Who are you and what do you do?
I am a wife and a Mother. I love keeping active, being in nature and eating well! I like to reflect this in our family life, too. I also volunteer my time at Kingston hospital by working on the Infant Feeding team and helping new Mothers with feeding and bonding support.
What led you to the naturopathic health industry?
I have two autoimmune diseases and I wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening with my health. It then ignited a passion in health and wellness and optimal living. When I became a Mother, my focus shifted again to how best to support myself naturally on very little sleep!
Today, what does your practice entail?
I’m a Women’s Wellness Coach, so I specialise in helping women with their hormonal journey from adolescence to menopause and beyond.
What inspires you?
I’m constantly inspired by nature. I find it fascinating that we can heal pretty much anything with herbs, and by eating well. We really are what we eat, and being close to nature can serve to remind us of where we came from, and to keep things simple in life – from your diet to your day to day routine.
Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 or 10 years?
I see myself continuing to grow my practice. I’d like to add in Pilates and Pelvic Floor care for Pregnant and Post partum women. I also have a dream to set up a Women’s only Co-working space that supports women. We would welcome Mothers with their babies and they could relax in a beautiful café and feed their babies, meet other mothers and even work as some of the work stations would have cribs next to them. I would offer calming and nourishing events, workshops, and treatments and most importantly a supportive community.
How did you find your “niche?”
By watching an ANP Women’s Health Seminar! Something just clicked – I found it all fascinating and vowed to focus on supporting Women. I learned about everything from the vaginal microbiome, menopause, fertility, PCOS, endometriosis and lots more. From that moment on, I haven’t stopped learning about this topic.
Are you speaking and presenting? If so, on what topics?
I hold my own Women’s Wellness Retreats and focus on various topics such as energy – what we do to sabotage it, and what we can do to boost it, and also hormonal health. I tend to focus on Mothers as I think it’s an area that is generally overlooked in terms of health and wellbeing – we can tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the pile, and we shouldn’t as we have a significant value in society – we’re nourishing and educating the next generation! When I’m at the hospital I always use the phrase ‘nurture the nurturer.’ Mothers need nurturing so that they can nurture their babies. In some cultures, Mothers are revered and literally swaddled and massaged and made to rest whilst being cooked for. In our busy, modern world, this importance of the phase of ‘Motherhood’ has been forgotten, and quite frankly, women’s health has taken a back seat for many years. It’s just coming to the fore now, and the more we keep talking about it, the more we are able to support women and mothers.
Have you written any books or material that you want to share?
I’d like to write a recipe book on quick recipes for postpartum health.
What are your qualifications?
I am relatively new to the wellness industry (after spending 15 years in the interior design industry), but I am a graduate of CNM, and a member of the ANP.
What is one piece of advice you would have for someone new to the natural health industry?
Go for it! The wellness industry is booming at the moment, and there’s never a better time to educate yourself and study how better to care for yourself and others.
Can you tell us how your ANP membership has benefited you?
I really enjoy tuning in to the ANP webinars and I’m very much looking forward to attending the Summit after the summer. The ANP always has a fantastic lineup of speakers, as well as a great library of CPD talks, most of which are free!
To find out more about Jessie and how she works, you can head to her website Jessie K Wellness