Kirsty Parkes Bsc. Hons, MAR, IIHHT
I first graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1992 with a degree in Sport & Exercise Science. I have always had a firm interest in healthy living and progressed this interest by looking into holistic therapy. Whilst living in Northern Ireland I enrolled on a course in Reflexology. At the time Reflexology was not that well known but I had read about it, received a treatment and was fascinated! I qualified as a Reflexologist in 1999, and I then became a full member of the Association of Reflexologists in 2002.
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In the same year I began working for a large telecommunications company. Whilst working there full time I still pursued my interest in holistic therapy and took courses at Dudley College in Swedish Body Massage (Diploma), Indian Head Massage (Certificate) and Aromatherapy (Diploma). I stayed working in the office environment for 15 years but not quite fulfilling my ambition or interests until I took voluntary redundancy in 2014 to concentrate fully on practising holistic therapy.
I also have full Insurance Cover, a certificate in First Aid, and as a member of the AOR I am required to maintain my standards each year by Continuing Professional Development. In 2015 I completed 2nd degree in Reiki with Angela Robertshaw Reiki Master . Reiki, or 'universal energy', can be done by laying on hands to help reduce stress, increase relaxation and in turn improve health. I am not currently practising Reiki, although I do use Reiki everyday and my clients do get a few minutes free Reiki as part of their treatment at the end of the session.
I have completed the Basic VRT course in Vertical Reflexology Therapy with the founder, Lynne Booth. Vertical Reflexology can be used for a few minutes in conjunction with regular Reflexology and as with regular Reflexology can be as effective on the hands as well as the feet. The treatment is done with the feet or hands in a weight bearing position which provides a more intensive, rapid response.
I do enjoy yoga and exercising (as I hate dieting) but I may not live the perfect healthy lifestyle all the time. However, I do believe it is so important to look after our own physical and mental health, and take responsibility of ourselves. By understanding the ways in which holistic treatments work, the body can indeed begin to "heal itself" by regaining balance in all aspects of our being.
STRESS in our lives, in our work
After working 15 years in a large corporate environment, and mum to two small children I understand the pressures, strains and demands modern day life puts on us. BUT, it is extremely hard to cope with these everyday pressures if you do not look after yourself physically and mentally. When the pressures start to beat you down stress then starts to take over and can manifest in several ways, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Stress can be anything that interrupts the normal balance of mental and physical health. We can not always prevent external sources of stress but we can change the way we react to them. As well as combatting stress with any of the holistic therapies, other techniques like, yoga, exercise, creative hobbies, and meditation, etc. can be used.
Stress can make us feel depressed, tired, more anxious, suffer with headaches, bring on colds and yet can also be a major cause of serious illness for example high blood pressure, or a heart attack. It is vitally important to de-stress!
According to the Health & Safety Executive "The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487,000 (39%) out of a total of 1,241,000 cases for all work-related illnesses." So almost 40% of sick leave was caused by the working environment, a total of 11.3 million sick days lost in that time! - Bosses please take note!!
Call Kirsty on 07837 279629 to book an appointment or Click here to email me.