What, when and where was your first experience of complementary therapies?
First experience of comp therapy was within days of my birth! Being Indian born it’s customary to be massaged as a baby and this was given to me by my grandmother who did both my mother and myself. As a result I’ve always loved massage.
What made you decide to treat others?
At school I was fascinated by the human skeleton and knew the names of all the bones by the time I was 12. At a young age I was keen to see how I could use this fascination. A few years later my aunt and my mother were both being treated by a McTimoney Chiropractor and it helped them so much that it led me to wanting to help others too and at the same time satisfy my curiousity of the bones,
What influenced your treatments the most?
John McTimoney’s philosophy of “Innate Intelligence” – that is the body has an inbuilt ability to heal itself with the right encouragement and tools.
Describe Holistic on less than 10 words.
Holistic — treating a human being as a WHOLE.
Who/what is the biggest inspiration on your journey?
John McTimoney – the Founder of McTimoney Chiropractic – if he hadn’t discovered the method I would not be where I am today. I feel totally indebted to him for giving such a great gift to the world.
What role does your therapies play in the way you live?
I’ve been in practice since 1989. I totally believe in alignment and balance where I incorporate it fully in my life. I exercise regularly, eat well, get adequate rest and relaxation, and get maintenance/preventative McTimoney treatments at least 6 times a year. I’m a firm believer of leading by example to my clients.
What do you hope your clients to experience when they get treated by you?
I expect my clients to be pain free or their pain to be substantially reduced within a few sessions. I expect them to have more mobility and flexibility and to experience a sense of well being that is their birth right to feel but one that their body has forgotten about. With this sense of freedom and other recommended changes I expect them to lead pain free and hopefully more fulfilled lives.
What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
It’s incredibly rewarding and humbling to see clients’ alignments change right in front of your eyes knowing that their pain is on it’s way out and that you have contributed towards it.
Do you eat ice cream, drink coffee or any guilty pleasures?
For me being human means being balanced so things in moderation and within reason are acceptable like ice cream coffee and other guilty pleasures.
Aarti Shah treats at The Life Centre in notting Hill on Mondays from 08.00–14.00.
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