You might think I’m crazy and laugh at me🙈🤷🏻♀️, but I’ve always believed in angels. I met many of them on my journey to recovery, but Tricia plays one of the biggest parts😇! I know that she’s one of my angels, sent onto my path for a reason…
My grandmother in Poland 👵🇵🇱 was on the phone to my mum sometime in September 2017. She was talking about a programme she recently saw on television about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and how it can benefit stroke victims. My mum quickly researched it after ending the phone call and found one in Dublin City Centre. We spoke about it and decided to book me in for a session. Next week I was already going there. My dad would collect me every morning from rehab at 12 o’clock and we drive me for the 1 o’clock session usually. The session lasted for an hour and then he would drive me back for like a month straight. The owner of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber in the city centre is a lovely man. A motorcycle lover, that would always joke and make us all laugh before we went in-making our day better! Great guy with a huge heart of gold👴👌. I’ll never forget him! So one day, when I was waiting for my session to start , this woman comes in and I just can’t stop admiring her bag. Being the person I’m 🤷🏻♀️🤭 I had to say something, so I turn around and say: “I love your bag”, she smiles😊 and replies “oh thank you, my daughter bought it for me”. After the oxygen session she approached me in the chamber and asked for permission to touch my arm, while explaining what she does-Shiatsu therapist. Funny story, she actually asked my dad first, thinking he was my boyfriend 🙉🙈👌😜. I’ve never heard of shiatsu before this, but I tried acupuncture (shiatsu works a bit like that, but using hands instead of needles👌). As soon as she touched my arm, I felt so much happening! Flickers, pins and needles, butterflies you name it. After breathing pure oxygen straight for an hour your body is so awake and responsive. She felt it too! Saying my right (weaker) arm is so awake and active-great flow of energy🌟. My dad wheeled me outside to the car park, and she ran after us, and asked how old I was saying: “you’re way too young to be in this wheelchair”, while giving me her contact details. I was so glad🥰, because after what I felt in there, I was curious. I had this good feeling-when you know you’re chatting to someone Special. Next weekend I was already seeing Tricia my first treatment. That was back in 2018.
Today (nearly 2 years later) I keep going for weekly sessions of shiatsu. Even when she moved further away (Wexford🙈🙉) I cannot really imagine my life without shiatsu now, most importantly without her constant treatments, help and advice. I fell in love with it, to the point I would like to learn the technique myself someday🥰. Also I created a great friendship with Tricia 👩❤️👩. A special bond and a friendship I hope to nurture for life. She’s more than just a therapist to me, and one of my biggest cheerleaders-along with her partner J. They’re both like my second pair of parents 😊🤗. I’m so lucky, not only I have great parents but another pair who are always there for me to help and support. Tricia always believed in me. From day one, not knowing much about me she said: “You WILL walk again”. We have a deal to go for a long walk 👣 and have a mutual party to dance and celebrate together🥂🥳💃. This WILL BE some party 🎉 I can’t wait! We have a lot in common but most of all being both fighters and survivors👊💪.
Tricia has told me on multiple occasions that she’s learning so much from me and that I’m one of the strongest people she knows. But to be completely honest that’s exactly what I think of her 🤷🏻♀️. So perhaps we were meant to meet? We don’t meet people by accident, they’re meant to cross our path for a reason. Our battles made us who we are today. Imagine being told by doctors that you have cancer and if you don’t do things their way (chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) you will die, yet you go completely against them and choose a holistic path to heal yourself. She had the courage and determination that’s worth the admiration, I think. Changing her lifestyle 360 degrees. I’m glad and happy to tell you that Tricia is cancer free today 🙌👏. Her battle ended in success. One thing I always admired about her is that she would never act like she lived with a cancer diagnosis… She’s an inspiration to me and transformed my life. My journey to recovery is so much better with her in it. She’s the one that introduced me to shiatsu, meditation, breath work-recently completing a breathing course in India 🇮🇳 , mind work and much more! I believe that her own battle made her the great therapist she’s today-that’s why I would recommend her to anyone without any hesitation.
She has a great knowledge about how the body and mind work and how it’s important to marry the two together. Anytime I have any problem regarding pain, anything and everything really, she’s ready and happy to help using her magic hands 🤲 and/or life experience. Shiatsu is an amazing treatment, but that’s not the only thing that helps me. It’s any advice or suggestions I get. They’re always very valuable to me.
Please check out pages (links attached below 👇) and share. Very interesting content, something for everyone. And give shiatsu a try! #ShiatsuIsForEveryone. I know that shiatsu will be a part of my life, for the rest of my life. I love that it’s all about giving and no one has ever become poor by giving. Someone smart once said “We make a living by what we make. We make a life by what we give” ❤️🦋
🦋 Success as a therapist is not found in doing something for the client, but rather being someone for the client 🦋
🦋 The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed 🦋
Whenever Tricia is unavailable or I cannot travel up to see her for some reason I go for my treatment with Cindy @Ekko Therapies. Tricia introduced me to Cindy, who is another great shiatsu practitioner, who also has a story to tell… Ekko Therapies is located in Malahide, Co.Dublin and has a wide range of treatments available. If this location suits you better I really recommend it! I recently booked my mum to have a treatment-a birthday gift. She had shiatsu (for the first time) along with hot towel reflexology and she loved it! It’s a real treat for the body and mind, and Our body is a temple that deserves respect and taking great care of 💆♀️💆♂️🧘♀️🧘♂️. I’m attaching links to her pages below 👇
I think it’s very ironic, but the tougher the life situation, the more positive people are?! 🤔 Perhaps that positivity gives them the motivation and strength needed to keep going, keep fighting to overcome the odds… The best therapists (no offence to anyone) are those who fought some kind of battle themselves-I’m just speaking from my own experience over the past 4 years. These people really understand others and have a special type of empathy and approach towards life and others around them. As Rocky Balboa said in the movie: “It’s not about how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward”… Life can kick us very hard, it always does at some point, but it’s about getting back up again and fighting. This is exactly what I’ve seen in the people I met on my path (who did just that) these are the people (angels) that I admire and take example from! 😇👊
Now on a lighter note, because we need to laugh and laughter is so important (a very powerful healer). I always laugh, in fact I rarely stop, especially when I’m around my dad… 👇😂
🦋 My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake😋. I feel better already😂 🦋