Core Alignment Bodywork

...moving toward ease and freedom

About Phil

I have always had a fascination with the human body, and particularly about the relationship between the body and its 'tenant'. The main vehicle for this curiosity has been via martial arts practice. I began training in Aikido as a teenager, and went on to study Goyararu karate for may years, and latterly, the Chinese 'internal' martial art of Ba Gua Zhang

After a career in microbiology in the food industry, I trained at the McTimoney School in Oxford, graduating in 1992. Soon after, I commenced my studies in Zero Balancing, training with the founder of ZB, Dr Fritz Smith, in both the UK and the US. I became a Certified Zero Balancer in 1997, and graduated as a Teacher of Zero Balancing in 2004.



I currently run a busy bodywork therapy practice in Derby in the UK, and also teach Zero Balancing workshops to both therapists and movement trainers in both the UK and Ireland. 

In 2009 I published my first book;  Unravelling - Letting Go, Getting Well.  The book is the cumulative product of my observations during both my studentship as a martial artist, and my practice of being a bodywork therapist. I've described the book as my attempt to write...


  "... that small, but much needed 'Human Instruction Manual' which was (sadly) missing from the box on arrival."




"The skeleton at our core - dynamic, yet supportive and stable, is the physical manifestation of our centre

It is a place to find rest, and a place where we can cultivate the self-confidence, stillness of mind and dynamism of energy and emotional expression that is our birthright."