This is what happened to me, but as I look back I see that it wasn't a sudden swerve, more of a winding road that I didn't realise I could get off.
Getting back on track took a huge amount of patience and dedication but with the support of my family I did it.
For seven years I was trapped in an emotionally and physically abusive marriage. I was overweight, exhausted and miserable. In 2004 I found the courage to leave, packing my two, three and five year old children in the car and driving away.
Eventually I got a part time job and slowly began to rebuild my confidence. My body however, was still struggling to cope with the stress and anxiety. I developed Axillae Hyperhidrosis(excessive sweating of the underarms), which had a detrimental impact on my confidence. Aluminium Chloride Antiperspirants didn't help and I ended up having to suffer botox injections in my armpits every twelve months. I sobbed every time as the pain was horrific.
It was following one exceptionally painful session that I drove home, tears falling down my face, and vowed to never go through that again. This is when I found reiki healing and began on my holistic journey to better health and wellbeing.
Changing my lifestyle wasn't the upheaval I had anticipated. Eating a healthier diet, drinking plenty of water and switching to herbal teas, all contributed to a better version of myself. I still loved a glass of wine and a large pepperoni pizza, but as I delved deeper into alternative health I realised this was the path I had been looking for.
In 2008, after putting myself through night school and re-training, I started my own holistic health business, Body & Soul Holistics. A ladies only spa offering reiki, reflexology, massage and meditation classes. It was my way of helping other ladies, who were going through a tough time or a life changing event, to enjoy a time out with an understanding therapist who had 'been there, done that'.
More recently I developed a range of monthly workshops that I hold at a local venue. These events cover topics such as; facing fears, finding out who you are and visualising your future. They have been well received and are great fun.
At the beginning of each workshop I talk about motivation, and the tools we all possess to be able to motivate ourselves and improve our lives. I use these tools every day of my life and are constantly adding to them as I meet more incredible teachers. These people show themselves when you are ready to learn a lesson, and their insights are of true value. Look and listen, be mindful and keep your thoughts positive and you too will be on the road to better wellbeing.
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