Nikki Routledge has been successfully treating animals as a McTimoney Animal Practitioner for the past 14 years, with the majority of her clients being horses and dogs, with the occasional cat or cow thrown in for good measure. However, in recent few years, (since the arrival of her own human child as well as the four-legged surrogate children), Nikki has wanted to learn more about human treatment and expand into offering this service.

After some researching into the various therapies and courses available, Nikki decided to embark on her Bowen journey with the College of Bowen Studies and has now qualified as a Bowen Practitioner.  When asked why she chose Bowen, Nikki said, “it was simply due to the number of friends and acquaintances who had tried Bowen and found it to be so beneficial, sometimes where other therapies had failed; that is what got me interested. I went for a Bowen treatment myself and felt an instant difference in my back and pelvis, where I know I harbour issues. My Bowen journey has been fascinating, and while no therapy can help everyone, Bowen seems to produce good results for many.”

Nikki provides a home visiting service, particularly for those with tight schedules or for whom getting out and about can be difficult. In addition to her human practice, Nikki is continuing to treat her animal clients, and also lectures for the McTimoney College MSc Animal Manipulation programme and for Bridgwater College BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Management programme.

When not working, Nikki somehow fits in some fundraising too. In 2013 Nikki ran the Virgin London Marathon, raising over £2,800 for charity Spinal Research and in 2014 she raised £1,200 for Scope by attempting the Ironman UK 70.3 held on Exmoor and billed the toughest 70.3 in Europe. Over 2014- 2015, Nikki raised £3,500 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and £1,400 towards a defibrillator machine for the local parish.