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A few years ago my quest to reconnect with a Royal Navy shipmate led me to an unexpected encounter with Reiki therapy. This moment sparked my fascination with holistic wellness. Despite facing challenges, I pursued Reiki, became an entrepreneur, sourcing holistic products, including candles and natural soaps. 

Our Journey in a Nutshell

A few years ago my quest to reconnect with a Royal Navy shipmate led me to an unexpected encounter with Reiki therapy. This moment sparked my fascination with holistic wellness. Despite facing challenges, I pursued Reiki, became an entrepreneur, sourcing holistic products, including candles and natural soaps. 

Welcome to Elegant Infusions, where our journey continues.

The Journey to Elegant Infusions

In 2007, amidst the chaos of demanding work hours and the responsibilities of organising a Royal Navy reunion for my last ship, I found myself on a quest to locate a fellow shipmate, John, our ship’s medic known for his 1980s-style revelry. After finally tracking him down, I extended an invitation for a drink, which he surprisingly declined. Instead, we agreed to meet at his clinic, but this time, it wasn’t the sick bay we ventured into. John had transitioned into alternative therapies, particularly Reiki. Intrigued yet sceptical, I accepted his offer of a Reiki session.

To my amazement, that session proved transformative. John wisely advised me to head straight home, recognising signs of a brewing nervous breakdown. His insights into my well-being stirred something within me, setting me on a path I hadn’t anticipated.

This encounter ignited a curiosity within me, sparking an unexpected journey into the world of holistic wellness. Back in those days, the internet wasn’t the most reliable resource, but I stumbled upon a few intriguing items that resonated with me – items I not only wanted to use but also share with others.

You see, I’ve never been one for traditional medications. My fascination with holistic practices grew, leading me to earn my Level 1 Reiki certification over the years. Yet, life had other plans, and I returned to the corporate world to support my growing family.

Fast forward to 2019, and life took a dramatic turn. I separated from my wife and found myself grappling with severe mental health issues. It became abundantly clear that I could no longer continue down the same career path. So, in July 2021, I embarked on the next leg of my healing journey, attaining my Reiki Level 2 certification, and officially becoming a Reiki practitioner.

My journey into entrepreneurship began in December 2020 when I started selling items on eBay. The inception of “Paul’s Holistic and Giftware” came in 2021, with a focus on offering incense sticks and bath bombs through online platforms. However, I soon realised that the costs associated with these platforms were too high for small businesses like mine.

Determined to find a sustainable path in the world of holistic wellness, I transitioned to an e-commerce platform, not without its fair share of challenges, but marking a significant milestone in my entrepreneurial journey. During these years, I not only pursued Reiki but also found solace in Buddhism during tumultuous times in my personal life.

In 2022, my exploration of holistic products led me to candles, a source of comfort and tranquillity that I hold dear, especially as someone dealing with asthma and COPD. I was on a mission to create products that were not only gentle on me but also on the environment. This journey naturally extended into natural soaps and invigorating shower gels.

Thank you for joining me on this transformative journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being.

Paul
Founder, Elegant Infusions

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