Sharon Stathis is an international educator, author and holistic health practitioner based in Brisbane, Australia. Sharon is co-director of Feel-good Health Services with her psychologist husband Richard Rigby.
Sharon created the concept of Ayurvedic Reflexology in 2003.
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Furthering the cause of Reflexology
Sharon is a Charter member of the International Council of Reflexologists. In 2007 Sharon received the Ollie Bailey Service award for her contribution to Reflexology.
Sharon has been presented with a special award by the Reflexology Association of Australia (Qld branch) in recognition by her peers for her contribution to the growth of the Reflexology industry in Australia. She is a founding member of the Reflexology Association of Australia, and in 2006 she was awarded Life Membership of that Association.
Sharon is a qualified workplace assessor and trainer. She was an assessor for the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process for reflexologists applying for entry to the Reflexology Association of Australia. Sharon wrote the original entry assessment criteria for the association.
Sharon helped develop the curriculum for the first Nationally (Government) Accredited Reflexology certificate course in Australia. In the early 1990’s she also founded the Reflexology Academy of Brisbane (RAB), a Nationally Accredited teaching college. This was the first Reflexology college in Australia to receive Government Accreditation.
She administered the RAB and taught there for nine years. The Academy had a part time staff of seven lecturers with an additional four specialist lecturers. Through the RAB, over one hundred students completed the certification programme to to become qualified reflexology practitioners. The RAB offered one of the most comprehensive reflexology education programmes available in Australia at the time.
Sharon’s clinic is presently closed. When her clinic reopens, Sharon will continue to conduct a private practice applying the skills of Ayurvedic Reflexology. She started using her Ayurvedic Reflexology technique for the first time in 2003. For thirteen years prior to this, Sharon had maintained a busy private practice in remedial massage, reiki, conventional reflexology and aromatherapy.
Originally Sharon trained as a Nurse and was registered in 1968. During her extensive nursing career, Sharon has worked in several of Brisbane’s major public hospitals. Her nursing experience includes general nursing, midwifery, paediatrics and psychiatry. She also worked as an occupational health nurse in the private sector.
Sharon began studying Natural Therapies in 1986. After gaining numerous qualifications in this area, she moved from nursing to take up full-time private practice as a Natural Therapist. She has successfully combined her nursing knowledge with natural therapies to provide a truly holistic approach to health care. Her aim as a clinical practitioner is to deliver the highest standard of quality care to her clients.
Sharon introduced Reflexology to the Mater Misericordiae Public Hospital and was granted ethical approval to conduct research on the effect of reflexology in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
Sharon’s professional qualifications include: Registered Nurse (general & midwifery), certified Reflexologist, certified Reiki practitioner, certified Aromatherapist and certified Remedial massage therapist.
Current membership of societies
Member Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), 1992 – current
Charter Member International Council of Reflexologists, 1992 – current
Founding member & Life member Reflexology Association of Australia, 1990 – current
Past positions: executive committee member, state delegate and RPL assessor
Courses attended since 1986
Sharon has attended numerous courses with respected national and international presenters. They include the areas of: Acupressure, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, body work, massage & touch, energy balancing & healing, traditional health & research, reiki, reflexology, sound, voice & colour, teaching skills, and other miscellaneous courses.
Sharon’s earlier teaching (1989 to 2001)
Sharon was owner & director of the Reflexology Academy of Brisbane. Among the courses that Sharon taught were:
Reflexology for Beginners
Reflexology Levels 1, 2, 3
Supervised Clinical Practice
Professional Practice Skills
Anatomy and Physiology
Career history includes experience in the following areas:
Natural therapies practice
Natural therapies teaching
Curriculum research & development