In this ANIMAL CAREER Interview Series, Di Scurr shares her career as a BodyTalk Practitioner For Animals. You can read all about her journey to her dream animal career and what she has learned along the way!
NAME: DI SCURR
CAREER TITLE: CERTIFIED BODYTALK PRACTITIONER FOR ANIMALS
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I grew up in Hamilton then moved to Tauranga when I was 18, where I have stayed. I am a self-employed holistic practitioner with a passion for supporting health as naturally as possible for animals and women. I am also fascinated by our non-physical reality including our energetic and spiritual selves, hence why BodyTalk is my choice of modality as it recognises us being very multi-layered/faceted.
WHAT IS BODYTALK AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
BodyTalk is a form of energy healing which utilises kinesiology (muscle-checking) to identify priorities within the body & mind that require balancing, communications reset and synchronisation. BodyTalk operates on a metaphysical level to ultimately encourage self-healing within the animal (or their person) on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual/energetic level.
Tell us about your career history and how you transitioned to this career.
After high school and a commercial college, I worked in a variety of positions from office work, bar person, farm hand, cook etc including my 16 months OE (overseas experience) when I left New Zealand at 25. Once home again and more settled I worked for a further 24 years mainly as an administrator for Police, Corrections and a Polytechnic. During all those years, although loving being in ‘people’ industries, I always felt there was something more meaningful that I needed to be doing. Throughout my private life, I always gravitated towards holistic natural therapies and was always in pursuit of the meaning of life at a deep level. I enrolled in various courses, attended workshops and seminars which all built on each other and gave me a wealth of experience and knowledge which I know is the basis for my love of BodyTalk. It was as a student of a BodyTalk for animals’ workshop, that I had a huge ‘aha’ moment, when I just knew that I wanted the same practitioner skills as the instructor. That was going to be my career and life focus.
How did you know your career was RIGHT for YOU?
The theory and philosophy of BodyTalk resonated with me so much that I just felt like it fit me like a glove. I had also determined I wanted to work in a role that helped animals. Like a nurse, as was identified highly in career analysis, but more for the benefit of animals and not using mainstream/orthodox therapies.
Did you do any particular training for your career?
Yes. I have achieved a Cert in Small Business Mgt plus a couple of Diplomas in Business. I have also trained with the International BodyTalk Association to become a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. Various other courses and life experiences have also made me the person I am today.
What is your favourite part of your business?
Being with animal clients. It’s joyful!
What is your least favourite part of your business?
Having patience …to be as excellent and skillful as I want to be, to be able to provide a profound service to my clients.
When did your love of animals start?
I’ve pretty much always lived with animals, as a child, while flatting and then when married. My appreciation for the depth of my love for them has developed as I’ve matured. Most profoundly was when Louie, our German Shepherd transitioned just over three years ago. I was absolutely devastated, my love was just so great for him.
What do you know now, that you wish you could tell your teenage self?
That you are perfect how you are. You are lovable and you are loved. Find fun and exciting things to do, and people around you that love and respect you.
What is a typical day like?
After about 9hrs sleep, I start with a healthy smoothie made by my husband. The rest of the day is working through a list of tasks e.g. BodyTalk clients, working on my business, family/domestic work, and time for walking my dog and ultimately I am meant to save some time for myself to meditate or other visualisation exercises.
How do you feel you are changing the world or making the world a better place? (big or small!)
By changing the way I feel, think and behave. Therefore my actions and results are likely to be positive with whoever I encounter. I can’t change others, just myself and hopefully there’ll be a ripple effect.
Do you have an ‘a-ha’ moment you would like to share that helped you move forward?
Yes, when I was at a one day workshop watching the facilitator and a light bulb just lit up in my head and I said to myself “I want to be just like you”. I then knew what I was going to train to become.