Hosting Team

WE WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A HUGE THANK YOU to our team of volunteer Hosts, who will be looking after you over the  weekend.  The Hosts are vital to the special atmosphere we aim to create at BFS; one of friendliness, welcome, warmth and of being looked after.


Ian Dale (Host team coordinator)

Ian Dale

I feel privileged to be a Host for the 2018 British Fascia Symposium.  Having spent thirty years producing music for film, radio and television for a successful global music publishing company, I now specialise in creating multi-dimensional music to blend ‘harmony’ with healing, using gongs, Tibetan bowls and bells, creating a colour in sound to resonate with the subtle frequencies of the mind, body and spirit.  I have two boys, 19 and 23, and enjoy spending time dancing and connecting with Nature with my other little boys (my two dogs!)



Jakki Hesse

Jakki HesseMy name is Jakki Hesse and I work out of a clinic in Selsdon in South London specialising in Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork and fascial unwinding. I work once a month with Mencap offering massage to profoundly disabled clients and have just trained to be a doula. I love my work particularly scar work as some of the results I have had amaze me, fascia is an amazing thing. In my free time I spend time in nature with my two dogs, go to the cinema and spend time with friends.


Sarah Nelson

Sarah NelsonI’m a Scottish massage therapist with 16 years of experience and training running a busy practice in the Greater Manchester area.  My therapeutic qualifications span eastern and western modalities, from light touch and still work to deep tissue, but what I enjoy most about my job is relieving pain and improving people’s mobility. So I’m obviously an avid follower of fascia, and delighted to be helping out at the British Fascia Symposium this year. I can’t wait to meet fellow fascia addicts and hear all about the latest thinking on the subject from experts in their field.

I speak French and Spanish so hopefully these skills will be useful for delegates whose first language isn’t English.

When I’m not massaging or being evangelical about fascia, I enjoy Yoga, hillwalking, cooking tasty food and hanging out with my  friends having fun.

Mandy Gorst

Hello, I’m Mandy.  I’m a BMandy Gorstowen Therapist and Scar Work therapist. I’ve recently graduated from Keele University with a BSc (Hons) in Human Biology and Psychology and am about to start on an MSc in Health Sciences. I am the current Mature, Part-time and Distance Learning Student rep., with plots, cunning plans and schemes to encourage a more holistic health and well-being attitude across the University.

I’m particularly interested in young men’s mental health issues, specifically, why they are not keen to go for treatments like Massage/Bowen/Fascia work to help with relaxation and de-stressing.

I’m a member of Healing Hands Network and have travelled to Sarajevo twice as well as working in the UK on the ‘Forces Project’ which I am keen to continue.

My first qualifications were in Accommodation Services so I have a background in hospitality and catering which should stand me in good stead for the BFS 18.  I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and being as helpful as possible.

I like reading, usually science fiction/fantasy, cats, dragons and weird music.

Yvonne Blake

Yvonne BlakeHi, my name is Yvonne Blake and I am a self employed Sports Therapist working predominantly with CrossFit athletes.  I am also a director of the Sports Massage Association and lecture from time-to-time too.  In my spare time I keep fit at CrossFit, but also spend a lot of time renovating my house! I am looking forward to being part of the 2018 BFS host team as it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet up with colleagues but, more importantly, to extend my friendships within the industry and share knowledge.



Sandra Whittle

Sandra WhittlePhysiotherapist, Acupuncturist, Sports Therapist, Bowen Therapist, Massage Therapist, plus other Holistic Therapies and qualifications…

Having attended the first BFS I am very excited about being part of the team of volunteers this year. While you enjoy the weekend I will be there to help it run smoothly for you.  It is a very informative weekend with workshops and seminars with an abundance of the latest information, theories and research that is available on fascia. The weekend will help you piece together the wider picture of all the localised structural changes of fascia, the bio-chemical and neurophysiological responses that impact our treatments in clinic.

Sarah Symonds

Sarah SymondsI am Sarah Symonds and I am a Clinical Massage Therapist who works with both people and our canine companions. For the past 13 years I have run a very successful practice under the name of ‘Nature’s Assistance Ltd’ helping people move out of pain and restore health and functionality to their muscles and soft tissue. Additionally for the last 3 years I have also worked as a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist through my business ‘Your Dog’s Life’ helping to improve mobility and support muscular function of dogs whatever breed size or age. I love all things Fascia related and the profound effect that working on this connective tissue can have on our bodies, so I jump at all opportunities to enhance my skills and knowledge of the fascial system. I attended BFS 2016 and was blown away by the various speakers and their passion to share their knowledge and increase our understanding of Fascia. To be part of the Hosting team at BFS 2018 is a real honour and privilege and a great way for me to thank all those who bring knowledge and learning to new and exciting heights.

Kate Tosney

Kate TosneyI’m Kate Tosney from the Wirral in Merseyside.

I’m a self employed Massage Therapist with over 7 years experience in various clinical and sports settings and I absolutely love my job!

My passion is helping people who are in pain.  I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, so I’ve trained and have a good sound knowledge in a range of areas including Clinical/Deep Tissue Massage, Reiki, Fascia and Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork.  I use this massage toolbox to develop a bespoke treatment suitable for my clients.

I’m thrilled not to mention blessed to have the opportunity to be a Host at BFS18. Not only is it a great opening to meet up with colleagues from around the country, it’s a chance to engage with liked minded people. I’m particularly looking forward to meeting and listening to the fantastic key speakers sharing their knowledge at this great event.

Sebastian Staziker


Hi  – I’m Sebastian (usually known as Baz) from Suffolk.

I’m a carpenter by day, but recently qualified to teach yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga.  My classes are a slower, deeper style than some others.  I like to explore postures fully, working closely with the breath and integrating the meditative and philosophical elements of yogic practice into all aspects of my teaching.  I also offer treatments as a Satvik Energy Therapist.

Away from the workbench or the yoga mat, I enjoy getting out into nature (I’m blessed to live on the beautiful Suffolk coastline) walking, gardening, or beachcombing.

Andree Murnaghan

Andree Murnaghan

A warm welcome from one of your hosts to the British Fascia Symposium 2018. Excited? I am! The line up of speakers is quite brilliant, so attendees of BFS2018 are in for a fabulous weekend. As one of your hosts my job is to make your weekend comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. You are in for quite a treat learning about the latest research on Fascia from some extraordinary speakers.  BFS2018 will be the best year yet! I am a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist living in Brighton and treating in Hove and Henfield. I am absolutely passionate about my work. I feel exceptional lucky to have the privilege of putting my hands on people and restoring their inherent health. What an honour. I am looking forward to supporting you at BFS2018.