Welcome to my practice!
My vision … is that reflexology becomes integrated within the Calgary community’s everyday health regime, because it offers natural methods to self-treat and self-heal our bodies. I aim to broaden the awareness on its benefits by: giving presentations, offering online education classes, speaking at events, and teaching workshops. My dream is for people to learn about and adopt the many health benefits that reflexology provides.
My mission … is to help people step forward to better health each and every day. I will do my best to help my clients learn how possible it is to live happy, healthy and pain-free in order to get the most out of life through reflexology. My goal is to practice what I know best, by giving deep and satisfying reflexology treatments. And, I will strive to broaden awareness of this amazing ancient art, perfectly designed to treat the ills that emerge from the rapid pace of modern life.
My core values … are numerous but here are my top 5:
- Respectful: avoid venturing beyond client boundaries;
- Integrity: honest, possessing strong moral principles;
- Trustworthy: mutual trust, faith, & reliance between me and my clients;
- Good Listener: give clients time & space to express themselves to speak freely;
- Inspiring: attract positive out-of-the-box ideas; keep life fun!
My Why …
My early years … My journey in practicing and teaching the holistic arts stems back to things I felt and experienced in my youth. I had a wonderful childhood. I was born in Montreal to a Danish father and an French-Canadian mother. Our family moved to Denmark to live on a small island. It was my father birthplace, so we had roots there. My parents were immersed in the hospitality industry, owning and operating a hotel and pub. It was during these formative years that, by direct exposure, my brother and I were introduced to customer service and satisfaction; it was amazing. Then, sad things began to happen. My mother became sick. I gravitated towards her as I intrinsically felt the need and responsibility to nurture and protect her. My mother was fragile, always tired, and the pain and discomfort she felt made her irritable. We were always so afraid of hurting her as she bruised so easily. At the age of 47 she passed away, suffering from MS; I was only 10 years old.
My twenties … As I got older, and considered what career path should I take, it became clear that working in health care was a natural first step. For a time, I worked at the national hospital in Copenhagen, but not long after I felt that this wasn’t the right environment for me. I loved taking care of patients, but witnessing the extensive use of medication to treat people alarmed and appalled me. I knew there must be another way. Now, my interests shifted to the holistic health and wellness industry; this felt right to me. I jumped into studying Reiki, Shiatsu, Indian Head Massage, and all facets of nutrition. In the end, it was reflexology that captivated my heart.
My passion … Reflexology is an ancient non-invasive healing art. It falls within the realm of complementary medicine. This holistic healing modality aims to treat an individual to promote a balanced state of mind, body, and spirit. Few people realize that the body has an innate ability to heal itself “if” given the chance, because the healing power lies within us. Reflexology helps us re-activate the body’s natural healing powers and re-establish its equilibrium. For me this is of utmost importance. It makes sense to teach individuals ‘how to take on the responsibility’ for directing their own state of health and well-being.
My specialty … I feel for couples who cannot conceive a child. I’ve had this experience myself so I completely understand the yearning, the distress, the frustration, and the crushing disappointment experienced month after month. Having endured two years of not being able to conceive, I know the heart break it brings. But after some time, I happily fell pregnant! Sadly, I was unaware of this and miscarried two months into term. Soon after, I fell pregnant again with the same result. My spouse and I kept trying but I could not fall pregnant again. We then went to our OB, where I discovered that I had developed huge cysts on both my ovaries. I got a DNC, and then my OB asked me “how long was my monthly cycle?” It was too short, which meant I had low hormone levels which in turn meant I could not support creating a placenta. I learned that if progesterone is absent, or if levels are too low, irregular and heavy menstrual bleeding can occur. A drop-in progesterone during pregnancy can result in a miscarriage and early labour, so progesterone is essential. Once I got all this all figured out, I quickly fell pregnant again! We were so full of joy but scared at the same time. I was put on a hormone regime for the first three months. Every week I had an injection to raise my hormone levels to help me properly develop and sustain a placenta. I kept spotting, which was very stressful and worrisome too. After that, I carried without further complication. My first daughter was born in 1994 and my second daughter in 1995.
In Summary … Reflexology is a natural non-invasive modality that can realign the body back into balance and harmony, where all systems function at optimum levels. By receiving regular treatments, the body starts to self-heal, the endocrine system starts to function normally, stress levels drop, and all bodily functions are set on a better course. It is my sincere wish to help couples be pro-active and teach them some easy techniques to promote a state of relaxation to enable conception. I will do this through workshops, webinars, and by appointment. I look forward to working with you and learning about your health needs. Together we can create the healthy lifestyle you are striving for!