How did I start?
My interest in complementary therapies started some years ago after receiving Shiatsu and Reiki to help with my chronic insomnia. They worked! As a result I decided to train as a therapist, initially practising Shiatsu and Reiki, so that I could help other people whose lives are affected by health issues. I have been practising complementary therapies since 2009.
Despite having had a foot phobia for many years I was drawn to Reflexology(!) and qualified as a practitioner from the Jackie Hamilton School of Therapies in Norwich, a well respected training school. I subsequently trained in Seated Acupressure with the European School of Shiatsu and Ear Candling also at the Jackie Hamilton School of Therapies.
Reflexology is now my passion and I continue to develop my knowledge and abilities, usually by attending workshops and training events such as Reflexology Lymph Drainage, Foot Pain, Energy and Vibrational Healing and Mindfulness Reflexology to name a few.
Because of easements around training events I was recently able to attend a Hand Reflexology workshop where I was able to refresh my skills and enjoy receiving treatment myself.
As well as therapies
Having been accredited by the MASCED (Melanoma and Skin Cancer Early Detection) programme means I am able to check your skin for signs or symptoms which could suggest it would be advisable to consult a health professional for further investigation. Please note this does not mean I am detecting cancer, merely identifying something which may need further scrutiny. I routinely check feet, lower legs, hands, lower arms, neck, ears and face depending which treatment I am offering.
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And a bit more!
I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists and am a registered Reflexology practitioner with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Both organisations have rigorous standards of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a requirement of membership.
Membership of professional bodies for ear candling and seated acupressure is not economically viable for me but I am insured for both and aim to provide treatments of the highest standards.
As well as giving treatments at my clinic in Boxted near Colchester, for two years I also delivered sessions for Help 4 Heroes (H4H) at the Personnel Recovery Centre in Colchester as part of the Complementary Therapy team.
My clinic is in a quiet location, yet easily accessible from Colchester and Sudbury and just 6 minutes from J28 or J29 of the A12 or the A134.
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I enjoy a bit of variety in my life so have taken my therapies to places other than my own clinic. I have delivered corporate Seated Acupressure sessions to companies in Sudbury and Colchester and have attended horse trials (working on the riders, not the horses!), pamper evenings and charity events, as well as a wellbeing event for students at Essex University.
My Eco Friendly Business
As I have long been mindful of the impact of my business on the environment, I was pleased to see the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) introduce a pledge which entitles their members to display the AoR Eco-Friendly Therapist badge. The pledge means that I do my best to fulfil their guidelines wherever practicable within my therapy practice.
These are the guidelines and examples of ways in which I’m applying them not just to my Reflexology but to the whole of my business:
1. Minimise unnecessary purchasing in my practice
I always use up existing stocks of waxes and creams before starting new ones.
My towels and linens are used until they need to be replaced rather than because I would like some new ones.
2. Use paper only where necessary, and to choose paper that is recycled/carbon balanced/ FSC or PEFC certified
Where possible I use e-methods for communication rather than paper e.g. e-mail appointment letters and forms, texts to re-arrange appointments when necessary.
My treatment records are double sided to make the best use of paper.
I use ‘waste’ paper for lists and notes around the house.
When undertaking training or research I use electronic methods where possible.
3. Ensure that any products I use are produced in an environmentally sustainable way, e.g. low volume organic production runs.
I use Songbird waxes which are 100% natural beeswax-based and are produced in Somerset. I also source my spatulas from this company as they are birch and not only sustainable, but also compostable.
My creams are purchased from Neal’s Yard, an award-winning company based in Dorset. They use natural, organic, and ethically sourced herbs, botanicals, and essential oils free from harmful chemicals to produce their health and beauty products in their eco-factory.
The tissues I use are produced from sugar cane waste material.
4. Ensure that any chemicals used in my practice are not harmful to the environment
My waxes are environmentally friendly, produced from natural ingredients, organic where possible.
My creams are from Neal’s Yard and are also produced using natural ingredients, organic where possible.
My towels and linens are washed using environmentally laundry products and, when possible, dried on a washing line soaking up fresh air and the sound of bees humming on the thyme and lavender planted underneath.
I use natural fabrics to avoid releasing micro fibres into the waste-water system during laundry.
I use natural fibre washable wipes rather than disposable ones for cleansing clients’ feet and my equipment. The solution in which these wipes are soaked is environmentally friendly.
I use eco-friendly cleaning products or e-cloths to clean my treatment room.
5. Consider the carbon footprint of items and products used in my practice
My creams, waxes and spatulas are produced in the U.K.
Any marketing materials are produced by a local firm.
6. Minimise the waste generated by my practice and make sure any waste generated is recyclable or compostable
I produce very little waste from my business. Any waste which can be composted is placed in my garden compost bin. This includes the spatulas used for dispensing wax and some paper packaging.
All other waste is sorted for recycling.
My printer cartridges are recycled, collected by a charity thereby raising funds for them.
If an item is no longer required in my treatment room, I either sell it to another practitioner or donate it to charity.
Any records which need to be destroyed are shredded and disposed of in my compost bin, the contents of which are used on my garden.
7. Minimise the impact of my travel on the environment
Working from home I hardly ever need to travel, but if travelling for training or other business purposes I always consider the most environmentally friendly option possible e.g. public transport or car sharing.