I am posting on here because I have used this site a lot and really value the wealth of knowledge and experience of its users. I am hoping you can provide me with advice about returning to practice Acupuncture and Bodywork.
I graduated in 2004 with a BSC Hons Traditional Chinese Medicine. I practiced very briefly at the acupuncture clinic at the university, which, after 6 mnoths, ended as the number of patients decreased and I also relocated to Glastonbury. Whilst there I worked ina supermarket whilst trying to set up - I arranged to rent a room in Ying Yang health Centre where after paying a despoit, I was told the room would be refurbished and after several weeks the room was a bombsite and the owners of the company left the business. This affected my confidence and I also had no response to leaflets and business cards I had left inthe local area, yellow page listings etc. A few years later I moved to Oxford due to personal reasons. There, I attempted to keep my toe in and networked with an acupuncturist there who asked me to continue her practice whilst she went away. At he time my pesonal confidence was low and I declined her lovely offer (I am kicking myself now). Since then I have been drawn to and away from Acupuncture like a yoyo. In the last 5 years, I did a course in korean hand acupuncture, I have done some self study to refresh my skills, I have also been practising on friends and family. More recently I have been drawn to massage. I completed a massage module at university, which incorporated acupressure although the main techniques were swedish massage. I also copleted a short course at a community college in swedish massage. After a string of jobs in areas that I thought I was interested in, including careers advice, social work and welfare officer, arts and crafts workshop facilitiator. I am now assessing what it is that i want to really do with my career. I am planning no doing a massage diploma from september. I have now moved into my own house with a spare room which can be a therapy room. My partner is very supportive of my career choices and just wants me to be happy. My rough plan is to build a small practice from home whilst continuing to earn money in my full time job at a college (where i am a welfare adviser). Then as this grows, reduce my hours, or get another job that is part time to accomodate more patient appointments. As it grows, to re incorporate my acupuncture skills. I also see myself offering treatments (massage, acupuncture) to vulnerable people including carers, those with mental health issues etc, thus incorpoating my social work training. at he moment, the barriers are:
Confidence in my acupuncture skills and knowledge
Costs of insurance and membership for acupuncture
Ability to promote my business
I have enquired about refresher courses and the like only to be told that there is noly CPD courses. However, to become a member of most governing bodies I need to have been in practice for x amount of time prior to registering for membership. But I can't get into practice until I am confident. And I cant get confident until I refresh my skills and knowledge. I know self study is a huge part of this, but I feel I also need something more structured.
If anyone has any ideas, words of advice, wisdom and encouragement, please please respond.
Thank you so much in advance,