The MTI Board consists of five members (a Chair, two Directors and two Leads) who focus on:
- The arbitration of issues relating to MTI
- Internal and external affairs, including representing MTI at national level with support as appropriate from MTI councils
- Overseeing MTI's financial stability
- MTI's publicity and marketing policy
- MTI's code of conduct and disciplinary procedures
- Disciplinary hearings
- Liaising with relevant bodies.
Lorraine is returning to the role of MTI Chair for 2021, having held the post in 2009. Her first action is to connect with the MTI team and find out more about their roles, their thoughts about MTI’s priorities, what they feel might need to be addressed, changed or maintained and strengthened.
Lorraine has been a massage therapist for about 30 years; she established Meridian School of Massage & Bodywork in 2004 and, having moved to the beautiful coastline of North Devon, set up Devon School of Massage & Bodywork. She has been a practical assessor for MTI for some years now; has worked in several different settings with various touch/bodywork modalities and is also employed by the NHS to provide the Touch Therapy service for people with a learning disability and/or autism in Birmingham. This work is a passion. She works with people for whom it might be difficult to connect with, to understand and who are often described as communicating through behaviour of concern. She developed an Interactive Touch approach and offers training to support workers to aid their relationship with the people that they provide care for.
Another area of passion is that of inclusion and diversity – and the right for all to feel included, involved and listened to. This has been the foundation that underpins Lorraine’s personal and professional life, including within the NHS, education, civil rights projects, research and bodywork.
Lorraine enjoys nature, photography, politics, reading, live theatre, music and good films. Walking is a great pleasure – especially when accompanied by Harvey and Molly, her 4-legged companions. She loves, plays and learns from all the little people in their lives – great nieces and nephews. Lorraine enjoys percussion and has as variety of hand drums – she has recently started to learn to play the guitar and ukulele. Future learning: snowboarding! Lorraine’s nephew is an instructor!
Karen started as a massage practitioner in 1997. She previously had a career in retail management. Since then, Karen has gone on to train in Aromatherapy, Bowen Technique, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Sports Massage and Thermal Stone Therapy as well as a variety of CPD workshops. She feels her broad skill base supports her in meeting her clients' needs and keeps life interesting.
As well as working as a therapist, she is a teacher of anatomy, physiology and pathology and massage courses including Stone Therapy. She is an MTI practical exam assessor, and also a theory exam assessor.
The one thing Karen could never do without is her diary, as it tells her which part of the country she is supposed to be in and when!
Ros’s first career was in catering. After taking a study break, she then went to work within Homelessness Services in Edinburgh City Council where she stayed for almost 20 years.
Her massage journey started in 2004, with the School of Holistic Therapy in Edinburgh. Ros was captivated by this totally new way of working with people and continues studying and exploring massage. She has a Level 6 qualification in advanced clinical and sports massage and trained in Myofascial Release, and various other modalities.
Ros works as a therapist seeing private clients as well as providing complementary therapies within an NHS abstinence programme. Making massage accessible is one of her key aims. She runs Rosslyn Alternatives in Livingston near Edinburgh, teaching the MTI diploma and various CPD courses. She is an MTI assessor for both practical and theory exams.
Gardening is her main way of relaxing and connecting with nature, although spending time with the cat is a close second especially when the weather is bad.
Dror is the founder of Bodyology School in London. He pursued a dancer’s career before he was seriously injured in a car accident. Massage treatments not only helped him to recover but also inspired him to study massage therapy. It gave him a new direction in life that combines many things he loves; physical movement, non-verbal communication, human science and the art of healing.
Dror became an MTI tutor because of our high standards and the holistic, all-encompassing approach.
As well as studying massage, Dror also took a pre-med course and qualified as an osteopath and acupuncturist.
Dror is fascinated by many areas of learning and if he wasn’t a massage practitioner and tutor, he could have gone into psychotherapy, counselling, politics, photography, web programming, environmental engineering or been a chef.
His life motto is “It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We are powerful beyond measure.”
Jennie Parke Matheson
Jennie Parke Matheson is the Practitioner Lead on the MTI Board. She is an experienced therapist and MTI tutor at Hands On Training, she sits on the Profession Specific Board for massage at the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and is the MTI rep on the Council for Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT).
Jennie has worked as a complementary therapist and tutor for 12 years, following a career in theatre and events production. She took the MTI Holistic Massage Diploma in 2009 and is qualified in a diverse range of therapies including Healing, Meditation, Crystal & Chakra Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Hot Stone Massage.
She has also worked as a Massage in Schools instructor, and at the Royal Free Hospital in North London giving massage on the wards. She regularly gives practical workshops for Kith & Kids, the charity supporting young people with learning difficulties and autism. And will shortly resume work with various NHS Trusts, training hospital volunteers in arm and hand massage.
In 2020-21, Jennie was central to both the GCMT and the MTI response to the COVID-19 pandemic and brings all this skill and experience to her new role.
Outside of massage Jennie is a keen writer and gardener. The gardening has helped keep her sane during lockdown – and the creative writing is supporting her work in developing new books on massage technique in her respective specialities.