Sharon Wood

Sharon WoodI owe a great debt of thanks to my plunket nurse, for cajoling me into attending a baby massage class at Waitakere hospital in 1990. Little did I know at the time it would become one of those life-changing events.

Attendance at a NZCM introductory weekend soon followed, and then in what seemed to be only a blink of an eyelid; 17 years had gone by. Alongside being a young Mum, I had somehow become a fully-fledged Massage Practitioner, Teacher / Presenter and a Company Director.

Whilst gaining my new academic qualifications, Dip Ther Massage, Dip B Ther, Dip CNMT and BHS, I also gained valuable clinical experience. Four years at the Waitakere Osteopathic Clinic, three years with specialist Exercise Physiologist Trude Landon and ten years running my own multi disciplinary clinic in West Harbour.

I am currently studying MindBody Healthcare Post Graduate papers. Over time, my clinical interest evolved into the specialist area of stress and healing. ‘Health Directions’ my clinic naturally refocused as well by providing innovative treatments and programmes that acknowledge the role stress plays as a precursor to chronic pain and disease. Integrative massage blended with other healing modalities now provides fully integrative MindBody services.

Inspirational writer Caroline Myss describes ones journey via work as the need for a job, then the development of a career and finally onto a path that serves as a life vocation. Massage and my time at NZCM gave me the opportunity to work towards my vocation. It started me on a path I could never have imagined let alone my plunket nurse imagine.

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