Meet Samantha Jane. A reflexology, relaxation and complementary therapy guru based in Perth. As a self-employed mum, Samantha's day involves getting her 3 year old son Thomas ready for school then during Thomas's school hours, she practices reflexology and complementaries for those needing self care, those seeking to improve their health and wellbeing, or people who are just after a little bit of TLC.
Formerly a primary school teacher for 12 years, Samantha still keeps her hand in with the odd bit of tuition. However, her currentoutlet for her educational expertise is offering training to schools and places of work to promote the importance of increasing relaxation and reducing stress. As well as her private complementary therapy practice, she offers reflexology therapy to local teenagers for free. Samantha also runs parent and child reflexology classes and peer to peer massage for children.
Samantha's aim is to enable as many as many families as possible to have the opportunity to try reflexology and massage techniques.
Tell us the weirdest / funniest thing that has ever happened to you at work?
I once had a teaching interview at a Costa Coffee in Edinburgh Train Station as a last minute, ad-hoc decision which led to an amazing future job!
What signals the start of your days off?
My 3 year old son signals the start of all my days off, although I’m not sure mums really get days off, do they? I also love spending morning off on the sofa with a Disney movie!
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I used to live and teach abroad in Penang, Malaysia as an ex-pat which was one of the best experiences of my life, both personally and professionally.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
More travel! I was lucky to travel around many Asian countries during my time out there, but there are so many beautiful places still left to see and experience. Other than that, some top destinations would be New Zealand, Alaska, Iceland and South America.
What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Flipping burgers in a diner, one of my first ever jobs!
Who or what inspires you?
My mother who isn’t with us now. In 2016, she passed away suddenly with terminal cancer. That was one of the reasons I began studying the human anatomy and the effects of stress on our bodies. She was always my biggest inspiration because of her strength and positive outlook on life, as well as her ability to 'let stuff go.' Plus, even though I was born and raised in England, my mother was an Edinburgh born Scottish lassie, so her spirit was always on top form. She knew how to shop too, even to the very end, she was still ordering online for things she knew she would never use. Living life to the fullest!
Tell us about the day you’d love to live again?
Giving birth to my son Thomas who is now 3 years old. Our babies simply grow up so fast! A memory I will certainly treasure.
What’s the best part about your job?
Simply being there for somebody, to listen and help them through the areas of their life that they are finding difficult. Whether that’s learning, or emotional and physical difficulties. Very often, clients I treat just need a kind ear and support and often students I teach just need self confidence.
Complete this sentence; the best things in life are:
free; hugs, smiles, friends, kisses, family, love, sleep, laughter and good memories.
Find out more on Samantha Jane's reflexology website.
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