I have always had a keen interest in caring for others. Before I finished school I started working as an assistant in nursing in a nursing home for the elderly. While studying at University I cared for paraplegics and quadriplegics in their homes. When I chose to study massage I took on working with ventilated quadriplegics. All of these roles were challenging and taught me a lot about empathy and compassion.
For over 12 years now I have run my own massage therapy business. Initially I worked alongside chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths and other massage therapists in Melbourne. When my husband and I moved to Queensland I began working from home as this worked well while we started our journey as parents.
When I fell pregnant with my first child I realised that locally there were no massage therapists that I felt comfortable seeking massage from while pregnant. A big part of this was my own understanding of the education you receive as a massage therapist. The area of maternity massage has very minimal coverage when studying the diploma of remedial massage. As a result when I was ready I travelled to Melbourne to complete a Diploma of Pregnancy Massage with Pregnancy Massage Australia.
During my second pregnancy we travelled to England to visit family. As the trip progressed I experienced back pain that was debilitating. I was nervous about travelling back on the long flight. I was recommended to see a reflexologist local to where we were staying. I was skeptical prior to the treatment but it was amazing. Within 24 hours of the treatment my back pain eased and it never returned for the rest of the pregnancy. I vowed that I would learn how to do this.
It has not been easy to make time to study the diploma of reflexology and then travel to study the maternity reflexology course that originates from the UK. I feel so lucky to be able to work in this field and to be able to utilise the skills I have learnt to enhance both the pre, peri and postnatal experiences for so many women.
As my work expands and my clients go from pregnancy to early parenting and now the years ahead it seems obvious to broaden my skills to Women’s Health. Travelling to Copenhagen in July 2017 to undertake a week long summer school intensive with one of the most advanced schools of reflexology in the world I came back with immense knowledge. My clients are now enjoying the wonderful results that my skills are allowing their bodies to achieve.
My next exploration is child health with a project achieving great results with bed wetting and illnesses of the respiratory tract in the early years. Watch this space.
My list of qualifications continues to grow alongside my experience. In order of attainment: