Schia Mitchell Sinclair's long fascination with healing and natural medicine started when a friend's mother, an avid gardener in her native Dublin, told her that Lady's Mantle could be used for period pain. As she was studying for a science degree at the time, following up on this nugget of information was to go on the back burner for a time. But the interest did not go away and, after some investigations revealed that studying herbal medicine involved a lot of science and medicine, Schia decided to try out a practitioner course in herbal medicine.
Schia completed her course while working in various environmental organisations and eventually committed herself to natural medicine full time.
Schia came across craniosacral therapy through several herbalists who were also craniosacral therapists. She was very drawn to this way of working and ended up training with the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust. It seemed to combine very well with herbal medicine, giving her another way to help people find health through their physical bodies.
Through all of her training Schia has studied many of the basic medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology, as well as the principles and practice of craniosacral therapy, herbal medicine and nutrition. She has an understanding of the effects of combining herbs with conventional drugs.
She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and the Craniosacral Therapy Association. She abides by their strict codes of ethics and professional conduct. She regularly attends postgraduate training.
Prior to natural medicine, Schia obtained a Bachelor's Degree in microbiology and a Master's Degree in science (environmental resources management). She has also spent time as a manager and environmental mediator in the charity sector.
"In order to cure the human body, it is necessary to have a knowledge of the whole of things."