Introducing a new feature of the RARI blog. We call it, "Members' Corner". Every quarter, we will interview a different RARI member and feature them on the RARI blog and as part of the RARI website. We see this as a chance for all of our members to get to know each other, to build community, and to be inspired by the stories of fellow RARI members. So, as our first member to be featured in "Members' Corner", we proudly present the story of Nancy Bartlett, a member who has been active since RARI's beginning. Now here is Nancy in her own words!
What brought you to Reflexology?
My dad had Alzheimer’s. As we watched him slip away from us, not being able to speak, etc., I realized the power of touch as we tried to find other ways to connect, through hugs, etc. After he passed, in 2001, I went to a family function and part of the event was you could try 10 minutes of either chair massage or reflexology. I’d never even heard the word “reflexology” before. The practitioner was Margo Dussault. That was it. I was “hooked” and soon signed up to take Teri Magnan’s Reflexology Course (Universal Method). I was due to retire as an administrative secretary in a few years and thought “This would be a great ‘retirement’ career”. It turned out to be that.........and so much more............. Dad would have loved it!
What inspires you most about being a reflexologist?
Clients that come on a regular basis and have seen a real difference in their health – both in improvement and in ‘comfort’ measures. I have one in particular who (for 10 years) has been saying “That was the BEST EVER!" at the end of each session. We laugh, but she’s really serious about the benefits. Students who come with enthusiasm and dedication, to learn something new that they will use to help others.
How has Reflexology changed since you first began?
It’s grown substantially. Dedicated teachers, associations and practitioners have accomplished much. It’s become more respected and ‘mainstream’.
What do you envision for the field of Reflexology in the coming years?
It will continue to grow and claim its place in integrative therapy. This is exciting, but also makes me somewhat sad. I was able to choose this as a part-time career when I retired and it was affordable. It changed my life in many ways, as a practitioner and also as a teacher and dedicated participant in creating the associations we have today.
That scenario probably won’t be the case in the future – other than an opportunity to take a workshop and help family and friends. As in many other fields, it started small, like the family doctors of my youth who made house calls, and now .................
Tell us what you enjoy doing when you are not practicing Reflexology?
I am most fortunate to have my family all close by. Spending time with family and friends is really important to me. I attend Sr. Fitness twice a week and enjoy gardening – though this year, I think the woodchuck may be winning... I also LOVE to dance, and head for Mishnock Barn, W. Greenwich, RI, 3 times a week.