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A Therapist’s Tale (Article written for Natural Connections Magazine)

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius

When I qualified as a Massage Therapist 12 years ago, I never predicted a path of life long learning and enjoyment. At the time, I was in an unfulfilling job in an environment, which just didn’t ignite any fire in me.  I worked in the fast paced corporate world where deadlines loomed and long days at the office whizzed by. The nearest I got to contemplate my life’s purpose was a quick 5 minute daydream while I waited in the Coffee queue every morning.

The mere thoughts of a soothing, dimly lit therapy room made me want to pack it all in and become a Therapist full time.  I could feel the world of complementary therapies calling out to me but as much as I tried to massage the mortgage payments and smudge away the bills with some nice Californian White Sage, I knew I needed to stick at the day job for another while. I needed a plan.  I had acquired a Beauty Therapy Qualification many years before so I decided to continue training and use the time to expand my treatment portfolio.  Yes, my Holistic Massage needed a few friends.  First to join the gang was Aromatherapy. Well that was a match made in heaven as I found myself learning even more about massage and falling in love with essential oils.  Over the years, others came to play too: – Indian Head Massage. Stone Massage, Ear Candling, Onsite Massage, Reflexology and various forms of Energy Healing.

My transition from Corporate to Cozy was a gradual one.  First I started to see clients at the weekend and evenings and when that got busy, I decided to make the career jump, except at that stage it was more like the next logical step in the right direction and not the huge jump it seemed before.

In 2004, I began teaching ITEC Diploma courses, an activity I still love doing.  I design and run workshops for Therapists and non-Therapists and currently teach the Diploma in Aromatherapy at Walmer College in Dublin.

I have managed to manifest a beautiful garden therapy room at home, which is where I see clients now.  I love the flexibility that comes with being self-employed.  I was a stay at home Mum when my daughter was born, working evenings and weekends and more recently I can be flexible around school holidays and other fixed life events. I’ve realized that flexibility and balance is key to my happiness and so having a job that provides both, cuts out a lot of unwanted stress.

As a therapist working alone, a good support network is essential.  Being part of a good professional organization that supports your therapies is a great way to keep in touch with other therapists in similar situations.  Great Training and keeping up to date with the latest therapy developments is also vital, as is adding more skills that you can offer your clients. If you ever want to know what to brush up on next, listen to your clients as they come through your clinic.  Their needs will point you in the right direction.

 

At this stage of my journey, I really feel that I have the best of all worlds. A flexible timetable, great tools to enhance my treatments, wonderful clients who keep returning to guide me to my next phase, students who teach me so much and a huge network of amazing ‘Holistic Friends’ who constantly brighten my days and give me a sense of true purpose.

I no longer have my days marked with deadlines and coffee queues. Now I greet the day with enthusiasm and ease and guess what, it’s Perfect!!

 

Mi

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