Born highly sensitive, I experienced the extremes that turn stressors into trauma. One of my strongest memories from childhood was being tired - a lot. As an energetic sponge, I unwittingly soaked up what others were transmitting without realising it wasn't mine; as this accumulated over time, it caused me many ongoing problems. As I matured, I came to learn the nature of this trait and how to maintain my own energetic health, until it became the gift that underpins my work today.
From early days in the Corporate world to computer work that involved shift work, I sifted through the world of logic and conformity until my body was screaming for change. It was the screw that turned my focus onto real, flesh and blood, people.
I have a life-long fascination with the mechanics of the human body, so I was compelled to work holistically, as all parts are inter-connected. I began with old school Remedial Massage followed by Deep Lymphatic Therapy, studying with the late Grace Halliday, discovering bodily things that are not in text books. Following my senses, I refined what I had learned into Somatic Release (releasing trapped energy from soft tissue) as I observed how blocked energy prevents problems being resolved. And to better understand how we affect our bodies from the inside, I studied an aspect of nutrition, qualifying as a Metabolic Typing Advisor.
In my first year as a massage therapist, I physically felt everyone's symptoms for three days before their visit. This was quite a steep learning curve as each case was different. 30 years later, that rarely happens, unless it's to show me something I need to understand specifically. Nowadays, I work with what I am sensing of the clients' energies.
My journey taught me the combinations of stressors, emotions and perception all affect our biochemistry and thus the physical form, disrupting energy flow and undermining health and resilience. My own cause and effect journey was laid out in my first book 'A Novel Approach to Healing', along with various self help strategies.
Everything we do is a response to how we perceive the world. What we believe, experience, the way we interpret what we feel, all arise in our perception. Being aligned, physically and energetically so that energy can flow, is not just beneficial to our inner life but also affects our outer world.
It's important to remember that our outer life is much like the inner vessel of our being, in that it requires the nourishment of key ingredients - purpose, activity, human interaction, community, introspection - to create a cocktail of joy and contentment that brings balance on the inside. Do what makes you feel good wherever you can, and if you can make others feel good too, all the better.