All of us have had plans derailed this year and adapted to changes we never thought were possible. At the beginning of the year, I asked a wise friend and mentor if I could talk with her about a sense of change I was feeling about my work but could not quite put my finger on it. When I spoke with her it only took about 10 minutes for her to skillfully lead me right to the discovery of what I was wanting. It was to have a sabbatical! I spent the next 10 minutes with her fleshing out the details. In the summer I would go on my trips to the Bahamas with the dolphins, visit family in the UK, settle my children into high school, and then spend a good month reading and writing. Delving into whatever I wanted. I was very excited about this idea, as I am sure you can imagine! What ended up happening was a more spread out topsy-turvy-type sabbatical! Not quite so fairy tale! The way my year has evolved has led me to take a good hard look at how I use my time. I’ve done a lot of reflecting on what I love about my work and how I am making sense of my experiences during this pandemic. This has resulted in me writing more blogs; here is the most recent one I wrote about how COVID-19 is bringing light to touch and consent. I recently wrote out this piece about how I summarize what I do.
You each have your own inner guidance and navigation system that helps you find your own unique solutions to the health issue that you’re addressing. Empowering you to discover your own pathway to addressing pain and discomfort in your physical body is my expertise and passion.
It all began in 1986 when I embarked on my Physiotherapy training in Edinburgh, Scotland, leading me on a never-ending inquiry of how your amazing body can access the help and support it needs to get the results you want. I have been fortuitous in having many amazing mentors guiding me along the way. These mentors have supported me in my quest to understand how the body works, how trauma affects the body, to skillfully and expertly use touch, to hold a deep therapeutic presence, to effectively listen and communicate. And the biggest and irreplaceable learning of all; to have touched and listened to thousands of people over the years. The clinician I am today has been informed by all my professional experiences: in big teaching hospitals, observing surgeries, treating in the water, in schools, in homes, with families, children, and adults with a vast array of different diagnoses. Alongside this, I am on my healing journey to be the best person I can be. I consistently receive my own work, and this has been essential to honing my skills. All of these experiences have resulted in me creating ways in which I can support you in resolving the physical issues that you are facing with a multi-faceted approach. I am in collaboration with you as you navigate your own particular way of defining and reaching your health and wellness.
Has this been your experience when you have worked with me? What have you been spending time reflecting on?