What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
I am a certified reflexologist, health coach, Reiki practitioner and a soon to be Bowen therapist. My own health struggles got me into alternative therapies. I was getting tired of depending on pills to get temporal relief. My health has improved dramatically since I have changed my diet, addressed many food issues and focused on stress relief.
Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes.
I once treated a very active autistic boy with reflexology, who was all over the place in my therapy room to start with. I had to run around after him for the first five minutes, trying to massage his feet. It wasn’t until his nervous system started to react to the stimuli that the tables turned. Suddenly he did not want me to stop massaging his feet. He calmed right down and really enjoyed it.
What’s the best/ worst part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I get to meet people from all walks of live. I really enjoy connecting with people and getting to know them. For when you do, the sessions are just so much more meaningful and effective.
The worst part of my job is that people often expect instant results, forgetting that many ailments did not happen over night either, but slowly crept up on them. Unlike a headache pill, which of course only masks the root problem, alternative therapies take much longer to bring long term results and only work, if the client also makes some adjustments. Therapy and personal input go hand in hand.
What’s your favourite meal or drink?
I love my home made Kombucha with ginger and lemon.
What’s one of the craziest things you’ve seen from behind the scenes?
I worked once at a small spa with only a few rooms. One day a massage client was shown into one of the rooms for her to get ready for the treatment. Somehow the front desk was not informed that the client had arrived and that she was in the massage room already. It turned out that the poor lady waited for her therapist for 20 min. It wasn’t until she called the front desk, lying on the massage table, to inform them that she had been forgotten about. Needless to say that she got a free treatment!
The perfect day off would be…
My perfect day off would be to start my day with some coconut oil pulling, a steaming cup of matcha green tea, a delicious green juice, a walk with the dog and a session in my infrared sauna. Followed by reading a good book, yummy lunch and a reflexology, finishing off with Thai dinner. Bliss!
A day in the life of an alternative health practitioner is…
Busy! My profession keeps me on my toes as everybody’s needs and issues are different. You learn a lot about people.
What do you do for fun?
I love to read, exercise and be with my family.
What’s your favourite food and beverage pairing?
I am a gin and tonic girl…. no food needed!
What’s your view on the spa scene in Kuala Lumpur?
I feel that there are more and more high end spas opening and then there are an uncountable number of very cheap places. I am personally more interested in organic and health oriented spas, which are not so many about.
What’s in store for you in the upcoming months?
I have a few talks coming up, dates are not confirmed as yet. I will also certify to be one of the first Malaysian Bowen Practitioners here in KL, which I am very proud and excited about.