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In 2007 I started assisting the Body Intelligence Training in their 2 year foundation Biodynamic Craniosacral foundation training. One of their tutors, Steve Haines mentioned something to the effect that in order to be an experienced practitioner one must attain at least 10,000 hours of giving craniosacral treatments. It then struck me that I was no where close to this numbers. At that time I was still struggling to get clients and not many people in Singapore know about Craniosacral Therapy.
Being a practitioner in a new field was not easy. I had to do many other things which I had not done before, like setting up a clinic, connducting educational talks and presentations, networking and so forth. How to get 10,000 hrs! The problem I had was clients were not coming to me. If clients do not come to me, how can I go to clients. I began writing to organisations like the Cancer Society, Autism Association, Women Breast Cancer Group, Assisi Hospice and Metta Welfare Association hoping to be able to offer Craniosacral to their members for free. After a wait of 6 months Metta Welfare Association called me for an interview. Finally I was allowed to volunteer at their Metta Day Rehabilitation Center for the Elderly treating recovering stroke patients. Every week without fail I treated these elderly stroke patients so that I could build up on my 10,000hrs. It was such a joy working on these patients and seeing the changes in their health and wellbeing, from being wheelchair bound to being able to regain sense of balance and being able to walk. From being depressed to being happy. From being in pain to being pain-free.
Now my practice is full, but I still dedicate one day at the Metta Day Rehabilitation Center for the Elderly.