This is the story of how Christine moved from a sprawling metropolis to an island 6,900 miles away and built a blossoming hands-on practice …
The first time I spoke with Allison, I was living in Mexico. I had just moved there from Los Angeles, and I was looking ahead to moving again to be near my parents, because they were getting older. I’d been living in Los Angeles for years and I was sure it was going to be a lot of work to build a practice in New Zealand.
I had been a Yoga Teacher before becoming a Feldenkrais Practitioner® in 2004. When I talked with Allison that first time, I had quite a few private yoga students and I was making a reasonable living, but I wanted to stop making house calls and raise my rates.
I had no plan
I didn’t know how to get myself to a more professional place–and I thought that if I raised my rates, I’d lose the clients I had. I knew that would be different in New Zealand and I didn’t know how I was going to make it work, but it seemed like it would take a long time to make it happen.
I felt like I was struggling on so many levels. I really love my work and I love helping people but I was tired of talking to people about how I could help them. I felt like I always NEEDED clients, so I always had to try to GET clients. I was ready to stop convincing people and really hated the feeling that I was always selling, but I didn’t know any other way to do it.
From that first call with Allison I knew that she “got” me. She understood my problems. She knew my challenges. She had lived through what I was going through, and had solutions that worked. And it wasn’t just that they worked for her–other practitioners had gotten great results with her Heart-to-Heart programme.
I began to think maybe I could do it, too
The cost of Heart-to-Heart felt steep to me. I wasn’t sure I could manage the tuition, so I thought about waiting until I had more clients. But I really couldn’t afford to wait–and I realized that if I used what I learned, I would earn the money back quicker by taking Heart-to-Heart then instead of saving to take it later.
I was really surprised because things began to change almost immediately. As I used the Heart-to-Heart skills, I stopped seeing people in terms of their complaints, and that took my stress away because I didn’t have to sell them anything. I felt more natural… more genuine… not just someone after a client.
Then I realized I had doubled the number of sessions I was giving!
It’s a major thing to set up business in a new place. I didn’t realize how much work it would be to move to New Zealand, but it feels really good to be just 18 months in Hawkes Bay and to have a full class just 2 days after announcing it! My workshops fill without advertising, and I’m seeing 12 to 16 people a week.
I’ve saved time and energy
I’m not chasing my tail now! Learning about my strengths has helped a lot. I am not trying to be anyone else now. I accept who I am. I have a bigger appreciation of who my clients are and I am more adaptable in the way I talk to people so I can meet them where they are instead of making them come all the way to me.
So much has changed! I feel like I’m really helping people now. I got so much more than what I realized I would get. There’s so much more to this, on so many different layers. It changed my life.
Christine Cutbush is a Feldenkrais Practitioners who teaches in Hawkes’ Bay and Taupo, New Zealand. Visit her at http://LiveVibrantly.org
Christine’s story is unique, but truthfully — it’s not unusual. Many practitioners have changed the course of their practices by learning how to talk with people and how to use the strengths that come naturally to them.
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