I developed a strong love and admiration of Nature as a child. This love of Nature and interest in how to interact with her in a healthy and healing way led me from my academic studies to travel around Europe, gaining hands-on experience on organic farms. My journey brought me to England, where I trained in bio-dynamic agriculture and have been working as an organic grower. I am currently developing a medicinal herb-flower-bee garden at Stroud Slad Farm. My passion is supporting wildlife by growing herbs and flowers which are native to Britain and Europe and are therefore very beneficial for native insects, especially all kinds of bees.
I have found the contact with the Earth, both therapeutic and healing, and have been inspired to find a way to help others to deepen their relationship with the Earth. Our feet are in constant contact with the ground, but not many people (especially those in the western world) are aware of this connection. I have found that reflexology is a perfect tool for bringing awareness into our feet and thereby bringing awareness into our relationship with the Earth. This awareness often brings a sense of belonging and a sense of being more in touch with our inner core as well, deepening our awareness of our own bodies, emotions, thoughts and spirit, which is all essential for any healing process
Alena trained as a holistic reflexologist with the Maitri Foundation and completed her training with distinction in May of 2009. Alena has been working as a reflexologist since September 2009, starting her practice at Ruskin Apothecary in Nailsworth and joining Cotswold Health Centre in October 2010. She was also practising voluntarily in Inishfree (home for people in transitions) from December 2009 till August 2010. Alena is a member of the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT) and the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA) who are responsible for maintaining her strict code of ethics and continued professional development. Alena has been continuing her professional development by studying further reflexology materials, doing exchanges with other professional therapists, broadening her knowledge about nutrition, herbs and completing shiatsu foundation course and Reiki 1. Alena completed Reiki 2 in July 2011.
Maitri Foundation, Whiteway, Gloucestershire as part of Association of Physical and Natural Therapists, 10 + 6 months, qualified in May 2009
Shiatsu Foundation Course, Shiatsu4Health, Stroud, 6 days from January 2011 till May 2011
Reiki 1 and I will do Reiki 2 in July '11 with Miriam Luckhurst, Usui/Tibetian Reiki Master and Shiatsu practitioner, Stroud
Practising professionally since September 2009 from Ruskin Apothecary, October 2010 Cotswold Health Centre, April 2011 Nailsworth Natural Health Centre
Association of Natural and Physical Therapists (APNT), British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA)