In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we have been introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to Theresa Rich from ReflexologyUK.org about her seminar on heart-centered growth.
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
I spent three years in Australia and Southeast Asia, teaching English. I was very young when I returned and started working in the corporate world which was very stressful, and I was not healthy. I got ME which completely debilitated me, but led me to the holistic world, firstly reflexology which I learned (and then started applying lots of different self-care principles including affirmations). I was then encouraged by others to get my teacher training qualification and started teaching.
How did you find 2020? What business challenges were presented to you and how did you adapt to these changes?
The Academy that I rented was shutting down, so I had to find alternative premises. I had students, which I taught from there, and it was while we were going through the transition of lockdowns that I also started teaching online and virtually, (changing many CPD courses to facilitate that) with videos for the students and regular zoom sessions to ensure they fully understood the teaching. All the ITEC courses were taught from the new premises and via Zoom. Some of the qualifications and the syllabus had changed slightly as well, like putting COVID restrictions in place. I faced huge challenges and massive changes, but there was never any thought to stop as l had 26 students that were relying on me who have now done their ITEC exams – which shows you really can achieve anything when you put your mind to it.
What interests you outside of work?
I enjoy playing tennis. I like dancing with my husband. We will jive or salsa as part of our daily activity! I also regularly cycle and enjoy walking.
What is your Virtual Congress seminar about? What can attendees expect to come away with?
I want to bring people back to their heart centred growth, it’s about getting back in touch with your heart and realizing you can move out of your comfort zone confidently.
We will look at three simple steps:
- How you can trust your heart and your intuition, no matter what is going on around you and what challenges you face.
- How you can continue to grow. It is important never to take life for granted. Trust your heart to talk to you. You can take the next step and keep moving forward.
- Many people have been caring for others or been isolated during lockdown, therefore it is important to master relationships and take them to another level. To realise we can go deeper into our relationships, to learn more about each other when all the outside noise is removed – and have fun in the process!
What about this topic appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
I see many therapists that have been in a state of fear and stopped looking at what they’re capable of. Some feel they have limitations. I want them to open up their hearts and learn to listen and trust. Also, they will go away with a set of principles to move them out of their comfort zone with love. I believe they are capable of making changes and going in new directions and I shall show them techniques of how they can do that.
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*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45
The 2021 FHT Virtual Congress is sponsored by Gateway Workshops.