Usually I write about things that have suddenly inspired me – something in nature, something someone has said. After more than quarter of a century working with acupuncture and Zero Balancing, I find connections everywhere with my work. And every work day brings with it something new – an unexpected turn taken in a client’s life, a sudden insight into how best to serve someone in their quest for better health, an opportunity to learn and grow alongside the people who come to me.
And now, after 26 years working exclusively in Northamptonshire, I’m starting on a new venture myself. As well as staying on in Daventry and Northampton, I’m starting to build up a new practice in Cambridge – at Salus Wellness Clinic – and I am happy and excited, and pleased to be a bit out of my comfort zone after so many years in one county.
But, as well as this being a new venture for me, it is also in many ways a coming home. Before training in acupuncture, before doing so was even a remote possibility, I spent three years as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge studying Geography. I didn’t know then that my love of landscape and maps would lead me to study the landscape and maps of the body, the mind, the emotions, the spirit even. Was it just a strange coincidence that my fellow geography students at Emmanuel College gave me this painting for my 21st birthday? Or was it a signpost for me to pick up at the right time, because in 1981 I had no connection yet with things Chinese? It has taken me 33 years to see clearly how those student years had planted some powerful seeds in me – the love of learning, the appreciation of inspiring surroundings, the desire to make the world a better place, the need for and comfort in a shared context from which to venture out into new challenges. As I now meet academics in the course of my new Cambridge life, it is obvious that my profession is a source of interest, and occasionally of puzzlement, to them. How did an academic geography graduate end up in this unusual line of work? Well, the path was a circuitous one, and the warp and weft of my life is by no means fixed. But my roots here in Cambridge are deep, and deepening – and I look forward to blossoming here and getting to know and love a whole host of new patients as much as I continue to treasure the ones I have in Northamptonshire.
So, if you’re reading this and you can get to me in Cambridge, I’m so looking forward to meeting you. Call me on 07970 295177 to book a consultation, or to discuss how acupuncture and Zero Balancing might be of help to you.