This interview could not have come at a more perfect time for many burnt out superyacht stewardesses. Yes its that time of the year to turn those super yachts around and head back to the USA and the Caribbean.
For many of you I know that you are tired and worn out after a busy season!
Working hard and ‘end of season parties’ sure can be a lot of fun, but it also can take a toll on your body.That is exactly why you need to take care of you selves.
I had the opportunity of meeting this gorgeous lady a couple of years ago when I participated in a baby massage workshop, and it was just fantastic!
If you are like me and believe that the key to true health an well being lies in nature with the support of science then you really must give Julia a call. I only wish that I knew about Julia when I was a Chief Stewardess.
Where do you come from ?
How long have you Lived in The South of France and how did you come to live there?
I’ve arrived in the region 9 years ago after the laws of osteopathy changed. My husband is French and an osteopath and we thought it was an ideal time to give France a go after living so long in London!
What was your last job and what did you like/dislike about it ?
Before I had my own practice I worked in a French gift store. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn French and integrate. However on arriving in the country, my French was VERY limited, only colours and numbers with a very strong put on French accent. How I got the job I do not know but the worst part was getting that look. You know the look when people are trying to figure out what you are saying to them, because it makes no sense LOL I learnt so much from that job!
What are your biggest accomplishments ?
This might sound soppy but the faith and trust I get from patients is my biggest accomplishment. I honestly feel honored every day when I have patients booking in and wanting to take an appointment with me. I have even been flown to other countries. Recently, I have been invited to take part both treating and presenting at a bi-annual health retreat in Lebanon, the next taking part in November. I offer kinesiology testing to participants and educating women on safe cosmetics.
My patients get my full respect because of this. I was the youngest, I think in the whole of the UK at the time, to be accepted into my homeopathy college, so I feel I’ve come a long way!
Can you work under pressure ?
When things get a little hectic, I always let myself have a 5-10min freak out LOL and some chocolate. Then, I take a few deep breaths and get my head stuck into any challenge that may be in front of me. I think a little pressure is healthy and motivates me to work harder.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced ?
Setting up a business in France, as is well known, can be very difficult and can make you question if its worth it! It definitely is but going through ups and downs of bureaucracy is very difficult. The beginning can be more downs than ups but once you find your feet, which is happening to me recently, the ups are ever increasing!
What are your pet hates ?
- Due to my recent passion for educating women on safe cosmetics – make-up ads can make my skin bubble a tad!
- When my husband does not do the dishes – wow…. don’t get me started on that !
Tell me about the last time you felt anger on the job:
Recently, valuable and safe plants, which are great and natural for patients to use, have started to disappear off the shelf and they are not licensed according to the new EU law pertaining to natural medicines. I felt angry at this action as soon many people all around Europe voted against the passing of this legislation, reducing people’s choice to safe natural therapies.
I believe that natural alternative and conventional medicine can work together for the benefit of the public’s health and well-being. Options should be available so the patients can choose what treatment they would prefer for their own health. This issue can really get me on my soapbox!
What do you do in your spare time:
At the moment my blog takes up all of my spare time either writing posts or researching info for posts or testing products/recipes. I LOVE to read, and as I’ve just recently finished a house renovation, I now have a little corner where I store all my books and it feels like my private library.
What makes you laugh ?
Some of the situations I find myself in! It seems comic drama follows me around!
What would you like to be doing five years from now ?
I would still love to still be in the health profession as there is so much to learn and to grow as a practitioner.
Where would be your favourite holiday destination and why?
I have two if that is allowed? Going home to Ireland is always a holiday for me and I love it! My second is Lebanon. The culture, people and landscape of the country is breathtaking, and it’s a place you can never forget!
Where do like to shop?
Health stores! I’m not a huge fan of shopping, mainly due to me being taller than average and so French stores are not very accommodating. But in a health store I could spend all day reading new books that have just arrived and finding new products to cook with.
Can you recommend a service or product that may be helpful to Superyacht Stewardesses?
Hepburn Bio cleaning products. I briefly spoke to this company at the Antibes Yacht Show and was impressed that there is a company that has taken the initiative to develop safer cleaning products for yachts. Its underestimated exactly how much chemicals in cleaning products, just like food and cosmetics, effects our health. Using a greener products is not only better for the environment and for guest but safer for crew especially crew that live fulltime on board. A lot of products used are industrial strength and will have an effect on your health.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love meeting new people, and I get to do that all the time either with networking events, through my website/blog but mainly with patients.
What specific training was required to obtain this job?
I trained with the Centre for Homeopathic educations for their 5 years and received a science degree in Homoeopathy through the University of Middlesex. Included in these 5 years was 3 years clinical training based in a centre in Islington London. This clinic has now transferred to the Royal Homeopathic Hospital.
Can you tell me some vocabulary or terminology specific to your job?
Homeopaths will often discuss in terms of treatment words like miasms a family inherit trait, aetiology, when looking for the cause of symptoms, law of cure when analysing a patient’s response to remedies and finally the repertory our holy grail of treatment! The repertory is a reference book listing symptoms and their respective remedies.
What type of reading do you do on a daily basis?
- I like to be kept up to date with new treatments and research, so daily you can find me reading papers from Pubmed and recent research taking part at the Homeopathy Research institute.
- Also,I like to read books on personal development and growth as I feel this is a very important aspect of my job, and I need to be working on myself in order to help other people.
If you could go back and change something related to your education or your life as a student what would you change or what would you do differently?
I would definitely have been more relaxed and enjoyed the ride of student life! As I was one of the youngest, in my head, I thought I had to prove to the college and profession that I had the maturity to become a practitioner. So I was very serious and studious. I definitely would go back and tell myself to relax !
How long have you loved Homeopathy? Have you loved it all your life?
Homeopathy has been in my life since I was 16. I found a part-time job in a local health store and little did I know that would become my life long passion and profession. I was trained in dietary supplements, nutrition, aromatherapy and introduced to homeopathy. It was unfortunate for my mum but as a child, medication did not do much for me and, luckily I was rarely sick, so my mum would search for natural alternatives. The part-time job sat well with this habit and has grown from there!
Homeopathy is so amazing in its adaptability and depth of use. A cold, bruise or chronic pain can all be addresses with homeopathy as we really look at the patient rather that the dis-ease. A homeopath also has to analyze the patients diet, lifestyle, symptoms even chemicals they use to find the best treatment. So it really is all encompassing.
What inspires you?
I really do love my job. Sure, there are days when energy can be down but how you bounce back is the most important part and when I think of how very luck in life I have been, to have found a job I love, working with great people, and so many opportunities, that I really want to give back and show respect to all that I have been given and give 100%.
What are the pros and cons of being a homeopath?
I am a big advocate on integrative medicine meaning conventional and holistic therapies work together for the benefit of the patient. Unfortunately, we are a long way from this. Invaluable information provided by scans and blood tests can be needed by the homeopath. If a doctor is not will to prescribe further exams for a patient this can prove a challenge.
The pros of being a homeopath are the choices and hope you give patients. There is so much you can do with natural treatments that patients often find that as they become more aware of the choice out there.
If you weren’t a homeopath, what would you want to be?
Honestly I can’t think of what else I would be doing!
What is the difference between homeopathy and naturopathy?
Naturopathy is an umbrella term for a therapist that provides natural therapies, and sometimes homeopathic remedies can be included. Homeopathy itself is a complete system this laws of health and philosophy of dis-ease that sets it apart from naturopathy. These laws and philosophies are then applied to a patient’s set of symptoms to full understand the cause of the patient’s illness. A good homeopathy will also have to look at diet & lifestyle.
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As always I wish you safe travels and calm seas