Updated: Jul 15
Hi everyone, it’s Poppy here…
I thought it would be appropriate for my first blog on this website to be sharing with you how owning my own business to help others went from a pipe dream to a reality - as, you see, this venture has been a long time in the making.
I started my adult life by studying psychology at The University of York with the intention of entering into a mental health profession; I’d always been extremely passionate about the importance of mental health and general wellbeing, and I always knew I would one day work to help others. During my time at university, I spent a summer working in Romania at a facility that housed orphaned children. It was here that I first witnessed the devastating impacts that touch deprivation could cause. I don’t want to go into too much detail about this experience as it is incredibly disturbing and upsetting, however, I decided at that moment that I would like to research more into the power of touch and human connection.
After I graduated with an undergraduate degree, I knew I needed to have a break before returning to further education in the clinical field. I therefore took a job in a corporate health and wellbeing role. I did enjoy this job but I didn’t feel completely fulfilled as I knew I wanted to help others on a much deeper level, thus, I started to look into my next adventure.
Unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to progress in my career at this stage as I became really unwell with what, at the time, seemed like an un-diagnosable illness. My health rapidly deteriated to the point that I went from being an active and energetic 20-something year old to being bedbound, and I was forced to move back into my family home. I was eventually diagnosed with a thyroid condition and was put on medication, yet I never began to recover. Unfortunately, my doctors were less than helpful with my symptoms and I continued to suffer for some years.
On one rainy day in January, I decided that enough was enough, I had to take my health into my own hands. From then on, I conducted my own research into what could be wrong with me. After many days/weeks/months trawling through the internet and reading through reams of information from people suffering from the same symptoms as me, I came to the conclusion that I was probably suffering with a chronic illness called M.E, more commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I thought that my life would start to get back on track once I got formally diagnosed with the condition, however, this was not the case, as, still to this day, CFS does not have any sort of cure. This is where my research into holistic medicine began…
It took a very long while, and lots of trial of error, to find a combination of traditional and alternative medicine that could get me back to the healthy state I enjoy today - I feel like I have definitely done enough research to be awarded a PHD in alternative medicine (that’s a thing right?!). But seriously, I owe my life to holistic therapy and healing treatments and it was during my research that I discovered cuddle therapy and started my journey to become a qualified Cuddle Practitioner.
So, this takes me to just a few months ago - well done if you’ve read this far! Since becoming certified, I have facilitated many virtual cuddle sessions (cheers Covid) and socially-distanced walk & talk’s through the beautiful Winchester scenery. The feedback I have received so far is overwhelming and I’m honoured that I can positively impact people’s lives in this way. Now that Covid restrictions are lifting, I’m incredibly excited to start offering in-person therapy sessions and properly advertising my services so that I can reach more and more people.
Here’s to continuing this journey!