After suffering from poor health and not getting the support she needed from conventional medicine, Amanda Hassan-Ally decided to take action. Her response was to visit a Kinesiologist, which led to her changing careers and running her own practice. Amanda talks to The Industry Leaders about how - and why - she does it.
How did you end up sitting where you are today?
After suffering from IBS and other health issues for many years, I didn't feel I was being heard by the medical profession.
The only thing I was being offered was anti-depressants with no explanation as to how this was going to help my digestion! It just didn't feel like it was the answer. I didn't just want to paper over the cracks - I wanted to understand and heal what was happening to my body.
I ended up going down the alternative route to see a Kinesiologist, which was surprising considering I classed myself as a sceptic back then!
It was a total lightbulb moment - not only did my digestion go back to normal, and my overall health improved, but it changed my whole career. I guess you could say it ignited my passion and here I am 17 years later doing a job that I love.
What kind of work does your role involve?
I am passionate about working with and helping women. I help them understand and overcome physical, emotional, and spiritual blocks that stop them from leading a life that they desire.
I am an intuitive Kinesiologist, therapist, spiritual healer, energy worker and all-round wise woman! This is the toolkit that I use to help women heal the parts of themselves that are holding them back.
As my work is energy-based, I can work with clients in person or online, giving greater flexibility if a client can't visit me personally.
What gets you excited about your industry?
That there is no limit to what you can achieve if you open your mind and step out of your comfort zone.
If you are willing to let go of needing to understand how it all works, then you can really develop a deep connection with yourself, your passion, your heart and make sustainable changes to your health and well being in the process. What's there not to love!
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Speak about what you do, and the right people will find you!
When I first started, I was always a bit worried that others would think what I do was a little strange, and how was I going to find my clients if it was something that wasn't well known?
This piece of advice was so right. By going out and spreading the word, those people that resonated with it and needed to hear it did. Even if it was just 1 person in a room full of 50 people.
What, or who inspires you?
My clients inspire me!
It takes great courage to delve deeper into our pain and trauma to heal ourselves and change our lives as, let's face it, healing isn't easy.
I am constantly blown away by my clients who, despite feeling the way they do, are willing to show up and do the work; they are willing to step into their vulnerability and take responsibility for their health and well being. They are the reason that I continue to learn and develop in my work!
How do you keep up to speed with what's happening in your industry?
I often connect with like-minded people and other therapists through networking and collaborations.
I think its really important to help, support and empower each other even if we are direct competitors. Being a part of that culture is really important to me.
I am also constantly learning - whether it be on the job, reading or courses to complement what I do. Social media has obviously become one of the easiest ways of keeping up!
What was the most challenging project or situation you've overcome?
7 years ago, I developed CF and Fibromyalgia.
It was challenging for many reasons, not only because of the work that I do, but also because it affected everything from running my own business, bringing up my young children, relationships, and not being able to do the sport that I loved.
I trust the body, and I knew that there was something deeper that really needed attention. Since then, I have been on a journey of healing and reclaiming myself, which I can honestly say has been the most profound time of personal growth in my life. It's strange to say, but I really see the positive side of illness and how it can help us grow if we are willing to listen to our bodies.
You finish work today and step outside the office to find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
Sunshine and heat...I just need to settle somewhere that has plenty of both!
I am not cut out for this British weather! Longer-term, I really can't imagine me never doing what I do - I would love to invest in new projects focusing on helping women empower themselves and thrive.
How do you switch off after a day at work?
After work, its family time! On an average day, its dinner, a walk with my two dogs, and settling down to connect with my 2 daughters and husband. We all love movies, so that's something we often do.
If you had one wish for the future of your industry, what would it be?
That it would become more mainstream. Don't get me wrong, it has come a long way from where it was when I started 17 years ago, but there is still a lot of scepticism around alternative health.
People are afraid to give it a go because it doesn't fit into the logical box, and they may have trouble understanding it. However, I've seen some amazing results and changes that have occurred when people are willing to give it a go.
What book or podcast should everyone know about?
One of my favourite books is Untamed by Glennon Doyle. It is one of those books that totally resonates with me.
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