Therapists & Instructors
Debbie became interested in mindfulness as an occupational therapist and hand therapist working with people with chronically painful upper limb conditions in the NHS. After training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) through Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, she started Simply Mindfulness in 2017. She has further trained to teach PAWS.b through the Mindfulness in Schools Project and MBCT-Life with the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She has since taught the 8-week MBCT course to people in community courses, workplaces (primarily health teams and school staff), private courses while continuing as a hand therapist and teaching mindfulness for chronic pain at Spire Norwich Hospital.
Avril began her career as a scientist, obtaining a phd in Molecular virology. After working many years in this field she decided to pursue her passion in movement by obtaining a master’s degree in physiotherapy. She has worked as a physiotherapist since 2010 with professional sports teams and GP practices in the region. As an avid climber and a national level gymnast, it was natural that she would aim to help improve the health of others through the use of exercise and further trained in yoga and pilates. She now combines her work as a physiotherapist in GP practices in Norfolk with teaching clinical pilates and yoga classes.
Laura is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist and Certified Pilates Instructor, practising physiotherapy since 2005 and teaching Pilates since 2007. Pilates is an effective, enjoyable form of exercise to help optimise posture, tone and suppleness, as well as rehabilitate or manage many injuries and conditions. Laura’s mat classes are varied and progressive. They include the use of small equipment such as resistance bands, foam rollers and regular technique checks. Laura screens all attendees so that she can tailor participation to suit each individual and their goals. Enjoy moving mindfully in a peaceful environment at Postwick Hall Farm.
Michelle Busuttil, Yoga Teacher, BSc (hons), MSc, (dipFRYOG) (international), holder of BWY diploma and Birthright diplomas in aqua natal yoga, baby swimming and baby yoga and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. She believes passionately in the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga and supports those in her classes to experience these benefits in every class she teaches.
The yoga classes cover classical yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and an assortment of meditation exercises. They are suitable for people who have practised yoga before for people at a beginner level. She also offers private classes for those who may want to try yoga before they attend a class.
Sarah, a qualified Primary School teacher, first heard of Mindfulness in 2013, while in conversation with a friend, but didn’t pursue it until 2017, when she completed the 8-week MBSR course. Sarah felt it was unlike anything she had done before, an exercise to keep the mind healthy, and became passionate about delivering it to children. She trained to teach the PAWS B (Pause Be) course for 7-11 year olds in 2019. Sarah has seen first-hand in schools how children struggle to concentrate fully on lessons when there’s a lot of social or emotional problems/worries buzzing around in their minds. She has since gone on to teach the 10-12 week course in schools across Norfolk and in private courses for families.
Laura became interested in mindfulness as a qualified Science and Psychology secondary school teacher observing that many young people were regularly shouldering unnecessary pressures and daily stresses. She completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in 2017 quickly saw how the skills learned through mindfulness would benefit the mental wellbeing of young people. She trained to teach the .b (Dot Be) mindfulness programme for 12-18 year olds through the Mindfulness In Schools Project (MiSP) in 2019. She now teaches the nine week .b course for teens in the classroom and in private sessions.