After spending many years on the design, development, and implementation of IT systems in the corporate world, I turned my attention to systems of a different sort – the physiological systems that keep the amazing human body functioning.
I enrolled for the two year diploma course at the International Academy of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy (IARAMT) in Johannesburg and graduated cum laude in 2019 with a Diploma in Therapeutic Reflexology. The course included 200 hours of practical reflexology. During our training we learned to apply both western and eastern medical principles, studying western anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology; as well as the traditional Chinese medicine view of human health shaped by acupressure Meridian pathways and the Five Elements framework. This holistic system is supported by a focus on exercise and a healthy diet.
The shift to working and studying remotely allowed me to enroll for some wonderful interactive online courses in the UK. I am now an approved practitioner of Reflexology Lymph Drainage which I studied with Sally Kay at https://www.reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk/
; and of Advanced Facial Reflexology which I studied with Ziggie Bergman through the London School of Reflexology at https://ziggiebergman.com/
. Both Sally Kay and Ziggie Bergman are winners of the Association of Reflexologists (UK) Excellence awards, among others.
I am now the proud owner of my own healthcare practice. Of course, there are challenges to establishing a new business during a pandemic but there is also no better time to promote health in a holistic way.
In South Africa Therapeutic Reflexology is a profession regulated by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). Practitioners are required to register with this statutory council and with the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) who issue a practice number. My professional society is The South African Reflexology Society (TSARS).
My AHPCSA number is A12193 and my BHF practice number is 0870447.