My name is Carmen O'Connor - hello and welcome!
I'd like to share with you a little bit about me and my journey. If any of it resonates and you want to get in touch regarding the treatments or workshops I offer then I'd be delighted to hear from you. You can either email me or call for an informal chat.
I first came across this type of 'stuff' around 1986 (ouch....that long ago!) when I went along to see a therapist who specialised in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) - she gave me some great tools to take away with me and that really ignited my curiousity regarding the mind and how we are as humans.
Then life became busy as I was encouraged to achieve and progress through art college and then down another track into the corporate world where I stayed for 10 years and had some incredible experiences, but strangely I also felt like I wasn't quite settled and where I was meant to be, so it also felt a bit frustrating during those years. That said, I met some really wonderful people who are a very cherished part of my life to this day. I also met some quite challenging people who, in my generous moments, I can recognise as real gifts to me - so I guess what I'm saying is...we go where we need to go!
I then chose to retrain myself and began my spiritual journey in earnest - yes still with intensity and not freedom! I was searching for that magical something that would give me peace and connection on the inside so my life could then be perfect! In 1999 I began my training in Reiki and became a certified Reiki Master Teacher having received traditional Mikao Usui teachings. I deeply love, honour, respect and value what this has given me, unearthed within me and enabled me to do, whilst also enabling me to assist others help themselves with it too. Along the way I also trained in many different massage techniques with the renowned Jing Advanced Massage team such as; clinical with trigger point and deep tissue therapy, myofascial release and hot stone fusion massage. I trained in NLP, Time Line Therapy and even Equine Reiki and Equine Massage. Working with horses gave me yet another perspective and beautiful insight into communication. Mindfulness, Meditation & Relaxation follwed after that. If we stop ourselves and listen in new ways we can open up our senses to so much more.
I ran my own practice providing on-site therapy services in the corporate environment, as well as working in private practice, plus I taught and facilitated Reiki workshops throughout Surrey. This was an incredible part of my journey. I became a sponge for information on how we humans are and how our bodies, minds, emotions and spirits carry us and connect. Again I met and had the priviledge of working with remarkably unique people and I absolutely treasure that and those years too.
Then after those 10 years I found my bodymind (for these are inextricably linked) had become fatigued so I listened to it (finally!) and decided to take some time out for me and I spent 3 years doing that and working back in the corporate world. That was "a whole nother learning curve" during which there were some awesome highs, some difficult lows and everything in between, but since 2015 I've returned to where I'm most comfortable, ie benefitting others, and I have access to a peace I could only dream of back in those early days.
It is a daily practice for me to sit with myself in peacefulness, a space of loving kindness, connection and presentness which I am learning about more and more each day, but I can now at least experience it and moments of exquisiteness in my perfectly imperfect life!
If you're interested and if the path you're choosing to go down includes Reiki, Mindfulness and/or Meditation & Relaxation or therapeautic treatments and you think I may be able to assist you then please feel free to get in touch - my contact details are on the left column of each page.
Keep shining brightly....and breathe!
Sense the Sense - based in Surrey
I am fascinated with the bodymind connection, and fully certified and insured to practice in the following:-