I am often asked how I became Paula the Acupuncturist… On saturday the 16th June 2019 I was reminded via facebook that it was 16 years since I flew out to South Korea, little did I know that was the start of a huge shift in my life and career.
South Korea was the kind of place where if you saw another non Korean you said hi, so I did, in an internet cafe to a wonderful woman called Pat who introduced me to a wee natural health centre.
I attended regular classes🤸♀️ there and turned up January 2013 with a lovely big fresh white bandage on my right wrist – I had poured boiling water over it whilst cooking for a New Year Party I was hosting and had a 2nd degree burn! Arriving at class the teacher suggested I try acupuncture to help the healing – you can try it too
I watched with fascination as he treated the burn using a technique, I now know is called 🐉Surround the Dragon🐉. I have absolutely NO scarring and I attribute that to the acupuncture I received from him. After I saw what I can only describe as magic, I choose to have regular treatments after that. I must have been keen to learn as I was lucky enough to be allowed to observe other folks treatments too (friends who were happy to have me in!), little did I know at that time how useful this would be for me as an acupuncturist.
I also had my first abdominal massage there, as I found it to be absolutely amazing at relaxing me, let alone helping with my physical ailments such as digestive issues. (I also offer this as a treatment)
My eyes were opened to a world of possibility..
The couple that ran the centre opened my eyes to the options I had around the management of my health, discussing the damage the hormonal birth control I was taking, around alcohol 🍸 consumption and its effects on my mood. Roll on a few weeks I get a new flatmate, a wonderful woman called Suzanne, who was and still is an energy healer, yoga instructor and now spiritual coach, working in Cornwall – and the seed was planted.
I left South Korea 366 days after I arrived (outstaying my visa by 1 day), with a plan – I had investigated becoming an acupuncturist. I moved to Manchester in 2013, completed a massage qualification and gained my degree in Acupuncture.
Back in the UK I had my mind BLOWN again!
During the degree I had my mind blown, finding out that what we consider totally normal and acceptable, PMT and period pain were NOT okay in acupuncture theory and that they could be fixed! I also found out that orgasms IMPROVE a woman’s energy, whilst drains a mans. I also learnt about the energetics of food – up until this point all I cared about were calories and fat – but actually I find thinking about what food can do to me energetically – warm me/cool me, nourish blood, yin yang etc makes it much to decide what to eat.
Just before graduating I was in the position to go to an acupuncture hospital in China with 5 of my fellow (soon to be) graduate acupuncturists and I could probably write loads about that experience – but for now – my take home was that my training was authentic and good – we got lots of compliments on our knowledge.
Then I returned to Glasgow, roll on a few years… having opened my own clinic, and now work alongside my wife, and other fab therapists, helping people one by one to improve their life. I am so very grateful I took that massive, scary leap of going half way round the world to do a teaching job.
Throughout this entire time and long before, I have been on an internal journey, which i have shared before, but it has given me such a wide variety of experience knowledge and skills, that I share with my patients to help them further their lives to.
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