I have had an interest in reflexology for over 17 years which all started when I suffered with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME for a period of 9-12 months and I turned to reflexology. Not only did I find reflexology both fascinating and enjoyable, but it was also extremely beneficial in re-balancing my body and I am convinced it helped with my return to full health. This inspired me to become a practitioner, and 8 years later I achieved my personal goal and completed a VTCT Level 3 Diploma and qualified as a reflexologist.
I also found reflexology excellent in the third trimester of my second pregnancy when I suffered with sciatic problems. I believe that regular reflexology contributed to my short and easy labour and my daughter being delivered on her due date. In 2013, I faced another challenge, as I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had regular reflexology treatments at Rochelle House provided by the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity which helped me cope with my treatment plan which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I am a cancer survivor and I'm now enjoying my reflexology career.
I am married with two children and I have two Cocker Spaniels but rest assured my treatment room is a dog free zone!
I previously worked for Essex Police for 22 years in various business administration/management roles and took voluntary redundancy in 2012 which enabled me to re-train and change my career path to reflexology.
I am employed as a Treatment Support Reflexologist by Penny Brohn Uk two days a week where I support cancer patients at GenesisCare Chelmsford. Reflexology is available as part of the wider whole-person treatment support programme for people undergoing radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Penny Brohn UK is a cancer charity that works in partnership with GenesisCare. This is a very special and rewarding role where I can offer care and support to others at a vulnerable time in their life.
I volunteered at the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity shop in Danbury for 5 years as I wanted to give something back to the charity for all the fantastic support they provided me during my treatment.
As a family we have 'puppy walked' for the City of London Police and given a temporary home to a Labrador and a Springer Spaniel until they were mature enough to commence their police training. This is a very rewarding experience, although hard when the time comes to say goodbye.