My love affair with reflexology began over 20 years ago in Wellington. I went looking for something to give me balance due to working, at times, up to 70 hours a week. Massage was the gateway to greater therapies, and reflexology and reiki became central to my regular self-care. Taking the time out to relax, led me to address much needed changes in my life, on all levels. I got off the mouse wheel in 2005, and began full time training in the therapies I had gained so much benefit from. It was time to start living a healthy, happy, authentic life.
I have trained in a number of complementary therapies and have been involved in mental health locally for more than ten years. I value the knowledge I have gained in having worked for several NGOs in Christchurch, including being a trainer in Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and Intentional Peer Support. I have facilitated and presented mental health workshops for post graduates, and peers. Today, I am part of an advisory team that comments on Clinical Research for Psychological Medicine locally. I am also working towards a degree in Natural Medicine via the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine in Auckland. Lived experience is at the centre of my passion for improving well-being. My worldviews embrace an integrative approach that is individual and holistic.
Born in Christchurch, I have been fortunate to have travelled fairly extensively and had many adventures! When not spending wonderful times with friends and family, I am planning the next hike which is often right on my doorstep.
Packhorse Hut, Banks Peninsula
Lake Daniells, Maruia
I also spend my time enjoying all things musical, pottering in my garden and always have something new on the go to experience. I believe volunteering makes the world go round, as does contributing to community. A self-care junkie, I have a treatment of some kind each week. My most favourite relaxation therapy is floatation tank therapy.
Reviewing my work life balance was more than stopping overworking. It was about addressing relationships with others, working through past traumas and getting to a place of feeling gratitude for each day. Easier said than done but I having had the experience of seriously compromised health, I got to explore what is possible to help you move forward. The journey I have undertaken enables me to relate on many levels, to those seeking to better their own well-being.
For the future, I dream of a bush/sea location where I can establish a truly restful, healing place for all in nature. I am passionate about creating something that is different to current retreat and respite offerings – a safe, accessible and nurturing place, with many therapeutic modalities. Something truly restorative that I only wish was there for me when I needed it, and I know we are in need of now.
Continuous Professional Development
- Diploma in Reflexology & Relaxation Massage (Canterbury College of Natural Medicine) –
- Reiki Levels I & II – 2005 – Master Cathy Cremen
- Ayurvedic Reflexology (SMART Level 1) – 2005 – Sharon Stathis
- Diploma level training in Aquarian Healing Method – 2008 – Robin Rodgers
- TCM with Reflexology – 2009 – Sue Ehinger
- Practitioner Certificate in Indian Head Massage 2012 (NZ School of IHM)
- Gawler Cancer Healing & Wellbeing Programme – 2009 – Canlive Trust
- ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 2009
- Facilitation Skills Training – 2010 – Well Beyond Recovery
- Intentional Peer Support Training 2010/11 – Comcare
- Bioregulatory Medicine – 2010 -16 – Brauer Professional
- Member of Reflexology NZ & the Southern Reflexology Group
- Member of Reiki NZ