Why I stopped practicing as a holistic therapist
It has been pointed out to me that I talk a lot about how I became a reflexologist but not the transition from being a therapist to a wellbeing clinic owner.
After the birth of my first child in 2000 I worked as a reflexologist for around 5 years specialising in fertility and women’s health. I was seeing on average 20 clients a week, I also trained in other therapies because I was fascinated with everything and anything to do with holistic health largely due to the improvements it had made with my own health coupled with a desire to pass this information on to other people.
However, towards the end of this 5 year period a number of fears and doubts were beginning to creep in I began to get a lot of pain in my hands and shoulders and no matter how hard I tried or altered my technique the pain got no better, it was beginning to cause problems with my reflexology work. I was also becoming frustrated with my own reflexology practice I wanted more results with clients than I was getting. I could see what some of my clients needed but I was struggling to get them to where they needed to be. This was leaving me feeling disillusioned with myself.
At this point in my life I was yet to learn that you can only take people as far as they are ready or even want to go. I also needed to learn the importance of respecting their own health journey and not overlaying my own experiences on them.
As these frustrations lingered I also began to harbour thoughts and excitement of owning my own clinic. I loved the idea of being able to create something that was mine. I had a vision of how I wanted it to look and feel a wellbeing clinic that was run inline with my own values.
My dream was to create a truly multidisciplinary clinic where clients felt safe to come and ask questions about holistic health and discover what therapies would be right for them. I am of the belief that there is not a one size fits all wellbeing treatment. Yes, certain holistic therapies work better for certain conditions or symptoms but equally important is the relationship of trust that is created between client and therapist.
As well as creating a therapeutic space for clients; I wanted to create a work environment where therapists could concentrate on their therapy and feel part of a supportive team.
As is often the way the universe showed me the way; the owner of the clinic where I was working suddenly let slip that she was thinking of selling a year later I bought the clinic with the help of a bank loan and then the hard work really began. I totally transformed the way it was being run, it was not an easy transition and many early but necessary lessons were learnt.
Around this time I stepped back from working as a holistic therapist although I loved the work it felt like a good time to stop. I understood that my purpose was best served not working as a therapist myself but helping other therapists and practitioners be the best that they could be.
With the benefit of hindsight my own spiritual and wellbeing growth has matched the progress of my wellbeing business life and I am sure it will continue to do so. As the years have gone on I have been through other big changes in my life again following my purpose. However, I now find it easier to lean into these changes.
In my next blog post I will give you some simple strategies to help you transition into wellbeing business changes.
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