Elspeth Fare B.Sc.(hons); GSSR; MAR; Dip.Chi-Reflexology
Hello, My name is Elspeth and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about my background and my journey into the world of complementary therapies. Working on a freelance basis and as a sole trader I have run my practice Footpath Therapies since 2001, developing and expanding my skills as a complementary therapist throughout the intervening years.
My original training and background is in Life Sciences. I worked for over 10 years in technical and medical research posts. During this time my interest in health care and the world of medicine grew, ultimately bringing about a change in career direction and my training as a registered general nurse. Combining my skills and experience in science and nursing I then went on to become a clinical research nurse.
However it was during my student nurse training that I first encountered reflexology and my journey into complementary therapies began. I found the whole concept of reflexology fascinating and, pursuing this interest, I completed my training with the Scottish School of Reflexology, graduating in 2001. Taking a leap of faith I chose to leave my nursing career and set up Footpath Therapies ……. The rest as they say is history!
I have gone on to train and qualify in several massage disciplines including Seated Acupressure, Indian Head Massage and Hot Stones Therapy and I am attuned to Reiki Master Practitioner level. However, the therapy I am most passionate about is, reflexology.
I have chosen to specialise in reflexology and the various applications and specialities that this therapy encompasses. Over the years I have attended numerous post graduate reflexology training courses covering a variety of topics such as; Maternity reflexology, Facial reflexology, Light Touch Reflex Therapy, and Baby reflex.
In 2008 I achieved a diploma in Chi-Reflexology from the Australian College of Chi-Reflexology, and this particular training course has perhaps had the most significant impact on my understanding and general perspective of complementary and holistic therapies. Combining Eastern and Western approaches to health and wellbeing, encompassing many aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Philosophy, this course has given me a new insight into the science / art of reflexology and for that I will always be grateful to my teacher, Moss Arnold.
Having developed an interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I subsequently decided to investigate the health benefits of the exercise disciplines of Tai Chi and Qigong and began attending regular classes and training workshops run by Iain Naylor Hands of Light School of Tai Chi.
In 2012 I made the decision to remove massage etc from the therapies offered at Footpath Therapies, partly for health reasons – regular massage work takes its toll on the practitioner, causing wear and tear on the joints!, and additionally to allow me more time to concentrate on developing a new therapeutic approach – Zu Qigong, a technique that combines the principles of reflexology, Chi-Reflexology and Qigong.
This fascinating journey continues………………………………