Angela Robson had never dreamed of leaving her 12-year job in oil and gas but when the decision was made for her, it was the best thing that could have happened – a blessing in disguise. Now she’s Ellon’s resident alternative therapist, offering everything from card readings to healing crystal jewellery and accessories. We just had to find out more about Angelic Alternatives…

Changing lives for the better

“Until July 2020, I’d been employed by the same company for 12 years but my department was shut down during the pandemic. But I didn’t let it get me down – I firmly believe that things happen for a reason. We’re where we’re meant to be, when we’re meant to be there.

I didn’t want to rush into anything, instead taking some time out to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. It turned out that that was crystal healing. I’d always felt a connection with alternative therapies and crystals and began to realise it was my calling. I started out with some online courses (my redundancy money came in handy here!) and found working with the crystals very therapeutic. I was definitely on the right path.

Unblocking my creativity

In May 2021, I trained as an Access Bars® practitioner. Access Bars® are 32 points on your head that, when gently touched, release anything that stops you feeling joy and ease. It can feel like hitting the delete button on your computer’s cluttered hard drive! I was so glad I got into it because it opened my me up to so many more opportunities – and unblocked my creativity. Soon after, and with my creative juices flowing, I made some tumble stones (healing crystals in irregular shapes that have been polished) into jewellery as gifts for friends and family.

They went down well so I decided to make a few pieces for sale. I started out by selling my pieces through Jules Healing Gems, an independent shop in Ellon. The amazing support from Jules and her staff is just one of the many examples of the incredible community spirit we’re lucky to have here in our town.

Change for the better

From there, my customer base started to grow and now I rent more shelves as well as selling my handmade healing crystal jewellery and accessories at stalls. I love hearing from customers who like my products, especially when they come back with stories about how things have changed for the better for them as a result. Access Bars® can be life changing too – a great alternative treatment for depression and anxiety – and, of course, my card readings with a pendulum are always popular.

I’m proud of how far I’ve come and I wouldn’t be here without the support of my community. I probably wouldn’t have left my long-term job out of choice but being made redundant really was a blessing in disguise.“

Collection of Angelic Alternatives Jewellery

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“Almost everything I need is on my doorstep and I love supporting other local businesses. It’s so important to keep our modern market town thriving. And that starts with supporting from within.”

Quickfire Q&A

What’s the best thing about your business?
My customers, for sure!

We love your logo. Can you tell us about it?
It’s a white bird called caladrius that, according to Roman mythology, has healing properties.

Reflecting on your career so far, are you happy?
Definitely. I’m in a much better place than I could possibly have imagined… But still not close to where I know I can be!

What’s next for Angelic Alternatives?
Adding new therapies to my portfolio. I’m currently studying Angel Therapy (invoking archangels to assist with healing) and SourceSTAR, a high vibrational healing system that hails from the ancient temples of Egypt.

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Angelic Alternatives
Call: 07753 576221

Open: Monday to Friday during school hours.

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