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About Me



My name is Ria Hornsby Barlow and I'm a highly qualified and award-winning Holistic Therapist. I created Nurturia Holistic Therapies to live a more fulfilling life, helping people to live better and in turn helping myself by undertaking a more rewarding career.




Having worked so much of my life in the corporate office world as a Customer Service Manager in both the private and public sector, at the age of 30 I yearned for something different.


Then, through a series of events I rediscovered a long-lost passion, massage. Throughout my teens and early twenties, I was often rubbing friend’s shoulders, helping to ease tight muscles and making them feel nice.


Everything about massage therapy aligned with my priorities in life; helping others, making a difference, connecting with people. It was the rewarding career I was looking for!


Fast forward a few years, and having received the highest grade available in all aspects of my training (Distinction) I began Nurturia, specialising in Holistic Swedish Massage Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage.

Whilst I never stop learning in the field of massage, my own healing journey led me to discover energy practices. More life- changing years of learning and personal growth later, I qualified as a second degree Reiki Practitioner and so, Nurturia expanded to Nurturia Holistic Therapies. My exploration of energy and it's amazing healing properties and uses continues and is an exciting and mind-expanding journey!

In September 2019 I competed with around 40 other Massage Therapists at The National Massage Championships in the Swedish/Deep Tissue category. I was over the moon to be awarded 3rd place! The championships are a prestigious competition that showcase the talents of bodyworks across the country.

In 2019 I also took on a Teaching Assistant position with Oxford School of Massage where I undertook my own training. This was an extremely rewarding post that gave me the opportunity help others learn and grow whilst they embarked on their own journey in the world of bodywork. 

During the global covid pandemic, I sadly had to pause my business for many many months. I was fortunate enough to be able to use this as an opportunity to further my own personal growth and expand my repertoire of holistic therapies by doing a Diploma in Hypnotherapy with the prestigious London based training school HypnoTC.

I am now a fully qualified Hypnotherapist having earned a distinction grade in my Diploma course.


The utilisation of Hypnotherapy is so vast and profound, it has truly been an illuminating and even more life-changing couple of years! I'm so excited to be able to offer this simple, yet profound and self-empowering practice to people.

As well as having a passion for all things well-being, I'm also a lover of dance and music and am a qualified teacher of Ecstatic Awakening Dance and currently hold sessions in my local area. See my Facebook group and Instagram account Hold The Light Tribe for more details!

I see myself as an eternal student of the universe and never want to stop learning and growing, professionally and personally. There is much more I want to learn and qualify in, but for now, I intend to continue honing my existing skills and helping people to live calmer, happier, more fulfilled lives.

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Qualifications & Awards


ITEC Level 3 Diploma Holistic Massage

ITEC Level 3 Diploma Anatomy & Physiology

ITEC Level 2 Diploma Professional Conduct & Business Awareness

OSM (Oxford School of Massage) Level 3 Diploma Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Therapy

Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Techniques and Deep Tissue Massage

LSM (London School of Massage) On-Site Chair Massage

Okuden Reiki Second Degree

Qualified teacher of Ecstatic Awakening Dance

Diploma in Hypnotherapy (450 learning hours)

Awarded 3rd place Swedish/Deep Tissue Category at The National Massage Championships 2019

Member of National Guild of Hypnotists

Fully Insured

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Feel  .  Heal  . Glow

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