I’m Isla, a Reiki Master and Personal Trainer living in Dubai. My true passions are yoga, alternative therapies, fitness and delicious, Gluten Free (mostly Vegan) food! I live a happy life with my husband and wee dog Fergus!
My Wellness Journey
I graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy in 2006 but there were few jobs available at that time so I took a temporary job working in Recruitment for an Oil and Gas Company. What started out as a temporary move became permanent and before I knew it I was managing a team and in 2009 I was offered a role in Dubai, which of course I took! Relocating to Dubai was a huge adventure and I have made the best friends here.
In 2010 a friend asked me to join her for Reiki Level 1 training and I had no idea what an impact this would have on life! This marked the start of my spiritual journey. I had been such sceptic to all types of alternative therapy but my eyes really opened to the possibilities and the fact that spiritual wellbeing also plays a role in overall health. I continued to practice reiki regularly on myself and also those close to me.
In late 2011 everything changed for me. I split with my long term boyfriend and found myself wondering what I was doing in a job I didn’t like, living a life I wasn’t happy with. One day in early 2012 I decided it was time for a change, that I needed to get out of Dubai. I had always wanted to travel Southeast Asia so I quit my job and booked a group trip from Bangkok to Bali which would end with me completing my Reiki Level 3 Teacher Training in Bali. Two weeks in I met my now husband and we spent 7 months travelling Asia.
Of course we had to return to reality and at the end of 2012 we decided to return to Dubai. I vowed I wouldn’t get into the same rut as I had before but of course I did and before I knew it I was back in the office working in a job I didn’t enjoy. I knew I needed to do something about it so I completed my Level 3 Personal Training qualification but I wasn’t brave enough to make the step.
At the end of 2016 fate intervened and I was made redundant from my office job. It was the push I needed to finally do what I love! I have now completed my Ante and Post-Natal Level 3 qualification and have just finished Advanced Crystal Healing and Advanced Aromatherapy courses. In June 2017 I will be heading back to Bali to complete my YTT 200hr Training.
My Spiritual and Wellness journey continues and I am so happy to be able to work with others, sharing my knowledge and helping others to achieve their goals. I am a firm believer that physical, spiritual and psychological wellness go hand-in-hand and feel so blessed to be able to help others improve their own wellness on all levels.
Love and Light ❤