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Stuart is the founder and owner of The Movement and Therapy Clinic, running this alongside his partner Olena Baker.
Welcome to the MAT Clinic, if you would like to know a bit about my journey you can go to www.akarmalife.com this is the studio I founded and where the classes and practises that support the work we do at the MAT Clinic operate from.
Everything I have done up to now has led me to this point and everyone I have met has influenced my thinking in some way; whether that is in training, treating, business or personally. Every modality and skill I have learned along the 31 years I have spent on this journey, I bring to you in my therapies integrated into my bodywork approach and also @ the MAT Clinic. I have been fortunate to work with world leaders in every field mentioned above with a list too long to mention but cumulating in my latest studies in anatomy with prosections and dissections at Kings College London, Nottingham University and the University of St. Andrews.
Being injured in my youth as much as I was has actually been a gift, from gymnastics to boxing, bodybuilding to martial arts, there is opportunity in everything if you know where to look. It has kept me driving forwards, seeking out the best to work with and train with, along with new research and approaches. The MAT Clinic is a unique integrated approach to healing, body and mind and dare I say it, soul. Everyone who is on our team has come to us through opportunity and choice, not chance.
Having trained many former students up to teach and work alongside me only for them to outstrip my knowledge in each of their unique areas has been a privilege to watch and be part of. Meeting my partner has been a journey through many challenges and taken my own teaching down new paths I could not have imagined. More than any others, Olena Baker, Steph Hammond, Lynnette Moodeyand Melanie Collinsare the people, teachers and therapists who have influenced the process of getting to where we are now, the MAT Clinic. Success breeds success and each of them have worked tirelessly to bring you the opportunity the MAT Clinic offers.
We are committed, enthusiastic and involved in all we deliver, some of it can be painful at times, but breaking new ground always is. Doing nothing is never an option, we are here to keep you moving forwards, we are 'Therapy in Motion'.
Bodyworker | Sports Massage | Yoga Teacher | Tai Chi Teacher | Chi Kung Teacher | Pilates Teacher | Advanced PT | Sports Nutritionist | BioMechanics
In 2011, Olena found herself in Dharamsala, India on a yoga teacher training programme. A believer in life guiding you to where you need to be, she now teaches full time with a special interest in trauma, mental wellbeing (Trauma and iRest Therapy) and end of life care (Soul Midwifery). Her aim is to enable people to discover their innate capacity to heal and to experience greater peace and resilience no matter what circumstances life presents.
On beginning her yoga journey, Olena says, “I started experimenting with meditation in my late teens and went to my first yoga class at an Iyengar studio in Canada in 1993. I felt out of my comfort zone and stuck with it for only a few months. It wasn’t an immediate love affair with the practice I’ll admit, and over the years I tried several different styles of yoga. However, yoga creates a sense of ease in my body mind and that was the reason I kept coming back. Now it’s my life.”
Experiencing and learning through your personal challenges is the greatest teacher. Olena explores this through the mind-body practices of ashtanga vinyasa and gentle yoga, pranayama and yoga nidra meditation. It was a running accident in 2012 that left Olena with a permanent brain injury. The Western approach only led so far and she was left with the, "this is as good as it gets" and no further help is available mentality. This led her to further explore the practise of yoga nidra, and her teacher James Reeves, as a means of dealing with the emotional turmoil that a traumatic brain injury left and brings. Very much a blessing in disguise, she credits this life-changing event with her passion to spread the joy of this simple, yet profound method of self-inquiry and healing.
Committed to personal and professional development Olena has attended workshops, trainings and retreats with specialist teachers, including iRest yoga nidra founder and non-dualistic scholar Richard Miller, anatomy and fascia experts Gary Carter, Thomas Meyers and Jill Miller and international ashtanga teachers Lucy Crawford, David Swenson and David Garrigues. Before taking time off to have a baby she also taught on Yoga London’s 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training programmes.
Along her path Olena has spent 20 years of her life studying end of life care which led her into training in Soul Midwifery. Olena says, "Using all I have learnt along with the training of Soul Midwifery has given me the rare opportunity to support and transition people who are terminally ill, it is a mixed blessing but something I am immensely proud and humbled to be able to do and offer.
Steph was introduced to Pilates almost 20 years ago after a serious back injury left her in severe pain.
Always into sport, she decided to turn her passion into a career over 4 years ago having been inspired by the training and very different approach she found working with Stuart McCabe. First training as a Fitness Instructor, followed by Nutrition for Weight Management, she then embarked on her Pilates teacher training with STOTT® Pilates and lastly into bodywork with Swedish Massage.
These avenues have led onto CPDs in Postural Analysis, Special Populations and Pre and Postnatal Pilates and Intrinsic Biomechanics with Rachel France.
Steph is fascinated by the body, the way it moves, connects and how different movement approaches can support injury recovery, dysfunctions and postural issues within the body. This includes the important role nutrition plays having jointly established Diet Busters (www.dietbustersuk.com) with Stuart, a very popular nutrition programme based on a 12-week programme of breaking the myths around dieting.
Now with the added experience of soft tissue work, there is an understanding of what it means to touch and influence tissue on a new level. Steph uses this and draws on the anatomical knowledge she's gained through her training and personal study to work with clients within a small group, class setting or 1-2-1's in Pilates, Strength Training, Postural Analysis or Biomechanics. With the ability to cross refer to any of the other therapists with the MAT Clinic, this has given Steph an ever rarer opportunity to influence change in peoples lives.
Steph says “The more I learn about the body the more I realise there is to learn, it never ceases to amaze me. I hope building on my own experience in overcoming adversity will inspire other people to do the same. I am still working on my body, continually learning and developing my skills and knowledge, so I can be the best I can in my therapies and teaching. I am really excited by what we have created at the MAT Clinic as I firmly believe the approaches are a new way forwards with supporting both our clients and students alike.
Swedish Massage | Pilates Teacher | Strength Training | Special Populations | BioMechanics | Pre/Post-Natal |Posture Clinic | Nutrition for Weight Management
Jo is a Registered Nurse Practioner with 22 years experience, qualifying with a BCs Honours in Adult Nursing, she is also a Nursery Nurse and in 2016 qualified as a Masseur Therapist. Since then Jo has been doing continued CPD. She brings a unique approach to her work and to MAT Clinic offering; Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Indian Head and DTM. Jo says, "I use an intuitive approach utilising all my clinical experience as a Nurse practioner along with my understanding of the bodies natural abilities to heal itself into my therapies. Creating a unique environment that allows me to hone in on an individual's needs. Those who have benefitted from my work are pregnant women to athletes, those in Chronic pain, suffering from Anxiety, depression, disturbed sleeping patterns, migraines or those simply looking for overall wellness and relaxation".
"To become part of the MAT Clinic and be working with such unique, experienced Team offering supportive, linked up services along with everything akarmalife offers with regards their practises is an amazing opportunity. Everyone here supports one another and everyone supports all those we treat. There is such a sense of community and belonging whilst remaining client focused, it is an amazing place and space."
Swedish Massage | Aromatherapy | Hot Stone Therapy | Pregnancy Massage
| DTM | Indian Head
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now a way of life for Lynnette, everything she teaches and all the therapies she offers stem from this ancient tradition of healing helping people to improve their quality of life. She is a Tai chi/ Qi gong / Yin yoga instructor and a Tui Na (Chinese massage) master therapist.
Her journey started when she became very ill with a chronic neurological disease. She started to look for an alternative medicine to help reduce her pain. Having tried Tai Chi very briefly in her twenties, she decided to go back to it. Tai Chi, along with a change of lifestyle, helped her to completely heal herself. Her love, belief and interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine blossomed. She started her studies 2012. Lynnette has a ‘yin’ like quality to her teaching and therapeutic approach, sharing her knowledge in the belief that it does and will make a difference to peoples lives.
Tui Na massage is an ancient Chinese healing art dating back thousands of years. Lynnette studied her foundation diploma in 2015, followed by her masters. She spends many hours massaging people and never gets tired of the fantastic reaction she gets from her patients when they first experience Tui Na. This has led her onto Acupuncture, Gua Sha, Fascia Release, further Tai Chi and Chi Kung Studies as well as many other CPD qualifications.
A chance meeting back in 2012 at a completely unrelated event was when she first met Stuart McCabe. From then until now he has been her teacher. "To bring together a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to healing the body and be able to support that process working alongside Stuart and the rest of the MAT Clinic team is such a unique opportunity. It was a chance conversation in a car with Stuart whilst we were on our way back from a training course as he was explaining where he wanted to take his integrated therapy approach that inspired the MAT Clinic. I believe in what we have created and am so excited about the potential of this approach going forwards".
Lynnette runs 2 Chinese Medicine Clinics, 1 in Ampthill out of the MAT Clinic @ akarmalife and the other is in Dunstable.
Acupuncture | Tui Na Massage (Acupressure) Master Therapist |
Tai Chi Teacher | Qi Gong (Chi Kung) Teacher | Yin Yoga Teacher
Lucia originally trained as an Osteopath from 2008 and qualified in 2013, alongside this she trained as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2010. Her study and CPD is extensive, Cranial Osteopathy, Paediatric Osteopathy, Dynamic Musculoskeletal Stabilisation, Balanced Ligamentous Tension Upper and Lower body and more. As her training has developed and adapted she has moved much more into the soft tissue side of Therapy. Apart from the above, she has a Batchelors Degree in Accountancy, speaks 3 languages fluently and managed to take 2 years off to have a baby.
Working as a soft tissue therapist she will be offering clients, personalised, tailored treatments to meet the needs of each individual, using soft tissue techniques, gentle joint mobilisation, and some advanced techniques to positively affect musculoskeletal system and overall health.
Lucia says, "for me, exercise such as Pilates or Yoga is absolutely essential to the maintenance of overall health. The opportunity and ability to cross-refer clients under 1 roof across the breadth of modalities offered at MAT Clinic in association with akarmalife, with experienced teachers and other therapists, is massively exciting. Working together as one team, we can achieve fantastic results for our clients. “
David played high level football from the age of 8 until he was 18 years old when he moved to Ireland and began playing Gaelic Football. To classify Gaelic football, it is an amalgamation of 3 games, Football, Rugby and also Aussie Rules Football. In Ireland Gaelic football is classed as the national sport, however it is classified as an amateur sport as even at the highest level of playing you don't get paid. Training and playing is all done in your own time even though it is quite extensive training, 3-4 days a week and a game at the weekend. Due to its very nature, it has a very high contact and impact rate. It was here, over the course of 12 years that David sustained most of his dynamic impact injuries, again playing at a high competitive level. These included; left shoulder dislocated twice, hamstring, thigh and shoulder tears along with crippling shin splints as well as what is termed, "Dynamic Impact Injuries" to Torso, Limbs and Head. These experiences of injuries along with witnessing first hand how soft tissue and sports massage promotes Physical, Physiological, Neurological and Psychological change and particularly recovery, are the driving force behind what he now delivers with his therapy. David says "During my training I spent two seasons with London Irish Rugby team providing pre and post match massage, supporting the physiotherapy team with the prevention and rehab of professional players."
David has always played sport to a high level representing his county in his teens in Football, Basketball, Tennis and Cricket. So he has a good understanding of movement, agility, speed, power and range of movements required to play at a high level.
David says "Those days are now behind me and I have turned my attention to golf, playing off a handicap of 12.
My aims as a therapist are to increase movement and flexibility, injury prevention and promotion of recovery. From exercise including rehabilitation from sports or exercising injuries or even injuries that can happen during seemingly innocuous everyday activities."
David and Stuart met on one of the many CPD courses they have both attended with Sports Therapy UK. Stuarts says, "David again brings something unique to The MAT Clinic. There is an understanding of playing sport to a high level, whether that is amateur events or pro that David brings. He has a good knowledge of Body Mechanics and the many various injures this brings, as well as the day to day injuries that can occur from simply picking up a child. Part of the reason he is such a good fit for the clinic is his thirst for knowledge and passion to understand the individual and their needs, we are really pleased to have him on the team".
FA Coach | Sports Injury Upper & Lower Body | Gait Analysis
Following on from her studies in Transpersonal ("Transpersonal" meaning beyond the self), Art Therapy in Melbourne, Australia Kirsty has worked as a facilitator and counsellor, launching Onewomancottage in 2013 offering unique alternative therapies. Kirsty has worked with both adults and children from diverse backgrounds running both group workshops and 1:1 sessions.
Creative therapy has been found to improve health including physical, emotional and cognitive functioning. It can help to regulate difficult emotions and broaden perspective, providing clients with tools to navigate their life with increased self-awareness, confidence and resilience. Kirsty utilises her creative skills to facilitate a safe environment for self-expression and communication.
Influenced by Australian and Native American teachings, Kirsty understands the need for us to explore what lies beneath the surface of ourselves and works experientially with states of consciousness using meditation, art, drumming and dance. These techniques lead to a deeper level of understanding and hence create a more conducive environment for healing to occur. Kirsty works from a client centred approach, tailoring therapy sessions specific to each individual healing through the arts.
Kirsty offers 1:1 Creative Therapy and Reiki healing sessions, group workshops, and Trance Dance.
Following my University studies in Business Management I worked for many years as a Practice Manager at a therapy clinic. It was here that I first met a Hypnotherapist that was to have a huge impact upon my life. Having suffered for many years with anxiety I decided to give Hypnotherapy a go and found it to be life-changing. This positive experience inspired me to train as a Hypnotherapist myself. Before this, like most people, I thought Hypnotherapy was about making people cluck like a chicken on a stage! I couldn’t have been more wrong".
Since completing my Hypnotherapy training at the Cambridge College of Hypnotherapy in 2012 I been able to help and support many different areas of peoples lives. These have included;
- Managing stress.
- Working and overcoming anxiety
- Differing physical and emotion blocks that manifest physically
- Preparation for birth
- Overcome Phobias - fear of needles, dentists, driving and much more…
Seeing someone overcome their fear, freeing another from the claws of anxiety or helping someone through the darkest time of their life is so utterly rewarding and I am so grateful to be able to call this my vocation. Having the opportunity to work with and @ The MAT Clinic as part of the integrated Therapy team utilising all the linked up services that together we offer is an exciting time and I look forwards to what we can achieve together.
I have also gone on to explore Hypnobirthing having personally experienced two unpleasant childbirths. Training in two different methods, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and based on scientific research I used the tools and techniques for the birth of my third child and it was such a different experience. I felt in control, empowered and I managed the whole labour with no pain relief. To date the tools and techniques have me helped to help 21 sets of parents to prepare for the birth of their children with equally as positive outcomes. Most recently I have started offering post-birth sessions to help parents through those first few months of parenthood, which can be a tough and lonely time.
As well as face-to-face sessions I create personalised audio download that are very popular and clients have found them to be very effective in helping a range of issues. They can be used alongside sessions or independently.
Anne came to coaching after twenty years in a corporate environment that left her burnt out and chronically ill. After experiencing numerous Drs and Specialists she was eventually diagnosed with ME / CFS, however this was only the start of a long journey back to health. Through her own recovery experience Anne changed a number of elements in her life from nutrition, to yoga but utilising Coaching to work through her disconnection with what she really wanted to do as opposed what she thought she ought to be doing was her biggest breakthrough; this has taught her how important it is to live the fullest expression of your life and to do the things that make you happy. Coaching is an amazing tool to do just that.
Coaching is all about moving forward from being stuck, from inaction into action and into your most fulfilled life. It helps you reconnect with who you are and what you want, giving you back your spark. We can address any area of your life that you want to make a change in, or where a change is already happening, and you want help to navigate through it. And if you don’t quite know yet what that "IT" is but you know that there is something not quite right yet there we can help you unlock that too.