"When you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else"
My personal journey has opened up the opportunity to share my gifts of growing, learning and deepening with others and for others to share theirs.
When I was little, my kindergarten teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I answered emphatically that I wanted to be a tree.
I have spent a lot of time with trees. I love the strength of them, their patient acceptance of the seasons, the abundance of life they support.
I still want to be a tree when I grow up!
The truth is, my life purpose has changed so many times.
As far as job-career purpose goes, I have been a teacher of Drama and English to agonised, gawky, blossoming adolescents.
I have been an organic farmer, a permaculturalist writing a textbook for tertiary level students to support them in becoming farmers and caring for a homestead tending a coffee plantation and producing flowers, fruit and vegetables for a local box scheme.
In Findhorn, an intentional community in the northeast of Scotland I have been a chef, a fundraiser, an administrator and gained various skills in marketing.
I have been many roles too: daughter, sister, wife, mother, ex-wife, partner, friend.
I am also a life long student (some would say nerd!), a lover of life (some would say hippy) and an activist for bringing about a world of loving kindness (hippy again!).
Right now, I am the sum total of all these parts.
Everything I have experienced has become me and I use these skills, tools, knowledge and knowing, to support my clients as they explore the possibility of creating purpose for themselves.
What is the purpose of Vital Touch Therapies?
To support and nurture people, one person at a time, to face, accept and transform the challenges they face in their lives in order to create a quality of life that is meaningful and kind.
My initiation into the healing arts was through Reiki.
So profound is this practice for me that I begin each day with a personal treatment and use it in my daily life from blessing food to watering plants.
The energetic nature of Reiki sparked my curiosity and I enrolled on an online course in Metaphysical Counselling.
I received my masters degree after learning about the mysteries of the chakras, our physical and energetic bodies, the power of intention, the wisdom of guides and the magic of ceremony.
I came to Lomi-Lomi Massage when I was inspired to engage with a practice that incorporated nurturing touch.
I was delighted to discover this ancient tool that incorporates long flowing strokes with the power of the breath and held within sacred ceremony. For the practitioner, it is almost dancelike and for those who receive, it is a profoundly relaxing, expansive and effective massage style.
In 2011, I attended the Conscious Medicine Conference at the Findhorn Foundation.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover a wave of dedicated health practitioners from both the medical and complementary fields. These professionals were committed to bringing about a new form of medicine that integrates both fields in order to treat patients and to develop a more proactive health system, based on promoting well being and not only treating ill health.
A seed was sown in me and since then I have made various life changes in order to support bringing about an integrated medical system.
In response I enrolled in and completed my Higher National Diploma (HND) in Complementary Therapy at Elgin College, a campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands.
I also gained knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology, Health and Safety, Research and Methodology, Professional Issues, Stress Management, Lifestyles etc. I
It was an enriching, challenging time and put me firmly on the way to mastering the art of Complementary Therapy.
In 2013, I moved to Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire and am now thoroughly enjoying all aspects of holding Vital Touch Therapies as a full time practitioner.
I am amazed at the profound experiences most of my clients receive through my treatments and feel so blessed to be offering something nourishing and effective
I was born in Durban, South Africa- a sub-tropical harbour city on 14th July 1969.
I couldn't escape it! The coincidence of being born on Bastille Day and the last year of the decade of love, were to set the tone for the rest of my life. The values of the French Revolution of liberty, equality and community and living life with a passion and exuberance of the summer of love have been keynotes throughout my life.
I am the first born and the eldest of 3 daughters. Both my parents were involved in the dramatic arts. My father was British, my mother South African. They met at the London Laban School of movement and when my mother completed her scholarship there, my father followed her back to her home country.
After my first sister was born, the family moved to Johannesburg and whilst the horrors of Sharpeville and the revolution against Apartheid were raging, I started my schooling.
We returned again to Durban when I was a teenager in the 1980s and it was from this city that a grew my fledgling wings by completing my schooling, enrolling at university, getting my first car, my first job and of course, falling in and out of intimate relationship.
As far as the school of hard knocks goes, I have been a slow learner. On the list of traumatic experiences I tick a lot of boxes.
Some of these experiences I had no control over, but I have been responsible for choosing others.
As a young adult I was rebellious, reckless with my heart, mistaking careless experimentation for adventure.
I wounded myself by making choices that were both innocent and ignorant.
It is easy to forgive the young woman who didn't know any better, but how do you face up to the mistakes you made, again and again? The ones that cut so deep they bled into the lives of others?
My story of thrivival is testimony to how you can stumble, trip and fall- sometimes along the same path and also into the same hole, and still get up again. Not just get up, but learn how to soar.
I have learnt how to use these experiences of trauma to shape the person I am now and to create a lifestyle that is nurturing, inspiring, empowered and compassionate.
I am more than a survivor, I am a thrivivor- willing to shine my light into the darkness and show others a way that not only embraces but cherishes that which was broken.
As a busy working mum, one thing I seem to have little time for is myself and my own well-being. Being able to create a time and space with Lisa to receive that healing touch which she always gives in a way that is exactly what I need has meant that I feel cared for so deeply and then revitalizes me to return to my family refreshed and renewed after each session.