Known to my clients as “Mary Poppins in Christy Loobs”, I’m a Tetleys-tea drinking, Rod-Stewart lovin’ Brit based in Seattle, WA—and I help people to feel absolutely fabulous.
I do that by teaching them how to live healthier lives, and enabling them to realize their innate ability to heal themselves.
I’m not about bashing yourself over the head with a big stick whenever you cheat on a diet; I’m about caring for yourself (no matter what), and asking questions like:
“How can I be kinder to me?”
“How can I love me more?”
“How can I improve my health by being good to myself?”
You see, to me health isn’t a goal; it’s a lifestyle. And it doesn’t have to be a fanatical lifestyle, either.
If you’ve been thinking, “I’d really like to be healthy, except that’ll involve me getting up early in the morning to do 20 minutes of meditation, before going for a run, drinking a green smoothie, giving up coffee, and never having a martini again” that’s just not case.
Having a healthy lifestyle is about balancing your body, mind, spirit, and emotions, and nurturing every part of you.
I always say to my School of Complementary Therapies students, “Listen, you might bump into me down the pub, having a pint of an evening, and I want you to know that because that’s part of who I am.
“I’m not just meditating, doing reflexology, and wearing Birkenstocks. I’ve got a pair of Christian Louboutins in the cupboard with a skyscraper-high heel and I WILL wear them out to dinner.”
It’s all in that balance; in getting people to recognize that it’s OKAY to indulge yourself once in a while.
MY JOURNEY HERE
When my eldest daughter was prescribed Ritalin—a drug you don’t mess with—aged four, I remember thinking, “Are you nuts?” It felt surreal.
My father had always been pretty progressive when it came to health and fitness, so my natural bent was to stay away from drugs. But somehow in my 20s, I’d found myself on sleeping pills: popping uppers in the morning and downers before I went to bed at night. After two weeks of feeling like absolute crap, I flushed the rest down the toilet.
There was no way I was putting my child through that. I felt as though I’d be imprisoning her in a pill-popping prison for the rest of her life.
And so I started to look elsewhere . . . and ultimately embarked on a huge lifestyle change.
Growing up in England, we’d practically survived on fried egg ‘n’ French fries twice a week. Beans on toast had been a staple—and yet suddenly I had to figure out how to cook brown rice!
(The less said about the lentil nut loaf I baked that time, the better—although it still gives the kids and I a good laugh, even now.)
To this day, my daughter has never had to take medication for her ADHD. Not only that, but I’m proud to say she graduated with a BCom Honours Degree.
SCHOOL OF COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES
By ‘93, more and more people were asking for my advice about healthy living, so I decided to share my knowledge by opening a clinical practice. I became a Holistic Health Practitioner in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Ontario.
By ‘95, I was getting so many requests to teach what I knew, my next step was a no brainer. I opened the Jacqueline Fairbrass School of Complementary Therapies, and by the end of 1996, I’d created our flagship Holistic Foot Reflexology learning program.
Today, our graduates hail from all over the world: North America, the UK, Pakistan, China, Australia, and all over Europe.
I love being able to share what I’ve learned over the years. And I get such a kick from seeing people take charge of their health and wellness.
I get the biggest kick when someone finally “gets” it: when the penny drops and they realize, “I can do this”. That gives me the biggest buzz.