We recently held a mini conference at my school premises and there were two themes.
The first was about the real benefits of integrating complementary and conventional healthcare. I wanted to showcase how brilliant therapies are and just how much value we could add to our overburdened health service.
I believe that together we are stronger.
The second was the launching of TherapyAid!
Our new not-for-profit community project is called TherapyAid whose vision is to provide a network of therapists throughout Norfolk giving massage, reflexology and other beneficial therapies to unpaid/informal carers. Unpaid carers save the NHS over £130 billion a year – we think they deserve special attention
We had the NHS ‘represented’ by a local GP, Occupational Therapist and Cardiac Nurse. Therapists were represented by a reflexologist, complementary therapist and an ayuvedic practitioner.
Opening the mini conference we were very lucky to have Norman Lamb MP – North Norfolk MP, and someone who gets involved locally in the health and welfare of those in Norfolk, particularly those with mental ill health.
It was a brilliant conference thanks to our speakers, well attended by 60 people and well supported by my family, friends, tutors,students and graduates. All helping behind the scenes.
I could not have asked for more from Norman Lamb. Forget politics, this man speaks from the heart.
He spoke of the need to work closely with the traditional NHS and care services and how we would gain so much more for people particularly those with chronic health conditions and also those with mental ill health problems, learning disabilities and autism – all of whom could potentially benefit from a much more joined up approach.
He also spoke of the launch of our idea of providing a service through TherapyAid for unpaid/informal carers to receive massage, reflexology and other beneficial treatments, and how this could make such a difference to the people in our county; our unsung heroes who look after their loved ones often in strained and difficult circumstances and that the traditional services don’t always respond effectively to their needs.
He said “what you can offer, as therapists, can be life changing and in a way make life really worth living so I strongly endorse what you are trying to do through this charity and congratulations for getting it underway “
Thank you Mr Lamb. What a sport. What a star.
Our NHS Colleagues
Dr Mary Howman, Beverly Chilson Occupational Therapist and Sports Massage Therapist, Janet Shreeve. Cardiac Nurse Specialist and Reflexologist
They gave us an insight into the NHS mindset and ways to move forward. Proof, research and speaking to the right people at the right time – lots to be done.
real life stories of those they have helped – it is quite astounding the
difference to lives they have made and continue to make.
For example, someone with chronic fatigue for 15 years, a description of her life and restrictions and then……
John showed us all how to use a hand reflexology ‘trick’ to help our own stress levels.
Care Groups and Carer
Julie from Norfolk Family Carers, is coincidentally also an Aromatherapy graduate of ours and told us that she is also a carer herself. Her Dad has MS and she has been his carer for 19 years. The worry of leaving someone alone with such a medical condition causes anxiety – they may fall, anything could happen. Knowing the value of massage she thought it would be a wonderful part of respite for carers.
Brian runs a care group in Winterton and told his story of how he spent years in pain. Had injections and was offered morphine and somehow discovered Bowen (a complementary therapy that not everyone is familiar with) – he is now pain free.
All endorsed how important therapies would be to the unpaid carers.
Hayley Huckle, a carer of an autistic child (with two other children to consider) Hayley is Trustee of SENsational Families, supporting families and carers of children with SEN.
Hayley spoke about having reflexology for the first time with Kerrie Wittred (as part of our pilot study) and she explained that she had never had any treatments before, and that the sound in her head – the constant chatter -quietened down, and she couldn’t believe it.
So wonderful to offer potentially life changing and life enhancing treatments to unpaid/informal carers like Hayley.
Thank you to everyone that helped to make the event a success. Friends and family, tutors, students and graduates, all helping with putting out chairs, looking after the delegates, the car parking, manning the cake stand, the sound and ipad for the Facebook live broadcast – amazing amount of help.
Thank you to everyone that attended, we had a fabulous atmosphere and it was so motivating to be a part of it.