I became interested in osteopathy when I was at school. I played a lot of sport and developed knee and lower back pain with cricket and rugby respectively. On both occasions I was helped by an osteopath who's enthusiasm for his work was infectious. I decided at that point to see if I could pursue osteopathy as a career.
I went to study at the British School of Osteopathy, graduating in 1983. I have since run practices in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire and now work full time in Congleton, Cheshire.
I studied psychotherapy in the early 90's which helped further my understanding of mind-body interactions and my current academic interests are in exploring how research in the areas of neuroscience, trauma and pain education can inform my practise.
I remain active, enjoying mountain biking, hill running and yoga and work closely with personal trainers and yoga instructors to help people recovering from injury or to assist a safe return to activity as part of their overall health plan.
Ariana came to holistic health because of her chronic pain and fatigue syndrome labelled as “fibromyalgia”.
She qualified with a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London with a double Diploma in Naturopathy (D N) and Osteopathy (D.O., M.Ost). She won prizes in Visceral Osteopathy and Clinical Psychology.
Ariana’s post-graduate specialism is in Functional Medicine. She completed the Applying Functional Medicine in the Clinical Field (AFMCP™-UK) training in 2018 and the Gastrointestinal Functional Medicine training in 2019. She is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine, where Dr Rangan Chatterjee (of BBC One “Doctor in the House”) was also a student.
Ariana completed her certification as a K-Laser Therapist in 2021.
She also offers gait analysis for the prescribing and purchasing of custom orthotics.
She also is a qualified Sports and Holistic massage therapist.