I am a native of Portlaoise who found my way to my friendly neighbour hood just outside Portarlington. I studied science in university and worked for over 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry. In a complete turnaround, when I had my first child, I realised the world is mostly grey rather than black and white.
My first child was born in 2013 and she had crippling reflux, which had us both distressed. We worked with our GP to try different medicines, some helped temporarily, but all brought their own side effects without really fixing the problem. When she was about 6 weeks old, I turned to my health insurance policy to see what therapies were covered on our plan, and start working my way through these in search of a solution. I found that my policy covered reflexology and baby massage, so I sent a desperate email in the dead of the night to a listed therapist, and by the next morning we were in her clinic, about to have reflexology come and change our lives forever!
For the first 2 years of her life, our daughter suffered with symptoms of reflux and chronic vomiting. Reflexology was her only friend during this period, and her symptoms could be calmed and managed through a 10min reflexology treatment in the evening. As she grew older, baby massage and story massage were key therapies which helped her to calm down before bed time, and also helped to comfort her through tough times like teething, sicknesses, sleep issues, toilet training, starting play school and learning to adjust to a new baby in the house.
Over time I have seen that, for my daughter, touch therapy and reflexology often held more power than medication. Our house is still well stocked with Calpol, but we are less reliant on medical help for things that we can fix ourselves. I trust my own judgement and listen to my body, and this has placed me in control of my own wellbeing as a result.
With reflexology playing such a huge part in our family, I left the pharmaceutical world and trained officially as a reflexologist in 2015. I also practice Indian head massage, but I feel that reflexology is an excellent place to start with a complete holistic treatment that calms the body and calms the mind.
I provide my treatments from my purpose built room at my home, and I also do home visits for those who are housebound, or just simply want to roll into their own bed straight after a treatment. I bring all my own equipment for home visits; all I need from the client is warm water and a quiet space.
I also volunteer at the Cuisle Centre for cancer support in Portlaoise. This is a unique centre that provides support for people who have cancer, and their family. They have a combination of programs that are suitable for people at different stages of their cancer journey, and provide both practical and emotional support. It’s a very special place and a great team to be a part of.
As a registered member of the National Register of Reflexologists Ireland (NRRI), my clients can submit their receipts to their health insurance provider. Depending on the healthcare plan, reflexology treatments (by registered NRRI therapists like me) may be covered. You can check the NRRI website for a list of registered therapists in yours area.