FAI CHAN CREATES MULTIPLE
WRITING PLATFORMS TO SHARE
EXPERTISE WITH HER NATIVE CHINA
Passionate About Holistic Healing Protocols,
The Austin Based Entrepreneur and Multi-Faceted
Author/Publisher Will Speak On Entrepreneurship
And Strategic Partnerships at the U.N. In June 2016
Considering the success that Fai Chan has enjoyed as a clinical aromatherapist and writer/publisher since the 2014 launch of Deli Aroma, her holistic healings protocols company, it’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, she was stuck in a mindset where she didn’t know what she wanted to or could ever achieve.
In the years following her immigration to the U.S. with her husband in 2003, the Chinese born, Hong Kong raised entrepreneur experienced many setbacks. Even some of her breakthroughs proved short lived. Settling in Dallas, she worked as a clerk in a Christian bookstore, where she began writing Chinese articles for their monthly newspaper. She also became secretary of the Ikebana Club (dedicated to Japanese floral arrangement) and was offered a position to be the first Chinese to serve on the board of the International Women’s Club.
Six months into her stint at the bookstore, Fai was offered the job of manager - but then her husband’s job demanded a move to another state. Her dream vanished. On top of that, shortly after their move, her mother was diagnosed with liver cancer. She wondered if those opportunities were not ones God had prepared for her. She wondered if life was a choice or if it was somehow predestined.
Her life’s purpose as an aromatherapist began taking shape when she found a doctor who helped heal her debilitating acne scars, which had fueled years of pain and insecurity. “I was so determined to heal completely because I needed to go forward and pursue my dream,” she says. “I felt like I finally woke up. I learned aromatherapy because I wanted to earn money for myself and not only rely on my husband. I developed a passion for it because I learned how effective it was in healing emotional issues. I gradually found that I had the talent to formulate the right products and essential oils to help people.”
Fai says she rarely planned ahead in her earlier life, but she was ready to embrace a vibrant future once she found this path. Moving back to Austin, where she currently lives, she took all the necessary courses to get her certification and became a clinical member (and later a board member) of the world renowned Aromatherapy Association AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists). She counts among her mentors Andre Butje, and Gabriel Mojay, whose class on emotional issues and aromatherapy through the use of acupoints marked a turning point for her. Through this course, she refined her expertise and felt confident in her ability to handle cases with complicated emotional issues. Clients and healthcare professionals alike began to respect her knowledge and, as a result of her new status, she was able to raise her fees.
Based on a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) framework, with the synergistic effects of combining a therapeutic approach with chemistry, Fai’s remedies have proven very effective. “I take joy in knowing my clients personally, and am devoted to giving them personalized care,” she says. “I ask a lot of upfront questions and put a lot of time and effort into doing follow-ups as well. As a therapist, it’s always a joy to help people become free of constraints, free of restraints and free of limitations. People are not slaves to their ailments, physical or mental.”
Even though she has lived in America for over a decade, her proficiency with her native Chinese language has led her to concurrently pursue her writing career by sharing her expertise and educating people in China via a multitude of exciting platforms. She has thus far published two non-fiction books in Chinese, including My Husband’s Lunch Box, about her daily transformation from dutiful housewife into a hardworking aromatherapy professional; the book includes many powerful case studies of people’s healthy transformations due to aromatherapy. The second book is a sequel to that one. Fai is currently working on her first novel, which will also incorporate aromatherapy, sharing its value via an entertaining fictional story to maximize the number of potential readers.
Feeling she wanted to do something for the Chinese community in Greater China, Fai set up a successful aromatherapy information webpage in Weibo (the largest Chinese social media outlet). Many of her posts have become “hot picks.” In addition, she has had over ten articles published with international journals and is the publisher of Aroma Search, a digital Chinese aromatherapy journal. She writes a regular blog on her website (www.deliaroma.com), and helps other aromatherapists translate their work into Chinese for that market. She is also set to co-author an international book concerning aromatherapy’s connection to emotional issues with aromatherapists from Great Britain and Israel.
She is currently working as a co-author in Jack Canfield’s forthcoming book The Road To Success, which will feature her biographical chapter called “A Time For Everything – A Time To Heal and a Time To Succeed.” Later this year, she will be the subject of a “Hollywood Live” interview with Canfield, co-creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book phenomenon who is considered America’s #1 Success Coach.
Many of Fai’s English language articles are accessible via www.ezinearticles.com. In them, she eloquently conveys true life stories of how she has helped her growing clientele, solving very specific issues by with customized oil formulations and means of delivery. Her recent article entitled “Destiny or Choice? How Aromatherapy Reveals Your True Self” is a powerful example.
“In my last article,” Fai writes, “I mentioned that my client with over 10-year anxiety (issues) was recovering – she used to have palpitations whenever she walked into a place of lower elevation. The issue of palpitations made her unable to drive, not even had the courage to start the car engine. The issue was solved with the use of an aromatherapy inhaler. She regained her confidence after she tried the inhaler. The recovery process took two months. During that time, there were complications, possibly due to the fact that she had breast cancer before. While she was using aromatherapy, she ate the wrong food which caused abdominal pain. There was fluid coming out of her wounds. This symptom continued for a month without any signs of improvement. I asked her to seek medical advice, but she refused.
“I made her another inhaler to relieve her anxiety. After inhaling for three days (3 times a day), miracles happened. Her pain was completely stopped and there was no sign of fluid coming out of her wounds. At the same time, her anxiety seemed to fade away. Her palpitations disappeared. She attempted driving for the first time in several years. I advised her to take a driving course, but she decided not to.”
After revealing the inhaler formula (five drops of Rose, Orange and Patchouli), Fai quotes Battaglia (2003), adding, “Rose is associated with the heart. It is emotionally healing and is good for people with palpitations. It is also very soothing to those who have agitations, irritations, and anxiety. Orange is emotionally uplifting; it can move the stuck energy. Its calming nature can be used to soothe people with anxiety. Patchouli is grounding, soothing, and calming. It can relieve a person's tension and worries.”
Later in the article, Fai writes, “I made this inhaler to relieve her anxiety ailment without examining its other functions. What I found during the course of her healing process was that inhaling essential oils could help relieve pain. The oils were able to heal the wound without being applied topically.” Then, to help calm her “unlimited desires,” Fai made an inhaler with two drops of Clary Sage, and five drops each of Cardamom and Frankincense.
Fai learned from Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes, an authority figure in using aroma care in The Netherlands that aromatherapy is generally used as a complementary protocol, which works side by side with conventional medication. As a result of this, Fai, addressing some of this client’s deeper emotional issues, makes the disclaimer, “I suggested to her to consult a psychologist to find the best option for her life.” Fai adds, “After using the above oils for three days, her voice became very clear. She could express herself clearly and vividly…Since I am not the psychiatrist, I cannot diagnose whether she is completely healed or not. What I can say is that her life has returned to normal.”
Fai later adds that she has used the second formula (with the Clary Sage) to help people with epilepsy and PTSD to relieve their nasal congestions or respiratory issues. She declares, “The feedback has been very positive. It has improved their emotions and helped them clear their congestion and stuck energy.”
Fai’s work in aromatherapy has indirectly led her to become a force in the high fashion world as well. After she became director of the AIA, she needed to find some upscale outfits to wear. A Gucci salesman she met began helping her with her orders, which is often tricky and takes a long time because of her small size. After a few encounters, she became a VIP for them and they threw her a party. She was in the Hong Kong store in January 2016 and was treated like a VIP there as well. The regional director asked for her articles and shared them with the head of all regional directors.
Burberry and Tiffany have also expressed interest in having Fai wear their items.
Expanding her sphere of influence, Fai recently became a Council Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative to help raise public awareness on aromatherapy and alternative healing ideas – which she feels can be safer and more cost effective compared to traditional medicine. In June 2016, she will be speaking at the United Nations Headquarters on her experience in partnering with a top fashion brand and how this adds value to her professional success.
Fai says that the most important thing she learned from launching Deli Aroma two years ago was the fact that she could not do everything on her own. She is grateful for the support she has received from people to help manage and grow her business into a venture that now includes multi-media applications.
“I feel that there is nothing better to educate a person than a real-life experience and entrepreneurship is an outstanding example of learning by doing,” she adds. “It challenges a person's mind. Through entrepreneurship, a person gains valuable experience in developing and growing an idea. During the process of idea development, a person familiarizes himself with various technical, resource management, and interpersonal skills. Those skills are essential for a person to develop his mind to its full potential. When I was young, growing up in China, I didn’t think in a positive way about anything. Coming to America opened my eyes to a more positive mindset and more aggressive approach to going after your goals. My perspective changed significantly and I knew I had the chance to get ahead and pursue my dreams in this new land of opportunity.”