Holistic Living Q&A with Endeavour
We speak to Dr Steaphanie Flockhart, a graduate in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Endeavour College of Natural Health.
Do you a recall the moment you were first interested in natural health?
Healthy living and a preference for natural health was instilled in me from a young age, as my parents were big advocates for this way of living. I remember being regularly taken to an Acupuncturist as a child. I thought she was magic and always loved my sessions. My mum went on to become an Acupuncturist herself, so we always had the most incredible books on health, healing and Chinese Medicine laying around the house. At the age of 13, I distinctly remember picking up one of these books (“The Web That Has No Weaver”) and devouring the whole thing cover to cover, finishing it in a day. To this day it remains my favourite and something I revisit regularly, recommending it to clients, particularly those interested in becoming prospective Acupuncture students. During my high school years we made the sea change from suburban Brisbane to Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. There we had property, lush greenery all around, animals and a strong local community very aligned with the values of holistic, healthy living. Reflecting I truly feel it is the summation of everything that lead to health always being my top value – and by that I mean almost every waking minute I am thinking either about how to improve my own health or help other’s improve their own.
What did you study at Endeavour College of Natural Health?
I studied a Bachelor of Health Science, Dr. Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Why did you choose to study at Endeavour?
Endeavour offered smaller classes and a more practical approach to tuition. I felt as I was going into an industry that is service based and client focused, the emphasis on the practical aspect of learning was very appealing. We started in the student clinic from the very first year, interacting with patients, shadowing treatments and learning the basics of running a clinic. As a practitioner those additional four years of experience make the world of difference, especially in the health field. Knowing how to feel comfortable and confident interacting with patients and facilitating a treatment session is invaluable, really separating a good practitioner from a great one.
What did you love the most about your degree?
I found it interesting to learn about both the Eastern and Western understanding of health. Now, as a practitioner I have a much more modern take on Traditional Chinese Medicine and the application of its ancient, tools, remedies and rituals. My aim is to help women of all ages, and walks of life realise the amazing benefits and healing power of this modality, with an approach that is relevant to modern-day living. To truly live your passion each day is a feeling like no other. I am so happy I decided to follow my passion for health and my degree awarded me the opportunity to channel it into a tangible skill set. The subjects offered were interesting and varied, allowing me to explore different area’s of Chinese Medicine and fall in love with my niche of Women’s Health.
Did you face any challenges while studying? How did you overcome them?
I struggle with Anxiety that was quite heightened during my student years. The pressure we place upon ourselves to be perfect can be absolutely crippling at times and assignment deadlines, exams and the drive to succeed was a big trigger for that. Luckily studying at a college solely focused on Alternative Health was the perfect place for an anxious student, and I found solace in many of the healing modalities taught at the college. Perfectionism is a glorified curse, and something I am passionate about quickly addressing in myself and patients. Our inner dialogue can be so cruel and working to address the root cause of these beliefs has a positive effect on not only Anxiety but every area of life. A combination of Natural therapies and techniques to reprogram the subconscious such as EFT (Tapping), Psych-K, Acupuncture, Herbal medicine (L-Theanine, Rhodiola, Passionflower and Ashwaganda) and flower essences (Rescue Remedy was my best friend!) are so supportive to both our physical and emotional bodies during periods of high stress. Embracing the Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy of “prevention as a cure” and taking time out to rest, laugh and relax are also paramount for everyone throughout their period of study.
What are three tips you would give someone looking to start a career in natural health?
- I have learnt the vast majority of people in the health industry have had their own health struggles that led them to not only become their own healer but to pursue a career in the industry. Don’t think of any health imbalance as something to be ashamed of, but rather something to embrace as experience and potentially a road to project you toward your niche. On reflecting I credit my own issues with hormone imbalances, hypothyroidism and an eating disorder to being such a pivotal experience and what led me to truly trust in the power of natural health and its capabilities for healing. Understand and embrace the power that comes from vulnerability. It is so easy to have imposter syndrome and think that if you’re not 100% balanced in every area of life no one will see you as a successful practitioner. However this couldn’t be further from the truth! People and particularly clients connect with authenticity and shared experiences.
- Take your own advice. It is very easy to fall into the practice of learning everything, sharing the perfect diet plan and offering wonderful advice to clients yet not applying it to yourself. Practicing what you preach allows you the opportunity to live authentically and realise what you’re asking of your clients.
- Follow your heart and don’t be afraid to take a risk for a big reward. You are your most magnetic when you’re the most vulnerable. If you’ve always dreamed of being a holistic nutritionist, your favourite weekly past time is visiting the farmers markets and creating healthy, healing recipes yet you work in an office because it’s “safe” and following your dream is scary, embrace fear as excitement and choose your heart. Your limitation is always in your mind, and for any perceived negative outcome exists a positive, expansive one waiting for you to choose it.
What does your wellness practice look like now?
In 2019 I began my journey into running my own practice. I never advertised beyond my own instagram posts and word of mouth but I was booked out from the first month. This was so incredibly humbling and shocking to me as I, (and I’m sure a lot of women in any industry), have always struggled with taking that leap and trusting my own intuition without a guarantee of safety. This early success was definitely a huge catalyst in deciding to take the biggest leap of my life a year later, moving my practice online and moving overseas. It’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to be able to reach people on a global scale and to help women realise the amazing benefits and healing power of Chinese Medicine, with an approach that is relevant to modern-day living.
I decided to move to the wellness hub of the world, Los Angeles with my Husband and completely dedicate my life to building an online community where women can feel nurtured, empowered and supported. This includes the integration of a variety of modalities including; PSYCH-K®, Chinese Dietary Therapy, Meridian Therapy and Holistic Life Coaching. All of these modalities approach health holistically, with the focus on deciphering the root cause of the ailments, rather than solely “band aiding” symptoms. Addressing the root cause of the problem provides long lasting results. Ensuring you’re able to lead your life without becoming solely reliant on medication or expensive diets and health regimes.
What’s next for you?
I am releasing an E-Book, online courses, workshops and events over this next year. I have experienced first hand the life changing impact the philosophy, and principles Chinese Medicine has on the emotional, mental and physical lives of my patients and feel called to expand my reach, sharing the principles of this ancient medicine globally. My passions and values include education, connection, travel and health – my 2020 business goals align and resonate with all of these values in mind.
For more, visit www.stephanieflockhart.com
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