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About MeJo PartridgeJo Partridge

 

For a number of years, I have had a real interest in complementary therapies and the benefits they give.

I qualified as a Youth and Community Worker in 1996 and spent eleven years working with young people involved in the Criminal Justice System. As you can imagine, this was very challenging and at times incredibly stressful. I found it harder to manage this stress effectively and so looked for different ways to help with this.

In 2004, I undertook a course in Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage and found this to be an excellent way of managing stress and dealing with the tension headaches that I experienced. During the course, the teacher, herself a Reiki Master, commented on the heat generated from my hands during massage and the healing energies that I gave. Several others commented that they could really feel the benefits of the massage and particularly the heat they felt coming from my hands.

A year or so later, I undertook a course in Reflexology and was completely blown away by the benefits of this and the effect it had on my emotional and physical well-being. I think this was the time that I really began to think that this would be something I would like to pursue as a career although it was a long time after that before I did anything about it!.

By 2010, I was still working with young people and was beginning to feel really stuck in a rut. I was finding the working environment more and more oppressive but couldn’t see a way out of it – I needed to earn a living! In July 2010, I became very unwell and was unable to work. It was during this time that I realised that I had to make some big changes if I was going to have a future. I decided that when I was well enough to go back to work, it would not be to the same job. I knew it would be financially difficult and a scary time, but my health and wellbeing had to be my priority. My family and friends were incredibly worried about me and recognised that in order to be well, I had to change direction.

Towards the end of 2010, I really believe that fate stepped in and took control. As a result of the cuts in public services, my current post was deleted and I was likely to be offered redeployment or made redundant. Now for most people, this would be a difficult situation but for me, it honestly was the best thing that could have ever happened. Not only did I not have to go back to the job, but I would have a redundancy package that would enable me to finally change direction and pursue a career in complementary therapies.

In 2012, I completed my training with The Aromatherapy Company and qualified as a Clinical Aromatherapist. This was the final step before setting up my own complementary therapy practice and so The Pear Tree was born!

Since that time, the business has grown and so has my passion for complementary therapies and the benefits they have for everyone. I have recently completed my Reiki training and this is a welcome addition to my existing treatments.

I have a particular interest in supporting clients with women’s health issues such as PMS and the menopause and mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression so please do contact me if you'd like to find out more.

Best wishes

Jo