After many years of practicing biathlon, swimming and mountain biking Estelle started in 1996 to practice Martial Arts. She is a Martial Art practitioner in Japanese classical school since more than 20 years, which she also teaches.
Since her youth, she’s had pain in her low back and difficulty with digestion. Practicing Martial Art helped to improve her back pain, but it was not enough. Estelle has always had a particular interest for the healing part of the traditional Japanese culture. So, she decided to learn Zen Shiatsu including the diagnosis through the Traditional Chinese Medicine at Kiné-Concept School in Montreal; and, after two years, she graduated in 2011.
Estelle now works as a registered Shiatsu Therapist, and provides 30, 60 or 80 minutes Shiatsu therapy session.
Her Shiatsu session are based on the Zen Shiatsu principals.
Zen Shiatsu, as formulated by its creator Shizuto Masunaga and his direct student Ohashi Sensei, is one of Japan’s three legally recognized forms of manipulative therapy. Shiatsu draws extensively from the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine and their belief in the movement of energy through specific pathways in the body called meridians or channels. Blockages in these pathways can result in both physical and emotional problems.
Zen Shiatsu is a non-invasive physical therapy (over clothes) that stimulates the body’s own healing abilities. It is based on both traditional Eastern healing principles, and Western anatomy and physiology.
During a shiatsu session, specific pressure points, passive mobilization and stretches are applied to the body in order to assess and treat various conditions. Due to its effect on the nervous system, a shiatsu treatment helps relieve stress and pain, as well as improve muscle, organ, and joint function.
This deep, but gentle, approach is a great preventative health care which has many long term benefits for people of all ages.
When did you first know that you wanted to be self employed?
I would say since I started to practice Martial Art. In France I opened my Martial Art Dojo in 2003 but as a non-profit association and not as a company due to the French heavy taxes and administration complexity. At that time I had my full time job as a Chemist and Microbiologist in a Pharmaceutical company and on a side I was teaching Martial art in my Dojo 3 times per week.
So when I arrived in Canada in 2007, I realized that the opportunity to be self-employed were so much more available and so less complicated compare of what we can have in France and decided to look more into those new opportunities.
What support systems did you have in place when you started?
Even though Canada provides great opportunities for entrepreneurship, my knowledge of the Canadian laws, regulations, insurance, finance strategy etc… was limited. So I searched and found a very useful class that helps me to understand how to start my own company in the proper way in order to make all the chances on my side.
In 2007 my husband and I did the “Starting a business” course provided by the Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys in partnership with the SAJE of Montreal. This course was an excellent eyes opener, and provides excellent insight and knowledge on how to create and be successful with a small company regarding laws, regulation (country, state, city), business plan, financial projection, marketing, social media etc.
This course gave us the resources and support to open our Martial Art Dojo in Montreal.
Later on with the experience I acquired by managing our Dojo, it gave me the support to start my study in Shiatsu and start officially my practice as Registered Shiatsu Therapist in 2011.
What advice would you offer other potential entrepreneurs?
Definitively take similar course like “Starting a business” because it’s really makes you understand what you really need to do in order to be successful and makes you realize that it will take time, a lot of effort and work. The different module covered by the “Starting a business” course were taught by professionals (professional lawyer, accountant, publicist, business owners etc…) who gave me realistic insight, concrete advice and a great opportunity to meet other professional and built a professional network.
A professional network is also very important when you start. It can help you to find useful resources and support, and help you increase your network and met other entrepreneur in your community — who can also help with resources and advice.
What keeps you motivated?
The results obtained by treating people using my experiences and knowledge in Shiatsu and sacro-cranial therapy, like low back pain, headaches, edema, scapula pain, anxiety, insomnia etc… are amazing. Seeing people recover energetically, see their pain decrease or most of the time disappearing completely, is always a great satisfaction in my work.
The worst challenges are when, whatever I do, nothing works, when even by researching deeply the root cause I‘m still not able to find any satisfactory explanation. This is really rare, and represents may be 2% or 3% of the cases, but when it happen, I refer my client to another professional, one that I trust can be of more help than me. I always follow-up with this professional so we can together help my current client, and future ones.
I’m really, really happy to be a Shiatsu Therapist knowing I can contribute to the well-being of our community and help more and more people. This is what really keeps me motivated and passionate
Looking back, knowing what you now know, what would you have done differently?
I would have come sooner in Canada 😉
I would not have done anything different because the path I followed directed me naturally to the Shiatsu which is a perfect fit for me and taught me as well all I needed to know to build a robust structure for my business.
I strongly believe that things happen for a reason and when it is appropriate. We need to listen to the signs and go with the flow even if it can be frightening sometimes.
At what point should an entrepreneur take the “leap of faith” and start up their business?
Gather information, organize and follow your business plan is critical before to move forward. But even though you are well prepared, at some point you need to make it happen.
There is no one simple formula that fits everyone but for me preparation is critical.
Estelle Padeloup, Registered Shiatsu Therapist
- In Sooke on Maple Av North
- On appointment only
- Insurance receipt available
- Phone: 250-891-3342
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