A question I am often asked is how I ended up being a reflexologist, why feet!?
Reflexology wasn't a therapy I was familiar with until I attended a massage course a couple of years ago and the tutor shared her passion for reflexology with us, it really sparked my interest and I spent all of our breaks picking her brains about all things reflexology!
A bit of background... A few months prior I had resigned from my job, the pressure at that time of working and motherhood was not working out for me or my family. Anxiety has been a feature in my life for as long as I can remember, becoming a mother brought up a lot of unresolved trauma that sent me on a pretty huge healing journey. Without going off on a total tangent I knew that I needed to take a holistic approach, I couldn't just "fix" the anxiety, it wasn't going anywhere without me uncovering the root cause and arming myself with tools to empower me as I navigated through. I enlisted a number of holistic therapies to support my wellbeing and I could see and feel the difference it was making in my own life, and I wanted to be able to do the same for others..... I did go off on a tangent there, sorry about that!
After that weekend of massage and doing a whole lot of research I knew I had to pursue Reflexology. I found the Canterbury School of Reflexology which was located literally just down the road and accepting applications for their Diploma beginning in the new year, it all fell into place so naturally and I knew I was on the right path. The course was incredible, there was a real emphasis on the importance of us receiving regular reflexology for our own wellbeing and learning as well as practicing on our peers and case studies throughout the course.
On a personal level I found it to be really beneficial with supporting my mental health, finding a modality that allowed me to fully switch off and break the cycle of worry/ ruminating thoughts was so powerful. I had 6 case studies to complete as well as lots of willing volunteers for me to practice on and seeing first hand the ways reflexology was benefiting peoples health and wellbeing was so encouraging to me and kept fueling my passion for learning more and more. There are so many layers to reflexology and I don't think I will ever stop learning and developing my skills, each set of feet bring new findings and approaches depending on the need of the person.
The year brought about many challenges as we entered a global pandemic, lockdowns and a lots of uncertainty but we got there and in early 2021 I graduated. I had an anatomy and physiology paper to complete which I got finished at the end of 2021 which was the last piece of the puzzle.
Roll on 2022 and here I am all set up, sharing my passion and loving every minute, I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received since I have started this year. It brings me so much joy to be able to share reflexology with you.