My passion for Reflexology started over 22 years ago when I was looking at Natural therapies to help my daughter with health issues.
Since then I have continued studying Natural Health and now have qualifications in many styles of Reflexology, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Psychosomatics and my learning still continues. I have recently become involved with a new scientific break-through in Redox technology.
My clinic is in Christchurch and I work there 3 days a week, I also work as a Customer Service officer for the other 2 days.
I became a Professional member of Reflexology New Zealand in 2003. Since this time I have been a core member of Southern Reflexology Group in Christchurch and have had one year on Council in 2008 as Treasurer.
RNZ Vice President
Hi! I got involved with Reflexology after working as a caregiver in a Resthome. I was feeling frustrated with all the medications the elderly were on, so I started looking into natural therapies and remedies to help give the elderly a less medicated life.
In 2010 I completed my Diploma in Reflexology and I became a Professional member of RNZ, while starting my Home based Natural Therapy Business on the outskirts of Nelson. Starting, with Reflexology and then adding Massage, Ortho Bionomy and Reiki over the following few years, this has completed the therapies I wish to offer. Then in 2015 my husband and I went to Western Australia for a 3 year stint with one of our son’s and his family. I continued my natural therapy business over there, sharing rooms with a chiropractor.
We returned back to Nelson in June 2019, in time for the RNZ conference in Nelson and I have now set up my clinic/business in Tahunanui, Nelson.
Being on National Council enables me to support all RNZ council members and members to the best of my abilities. I plan to help bring Reflexology to the fore front of every New Zealander.
All the best to you all in Reflexology
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 this year 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.
I first became interested in reflexology when in my early 20's I was given Anne Gillanders book "The Joy of Reflexology" from a dear friend. I started practising on family and friends, (who are always brilliant guinea pigs), trying to follow the charts,then I got busy with raising my boys and did nothing further about learning reflexology. Then around 20 years later, while staying with and helping out my niece with her newborn baby, I decided to download some reflexology charts and give her a little bit of pampering by way of giving her some reflexology.
Her breast reflexes on both feet were incredibly sensitive, which was to me, much more than just a coincidence. This led to an "Oprah – A-ha" moment. I wanted to learn more about reflexology, as a way to helping family and friends. Reflexology made perfect sense to me. In 2011, I discovered Viv Bachelor’s newly formed Waikato School of Reflexology and I became her first student. I learned (among other things) that Reflexology is a wonderful way to assist others in a practical and caring way. I have learned so much from Viv, including new skills to put in my "toolbox". Reflexology has also ignited my passion to continue to learn other modalities to build up my skill base and practice.
In September 2015 I decided to become a professional member. This was a huge decision for me as, like a lot of us, I work full time in another job, so do not have a lot of time to dedicate to my reflexology. I am very pleased with my decision to join, as I have a lot more access to training opportunities, there is a support base through the Facebook private RNZ members page, and best of all... have made some lovely reflexology friends along the way.
In May 2016, at the Waihi Conference (after only being a professional member for a few months), I volunteered to be Secretary. So my reflexology journey continues as being part of Reflexology New Zealand and the RNZ Council.
"I remained as Secretary for three years, moving in 2019 to Communications role"
"So my reflexology journey continues as being part of Reflexology New Zealand and the RNZ Council."
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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