Rachel Wawn Kurien
I first became interested in Reflexology and Complementary therapies after University, when I started working in London in the late 1990s.
I had my first ‘stress/anxiety/depression’ episode, coupled with insomnia when I was struggling at school and then again during University, when I was put on anti-depressants. At the time there was a stigma and not as much awareness about pharmacological interventions with regard to mental health concerns; neither was there as much awareness of a holistic approach. Today research has indicated that allied therapies and other interventions clearly help with treatments and better recovery.
Although I was eating properly, exercising, going to work and had a full social life, I still had some episodes. So, I began to research other ways to help my overall health and wellbeing and I started seeking out complementary options. Since then I have found help from many therapies including: one-on-one counselling, group classes, personal development courses, CBT, CST, homeopathy, reflexology, acupuncture, meditation, yoga and NLP.
I was introduced to Reflexology and the Training course taught by Maureen Burgess. I completed the course and qualified whilst working full time during 2001-2002. I wanted to pursue Reflexology as a career but I had various reservations at the time: what if I’m not good enough; I can’t earn enough money etc. So I put it on the back burner and treated friends, family & colleagues on an adhoc basis.
When I moved back to India in 2010 to live with my husband, I worked for a year or so in a rehabilitation centre for street alcoholics, helping them with a fundraising strategy and also giving Reflexology 3 afternoons a week, which was extremely fulfilling.
Early Steps into Reflexology
Reflexology in India
Reflexology kept calling me and in 2018 I studied Hindi, in order to be able to eventually talk about and teach Reflexology in NGOs. In 2019, as a development project was drawing to a close, I finally made the decision to practice Reflexology professionally - if not now, when.
My Vision and Mission are to “keep helping my clients to rebalance and achieve holistic wellbeing while spreading awareness about Reflexology as a complementary therapy”. As I’ve worked in the Development / Social space, I would eventually like to offer my services pro bono in NGOs, to give Reflexology to their communities and prove its effectiveness with a view to then teaching Reflexology as a livelihood.