Before I start,
I'm going to need a volunteer
Grant? I need you to come up
no, hang on a minute, this is a page from my notes
for a talk I gave in anatomy & physiology on Muscle Fatigue
and Oxygen Debt when we did the Muscular System. Do you all remember
that? We all stood up in front of the class and spoke as convincingly
as possible about something we knew nothing about. And we spent
so much time and nervous energy preparing the talks we didn't remember
a thing about the muscles and had to ask Sylvia to do a revision
session on it.
phoned me on Friday afternoon to ask me to give a little talk tonight,
I had flash backs to the muscular system. I was a bit nervous about
getting up in front of you all to say these few lines.
But just take
a look at how far we've come.
I never thought when sitting talking to Shanitha, a young woman
at work about stress and tension I was experiencing, that I'd end
up with a Diploma in Therapeutic Aromatherapy.
me that our boss at the time, the Regional Editor of TV News at
the SABC in Durban went to an Aromatherapist, and that I should
visit her too. I didn't think very much about that, and left it
A few months
later I thought I'd go to Jessica Hart, who I knew very well as
her husband Ollie also works at the SABC. I enjoyed the massage
she gave me, and it certainly relieved my sore neck.
Then our archivist,
Jill Murraybrown showed me the work she was doing for the new Student
Manual for the Natural Health and Beauty College, and thought I
should do the course. She said I would make a very good therapist.
Well, I browsed through the old manual and found it all very interesting,
and thought the course would be nice to do. Funny, Jill wouldn't
volunteer to be one of my massage "bodies"!
Then one day
back at Jessica's she told me that if I was still interested in
doing the course I'd "better get my A into G" and go and
see Cecilia at the college as the January 2001 course had just started.
I went there straight after my massage and registered. I joined
the morning class and did a few catch up classes over the weekend.
I didn't know was we had to do Anatomy and Physiology! Biology wasn't
my favourite subject at school and the last time I took the subject
was a very long time ago in Standard 6. Now we had to buy a huge
thick book full of anatomical terminology and frightening diagrams.
AND Colleen said we'd be doing a dissertation of 50 pages on something
or other. I didn't like that because I didn't even know what a dissertation
was, let along what I was going to do for it. - Oh dear, what had
I got myself into?
To be quite
honest, I used to have sleepless Tuesday nights, knowing we had
a test on the work in A & P the following morning. I was doing
considerably well in my tests, but I wasn't convinced I'd do well
in the end of year exam.
But here we
are, and yes, it was all worthwhile. At nearly 42 I have a diploma,
not in Video technology, but Aromatherapy.
I must say thank
you to: Cecilia and Errol Salvesen, Colleen Peek - who escaped to
New Zealand half way through the year, Carol Melly - who took over
briefly in her place, Sylvia Williams - the "sweet angel"
who made A & P really mean something, to my class mates, and
of course the long suffering case history bodies who were made up
of family and friends.
Let's take this
new skill and knowledge we've learnt this year and make a difference
in someone else's life.
It's made a
difference in the lives of some people I know.
One patient feels better as soon as she opens the jar of my "Stress
and Relaxation Cream", and has found her nails are much stronger
and grow quicker. Her husband has practically stopped biting his
nails since using the cream, because it tastes bitter! Another so
enjoys the massages, she has made it her 'special treat' once a
month. Results like this are wonderful to hear.
The strangest result I experienced was with a colleague - and you
can take this however you like...
I'd been massaging a patient/colleague in the morning before work,
and when I got to work this particular journalist (let's call him
"M") inquired after our sick colleague. I was a bit surprised
that he's asked as I didn't think he cared. (He probably didn't,
but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt). "M" then
asked me if this sick person needed his help. Again I was stunned
because I couldn't imagine what sort of help he had to offer. He
told me he was a herbalist. Not wanting to be out-done I quickly
told him I was a kind of herbalist too. Surprised, he asked me to
show him my 'bottles'. As quick as a flash, I took out a 50 ml brown
bottle and a few 12 ml bottles I'd used for mixing oils and he immediately
stepped backwards through the door, nearly tripping over his feet
on the way out. He wasn't seen at work again, and was dismissed
some months later because he had absconded!
I didn't realise how powerful essential oils were!!! :-)
last thing - I know the reason why I did this course:
I was told recently I was a medicine man in a past life and many
years ago a spiritual healer told me my spirit guide is an ancient
doctor. So maybe this is a means to channel their energy through
me and make a difference in someone else's life.