By Simona Stefaniskova
I have never met anyone who wanted to be a reflexologist from tiny. I am sure that people like this exist, however that was not my case.
My very first contact with reflexology was through my beloved grandfather who was my therapist as well as a client 😊 He was not a professional therapist but he believed in the magical power of touch. I will never forget the amazing times I spent with him. Every evening before sleep or while watching TV he was working on my feet, gently pressing on my soles and massaging them (and I can tell you that he was pretty good). I loved how it felt and I was always requesting more and more. Once my granny found me sleeping on the sofa with my foot in my grandad´s hand and grandad snoring on the armchair. I bet that if she'd had a camera near she would have taken a picture of us. It felt so natural to my grandad to grab my feet and provide me with reflexology without knowing what it is and it was also so bonding. I had an incredible relationship with him. We had an amazing spiritual connection which I can´t explain (I might tell you about it next time). Did reflexology help with our unbreakable bond? Maybe 😊 . But what I believe, is that it definitely strengthened our relationship.
On the other hand, I was giving my grandad regular massage sessions. He used to say that I had golden healing hands. He truly was an amazing person. Back massage was something he would always be looking forward to so much. And it made me very happy to see how he was responding and how grateful he was. He made me feel special. It sort of became a family tradition that I provided massage to family members from the age of 10.
As I was growing up I had many passions and professionally I wanted to become a teacher. I absolutely love working with kids of all ages and I feel massive fulfilment in this area. However, life took me in a completely different direction in both my personal and professional life. I feel my life purpose is definitely linked to working with kids and young people and the idea is getting much clearer recently. My extreme interest in holistic health lead me to study holistic medicine, as this option was not available in my country I was determined to move abroad and study high quality courses so I could offer the very best.
I started first with doing self study of reflexology later aromatherapy. I took several online classes to help me to dive more into the theory of the subject while I was working full time. The more I learned more I became interested. Let´s say that there are two approaches in reflexology eastern and western. Eastern is more about Chinese reflexology and using Chinese pentagram to balance the health. Western approach is modern reflexology. I will take a closer look at this in a video or blog post later on. They are both different in the techniques used and ways of working with a client. I felt drawn to both of them. I went to Prague in 2015, to participate on a workshop two amazing, highly experienced reflexologists were offering, which was focused more on the eastern approach to reflexology. I loved it. I began looking for material and classes to understand it further and practising my skills on my clients.
When it felt like the right timing I applied to study complementary therapies in Metropolitan College in Brighton, UK. It was incredible. That was exactly the piece in my education which I had felt was missing. Having experts teaching me and supervising my work for a whole year is priceless and a significant experience in life of a therapist. Not only that but I enjoyed the hard work which came with it, providing reflexology, aromatherapy and massage treatments to many clients with various health issues, and I successfully graduated with the award of student of the year. I am so grateful that the passion and energy I give to my treatments was not only reflected in the amazing feedback from clients, but also from tutors who were very happy with my work. I was inspired and even more motivated to constantly improve and offer genuinely transforming treatments to everyone who feels like working with me.
So here I am. At the moment I am working from our temporary home-based practice in Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell until we open our Simsar Healing Centre in Spain.
If you are living in Costa Blanca, Spain or coming for holiday, you are very welcome to book a session and experience the amazing benefits of reflexology on yourself.
Please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or I am also available on WhatsApp on +447749342190
SIMONA & SARA