During my early forties I started volunteering at St Gemma's Hospice in the Complementary Therapy team. I had my massage qualification and also tried another therapy which was popular at the hospice - Reiki. I had heard of Reiki but had no idea what it was. When I tried it as a recipient, I felt so at peace and serene; it felt very spiritual and I decided to take the training myself.
I trained to Level 1 and 2 Angelic Reiki with Anna-Louise Haigh in December 2017 and then incorporated that at the hospice and with many friends and family. As well as being able to help others, the effects of Reiki in my life were amazing.
I took my Level 3 and 4 Angelic Reiki attunement in October 2018 and I am registered with the Angelic Reiki Association as an Angelic Reiki Master Practitioner. In December 2018 I completed a 10 week long course to become a Guided Meditation Leader, accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists . I had started to use meditation and visualisation every day during recovery from an operation on my wrist in July 2018.
I was led to leave St Gemma's hospice after 12 wonderful months, because I wanted to share my skills with a wider variety of people and situations. I took further training as a Reflexologist, gaining my ITEC Reflexology Diploma in 2020 (some months later than anticipated!).
Humans now live in a very dissociated way from our origins as hunter-gatherers. This is a challenge, even for those of us blessed to grow up in developed countries with a good home, we are challenged by our technology, inequality and globalisation, and pressures of our burgeoning population. The importance of looking after your body is well known, with mindfulness coming into mainstream consciousness now. In fact, if we can work on our mental wellbeing, we discover we can live in a healthy, calm, and sustainable way. Therapies such as Angelic Reiki, Reflexology, Mindfulness and Guided Meditation may look after not only our body and mind, but also our soul.