LizMarvellous Mum Liz Hancock set up her own business ‘Liz Hancock Healing’, after discovering EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) while pregnant with her second child. EFT also known as Tapping is often explained as ‘acupuncture without the needles’. Following her successful experience with Tapping, Liz completed her training to become a qualified practitioner.

Family members: Husband Adrian, Isabelle 5 and Joshua 3

Sum up your business in a sentence:
I give my clients a wonderful healing technique which can very quickly and easily clear deep rooted traumas, bad memories, negative patterns of thinking and behavior, addictions, phobias, depression and stress, as well as helping many physical conditions.

What did you do before starting up your business?
I worked in HR and Learning and Development roles in London for a number of years before taking time out to have my children. Knowing that I would have more time once they started school (or rather thinking I would, the school days seem so short), I started my training last year and qualified earlier this year.

When did you start your business and why?
April this year. I discovered Tapping, or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) when I was terrified about my second delivery and within 25 minutes went from wanting a C-Section to being totally confident I could have a natural birth, which I managed to accomplish, no mean feat with a 10lb3 baby! I wanted to be able to offer this wonderful healing technique to more people. It is such a gift to be able to heal people from things that are really holding them back in life. The beauty of EFT is that it is very easy to do so once a client knows the technique they can practice on themselves and continue to reap the rewards.

The best part of your day / running your own business?
Seeing a client and having that wonderful feeling of knowing you have helped someone and really made a difference in their life. And bedtime cuddles, priceless!

And the worst?
Rushing for the school drop offs and pick ups! Feeling the pressure of spreading myself too thinly especially as my daughter has just started school.

How do you juggle running a business and family life?
Some days I do feel like I am on a treadmill that’s going a bit too fast! Doing weekend and evening work was something I initially wanted to avoid but I have actually found that it can fit in fairly easily for all concerned as it forces us to plan our time effectively.

What challenges have you faced?
Trying to keep everyone happy and feeling like my business was not being taken seriously by some, although I think I am beginning to prove them wrong!

Your biggest success?
Curing someone from their serious phobia of being sick as well as OCD, agro phobia and a fear of flying. This had started following a seemingly unrelated traumatic experience but after just two long sessions the client cleared so many issues she was able to start living her life again and has never looked back. I also helped someone with some family issues who went on to lose over 2 stone as a result of their newly found confidence and freedom following the session, without us even tapping on anything to do with her weight! Through EFT I have also conquered my own issues with my body image and weight which at 35 is so liberating!

What business tip/advice would you offer new mumpreneurs?
Be realistic about what time you have. I have been overoptimistic so many times about what I can achieve and then end up taking on too much. Learn to say NO and it’s OK to build your business up slowly rather than taking over the world overnight!

Business dream?
Becoming a real expert in this field. I’d like to progress from one to one sessions to offering workshops particularly on issues such as Weight and Body image and issues related to motherhood; getting over a traumatic birth, accepting our changing bodies, stress of being a mother, effects on relationships etc.

What are you listening to at the moment?
When I’m not listening to nursery rhymes I love the recent Now CD’s and Taylor Swift.

What’s your favourite tipple?
Champagne, although nowadays I tend to make do with a glass of Prosecco!

Your simple pleasure?
Finishing an early morning run which really sets me up for the day. Running along South Bank and watching the sun rise above Tower Bridge is one of the few things I miss about working in the City!

Favourite film?
Young Guns. Weird choice but as a child I so wanted to be growing up in the wildwest riding horses and chasing things!

Favourite book?
I’ve just read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce with my book club. I never would have been drawn to read it myself but it has so many subtle messages in it about life and not wasting it or letting things fester and become issues, which is really my philosophy on life, I like to deal with things and think everyone deserves to feel happy – as my company strap line says: Free yourself from your past and create your new dawn!

Tell us a joke?
Erm, oh dear. Ok, this is one of my daughters made up ones but I love the innocence of it and my kids find it hilarious – ‘Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it wanted to.’ Fair enough I say