My name is Pam Hardy, and for the past 16 years I have been practising as a home-based Holistic Beauty Therapist. I’ve always been interested in natural health and skincare and made the decision to change my career later in life. It is a change I’ve never regretted – you know, it’s never too late to learn something new!
I soon became aware when working alone, and from home, that I felt very isolated, so I looked for something to bridge that gap. A local support group had just started in Old Town, Eastbourne, called the Federation of Holistic Therapists. I became a member, and after several years took up the opportunity to become a co-ordinator myself.
I organise speakers to attend our monthly meetings. For every meeting attended the members receive a CPD (Continual Professional Development) certificate for 2 points. Therapists need to attend events to keep up to date with their knowledge and learning, and throughout any given year a total of 10 CPD points need to be accumulated.
Last year when lockdown hit, we were unable to hold any events at our local hall, the Friends Meeting House in town. Our meetings all but dried up, and after a deep debate, it was decided to switch to online meetings. I hosted the first meeting, just for a general chat over a cuppa to catch up with members we hadn’t seen for some time. This proved to be a great success. Not just our regular locals, also members from all over the country attended. Due to this success, we have now decided to continue to hold the meetings over Zoom for the time being.
We have some amazing guest speakers:
- Anna Kent from St Wilfreds Hospice, who runs the volunteer therapist side of things, talked about how they have been coping during lockdown
- Marek Lorys shared an Introduction to Transcendental Meditation
- Yvonne Zackim presented ‘How to balance your Chakras with The Balance Procedure’
- Noel O’Neill from Ayurveda.i.e. will be sharing an Introduction to Ayurveda with us in July
- Charlotte Phipps, Hypnotherapist, will be talking about how we create anxiety, depression etc. She is offering a free download of her hypnosis relaxation meditation to all attendees
- Jen Fisher will be talking to us about Children’s First Aid.
Although we are a group, we have always welcomed guests to join us, so if there is anything here you would like to find out more about, then why not join us on Zoom. All the meetings can be found with a direct link to the event at fht.org.uk
When lockdown hit, I recognised that this was a great opportunity to learn something new, try something different. And there it was – Weleda – connecting people with nature!
I decided to join and become a Weleda Skincare Advisor. Very soon my kit arrived, fully equipped with lots of lovely skincare products and an online study course which was included to teach me all about the different plant-based products, skin phases and integrative Anthroposophic (the wisdom of man) medicine. Many of their plants and herbs are grown in their biodynamic gardens, working with nature’s own rhythms. All plants are researched carefully for their individual characteristics.
This journey has been something that I haven’t regretted – I love their products, their ethics and their history. If you would like to find out more about Weleda, I am happy to give either a one-to-one consultation for all your skincare needs or why not book a Spa Event online? This too has been very popular. You can hold your own event with friends and family. Just purchase the Spa Event Kit, arrange a date, and enjoy. Or you could always treat yourself to a facial/aromatherapy massage and discover Weleda at its best.
You can view the Weleda shop window here
REIKI HEALING CIRCLE
I had been practising Reiki for 14 years when I decided it was time to complete my Masters. Very soon afterwards I began teaching Reiki at East Sussex College, evening classes, which I’ve been doing for a couple of years now.
Students often commented as to how flat it felt after their course had ended, and that they wanted something else to link up to. So I decided to run a Reiki Healing Circle, which was going quite well until lockdown. I’d been practising Distance Reiki with one of my Reiki Master students on a weekly basis throughout lockdown, and this had proven a great learning experience, continually surprising us by how connected we can be to each other even across the ether!
So I decided to continue to run the Reiki Healing Circle online. We have held several events to date and the meetings have all been just as good. If you feel that this is something you would like to join, why not drop me an email/text and I will send the connection for you.
Words: Pam Hardy
If you would like more information on any of the events with the Federation of Holistic Therapists, our Reiki Healing Circle, or Weleda Skincare, please feel free to contact me:
- comeinno11 @icloud.com
- 07759 674809