So it’s been 5 months since my family and I up and moved to Mosman, Sydney from Melbourne. This has meant that I’ve had to restart my clinic in a new city. As a practitioner working from home it can get lonely without the camaraderie and connection to other therapists on a day to day basis. That’s why I’m delighted to have met some amazing like-minded practitioners recently to connect and brainstorm with.
I had the great pleasure of interviewing one of these ladies to find out more about her fabulous clinic, her mission and what makes her so special. Her name is Belinda Fox and she is the owner and operator of Well Nurtured in Hornsby.
We met via Facebook in a group called North Shore Business Women. We were both looking for a sounding board about some workshops that we were thinking about running. After a wonderful chat, I decided to interview Belinda to learn more of her story and share it with you. Here’s what I learnt…
What practices do you use to nurture your clients at your clinic?
At Well Nurtured, I offer massage and meditation. In terms of massage, I am trained as a remedial massage therapist with specialty training in oncology, lymphatic, pregnancy, aromatherapy and hot stone techniques.
I am also a qualified meditation teacher and I like to incorporate this into massages where I can see a benefit and I also do one-on-one meditation sessions with clients. I like the one-on-one setting so that we can really tailor the session to the client’s needs.
One very neglected area of the body is the feet. Unless the client really doesn’t want their feet touched, I always finish with a foot massage, but not just an ordinary foot massage either! The feet are warmed with a hot towel first and then again to finish to take the oil off. Finishing with the feet helps to ground the client again before they head off to the rest of their day.
No one is ever rushed. I make sure there is enough time to sit and listen to each client and to complete the appointment without ever rushing anyone. I leave time between appointments to allow this. With so much rushing around and everyone so focused on being “busy”, I think it is important to be present with the client and for them to feel happy and rested when they leave.
What led you to become a natural therapy practitioner?
It was actually my husband, boyfriend at the time! I didn’t believe in alternative and natural therapies at all!! Doctors and antibiotics could fix anything! I came down with something and Greg arrived with a bottle of some sort of herbal drops from his mum and wow! They worked! I then looked into other therapies and went to an aromatherapy workshop. I soon had a wonderful collection of “lotions and potions” as my family called them and my interest in the different areas just continued to grow. My first massage table was actually my mother-in-law’s!
What does a typical first session with you involve?
At the first session, the client fills out their details and medical history, we discuss their presenting condition and have a chat about how they are feeling. We then do some range of movement testing and postural analysis. We discuss a treatment plan for the session before the client is on the table. The initial appointment is a little longer so that we do not need to rush the assessments and the client still gets a full treatment on the table. After the massage, we discuss what I found and we discuss and do any recommended stretches and exercises that may help with their presenting condition.
What is your mission?
My mission is to empower and educate my clients to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling and less stressful lives.
What is one surprising thing that most people don’t know about you?
This was really hard to answer because I am so open! I used to part own a rally car with my brother. I even went to a Rally Navigator course on my 20thbirthday!
Could you share 1 simple tip that can help you to become grounded and centered when life is feeling chaotic?
Stop and breathe! Take time to close your eyes and focus on your breath.