Reflexology came to me at the end of 2006 following the death of my youngest brother. At that time I had not experienced reflexology before and knew very little about how it worked.
It was a few months since my brother had passed away and I still suffered with poor quality sleep whilst learning how to deal with all the emotions I felt. A close friend suggested I give reflexology a try, I was so tired – ‘I will give anything a go’ I thought to myself.
So I did, I made a booking, but really did not know what to expect. I remember feeling nervous going to my first appointment, but was soon put at ease. I felt immediately safe, relaxed and secure. The chair felt as though it was giving me a huge hug, which was gratefully received at that time.
As the treatment began, I remember closing my eyes, it felt wonderful. I could feel tension in my body almost slipping away. I did feel emotional, but it was a great release and I felt so peaceful when I was driving home after the appointment.
That night, I went to bed feeling calm and relaxed and seven hours later woke. Wow, I’d had my first full night’s rest for months. I couldn’t believe it.
Following that day, reflexology has never left my life. It supported me tremendously during the challenging journey of grief. A journey which brought many twists and turns, but reflexology allowed me the space and time to heal and to know what I was feeling was completely normal.
It then gave me a focus, and I trained as a practitioner so I could go on and help and support other people. I wanted to help people just how I had been helped. Once I qualified, I dedicated my course and my qualification to my brother John; I knew he would have been proud of what I had achieved, and he was my driving force to go on and start my business.
So, now we are in 2017, and working with clients since then constantly reminds me of how beautiful reflexology is, and how it can give clients the time and space to simply be themselves during the journey of grief. I feel proud to support my clients with reflexology, just as I was supported at that time.
Cruse Bereavement Care (cruse.org.uk)
Miscarriage Association (miscarriageassociation.org.uk)
Child Bereavement UK (http://childbereavementuk.org)
The Laura Centre (http://thelauracentre.org.uk/)