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Sharon Sands, 51, works as an alternative therapist, praticising holistic healing and reiki.

What does your job entail?

My job entails different forms of treatments; out of all the treatments I do, I prefer to do Reiki healing. It is so calming and relaxing, not only to the client but to the therapist, as a Reiki practitioner channels the energy through themselves and a they're receiving a healing as well as giving one. The other therapies I love to do are reflexology, Indian head massage, aromatherapy, crystal healing, sound healing, colour healing, energy healing, hopi ear candling, and hypnotherapy.

What’s the best bit?

The best part of my job is knowing that I will be working in a stress-free and safe environment, helping other people learn to relax and helping them heal. It is so rewarding when you can change the lives of other people for the better.

And the worst?

I guess the odd client that has hygiene problems, but that's as bad as it gets. I really do have a fantastic job.

How did you get your job?

I opened up my own company!

What qualifications/experience do you need?

This depends on which therapy you decide to practice. If you just want to practice Reiki then you need to be attuned by a Reiki master to at least level 2. As for the other therapies such as reflexology and crystal healing, there are many places where you can get perfect training even online, but you should check that these courses are accredited by the A.H.H. (association of Holistic Healers).

All of the therapies that I teach and practice are on­going learning - there is always something new to learn, much like a doctor always being up on new medication and treatments. An alternative therapist should always keep studying in order to give their client the best possible service.

What advice would you give someone who would like a job such as yours?

This really is the best job in the world - can you imagine getting up every morning and knowing that your day is going to be stress-free, and you will be listening to calming music as you go about your job as a healer/therapist? The only drawbacks to the job are having enough clients to pay the bills! I suggest that you start your practice from a spare room at home, or even a very clean front room if a spare is not available, until you build up your confidence and your clientele.

Like most things, with practice you become better. Before actually charging a client for a service, I would spend quite a lot of time treating family and friends and asking them for feedback.

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