There have been many speed bumps along the way, but it was worth all of the trials and tribulations. I must thank my dear mother for seeking help and relief for her suffering daughter through holistic care, a very special man named Joseph Krop, who told me “You will need to be in control of your environment to be healthy and be in business for yourself,” and for my very first Reflexologist, Cindy Knight, who opened up this world of holistic care to me. I am so appreciative of the advice, guidance and support of these influential figures.
At a very young age it was clear that I was a highly sensitive child, and now, a sensitive adult. Over the years, I have experienced many allergies related to food, environment, and chemicals. I have dealt with many digestive problems, which ultimately led to a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. All of these experiences have paved the path of life and knowledge for me.
If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I never really had an answer for that. As I got older I became more receptive to others, and certain ailments they had. I would do my best to aid ailments and bring relaxation to others. I considered pursuing massage therapy, however the use of oils and lotions was going to be a problem for my allergies and therefore my own well-being.
After a college education in hospitality and tourism management, and seven jobs over the course of six years that seemed to contribute to weakening my immune system, I found myself very frustrated and searching for something I could feel a genuine connection to in my life. Somewhere along the way, the word shiatsu popped into my realm. To this day, I have no recollection of where I heard it. It just appeared.
As many do in the hospitality and tourism industry, I yearned to adventure to Western Canada. My health had improved enough to give me the option to pursue that desire. While there, the exploration into shiatsu began. I visited the shiatsu schools in BC, and upon reflection decided that being closer to family was important to me and so returned to Ontario. When I stepped into the Shiatsu School of Canada in Toronto, I immediately knew "this is where I need to be!" and graduated the 2200-hour Shiatsu Therapy Diploma Program with Honours, in 2011. I was also the recipient of the Masunaga Award.
I established my shiatsu therapy practice in London in 2011. It felt right to come home to build my practice and work with all types of people. I truly love what I do!!! Shiatsu is this amazing gift that I have been given and one that I have worked very hard to share with others.
Each and every day my clients continue to challenge me, inspire me, and allow me to be a part of their own health and wellness journey and for this I am grateful.
May shiatsu open your heart, help to heal your body and balance your spirit, as it has mine.