Onie Tibbitt, Co-Director
I've always been fascinated with life's transitions. I consider it a great honour and a real joy through my work at KnotStressed Therapies to be able to help build confidence and support families through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
In addition to my work at KnotStressed, I am an Independent Celebrant. I believe deeply that families should be able to decide how and where they choose to mark the momentous occasions in their lives, however big or small, religious or secular, traditional or unconventional. There is something utterly beautiful about bringing together individuals with different beliefs, views and life experiences and honouring these beliefs in a shared, life-affirming and celebratory ceremony.
KnotStressed Therapies began following the birth of my daughter, Freya, in 2003 and has evolved over the years alongside my interests and experiences with my children. I have a second daughter, Mairin, who was born in 2009.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be working with my fabulous KnotStressed Co-Director, Krista Black, and to be able to work with all the talented practitioners who have joined our team. Thanks to their involvement, we offer a far wider range of sports/remedial and wellbeing services for our clients.
Over the years we have developed our industry-leading, accredited Training Programmes. I love sharing skills through these courses and feel grateful to be able to meet and spend time with so many wonderful practitioners from all over the country.
My background and previous careers were in Zoology and Biological Sciences, Resource Management and Conservation, Environmental Education, Event Management, Marketing and Publishing.
I am also an aspiring writer and am enjoying (finally!) making time to work on a series of eco-fiction books for young readers.
Qualifications and Experience (in no particular order)
Swedish Massage and On-site Acupressure Massage Qualifications from the Scottish Massage Schools.
I completed a number of training courses with Ronnie Allan, who co-ran the Carole Osborne-Sheets Pregnancy Massage Course for many years in the UK. My training with Ronnie includes: Pregnancy Massage, Postnatal Massage, Massage During Childbirth, Hands Free, Advanced Hands Free, Passive Stretching, Chinese Massage and Slavic Massage. During 2010-11, I undertook extensive tutor-training with Ronnie Allan in preparation for further developing his Master Classes for therapists in Pregnancy Massage, Postnatal Massage, Injury Prevention through Hands Free and Advanced Hands Free Massage and Passive Stretching.
I.P.T.I registered qualification in Indian Head Massage
I originally trained as an Infant Massage Instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage, as well as enjoying additional tutorials in Shiatsu Birth Focus Points and an 'Integrating Baby-Shiatsu course for Baby Massage instructors' with Tamsin Grainger, Head of the Shiatsu School Edinburgh. I am also an accredited Massage in Schools Programme instructor
I am a certified Baby Signing Facilitator having trained through the Baby Signing Training Programme. I have also completed Stage 1 British Sign Language.
I originally trained in HypnoBirthing with the HypnoBirthing Institute, as well as attending Katharine Graves Hypnobirthing Practitioner Course and the Nurturing Birth and Postnatal Doula training programme.
Funeral Celebrant Training with the Humanist Society Scotland in 2014
Fellowship of Professional Celebrants - Wedding and Namings Training 2018
I am a founder member of Agnostic Scotland and a registered member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.
I am a registered member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators
My first book was longlisted for the Myslexia Children’s Book Award in 2016 and I am currently rewriting it as part of a four book series… it may take me forever around my other work commitments but it’s all great fun…