Today we take a look into the very busy life of Amy Kimber, a Natural Healthcare Therapist who runs her own business – Absolute Healing – specialising in Remedial Massage…
What is your current occupation?
I have been in business for 5 years now as a Natural Healthcare Therapist, running my own business – Absolute Healing. I am also a Massage Lecturer at ACNT since 2008, a Yoga Teacher and I’m also currently studying to be a Doula.
What were you doing before you started your career as a Therapist?
I worked for Ambition recruitment for 2.5 years in IT Contracting, and towards the end worked part-time whilst I built up my massage business.
How did you make the move into your current position?
I was lucky enough to come across a 6-month intensive course in Remedial Massage. Ambition was very supportive and allowed me to work part-time whilst I studied and built up my business. I left there in 2006.
I was also fortunate to have a very supportive husband who financially made it possible to me to make this transition out of the corporate world and into the wonderful world of Natural Therapies!
As it turns out, Remedial Massage was only the very start of the path into Natural Therapies! It opened many doors and avenues for me and since then I have gone on to complete a further Certificate in Polarity Therapy and Diploma in Integrated Body Therapies, which included CERT IV in Aromatherapy.
After that I did a CERT IV in Nutrition, Certificate in Australian Bush Flower Remedies, Certificate in Natural Facial Therapies and last year I became Certificated Yoga Practitioner – doing an extra course in Yoga and Birth to specialise in Pre-Natal and Mums N Bubs Yoga. Recently I started training to become a Doula, which means “Birthing Support Person”.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
As well as operating my clinic from home, I lecture at ACNT (Australasian College of Natural Therapies), Teach Pre-Natal Yoga at Samadhi Yoga Camperdown and run my own little Mums n Bubs yoga class in Neutral Bay every Friday mornings at a Community Church. So every day is completely different! None is ever the same and I have to change my hat more than once a day so to speak. But I will do my best to break if down….
Days of operation: Tuesday – Saturday
Tuesday’s – Home clinic with clients
Wednesday’s – Home clinic 9-12pm; ACNT 1.30pm-5pm; 6pm- 7.30pm Home clinic
Thursday’s – Home clinic 8.30-10am; ACNT 11.30-4.30pm; Doula College 6.30-9pm
Friday’s – Sleep in!! Mums n Bubs Yoga 10.45-12.15pm, afternoon free
Saturday’s – Client 8am-9am; Pre-Natal Yoga 9.30-11.30am; Clients 12.15-5pm
What do you love most about your job?
Where do I start! The fact that I get to make such a positive impact on someone’s life and be part of a healing process! Most of my clients have been coming to me since I started and I know them and their families so well and have been through so much with them, its very rewarding.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The hours and the amount of clients who want treatments versus the hours I have available….it can become very overwhelming at times, which is why I get treatments myself at least every fortnight to ensure I am in a good space for them! It is a fine art of “Balance” but I absolute love what I do, and would not have the energy to work the hours I do or change hats like I do, if I didn’t have that little flame of passion in my belly to help others or if I didn’t truly love what I do…
I am now getting to the stage where I cannot fit everyone in and cannot take on new clients at present, which is frustrating as I am preventing my business from growing. I am currently researching starting my own clinic and bringing on a new therapist who will help share the load and eventually take over once I myself start a family! Its very exciting and I hope to have my healing center 0pen by January 2011.
At times teaching at ACNT can be challenging. Each semester is different, it all depends on the students and how many you have in a class. At the moment I only have 10 so its very easy to get around everyone and have a really relaxed class. Last semester I had 30 students! They were absolutely lovely, but very vocal and each one had their own little demands. When you are treating clients before and after teaching – this can be challenge!
What are the top 3 pieces of advice you would give someone considering following your footsteps?
If you would like to contact Amy you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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