It feels quiet and strange to be here at the clinic without Jean. She has been here with me for the past 5 years, and not only been a really well-respected Reiki Master and practitioner but has become a very lovely friend.
Anyone who met Jean would attest to the gentle kindness that she showed in all that she did. Never flapping or stressing, just taking her time to be able to listen and care and give the best advice and treatment that she could. Her Reiki sessions were exceptional.
Jean first came to the centre as a Massage client from a Groupon offer and returned regularly, until one day she asked if she could work from here offering her Reiki.
In admiration of her spirit and energy I did not hesitate to say yes. She was already well into her late 70’s but proved to get out and promote her services like I had not seen before in any other practitioner wishing to develop their client base. (Nor have I seen it since). Jean visited the local Doctor surgeries, the Vets and many local businesses, everyone was offered the chance to come and try Reiki, for free, to see what they thought of it and soon enough Jean had a regular paying client base working here at The Natural Wellbeing Centre of Romsey on a weekly basis.
Testimony to her skills she has worked with many clients as their needs arise over the years and some on an ongoing basis for many years forging very strong relationships and consistency of care.
Last year Jean has a long put-off knee surgery and it was not many months before she was back to business and urging the hospital to get the next knee done. She has now just had that operation and is currently taking the next few months to fully recover, before she aims to get herself a small dog and enjoy the health benefits of regular walks and the companionship of a pet.
Jean aims to be back on her feet as soon as possible and will use the healing benefits of Reiki to facilitate her return to wellbeing. She will then resume seeing her clients privately at her home is Sherfield English. Jean has already established a working space from her home where she regularly holds Reiki shares and training courses, up to Master Reiki levels.
It will be quiet and strange not to have Jean around the centre any more but her stories of past activities will live strong in my mind and Jean’s words of wisdom will be here forever, and of course, the friendship will live on.
I asked Jean to let me know abit about her past that she would like me to share with you, and this is the piece below. I am sure when you read it you will join me in understanding what a remarkable lady she is and how fortunate we were to have her with us for so many years.
Jean Smith, born in 1935 in Yeovil, Somerset.
I lived in Lyndhurst during war years with my Grandmother who taught me to cook aged 6 years old standing on a chair beside her.
I spent time designing and making clothes for my dolls and attended a private school in Lyndhurst that was run by a very fierce maiden Lady Headmistress.
I moved back to Gloucester in 1945, was educated until aged 17 at a Rudolf Steiner School, Wynstones, the 2nd in England.
After school I trained as a GPO Telephonist, then worked for the Gloucester Royal Hospital.
Outside of work I loved to dance but actually found that I spent my courting days covered in grease cleaning the engine of the Type 35B Bugatti with Brillo pads.
After getting married I lived in Somerset in a cottage 6ft above sea level and had my Children. Moved to Ashurst and ran a successful Tupperware unit and learnt several handicrafts like glove making with the WI and learnt to Hand spin at Sparsholt.
A move to Swindon saw me ru a small slimming clinic and train as a Beauty Therapist at Swindon College before moving to Chandlers Ford where I had a 10 rod allotment growing all the family vegetables and soft fruit. Always keen on the health and wellbeing, I opened a slimming and skincare clinic in my home. Taught skincare at FE Clanes in Chandlers ford and taught spinning at Tudor Merchants Hall and at the Art Gallery in Southampton.
Went on Farming with WWOOF (Working Weekends on Organic Farms).
Moved to Sherfield English 35 years ago ran a smallholding with 26 different breeds of purebread poultry, plus pigs and goats, Made and sold goats milk, cheese and yoghurt, pickled quails eggs and pure bread poultry.
My smallholding was filmed for a countryside series by Norman Goodland.
Started breeding Icelandic and Gotland Sheep for their fleeces for handspinning.
I entered and won a Farmers Brainwaves competition at the Bath and West Show with my Easy feeder system off sheep feeding / sorting system of hurdles with vertical bars. There will be pictures and an article in the local newspaper archives, should you wish to track that down.
I starting working at St Edwards School on a temporary 3 month contract, stayed for 28 years, first as an House mother then moved to Learning Support. St Edwards is a BESD Boarding School for boys with problems.
In 2011 started training as a Reiki Therapist became a Master Practitioner and Teacher and started working from the Natural Wellbeing Centre formerly Romsey Health and Beauty for the past 5 years.
Now I have certainly not yet hung up my boots. I am mearly resting my legs whilst they recover from their knee operations and I will look to find myself a little puppy to enjoy some local strolls and to be able to receive Reiki clients at my home for treatments and attunements.
Final note from Tania
As you will have read, Jean is really one very remarkable lady. I hope that I have the opportunity to grow as well and as positive as she has and to enjoy life with the passion that she brings to all that she does.
I know that everyone who has met Jean will join me in thanking her for her great work at the clinic and wishing her all the very best in both her recovery and her future endeavours.
Anyone wishing to see Jean for Reiki, just let me know and I will happily pass on her details.