Redecorating and Rebirth

IMG_4004My students and clients are always exclaiming in surprise, from one visit to the next, because my space never stays the same for very long. For me, moving furniture and changing the way my space is set up is akin to meditation. I need my space to be a changing expression of who I am; a reflection of who I am becoming and what is unfolding within me from one moment to the next.

There is something incredibly soothing and meditative about this kind of ‘pottering’. I find it clears my mind, releases me from the past and invites in a breath of fresh air! My birth name does mean ‘wanderer’ after all, and change is as good as a holiday!  Continue reading “Redecorating and Rebirth”

Kathleen O’Keeffe

Kathleen O’Keeffe is an Intuitive Energy Healer and Health Coach. This interview is one in a series of interviews Om is conducting with practitioners she has mentored. 

 

Screenshot 2015-07-20 17.22.40Can you give me an update on what you have been doing professionally?

I’m still doing my energy healing work. So that is a 90min session using your beautiful cards, Om, along with crystals and hands on healing. My crystals and my feather wand help me hold space for healing, into which spirit guides can enter. My friend Shayote made my feather wand using white-bellied sea-eagle feathers. The sea-eagle is my main spirit guide.

A lot of my healing work is based on the healing mentoring you gave me, where we learned to feel into the aura intuitively, using colour and nature energies to rebalance. I also incorporate Reiki and another healing modality I am trained in called Simply Healed.

Simply Healed is also a stand-alone modality I offer as an hour-long session. This is a modality that lends itself really well to distant work, over the phone or via Skype.

For someone who doesn’t understand what Simply Healed is, is there a way to explain it in simple terms?

It’s an energy healing modality that uses muscle testing and an integration of the energy. It’s been compared a little to kinesiology where the practitioner muscle tests to find a block and then does an integration to clear the energy, but it’s a lot simpler. Simply Healed is all about going straight to the core issue and clearing it. It’s my go-to modality for distant healing.

Have you got a favourite crystal you have been connecting with at the moment?

I actually had a client yesterday give me two crystals! One is a slice of agate, my favourite crystal. And I have a feeling this agate might be my favourite ever. It’s grey and white and looks almost ‘watery’, almost like the ocean when it’s cloudy, the water isn’t so blue and there’s a lot of white-wash. It’s amazing!

Is the agate a crystal ‘first love’ for you? One of the first crystals you fell in love with when you were initially discovering crystals?

 

Yes, it is a first love for me. The first crystal I bought and wore as a pendant for years was a Blue Lace Agate. I think its also kind of a Gemini thing; it’s my birth-crystal. Agates are just so cool with their range of colours and patterns and layers. They are my go to grounding crystal.

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I’ve heard you are going to be moving soon?

Yes! I’ll be moving to Kuranda in North Queensland at the end of this year (2015). I’ll continue doing all the healing work that I’ve been doing. My clients here will still be able to work with me via Skype or phone and I’m looking forward to meeting new clients in Kuranda.

Is there anything you particularly love specialising in?

I really love the Distant Healing work over Skype. I love the trust from the client and it never ceases to amaze me how powerful distant healing is with out being in the same room as your client.

I have a few modalities under my belt, and whilst I don’t really feel like I specialise is a particular one but more have them in my tool kit to draw upon depending on what the client needs most.

Do you have a vision for your professional future?

I’ve nearly finished a health-coaching course with IIN on-line, which has really taught me a lot about active listening and meeting people where they are at. Health coaching is all about helping people realise what their real goals are and then keeping them accountable as they work towards that. It’s a bit of a program; you work with people for 6 months.

I see myself evolving into having health coaching as part of my practice, alongside my energy healing work. I don’t know what the end result will be, because I’m constantly evolving.

I’ve been working on pushing myself out of my comfort zones in order to grow, especially when it comes to public speaking, which tends to scare me! It’s definitely getting easier with practice.

My biggest passion is self-care. Teaching people to love and care for themselves. If you give yourself time by giving to yourself, and you stop worrying about lack and focus on gratitude, life gets easier. People have this perception that spiritual practices are really hard, but I’ve actually found that it’s not that hard, complicated or time-consuming. Nor does it need to be. We can keep it simple.

Kathleen’s contact details are:

0400272307

www.kathleenokeeffeenergyhealing.com

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Instagram @KOKeeffeHealing

Twitter @KOKeeffeHealing

Interview with Tammy Hatherill

Tammy Hatherill is a Reiki healer, tarot reader and hypnotherapist who lives and works in Palmerston, Northern Australia.

 

Tammy for Om 1Can you tell us what you do?

I do a number of different things. I do tarot, which is more for clarity and direction, and helping people tap into their inner wisdom. I do Reiki, which is beautiful energy healing. And then I do hypnotherapy and Balinese reflexology.

And I’ve decided just recently, because I’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about this, to do house clearings.

Can you describe what house-clearing is?

House clearing isn’t necessarily getting rid of negative spirits (although is certainly can be), it’s more often about just getting rid of heavy energy; heavy energy hanging around the house maybe because there was a divorce that took place and the left over feeling in the house isn’t very nice. I just go through and clear out any heaviness that might be there.

And your journey began with the tarot. Can you tell us this story?

I was always a sensitive child, and always told to grow a thick skin. When I was about 18 or 19 I had the first major break up with the love of my life and I was going to different tarot readers to find out, and to hear “Oh yes, you’re going to get back together!”, as you do.

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It is! A lot of relationship stuff. Anyway, one particular lady said “No! You aren’t going to be getting back together with him because in the long-term, he’s not good for you. Then she told me that I would be good at being a tarot reader because of my sensitivity. She ran me through some tests where I had to sense energy and she offered to teach me. She became my tarot teacher, but she didn’t teach me anything about protecting myself. I learned that later.

One of the first readings I did was for my sister. I told her, in no uncertain terms, that she wouldn’t be marrying her fiancé, because she would meet another teacher and fall in love with him. She was really cross with me and said “You’re just making all this up because you have just broken up with your boyfriend and you don’t want me to be happy!”. I got accused of all sorts of things. But my prediction did end up coming true. She married the one I predicted she would!

So I was doing readings for friends and family and loving it, but at the time, I was working as an intelligence officer in the Queensland prison system.

IMAG0604And so I can imagine, working in an environment like that, being sensitive and not knowing anything about boundaries and protection, probably wasn’t a great situation to be in.

Yes, I was dealing with very heavy energy, so it would have been nice to understand why I was exhausted at the end of every day. I ended up with post traumatic stress, depression and anxiety. So I had time off work to recover from all of that and it was spirituality that got me back on my feet again.

I was living in Brisbane and would visit a crystal shop nearby once or twice a week to be with the crystals and the people, just to be there, interacting with gentle energy as I rebuilt. Then I moved to Darwin. At first I was in high management roles, which I hated. I was only doing it because my father insisted his children had to go to university and become high achievers. I was living a dream that wasn’t really my dream because I wanted his approval.

So how did you get from that job situation into the work you are doing today?

It all started with me attending a Reiki course, which changed my life. I had been feeling lost and all over the place, went through the Reiki attunements and suddenly got fired from my job! It was perfect timing because it coincided with a trip to Central America my husband and I had been planning. This is where the brand new idea of ‘Tammy’s Tarot and Healing” was birthed, and I had my first paying client organised before I got back to Darwin.

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After I started Tammy’s Tarot, people kept asking me if I did massage, which I didn’t. I didn’t really have much interest in massage and I didn’t want to do a big diploma in reflexology either, but then I heard about Balinese reflexology and it sounded perfect. It was a 5-day intensive course in Bali. You learn about the different points on the foot and how they relate to different parts of the body. So I went and did that, and was top of the class, and absolutely loved it. I don’t call myself a reflexologist per sae, because it’s not an Australian qualification.

And the hypnotherapy?

I’ve always been fascinated with hypnotherapy. This is my most recent passion. I started by attending a short on-line course and loved it, so then I decided I to do a diploma of hypnotherapy. This modality caters for the scientific clients out there who prefer evidence-based therapies, especially now that I’m doing the masters, which is the ‘Masters of Neurohypnotherapy’. So now I’m combining the hypnotherapy with Reiki, which is really effective.

I also heard you do a radio segment on tarot, and you do a fair bit or writing too, don’t you? How did all of that come about?

I had a client come to me for a tarot session and she said she wanted to get me on the radio. So I went and did a test run and recorded it, with genuine people ringing up, and then they put it to air and asked me to do this program for twelve months on a weekly basis.

Around the same time, I was writing articles for an international organisation called Reiki Rays, and they asked me to do a start answering student question via podcasts, and to interview natural therapist about their businesses. I’ve had training and experience with journalism, so I’m quite comfortable with writing and interviewing people.

tammy for Om 2Tell me about your future vision.

I want to continue to help people blossom and grow into the people they are meant to be. People have their own inner knowledge and intuition. My intention is to honour their free will and help them tap into this.

I’ve also created four-week weight-release hypnotherapy session programs, which I’m really excited about. I’m doing it with them so they know they aren’t alone, we’re all in it together. Eventually, I would love to create programs for posttraumatic stress, anxiety and depression, and addiction.

 


You can contact Tammy on 0408815265 or visit her website www.tammystarotandhealing.com or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tammys-Tarot-and-Healing/127769387352850

 

Healing Business Interview with Om

photo-36With all these glorious interviews I’ve been doing for other practitioners, it’s lovely to find the Universe pulling strings and arranging a surprise for me in return! This is an interview Tammy Hatherill did with me earlier this year. It’s mostly about the art of running a successful healing business (without burning out!):

An Interview with Lisa Riemann

This is an interview Omanisa did with Lisa in May 2015, as part of a series of practitioner interviews. Lisa Riemann is a spiritual chiropractor and healer in Campbelltown, NSW.

 

_MG_8762lowI’ve been out of touch with you for a while! Can you give me an update on what’s happening with your business practice?

I work from home. I brought the practice home when I was about 6 months pregnant. I had a very, very strong calling to work from home. I did so up until about 37 weeks but after having four months off, people started asking “When can we come and see you?!” It hadn’t been my intention to get back into practice after giving birth, but it just kind of happened of it’s own accord.

I always let people know what I think they should do in terms of when they should rebook, but most people just call me when they are ready. I take a really flexible approach to rebooking. They can come back as much or as little as they want and they know they can ring up that week and get an appointment at fairly short notice.

I haven’t been doing any advertising, so all of the work I’m doing now it based on word of mouth, which is the way I was practicing when I was in Darwin. I really love that model and I knew I could do it again.

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Tell me why you love word of mouth.

Because I don’t have to do too much explaining about what I do. People who come to me are getting information about who I am and what I do from someone they trust. This way, I don’t have to sell myself, which is good because I don’t enjoy being a salesperson.

The way I work is a lot different to a traditional chiropractic practice. I’ve moved right away from doing quick consultations which are the standard norm in our industry. Instead, I do half hour consults. This leaves room open for more conversation and allows for less rushing, which really suits my nature. I’m a slow person, so this gives me time to think things through and it allows for a far more organic, intuitive process. Allowing the client time to talk and share is healing in and of itself. I simply function as the facilitator, providing space for them to express and self-reflect.

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What do you love about working from home?

I don’t have to travel! I enjoy being able to flow back and forth from being a mum to being a chiropractor and I don’t have to wear a uniform. It’s great having my clients come to me. If people want a more clinical experience, there’s plenty of places they can go. My approach is more family friendly.

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For people don’t don’t know much about what you do, can you tell them a little about your background and qualifications?

I can’t say being a chiropractor is something I chose to do; it chose me! It all happened kind of accidentally but when I sat in on the first chiropractic lecture I thought “This is it! This is what I’m meant to do for the rest of my life!” It’s such an integral, natural part of who I am that I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I have a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and a Master of Chiropractic which I completed here in Sydney at Macquarie University and so I know all the traditional chiropractic techniques and definitely use these in my practice, but I’m also a Reiki practitioner, and I studied with you!

One of my dilemmas when I moved from Darwin to Sydney, was trying to work out where Chiropractic fit within the broader context of my metaphysical journey. Essentially, we are spiritual beings but we are spiritual beings in a physical body. So I work on the physical body and help it inhabit this physical realm with more comfort and grace. We all need physical therapy.

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Yes, I think sometimes spiritual people become a little fixated on the spiritual, on energy, and they forget to look after the basic mechanics of the vehicle that they are in. But it’s not just a vehicle is it? Its still us. It’s our means of personal expression in this world.

That’s right! We know that we aren’t our body. It’s just a vessel. But it’s OUR vessel! Our body holds so much. It’s so protective of us. The length it goes to, to keep us working on a day-to-day basis is phenomenal! People say “Oh, I didn’t realise how much I used that part of me until it got sore!”

Generally people will come to me with a problem. And once we work through that, I let them know my door is always open, and if they feel anything out of balance, to come and see me sooner rather than later so that they don’t regress.

I explain to them “You are with your body every day. You know what’s going on. I can help you. But you are in charge of your body and what you do with it.” I do have some clients who come regularly but this is their choice, not something enforced by me as the practitioner.

This is always something I used to struggle with: taking too much responsibility for other people’s healing. In the last few years I have gotten to the point where I know what I do works, there’s no question about it, it’s just whether people want the healing or not.

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I think you have a little bit more surrender and faith, because you have worked on the spiritual side of what you do as a practitioner.

Yes. And in that light too, I see myself as simply being a facilitator. It’s not me doing the healing. The body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism. I really am just the connection between the client’s body and their conscious awareness. I help people’s body’s talk to them a little bit more, so they can understand what’s going on in their body.

I allow myself to be intuitively guided as I work and clients are often surprised by what I find. “I didn’t know I was sore there!”, they will say. I love teaching them about how their body works, and how complex the body is. People often don’t realise that pain in one area doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s where the problem is. Everything is connected and problems in one area can be due to compensation occurring or due to imbalances in another area. Every treatment is a treatment of the entire body as a whole.

I think some people want their body to feel perfect 100% of the time and that they should never feel anything. These expectations are unrealistic. People under-estimate what they come into contact with on a daily basis, how much work their body does and how much stress they put themselves under. Even negative thoughts or getting too caught up in your own head can have an impact. We are so used to a faster pace of life and things happening instantly that we forget that we are nature in essence, and nature is slow. Trees don’t grow overnight. Nature has a slow rhythm and so does our body.

I’m an empath, so I often feel for the client. Unless people are quite switched on, they often don’t feel the blockages in their body and aura. As I’m working, I might physically get a jolt, or I feel vibrational shift. I might feel a blockage release from the client out through me but if spirit wants to bring something through I feel a vibration come through me into the client. When I feel a client’s body responding, releasing and working properly again, it makes me feel good! My core value is freedom, so when I feel this freedom in others it makes my heart sing.

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Do you have a vision for the future of your business?

Most of my clients don’t know how spiritual I am. They aren’t aware yet of that side of me, but I’m feeling as though I really need to be getting this part of me out there a little more.

In the future, when my children are at school, I would like to work more with mothers. Perhaps talking with mothers groups, and helping them trust themselves when it comes to their babies. I think that trusting yourself as well as your body is really important, and if mums can trust their babies, these babies will grow up trusting themselves.

My intuition became stronger when my son was born. I had to trust myself as a mother, over and over again, having the courage to do things my way in spite of all the opposing messages in the world around me about how to raise my child. And I absolutely loved the birth process; it gave me such a strong sense of being able to trust my body to guide me. I would love to help other women tap into this kind of space!


Lisa can be contacted on 0412 582 162 or at lisa.riemann@y7mail.com

An interview with Lola March

This is an interview Omanisa did with Lola in April 2015, as part of a series of practitioner interviews. Lola is an Intuitive Healer and a Meditation Teacher in Darwin, Australia. 

20140802_095818Can you describe what you do?

My work as a healer is very intuitive. When a client comes in during our talk I get a feeling intuitively about the location of their blockages and where the healing session needs to go.

Every client that comes to me, I work with differently. I don’t have a set approach I use with every person. I feel the client’s aura, more so than seeing it. The ‘seeing’ is gradually becoming stronger.

After a short discussion, the session focuses on the chakras or sometimes I ask them to choose an Aura Card and notice if it has any meaning for them. I don’t explain the card to them. The card provides me with insight to the direction of the session. I tell them that they are welcome to look at the written meaning for that colour in the book at the end of the session.

I love working with crystals I have around the room, and feel intuitively guided to place them on the client’s body in specific locations during the session.20150430_084703

I’ve heard that you teach meditation?

I facilitate meditation on Thursday evenings at Lotus Heart Health, this is an intense breathing technique. It has been developed based on my learnings in Bali and my own experiences. It’s a colour breathing technique designed to open and balance the chakras. Each person is given a healing and blessing. Sometimes Aura Cards are used during the meditation.

Other meditation styles I facilitate include gentle breathing techniques, creative visualisation and I’m currently working on a Goddess Mediation. During these sessions I guide them through a grounding process and connect them with Mother Earth. These meditations are excellent for people who are stressed and suffer from illnesses. These sessions are held at NT Lifestyle Studios.

Will you tell me a bit more about your own healing journey and how you became a healer?

Essentially, my healing journey began with me working on myself. I have been on my own healing journey for at least fifteen years, but in the meantime, I had people coming to me, telling me their problems. I used to feel as though I was taking on their problems. The other person would seem happy the next day but I would feel terrible! Eventually I learned, from extensive reading and research, that I’m an empath and need to set better boundaries.

I’ve had some very difficult challenges in my life. I suffered childhood abuse, have lived on the streets and in refuges, I’ve had a near-death experiences and have been in abusive relationships until now. In addition, I have seen the other side, having everything money can buy, cars, clothes, world travelling and none of it made me happy.

I had to stand back and learn to take stock of my journey, to ask myself why these things were happening and how I could learn and grow from them.

It wasn’t until the end of my last marriage and finishing university that I said ‘What next?” I decided to throw caution to the wind and travel. I put everything in storage and backpacked with an NGO to remote villages in Indonesia. That really opened my eyes and appreciate life even more. I saw people who work hard just to get clean water. It really puts life into perspective. All that other stuff was just stuff!

After six weeks of doing that I decided to travel on my own and backpacked through various parts of Indonesia , for a couple of weeks. I loved it! It was crazy, but so empowering. It really helped me trust myself and my own judgment. The eruption of a volcano forced me to move to Bali and lived in Ubud for a year. I made beautiful connections with spiritual people, learning so much about myself and meditation. I was adopted by a Balinese family and lived with them for a while. They honoured me and included me in their special ceremonies.20140521_083646

After this experience I really started putting all the pieces together. I went on a silent retreat in Bali and was amazed to overcome the mental chatter and find my real self underneath. I found my direction and began my healing journey.

Getting sick in Bali was a sign I needed to return home. When I came back, I starting doing healings for people and getting wonderful results, so I began working professionally. But socially, I felt a bit lonely and disconnected. I’m such a social butterfly, so I started arranging dinners where I could meet other people and connect with them. I love networking!

This has evolved into a word-of-mouth Introduction business. A number of single people come to me thinking they need a relationship, however when I scan them intuitively, I find myself saying “You need a relationship with yourself”. So many people think they need a relationship to fill a gap or to make them feel happy. These people need healing; they need to learn to love themselves first, before they can find love.

What do you love the most about your healing work?

I love the fact that I can facilitate this beautiful growth. I love watching people blossom. It fulfils me so much. They come with a dark cloud and then they grow spiritually and emotionally.. Some of these people have physical pain and the sessions aid them in relieving pain and promoting the healing process. The more people understand themselves and the path to happiness, the more beautiful our world will become. I believe ‘Wellness Begins Within’, this is my motto.

My clients are mostly from word of mouth, they experience a wonderful change in their life and they tell their family and friends. They want them to experience the same wonderful changes.

20140702_090452Do you have a vision for the future?

I would really like to be able to help adult survivors of childhood abuse. I’ve been through it myself and I know it’s a lifetime’s work of healing. I want to help people release themselves from the burden of the painful emotions they have locked inside them. I want to help break the cycles that run through generations.

My main goal and ambition is to run workshops for people who come to me and are at a point where they are ready to open up and explore. I am not about convincing anyone they ‘should’, as everyone has their own journey and some people feel safer walking with blinkers on and it is not my place to interfere or divert them. By bringing awareness to those who are ready, I can make a positive difference. When people see others tackling issues and moving forward, they may then want to try it themselves.



If you would like to work with Lola, or make enquiries about her services, please contact her on 0422687717 or email her on Lmarch@loladarwin.com.au. Here is a link to her Facebook page: Lola March Wellness

An interview with Jennifer Wyatt

Jennifer Wyatt is an Aura Soma and flower essence therapist who lives and works in the rural area of Darwin, Australia. This is the second in a series of practitioner interviews conducted by Omanisa. 


DSCF1187What do you do professionally?

I work with flower essences, colour therapy and energy healing, At the moment I have a special energy healing package, which includes a card reading using either angel cards, flower cards or your aura cards plus an energy healing session. Also included is a take home pack of an essence, a pack of my wellness motivation cards, a crystal and a colour meditation to work with.

I also offer a colour reflection reading, where I either use your Aura Cards or the Aura Soma® bottles. The aura soma is excellent for tapping into issues that are really affecting a person. It’s a colour therapy system, wherein you choose four bottles and your choices tell your story. The first bottle reveals your mission and purpose, what you are here to be working on. The second bottle is your challenge and talents bottle; your challenge, once you work through it, becomes your talent. The third bottle is to do with your here and now. The last bottle represents what you are currently creating for yourself .as bottles

Aura Soma® is a non-intrusive colour-care system because the client chooses the bottles themselves and the colours are a mirror of the client. I just interpret the positions, colours and colour combinations. I also give the clients tools to work with and ways to incorporate their chosen colours in their life.

If someone books in for an Aura Soma® session I usually send them home either with their second Aura Soma bottle choice or with a bottle of flower essence. If people want a specific flower essence or a blend made up, they can call and ask me to make something up for them without an appointment or they can book a flower essence session with me.

IMG_0001Like you, I make my own flower essences, but I also work with Bach and Australian Bush Flower Essences. I did a herbal course many years ago and one of the units was about flower essences and that was it; it was like coming home. “Oh this is my thing!”. This was when I first I learned about the Bach flower essences and then some time later I learned about the Australian Bush Flower Essences and eventually bought my own kit.

I have a beautiful home clinic on my rural property in Humpty Doo, where I spend a lot of time in my garden! I love working in my garden and I love plants . Using flower essences in my work is an extension of my deep love for Earth and my garden. It’s like bringing the essence of my garden into my healing work.

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Where does your gardening passion come from?

I could probably trace it back to Mum. She always had a vegetable garden. We were brought up on fresh fruit and vegetables. Of all us seven siblings, six of us have a vegetable garden, and it’s been passed on to my children too. I really only developed my passion for gardening as I grew older, when I became more settled with children.

DSCF1048Do you have a favourite plant in your garden at the moment?

The bauhinia tree is flowering now, and it’s so beautiful!

Is there anything else you do professionally?

I’m currently doing a Red-Tent facilitator’s course. It’s a course for women, a women’s sharing group. I also teach Ageless Grace, a set of 21 tools or exercises that help keep your body and mind mobile and flexible. It’s so easy, done sitting down on a chair and it’s great fun, no two exercise sessions are ever the same. The founder Denise Medved works with people who have had strokes, or people with dementia or Alzheimers. She has a wonderful story about a client who couldn’t actually do one of the exercises, so she advised the client to simply use visualisation and eventually she was able to move her leg. I’m a big fan of visualisation!

What do you love the most about your work?

I love working with women. I love facilitating, making it easier for them to grow their spirituality, to tap into their inner most self and be authentic. I love helping them realise their potential. Obviously that doesn’t happen in one session, but you can be a catalyst, helping them onto their path. I also love working with the gifts of nature.


Jennifer Wyat can be contacted for bookings or more information on 0407398233 or emailed at in wellness@outlook.com. You can visit her website here. 


An interview with Meghan Williams


Meghan is a registered nurse who runs a local business in Darwin, Australia, specialising in oncology massage and lymphatic drainage. This interview with Meghan is the first of a series of practitioner interviews created by Omanisa. 


Aug 2013 - Darwin Festival - Meg - CopyTell me what you do. Tell me about your work.

 I have two areas of specialty treatments with the first being lymphatic massage/drainage.  I work with clients who have dysfunctional lymphatic systems. Sometimes I’m diagnosing this, something I’m working with people who already have this diagnosis and they just need to see somebody regularly for maintenance purposes.

 I work with people pre- and post- surgery. I work with clients who are just at the beginning of their cancer journey, right through to the end stage where I am providing deep relaxation treatments. With the lymphatic side of my work I treat with manual lymphatic drainage/massage and also provide advice about exercise, skin care and compression bandaging for limbs. I use a low level medical laser and kinesio tape where appropriate.

 I also have training in a relatively young modality of Oncology Massage Treatments. At the heart of Oncology Massage is the premise of deep relaxation, providing an environment for the body to ‘sigh’ and heal.  It is extremely light pressure (as light as with lymphatic work or even lighter and oil is used) and rhythmical in nature.  It is known to reduce nausea, anxiety, pain, depression and more.

Dec 2014 - Meg and Car Magnetic SignTell me what you love about your work.

 I love it when my clients leave feeling there are finally some answers for what’s going on for them, and I love being able to teach them how to manage some of this themselves. I love being a person that people want to come back to because they can see the value in what I have to offer. With the oncology massage, I absolutely love the fact that I give people a place for utter relaxation. There’s nobody that doesn’t love that! To see the benefit you can provide for someone who maybe somewhere  along the cancer road is very special. In a way, another joy is the fact that the Oncology Massage is also great for people who don’t have cancer.

Front Page IB_MeghanWilliams_GiftCertificate_2014What drew you to this modality?

I’ve always been involved in community health and I love working with people.  I’m a registered nurse and I had breast cancer myself seven and a half years ago. I was diagnosed pretty much straight away with lymphedema and the universe kind of went “thump! wake up!” I was so taken with this modality that I went and trained in the lymphatic side of things. I just knew that this was where I needed to be, but I was scared to jump in professionally at first. And then when we moved, the universe arranged things in a way where I didn’t actually have any choice but to do this. Since then I have studied oncology massage and I’ve been doing this for two years now. I was initially drawn to this during my lymphatic training; I just felt as though I had a natural calling for it, and I’m about to do my advanced training in July. I just love it!

I have had the opportunity to work with three palliative care clients recently. I’m used to working with clients who come to my clinic and the majority are people who are quite capable of rolling over on the table and don’t have too many difficulties moving into different positions. By comparison, the palliative care clients are more often than not at the end of their life journey and there is more medical equipment attached which means you need to be more creative and flexible in your treatment.  It is important to consider what needs to happen in palliative care.

How do you cope with your clients dying?

I seem to cope with it okay. I’m not saying I don’t feel sadness. You lose a young mum and you are very aware of the tragedy for their children and families.

But the absolute beauty of doing the palliative care work was the look on my clients faces during and after the massage. They haven’t known it was possible to feel so good at this stage in their journey. People really can benefit from this work. I really wish oncology massage was made more readily available to palliative care clients. I cannot explain the…. oh there aren’t words for it… the “Yes!” feeling I get from doing this work.

Because you are making a difference?

Yes!

And do you have a vision for the future?

I would love to be booked out with oncology massage because this would mean more people are receiving it!


If you would like to make a booking with Meghan or to contact her and ask more about what she does, you can contact her on 0418842833 or email her at meghan@inbalancent.com.au



Working with Om

The older I get, the clearer I’m becoming about who I am as a practitioner, and who I am not. I know where my passions and strengths lie, and in an ever-unfolding act of self-love, I allow ‘what is not me’ to fall away whilst in pursuit of greater authenticity.

At times, this has meant saying good bye to certain modalities, clients, product lines and ways of working. It has meant saying no to supplements, massage and being part of the private health care rebate system. Continue reading “Working with Om”