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- My Mini Digital Detox – by Anna Bell
Simone’s First Blog!
Hello! A bit about me!
My name is Simone and I am a bodyworker. What does that mean?! No I don’t fix bashed up cars, but I try to fix up bodies! I have been working as a massage therapist and reflexologist for nearly 12 years now. I am also a wife, and a mother to two boys (6.5 years and 4.5 years old).
From about the age of 11, I had been told that I had “the touch”, I used to massage my cousins’ shoulders and whoever I could and they always used to say how wonderful and strong I was. I have always wanted to work on people with massage. I worked as a PA for many years while wondering what I really wanted to do with my life. Finally I realised that there was a reputable degree out there for me and that was my future.
I trained in 2000 as a Reflexologist in London and loved every second, but I felt it just wasn’t enough for me so I embarked on a 3 year degree in Therapeutic Bodyworks. It is a Health Science degree that used the 3 years to build on my massage techniques (swedish, deep tissue, sports, NMT, etc) and learn in great detail about the body, anatomy, nutrition, pathology, physiology and many other ‘ologys!
During the course of the degree I had to open my mind, body and spirit to becoming a therapist. I had to look very much into myself and do many hours of personal development. I worked for many hours at the university clinic treating people from all walks of life, and with all sorts of illnesses and diseases. I had to deal with situations I was uncomfortable with and reflect on why these situations made me feel uncomfortable. But after 3 years, and at least 500 hours of clinic time I made it!
Being a wife and mum has made me an open minded, cynical, paranoid, crazy woman!! But on a positive note it has made my job as a bodyworker all the more rewarding as it means I can walk away and close the door and focus on other people’s issues. In my trade it’s known as being a wounded healer. Happy to deal with others problems but no so happy to deal with our own.
I have come from being a painfully shy child to an awkward and under confident teenager to a mature student and then… My life began: I met my husband. A mouthy opinionated South African man 10 years older than me. And he changed my life. He gave me life. He allowed me to be the person I was scared to be, he allowed me to not feel embarrassed to express myself. He allowed me to speak up. And he allowed me to succeed in whatever path I have taken – even when he thought it might fail. He gave me two beautiful boys and two lovely dogs. A beautiful home and everything a girl could ever ask for!
So over the month of January you’ll be learning a bit more about me – including my experience of post natal depression, more about my work – it’s what keeps me sane, keeps me focused and gives me the energy and drive I need to keep going, more about being a mother and more about… me!