Where it all began!

Holistic Therapies with Paula Kemp | Walton on Thames, Surrey

Why did I become a Massage Therapist!

I get asked quite a lot about what led me to become a Massage Therapist.

I have always wanted to be in the caring profession, but one thing led to another and I ended up in Admin/Secretarial roles.

My then boyfriend (now lovely Husband Rob) a typical man! picked up a heavy item and something went ping in his lower back, after a lot of pain and swearing I managed to get him into the car (we were on our way to his Nan’s up in Blackpool for the weekend!).

After a fraught weekend of getting the local Doctor out to visit Rob at his Nan’s house and finding out that he had a bulging disc in his lower back and being prescribed strong pain killers and relaxants.  I discovered that Rob found it helpful and soothing for me to gently massage the area.

So after a little while, I decided to train as a massage therapist as I enjoyed that my hands could help soothe someone in pain and wanted to know how to do it properly without causing any problems.

I then found Essentials for Health and took the plunge and enrolled on their amazing ITEC Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage in 1996.  To this date it is still the best course I have done, the tutors were amazing and incredibly knowledgeable.  I just wish they had done Aromatherapy and Reflexology as I would have done it with them too.

Rob calls me the eternal student, so once I finished that course it wasn’t long before I was itching to study something else to add to my repertoire, and the Essentials for Health course was followed by Aromatherapy, Reflexology, pregnancy massage and Indian head massage, all complementing each other.

My latest course is Deep Tissue massage, but I am already looking at what I can study next to offer my lovely clients! 🙂

Update: Since this post was done in 2012 I have now completed Fertility Massage training with the lovely Clare Blake at Fertility Massage Therapy ™.

I have now finished my Reproflexology™ training with Seren Natural Fertility, which I find absolutely amazing for Fertility Reflexology.  Which can be used either for natural conception or during assisted reproduction.

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4 thoughts on “Where it all began!”

  1. I reckon it was a ploy for u just to touch him! Bulging disc indeed! But saying that I remember one Xmas him having a bad back and drinking all my sloe gin! Lovely Post P X

    1. Yes I don’t think I even had a sniff of that Sloe Gin!, thanks for stopping by x

  2. Lisa

    Paula – my sister and I were talking about you last night (were your ears burning?!). All good stuff of course. She was saying how the massage you did for her when she was pregnant was totally amazing. We got onto the subject whilst cooing over my gorgeous little Niece who is now 16 weeks old would you believe? So I’m glad you went this way on your journey! x

    1. Hi Lisa, I was wondering why they were burning 😉 I am really pleased that your Sister enjoyed the massage and I hope she is well. Wow 16 weeks already, it’s amazing how time flies! x

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