I LOVE Reflexology! Both giving AND receiving. Reflexology is part of my self help too. I love to talk about it to groups and teach it in schools. You may find me on the football sidelines holding someone’s hand working pressure points or giving tips to a group any time any place anywhere and that is the beauty of reflexology.
I am a second generation reflexologist lucky enough to experience this amazing therapy since the early 80’s with my mum, Cobi Philipsen in Scotland. Following university and a career running various leisure centres in Scotland, by sheer default in 1998 I did my reflexology diploma with the British School of Reflexology. Since then so many therapeutic courses continued to learn more how the body works biologically and energetically to enhance the healing process. Reflexology is still the best with a few very close seconds especially colour and aura work. I mostly work in my own clinic and have worked corporately throughout the years. My biggest adventure was bringing a Stress Management package including Reflexology to every staff member in a Nuclear Power Station. (A mere 600 staff, that’s a lot of feet! )
I have been involved with Reflexology New Zealand since 2009 active within The Auckland Reflexologists and sat on the National Council 2013 – 2016 passionate to spread the word within NZ. Marketing was the best option for me then and I coined the phrase “Let’s make Reflexology a Household Name”. So here I am again 2021 having moved to Waikato recently with a little less work (for now) and a whole load of new ideas.
Reflexology New Zealand is one of the best organisations I have come upon in terms of passion, dedication and love of natural therapy. I am proud to belong to this National Body and glad to be taking an active part in its continual development within NZ once again. I love seeing other reflexologists develop and by working together in Regional Groups and Nationally more and more people will experience reflexology and realise the benefits it has to bring. A win/win for all concerned. I am always happy and keen to work with others regarding how we can develop.
Let’s Make Reflexology a Household Name NZ!
I have been qualified as a reflexologist for almost 2 years now working from my home based clinic in Nelson.
I was motivated to start studying reflexology after a trip to China to observe first hand how Traditional Chinese Medicine worked alongside western medicine. Visiting an array of clinical areas from large university hospitals to small village clinics my eyes were opened to the ease at which this could be achieved. I would love to see more complimentary therapies used alongside medicine in NZ.
I joined the National Council in the role of Treasurer and I am looking forward to the new learning this will bring.
I am also a Registered Nurse living in Nelson with my husband and 2 children and enjoy reading, walking and relaxing by the pool.
I am new to Reflexology and the National Council this year. I have just graduated from the Canterbury School of Reflexology with Xanthe Ashton.
I am in the process of setting up my business Soul Flex will be providing reflexology services in Woodend - North Canterbury and hopefully CBD Christchurch.
Health is a very personal experience and we are all so different in the experiences we have with it. Within my business, I plan to use my own experiences and studies in complimentary therapies, health and human behaviour and most importantly reflexology to help people to realise that stress isn’t a way of living.
I first found Reflexology when I was 18 years old after a bout of glandular fever before studying a certificate in complimentary therapies at Aoraki Polytechnic with Judi Coldicott. Rather than continuing study at the time, I went on to spend 18 years working in corporate offices and then the Information Technology Industry. After bouts of stress burn out every year or 2 or 3, I decided enough was enough and I needed to wake up and rediscover my true self.
I signed up for the Reflexology National Council as Secretary because I can contribute to Reflexology in New Zealand with my finely tuned office skills. I serve as Secretary to the Woodend Community Association so I had a fair idea what I was getting myself into. I really do enjoy meeting new people, making new friends, colleagues and achieving results within a committee environment – it’s a little like being at work but I know I am voluntarily contributing my time towards the greater good of Reflexology so it feels so much better than work.
Hi, I am Karen. I gained my Reflexology Diplomas in 2012 through Aromaflex Academy in Nelson and ITEC UK, training in Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology. I have since undertaken extensive post graduate training in specialised areas of Reflexology, such as Reflexology Lymph Drainage, Cancer Care, and Pain Management. I am also qualified in Indian Head Massage, so you can enjoy that too.
My favourite saying is “Reflexology interrupts the pattern of stress.” Within the right environment the body has the capacity to tap in to its own innate healing ability, and Reflexology may be the right therapy to provide that for you.
In 2018 I opened the Auckland School of Reflexology, providing professional tuition in Reflexology from Introductory to Diploma Level, and Post Graduate Courses. Also providing Indian Head Massage training.
I look forward to welcoming you to my Studio in Albany on Auckland's North Shore, which is also home to my school. Mobile/home/hospital visits can be arranged if required. I also provide a Corporate Wellness program, regularly visiting a number of Auckland businesses to give their staff Reflexology/Indian Head Massage on site.
I am delighted to once again take up the position of Editor of our RNZ publication, the Reflexscene magazine. A position I last held in 2014/15/16. This little magazine is sent out to members three times a year, and is filled with articles, reports, photos, and bits and pieces Reflexology related.
My interest in complimentary therapies started with my love of Reiki, until of course I discovered Reflexology.
I recently graduated from my Reflexology diploma in 2020 with the Waikato School of Reflexology. In addition to my Reflexology diploma, I also hold a life coaching and corporate wellness diploma and my passion lies in education, mental health and wellbeing.
I’m now excited to take on the challenge of setting up my own business in the sunny Bay of Plenty. Who would have thought I would be working with feet for a living!
I am excited to see what the future holds within this role and look forward to meeting you.
Cathy runs a busy clinic in Oamaru and also teaches Reflexology Diplomas and workshops through her school Southern Therapies School of NZ.
She is passionate about reflexology and after more than 25 years in natural therapies it is reflexology that has become a firm favourite with her many clients.
Cathy offers professionalism and recognized training in many aspects of natural therapies and loves working with reflexology
My name is Fiona Bowden and I trained back in 2000 with Feet First School of Reflexology in Wgtn and I upgraded to a diploma with the ManawatuSchool Reflexology in 2018. I am passionate about reflexology and I have used it as a great tool when my children were younger especially. I see Reflexology as a great way of helping people and I have a mobile practice and I enjoy giving taster sessions and introducing people to the reflexology benefits. I have created my own foot chart which I like to use as a tool to help people understand how the reflexology points relate to parts of the body.
I am also a photographer and graphic designer and love to use these skills to promote reflexology.
I am also Diploma Qualified in Herbal Studies and have completed courses in Indian Head Massage Reiki level 2 and recently Kansa Bowl and Wand treatments.
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