Beth’s Journey to Coping with Cancer
Where it all started
I began training in Complementary Therapies eighteen years ago, I can’t believe it’s been that long. As they say time flies when you’re having fun! I love what I do, and I feel honoured when people chose to put their trust in me and allow me to hold space for them as they learn to find precious moments of peace and tranquillity.
The journey to Coping with Cancer
My journey with Coping with Cancer began in April 2021 just after our third lockdown. I learned a lot about myself during this time and one thing I realised was that after having worked alone for years, I now wanted to be part of a team. I saw the vacancy at Coping with Cancer and decided that it would be a fabulous opportunity to do what I love and find myself a place within the bigger picture, alongside a great team working towards a shared goal.
Not long after starting I was offered the opportunity to train in Auricular Acupuncture, and after doing some research it was clear to me that this is a very beneficial therapy to provide. Especially as Auricular Acupuncture is now recommended by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
I must admit after years of soothing clients into a calm peaceful state I found it strange to be using needles! But as we practiced and I received Auricular Acupuncture myself, I soon realised that the experience is effective, relaxing, and enjoyable for many.
The Auricular Acupuncture programme that we provide here at Coping with Cancer is a seven-point plan. This plan has been specifically designed for people who experience side effects such as hot flushes, neuropathy, stress, and insomnia. Seven points are used on each ear and the treatment lasts about forty minutes, carried out weekly for six weeks.
Since completing training, I have mainly been doing 1:1 session. There are clients that like to chat throughout and there are others who like to relax in a different way such as quietly reading or meditating. Group sessions are also an option which offer a sociable experience for the client, where if they wish, they can chat to each other while receiving their Auricular Acupuncture.
Even in my short time of providing these sessions, I have noticed that it can be a powerful and effective tool to help clients manage their side effects.
If you think Auricular Acupuncture could be useful for you, please get in touch, the team is always happy to chat.