A TEACHER has left the classroom to launch her own well-being business after suffering a debilitating illness.

Kay Turner taught Religious Studies, Health and Social Care and Psychology at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College in Thirsk from 1996, but she left teaching four years ago shortly after being diagnosed with the condition fibromyalgia.

Now, after training in well-being, life coaching and Yin yoga, and becoming an advanced practitioner in energy medicine, mysticism and Shamanic healing, Ms Turner, 46, has launched her own business - Another Log on the Fire.

She offers sessions at her home near Northallerton, as well as workshops and retreats at Holy Rood House in Sowerby, Thirsk, The Acorn Wellness Retreat at Hartwith, near Harrogate, and in Morton-on-Swale Village Hall, near Northallerton.

“Learning about health and well-being helped me so much. I didn’t realise before how the nervous system works, but as I learnt more and more, I realised that I could help others,” said Ms Turner, who studied Theology at Durham University, and has an MA in Theology from York St John University.

She works with people with modern-day problems, ranging from burnout from overwork and too many commitments, to low mood, anxiety and unfulfilling relationships. She also works in schools to educate students about how to manage stress and anxiety.

“It’s good to see my clients develop confidence, express themselves, set boundaries and prioritise themselves, often for the first time in their lives,” said Ms Turner, a mother-of-three, who is in recovery from her condition.

“A lot of people come to me after trying treatment such as psychotherapy and counselling. Some are quite sceptical when they arrive, but they soon see the results for themselves.

“Having been a teacher, I use the skill set I needed in the classroom to empower my clients. Teaching taught me how to hold group dynamics, structure sessions and listen well. They’re all vital skills in my new role.”

The next event is to be held at Holy Rood House in Sowerby, Thirsk, on March 15 from 11am until 4pm and will include energy medicine, yoga, sound and coaching workshops. On May 17 from 2pm until 4pm Ms Turner will run a session of movement, yoga, sound, relaxation, energy medicine and meditation at Morton-on-Swale Village Hall, near Northallerton.

To find out more or book, go to https://www.anotherlogonthefire.com/