I wanted to share my journey so you can understand a little more of why I do what I do.
My first 15 years were spent on a farm on Islay, an island off the west coast of Scotland. In 2007 we (my parents and three brothers) immigrated to Australia, Longreach to be exact. A slight change of scenery and climate. After my final years of high school I moved to Melbourne and started a Biomedical Science degree at Melbourne University. I really wanted to study Veterinary Science however this was not meant to be and I finished 4 years later with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
For a few years I pursued a career in agriculture, first of all working as a stock inspector, inspecting wild cattle for ticks on the tick line between Mt Isa and Richmond in Northern Queensland. An experience that I will never forget. I then took a job, I thought was my dream job, in Shepparton, Victoria as a dairy nutritionist, cow nutrition, not human! When I came to the realisation that I didn’t in fact want to work in agriculture, I headed back to Melbourne to try to work out what I did want to do.
I started by completing a Certificate IV in Swedish massage, which I had dreamed of doing while at university. I worked as a nursing assistant in aged care and with ventilated quadriplegics during the studies. I then completed a Certificate IV in Personal Training. For a few years I worked in many different roles but ultimately wanted to do more with massage so I completed the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
During my University study I travelled to Nepal to participate in some volunteer work to support small communities. While we were there we hiked a section of the Annapurna trail. This was an amazing trip however I injured myself during the hike. For 15 years I suffered ongoing problems with my knees and hips as a result of this injury and went to a number of practitioners, from different modalities, and nothing resolved the problem. It didn’t take me long to realise this was something I had to live with and that I would just have to find ways to manage the pain, which I did.
Over the 15 years I have now been working as a massage therapist, I have come to understand the body in all its glory, even with the weaknesses that we develop as the years pass. When I started studying reflexology in 2015 I was amazed at what reflexology could offer the body, and I still am. After completing the Diploma of Reflexology I was on a mission to learn more from the best in the world. I travelled to Copenhgen in 2017 (my 35th birthday present to me) where I undertook a week long intensive with a couple who had 50 years reflexology experience and it was so informative. I also happened upon a guy who had been working as an osteopath for a very long time, I love the experienced ones, so much to learn from them! Within 5 minutes of talking to him he had worked on my feet and since then I have not had the pain that I had experienced for 15 years. I think that was the point when I thought wow, I have so much to offer to the people in my community. I also promptly booked myself into another course to understand what he had done to my feet. The learning continues, this is one of the many reasons why I love what I do.