I’ve always had a strong passion for helping people although it hasn’t always been in a holistic hands-on approach.
My career started off in the fashion design business. I worked for a large retailer for the majority of the time doing product development and design. I travelled overseas for work quite a bit and don’t get me wrong it was fun and interesting but something was always missing.
As my career grew in design so did my desire for something more out of life.
I felt this need to know what was going on under my skin, what each system of the body did what and how it all worked together. So on weekends and weeknights I took courses for fun. Anatomy, therapeutic touch and head massage, taught myself about essential oils and natural skin care, not knowing that this would come into play and be a gateway for me a few years down the line.
My draw to help people feel good not just dress and look good started to grow.
Fashion was and will always be part of me but it just felt like knew something was missing,
I craved to heal and help people in a more connecting grounding way.
I’ve always been an emotional caring person and wanted to get that not only out of my life outside of work but wanted it as my work. But of course at that time I felt like I couldn’t leave that job. After all the time and effort I’ve put into building it up even though I wasn’t getting out of it what I wanted mentally.
You know how they say everything happens for a reason, I believe this to be absolutely true. After almost 11 years of blood sweat and tears in the design world I was let go…
What a blow!
It turned out to be one of the best things to happen to me. I knew I wasn’t the best personally that I could be but I didn’t realize that I was unhappy. Sometimes it takes a push in the right direction for us to put things into perspective.
Of course I panicked and looked for work in right away. I had a lot of interviews and a lot of prospects but I really just wasn’t into it, I wasn’t passionate anymore.
It was then I decided to go back to school which is not easy as an adult but it has paid off and I can finally say I’m happy and I’m truly passionate about what I do everyday!
School was not an easy task especially being a bit older… I literally asked myself on many occasions “what the hell am I doing”? I never imagined school would be as hard as it was even with taking classes previously I could never be prepared for the amount of work and how draining it would be. But I knew deep down this was where I wanted to be and this is what I should be doing with my life.
I missed birthdays, anniversaries and a lot of special events so I could study. I had such an amazing support group around me that it made it achievable and I couldn’t have done it without them.
After a long haul of school and exams I finally made it and could call myself an RMT.
I’m passionate about pre and post natal massage, trained in trigger point therapy, deep tissue, Swedish massage as well as cupping therapy… I’m continually learning new techniques to best treat my patients.
My career change allowed me to pursue a life-long interest and personal calling in providing and educating people to achieve their goals of optimum health and well-being.
When I’m not working I’m either with my family, gardening, walking and playing with my dogs Bunnie and Maura or out on the water for a paddle in the summer.
I live and love a balanced active healthy lifestyle and enjoy encouraging my clients and the people around me to be an active part of their own personal health and happiness
I look forward to meeting and working with you at the Body Mind Clinic!
To find out more about Andrea, you can visit her website.
Massage Therapy, Lymph Drainage, Psychotherapy, Osteopathy, Lymphedema Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Pelvic Health Physiotherapy