In 2001 I graduated from University, having done a Complementary Therapies Health Sciences degree. I came out feeling that the next stage of my life should be sharing the benefits of massage and alternative medicine. Starting my own business as a massage therapist was where I thought I wanted to be. My focus and drive helped me write a business plan and take the steps I needed to set up.
Making the switch and becoming an artist has taken great effort to silence the internal critics that tell you that you are not enough. Each day that I commit to my creativity I grow stronger as an artist and begin to hear what my true voice sounds like. Not wanting to push massage out of the way altogether, I began to approach it in a different way, knowing that I could still help. While still relating to the power of touch, the benefits of essential oils and the inner and outer benefits that not only giving but receiving a massage can bring I started to run sessions for the elderly that attended the same Day Care centre as my mother. The weekly sessions lasted for 4 years, and we are looking at a way forward for this year. I combined simple shoulder, neck and hand massages, small groups of 6, where we listen to music, chat and reminisce leaving the session feeling pampered and relaxed. For many elderly attending the centre the only physical contact they have on any given day is the escort that picks them up in the morning. And the isolation and loneliness felt by our elderly is echoed in the news papers daily.
How has guilt driven you, think of those things that have impacted on your journey, and where you find yourself now. I'd love to hear your thoughts.