Our Principal

After a life altering car crash in 1993 Christine took her interests in holistic living and complementary health more seriously. Following her successful corporate career she retrained as an Aromatherapy, Massage and Reiki tutor. 

Graduating in 1997 with qualifications from Shirley Price Aromatherapy, ITEC and IFPA she began to see clients, and trained her first students shortly thereafter.

As her school grew, she founded Obus School and Wellness centre in Co. Kildare in 2005. Running a world class therapeutic clinic, inviting exciting international experts to teach and expanding the range of professional diplomas and cutting edge CPD courses on offer was the focus of this new space.


Whilst running Obus School and Wellness Centre Christine has continue to teach at a number of prestigious national and international venues including: Taiwan, China, USA, Malta, Drogheda Institute of Further Education 

Christine continues to nurture her students and inspire her team of tutors to do new research and write exciting new courses for the Obus program. Obus School and Wellness is busier than ever and we look forward to welcoming you.

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Our School

OBUS School of Healing Therapies is accredited by:
IFPA – International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists
ITEC – International Therapy Examination Council
Christine is a member of
NRRI – National Register of Reflexologists
NAHA – National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists
IMTA – Irish Massage Therapists Association

Meet our tutors

Denise Hanlon


Our Senior Tutor Denise Hanlon has been with us for over 20 years. After a bad road traffic accident, Denise found herself in continual pain despite having exhausted all areas of western medicine. Encountering acupuncture and holistic therapies and realising their amazing benefits on her recovery, she began studying with Obus. Qualifying in Aromatherapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Massage, Reiki, Reflexology and Diet and Nutrition, her teaching career began.  Denise went on continue to study Acupuncture alongside teaching. Denise has taught Diploma and CPD courses in Obus for many years and has written a number of her own courses.  Her knowledge and love for teaching are palpable to all.

Fantastic tutor, Denise Hanlon I loved all of your trainings. A book of knowledge, wisdom & inspiration, sprinkled with oodles of fun and positive energy Beautiful inside and out

Debbie KellyFacebook – 18th March 2022 – under Denise Tutor post

I knew the first time I did a CPD Workshop with you Denise I was lucky to be in the perfect class. Thanks for all your generosity and knowledge

Geraldine O CallaghanFacebook – 18th March 2022

Loved every class you thought Denise & the way you teach. Learned from the best.

Alice KennedyFacebook – 18th March 2022

The Facial Rejuvenation course with Denise is just fabulous. It is a deeply relaxing treatment that your clients will love. Pure Bliss. Thanks Denise for a great weekend of learning and treatments

Sinead ReinhardtFacebook – 4th July Thank you post

Grainne Kennedy


After completing a three-year degree in Journalism, Grainne still felt like she was missing something and that she had more to give. A conversation with her mother about the benefits of holistic massage lead to Grainne recognising her natural knack for helping people.  Embarking on her holistic career in 2016, Grainne went on to qualify in a range of holistic modalities and soon joined the Obus family as a therapist.  In 2021 after completing her teacher training, Grainne became part of the Obus Education team and is delighted to be imparting her knowledge as well as beginning to write her own courses.

Highly recommend this course. Thoroughly enjoyed it yesterday. Grainne is a super tutor. Ty.

Facebook – Holistic Sinus and Nasal Treatment – 9th October 2021

I have been so congested in the past few weeks and this course was perfect for me. After the treatment today, my throat, my head and the nasal cavity was quickly cleared. I have been having sinus problem since I was a teenager, nasal congestion, sinus infections and heavy headed have been nearly part of my life. The techniques learned in this course included facial massage, lymphatic drainage cupping and Indian head massage. It is excellent for self care as well as for clients.
Thank you Grainne, our great tutor who explained the sequences and answered our questions clearly and patiently. I highly recommend this course.

Tracy LauFacebook – Holistic Sinus and Nasal Welcome – 9th October 2021

Really enjoyed this refresher course today! Gráinne is a wonderful teacher, can’t wait till next week

Stephanie HarrisFacebook – 10th September – Obus Massage Refresher

Mary Gunning


Mary fell in love with meditation and yoga as a teenager and sees herself as a lifelong student of them. She went on to study a wide range of holistic modalities that she now incorporates into every aspect of her life.  A Yoga and Meditation teacher, Reiki Master, and Aromatherapist, Mary discovered Sound Healing and has written introduction, certificate and diploma courses in this wonderful modality. Her aim is to get people to slow down from the fast pace life we live in – and to not be so hard on themselves.  Mary enjoys creating a safe space for people to “Just Be”

Loved module one with Mary. She has such great knowledge and passion for sound therapy that's both inspiring and infectious! Highly recommend this course and so looking forward to module two

Olivia McLoughlinFacebook – Certificate in Sound – 13th July 2021

Beautiful massage!!! Mary is a fantastic tutor!!! Highly recommend this course

Basia PatarewiczFacebook – 10th October 2021 – Thai Foot Massage

Sarah Breslin


While working in Financial Services, Sarah was looking for something more meaningful and in 1997 enrolled in an Aromatherapy course where she got her first taste of doing massage and loved it. Whilst she didn’t get to complete the course due to working in 3 European cities at once, it helped her realise that her path lay with Holistic Therapies.

Sarah finally left Financial Services in 2000 having completed her ITEC training in Holistic Massage and beauty therapy ready to achieve her goals of helping people feel better. She worked from home until 2008 when she moved to Spain where she gained her next qualification in Colon Hydrotherapy. On Sarah’s return to Ireland in 2014 she was blessed to find excellent training at the Obus Academy where she completed Advanced Massage Techniques and Ace Advanced Cupping Training.

Sarah now runs her own busy practice in Maynooth. In 2019 having completed her Train the Trainer course, she began training students in Colon Hydrotherapy. Sarah is now delighted to be working with the Obus Academy team helping others to expand their skills and knowledge.

Sarah Byrne


From a very young age, Sarah was fascinated and curious about the human body and how it works. Being around loved ones who were in pain and dealing with health issues, she wanted to help. So in 2004 she decided to study Sports Therapy. After studying full time for 2 years she graduated and has been working in Holistic Health and Fitness ever since. Studying Massage, Reflexology, Pathology, Nutrition, Exercise, Health & Fitness, and Pilates, her work has allowed her to marry together her understanding of the body to help people move easier and feel better.

In 2010 she was prompted by several people (including teachers she was once a student of) to consider becoming a teacher herself. Following her Teacher Training Sarah has gone on to teach several ITEC Diploma courses leading to internationally recognised qualifications, written, and delivered CPD workshops in exercise, health & fitness, and massage. She has been a guest speaker and assistant teacher on Teacher Training Courses.

Sarah has studied Aromatherapy and attended the majority of our CPD modalities in Massage and Reflexology here in Obus School and she is working as a therapist in the Obus Clinic.  In 2022 she joins our teaching team.  

Sarah Loves to share the gift of knowledge with her clients and students to empower them. “To support the progress my students, make on their journey to self-improvement and witness their self-actualisation is not only a privilege, but a truly magical experience. It’s a feeling I never tire of!”- Sarah Fitzsimons

Sarah Fitzsimons is a wonderful teacher. She has a lovely soft and kind quality and such a friendly approachable manner. She puts you at ease as you learn a new skill. She made the class and the subject she taught; relatable, easy to understand, calm and enjoyable. Making a very inspiring, lasting impression.

Gráinne M.K.I would definitely highly recommend her as a tutor.

Donna Ritchie


Donna was at a crossroad in her life after 15 years of working in the corporate industry and realizing the impact it was taking on her health. After a brief period of traveling around Asia with her young family and experiencing the benefits of complementary therapies on the mind and body, she realized this was the path for her.

After her return, Donna began an ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage with The Obus Academy and then went on to study their Diploma in Reflexology, while adding a wide range of CPD treatments to her portfolio. Donna believes that educating her clients on the functioning of the body, as well as showing them how they can continue their healing and destressing at home is just as important as the treatment she offers. Her passion for Massage and learning new skills made her becoming a teacher a natural progression.

Donna joined the Obus Teaching team in 2022 and continues to work in the Obus clinic, making her one of the longest serving Therapists. Her Experience and knowledge as a therapist spills over into the classroom and her enthusiasm for learning is infectious!

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” -Maya Angelou

Abi Beri


Abi Beri is an integrative holistic therapist and educator, having joined the teaching staff at OBUS in 2023. He brings his profound connection to energy dynamics and angelic realms to his workshops and courses. At the academy, Abi leads a variety of workshops and training courses in integrated energy therapy, Rahanni, and introductory angelic healing, among others. He empowers the next generation of holistic therapists by imparting essential skills and knowledge that harness the therapeutic power of angelic energies. His courses are carefully designed to facilitate an understanding of how angelic energy can be integrated to promote healing and well-being.

Abi’s teaching methodology emphasizes a nurturing and supportive environment, enhancing his students’ personal and professional growth. He fosters a collaborative educational experience, encouraging his students to explore and realise their potential in holistic and angelic healing practices.