worked as a Research Scientist then a Marketing Services Manager in a busy international sales office before becoming a natural health practitioner. Xanthe fully understands the demands that such environments have on people, and the place in today's society for natural therapies to assist with health maintenance in a non intrusive way. If you would like a consultation with Xanthe to explore how reflexology and other natural therapies can assist your own health and lifestyle she will be pleased to hear from you.