We've literally been chomping at the bit (yes...sorry...s'cuse the pun!) over the last few months to tell you all about the article featuring in the May edition (which is actually out NOW!) of the Holland & Barrett magazine - Healthy. We are rather proud of it as it features our work with Equine Facilitated Coaching in association with Learning to Listen.
The article actually caused a bit of a stir in the Hitchin branch of Holland & Barrett yesterday. I had got wind of the fact that it was out so I went into our local branch to buy the mag. Thing is, it was all wrapped up in cellophane so my initial idea of having a sneaky flick through to see if it was in there or not was foiled. The assistant must have felt my hesitation as she came over and remarked that there were lots of interesting articles and I wouldn't be disappointed if I bought it! Slightly embarrassed that my 'shall I buy it or not face' had been clocked, I gingerly asked if she had noticed whether any horses had appeared in the edition? "Ooooh yes", she said "I think there was". Seizing the moment for a bit of a photo opportunity, I ripped open the wrapping and on noticing her name badge, asked Denise if she would pose with the magazine. After all it's all about the social media updates these days dahhhhling! I am sure she thought I was a bit of a nutter so I went on to explain why and she stopped me in my tracks and asked for my autograph! For just one second I felt like a bit of a celeb, but that soon passed as my daughter chose that moment to loudly announce that she needed a wee - NOW! For those with young children you know you haven't got long to hang around when emergency wees are required, so I quickly said my goodbyes and bid a hasty retreat BUT not before Denise asked about our work and what EFC was and said she would mention it to all her customers. Nothing like a bit of local promotion!
Anyway I digress (you'll notice I am rather good at doing that...digressing that is!). So how did the article come about?
I had the pleasure of working with the very lovely Zoë Folbigg who was looking for input and support to help rebuild her career as a writer at the end of last year. As a regular Haelan client I recommended a course of Equine Facilitated Coaching (EFC) sessions to help her find her answers. EFC is a new and emerging therapy where a trained coach (that's me - and Jo too!) uses a horse's body language to help a client become aware of issues that may be holding them back (please click on the article above for a greater explanation of how it works). Zoë had 3 sessions over a 3 month period at the Learning to Listen Centre in St Paul's Walden, Hertfordshire (where our second treatment room is located). Over the course of her sessions Zoë met different members of our herd, but her greatest connection was with the very gorgeous Bow who also has a starring role in the article! What we didn't expect at the start of her sessions is that the self-limiting block that Zoë worked through would result in her writing her first piece about her experience with EFC. Amazing!!!
I love my work with EFC and feel incredibly privileged to have played a part in Zoë's journey. I am also very honoured that she wanted to put it in print for other people to read about her experience too. EFC is an emerging therapy and very unique in it's approach. The more exposure we have to our work, through social media and articles such as this, will help to spread the word and enable our work to be accessed by a wider audience. If you are interested in finding out more about EFC and how it can help you, then we hold FREE tasters every month. Our next taster is taking place on Saturday 23rd April from 10am - 12pm at the Learning to Listen Centre, St Pauls Walden (near Hitchin), Hertfordshire. Please email us HERE to book your place!
So thank you Zoë for giving me the opportunity to go on this unique journey with you and for writing such an amazing piece which totally gets what we do and how EFC can help anyone and everyone. And thank you to Denise who made my day yesterday by making me feel a little bit special. I am wondering though, what will happen when Zoë goes in to buy her edition - I rather wonder if they will have the red carpet out for her. I hope so. She deserves it.
PS - Never again will I hesitate to buy Healthy Magazine. It is packed full of really interesting articles on everything health related. It costs a little over £15 to subscribe for the year and I say it's well worth it - www.healthy-magazine.co.uk