What a fabulous weekend the Reflexology NZ Conference was!
We met at Waihi Academy in Waihi. Most had not visited this area before and were surprised how beautiful it was.
Reflexology NZ conferences are such fun times to meet up with fellow reflexologists from around NZ and Australia and realise how alike we are – in our outlooks, our passion for reflexology and the direction we would like Reflexology NZ to take.
Organising the Reflexology NZ Conference
For the past 2 years I have had the privilege of organising the 2016 RNZ conference with Viv coming on board to help with registrations, which was a huge help. Marie walked the streets finding sponsors and Jaun wrote letters to would-be sponsors around NZ. I always felt support was only a phone call away – especially from the Committee and the Auckland Group.
The fun parts were finding key note speakers and workshops; deciding on the venue (which was easy) and in the last months working through details that would enhance everyone’s experience. The tricky parts were feeling I needed to spend time on organising when my own obligations were all-consuming. The scariest time was waiting for registrations to come in and wondering if the conference would go ahead; and if it did – would it break even?
The Venue – Waihi Academy
Waihi Academy is certainly Waihi’s best kept secret. It is a huge complex worth many millions with state of the art buildings, accommodation, hall, restaurants and classrooms. The Taiwanese team is led by Tony and Jasmine and they have a huge team at hand to make anyone’s stay a pleasure. The food is vegetarian, mainly gluten free, dairy free, onion and garlic free – and yet it was the most delicious food I have tasted. Every meal was a selection of at least 8 divine dishes. www.waihiacademy.co.nz
Jasmine organised a complimentary Taiwanese Tea Ceremony for us on Friday night. What a treat! We sampled 5 different teas, all served as in traditional Taiwanese culture.
Each day was full of key note talks, workshops, lots of food and being with reflexology friends. Spot prizes, mother’s day gifts, raffle table winnings were all gratefully received by everyone. Reflexologist of the Year was won by Gabriela Schmidt – well deserved and a very popular choice.
I loved the way the passion with which each presenter spoke and then followed up with a practical session. Jackie Segers with ‘Reflexology for Cats’ and Jennifer Holmes ‘How to harmonise our energy with Jin Shin Jyutsu’ and Cathy Caldwell with ‘Connexions’. Jenni Henry shared her journey with us of how she worked in hospitals in the USA. On Sunday Eric Wang, an outstanding acupuncturist from Auckland entertained and informed us for 2 hours and we were sad to stop because we were learning so much and he was such a fun presenter.
Qui Gong with Cherel Waters
Extras that made it even more pleasurable were starting each day at 7am with Qui Gong with Cherel Waters. We overlooked farmland and watched the sun rise through mist as we energised our bodies ready for the day.
Laughter Yoga with Karen
Karen’s laughter yoga was hilarious – we guffawed and belly laughed our way through fun activities and then lay down and laughed so much we had tears coming from our eyes and our diaphragms let us know they had a good work out.
Rock and Roll Dance with Ray and Caroline
Two rock and roll dancers, Caroline and Ray, came in on Saturday night. We watched them dance in awe as Caroline was thrown this way and that – and all in time of course. We learned basic steps and had a dance of our own. I am not sure whether we laughed more in this dance or in laughter yoga. The only sad part was we were too full after dinner to enjoy the amazing supper Jasmine and her team provided.
So another conference has been. We all go back to our homes, lives and practices, feeling connected and abundant after our wonderful time together – on a mission to share reflexology back in our daily lives.
Where we want to go…
Reflexology is becoming better known however… there is so much more to therapeutic reflexology than an add-on weekend after a massage or beauty therapy course.
It is our goal for reflexology to become a recognised complementary therapy for main stream medicine and to be recognised by ACC. We know that the best way for this to happen is for every practising reflexologist to be a professional member of RNZ. To be a professional member one must have a certified Diploma qualification and uphold RNZ professional standards. Professional competence is a key to moving forward. It is also important for more valid research to be undertaken to prove reflexology is indeed an effective therapeutic natural therapy.
Roll on 2017 Reflexology NZ Conference to be held in Palmerston North.