This month’s topic was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend the other day. With the Riverview Holistic Fair happening this weekend, June 1 & 2, my friend wanted to know how she could be sure that the practitioners she was encountering at the holistic fair would be “real” or “any good for that matter”. She felt that there are just so many out there now, particularly in the Greater Moncton Area, that she did not know how to decide who to invest her time and money with, if any at all.
This is an excellent question. My best recommendation on this topic is to “go with your gut”. In other words, rely on your intuition, for it is 100% correct 100% of the time and is there to guide and protect you. There really is no mystery to deciding if the practitioner you are speaking with is the right one for you. As in any endeavour, you have to do your home work. Very few of us just look up a plumber in the phone and have them come and fix our sinks. Some might, but most of us call friends, get their opinions, ask questions, get references, and if we do not have a chance to do advance homework, then we ask them questions before hiring them. This is the same process when spending time or money on a holistic practitioner.
Spend some time on the holistic fair website and see who is offering services there, then look at their websites, read testimonials, go on facebook and ask others for private opinions about the practitioner. (Have them message you rather than posting it publicly, after all, anyone can have a bad day in any business and holistic practitioners are no exception). Then go to the fair, and talk with the practitioner. Listen to what they have to say with your “gut”, your intuition. If they feel iky to you, give them a pass. If they feel all salesmanship and no substance, give them a pass, and for goodness sake, if what they are saying does not resonate with you, if it feels or sounds unethical or unbelievable, then give them a pass.
If you feel these not so great feelings when speaking with a practitioner, but go ahead with the session anyway, it will not end well for either of you and therefore the experience will not be great and both of you will suffer in the long run, so be fair to yourself and fair to the practitioner, if it doesn’t feel right – don’t do it.
Here are some questions you could ask a practitioner…
- Where did you do your training?
- How long have you been doing this?
- What can I expect from my session?
- Should I expect any side effects/benefits from my session in the days ahead?
- What is your personal philosophy on…..?
- What do others say about your work?
- Is there a website I should visit to be better informed about the type of work you do?
- And my personal favourite – is there another practitioner which might be better suited to my needs that you would recommend? (This question is particularly revealing) Any practitioner would agree, a well informed client is a great client. Well, that’s my best advice on the topic.