I must start by saying there are lots of you managing to do self-care far more successfully than I. I do so admire and applaud you, and I am learning to listen to you and to myself.
It has taken a long time!
But if you are reading this and are like me coming to ‘self-care’ rather late or feeling guilty about it, the old saying ‘better late than never’ may resonate.
I hope my more recent thoughts and experiences may evoke some food for thought and provide encouragement. Like so many of us, I have always been so enthusiastic and supportive to share the many benefits of self-care to others.
Thinking we are truly privileged to do the job we do, we work with a passion, and give and give, without worry or concern for ourselves; we don’t realise how it creeps up or should I say, how the tank empties!
I know mine certainly did.
I feel very privileged to be able to exchange therapy sessions regularly now, and have been doing this for a few years. Meeting and working with a fellow practitioner brings so many benefits, including:
- We know exactly how much giving our role requires and are able to empathise – there’s no need to try and gather that information;
- We share new techniques and much discussion before and following the touch of the therapy session (great for continued professional development);
- We have learned to truly switch off during the positive touch… no work talk just time for ourselves. My advice here is that is a skill worth pursuing;
- We are very respectful of each other’s way of working;
- We have developed a special friendship through our regular meetings and sharing. It’s interesting we do not see each other at any other time (apart from conferences) but I so look forward to our meet-ups – it really is a privilege;
- It involves our time and our skills and no hard cash!
Self-care exchanges with a fellow practitioner works for me, does it work for you?
If you are still feeling guilty or think you cannot make time, it’s not just that you are worth it – it is 100% necessary.
Founder of Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), Lorraine is a qualified teacher, with over 20 years of experience working within the education system, a published author and recipient of prestigious awards, including the AoR Excellence Award for Innovation in Reflexology, FHT Tutor of the Year and the ICR Humanitarian Award for the FRT Global project work in Zambia.
Lorraine has drawn from her many years in the education environment as a teacher and reflexologist to create the Functional Reflex Therapy Framework and its supportive pathways.
FHT and AoR approved in-person CPD training for reflexologists seeking to expand their skills are available, more information on the FRT website.