26-YEAR-OLD ALINA FROM TIMISOARA, ROMANIA, HAS BEEN ON A JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY WHICH HAS LED HER TO PRACTICING HOLISTIC THERAPY IN PARIS. WE SPOKE WITH ALINA TO UNDERSTAND WHERE HER INTEREST CAME FROM AND HOW SHE PUT IT INTO PRACTICE.
Where did your interest in holistic therapy stem from?
As a young child I wanted to understand why my own surroundings were how they were. I was a sensitive child who hated conflict, yet this was the environment I was raised in. I saw the arguments, secrets and judgements that plagued my family, and whilst I desired peace and harmony it rarely came. In reality I was too young to understand the intricacies of what was happening but the situation gave me the direction for personal, and later, career development. This began with studying Psychology at university.
Did Psychology provide the answers you sought?
Psychology is a very complex field, like medicine you practice what you’re called for. Throughout my studies, more questions arose, I needed to understand fundamental questions that had resonated with me. Why were we, the human race so different? If we all look the same shouldn’t we all feel the same? Shouldn’t we all act the same? Shouldn’t we all be empathetic and understanding of each other’s feelings, visions, behaviours and decisions?
Clearly this isn’t the case, we are different from one another. Psychology was an intriguing field of study and became much more than an academic pursuit, it guided me in my personal life.
It was the foundation of my life’s direction. As my research diversified I was led to spirituality. I was grasped by Louise L. Hay’s “You Can Heal Your life”. The timing was particularly significant as my grandmother had just passed away which again raised more questions. This time however, I was in a different position, I could relate and understand. A new chapter of my live began as I pursued personal wellbeing, which today is the basis of how I help others.
Today you are practicing three therapies from a clinic in the 18th Arrondissement. Can you tell us about the therapies?
I practice Reiki, reflexology and massage (Swedish, geriatric and deep tissue).
Reiki is one of the most well-known and recognised methods of energy healing. It involves the energy of the Universe which comes through the hands and helps heal or balance your chakras. This is achieved through a non-invasion method which involves holding hands to certain points of the body, starting with the head and finishing at the feet. Reiki has major energy points on the body where we work with emotional problems, stress, anxiety, depression and back pain.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy which has clear definitive points in the feet and hands which are connected to each organ. This is a precise technique where pressure is applied to relieve pain, symptoms and blockages in affected areas. This therapy works well for migraines, weight loss, hypertension and back pain.
Therapeutic massage is a more direct and strict practice that works with the body, its muscles and mind. It’s suitable for those looking for a more “medical” approach.
What are the common symptoms you see among clients?
There are many different symptoms, some of the main ones are: emotional pain, anxiety, back pain, headaches, weight loss and weight gain, body image imperfection. Unfortunately I often see a complete disregard for the power of the mind, many people fall victim to their own negative thoughts.
If someone is unsure about trying a holistic therapy, what advice would you give?
Some therapies require belief, it is natural to have questions so be sure to ask. Holistic therapy is beautiful and powerful it would be a shame not to try it.
Alina provides sessions in her clinic or through home visits in Paris and offers a discounted price to Expatriates Magazine readers:
Massage : 40 euros (45 mins)
Reiki: 45 euros (45 mins)
Reflexology: 40 euros (45 mins)
To book a session with Alina call 07.83.94.54.65 or visit
Photograph: Ciprian Lupan Photography