Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) graduate Lindsay Fieldhouse epitomises the adage that ‘nothing worth having comes easy’. Not only has Lindsay recently qualified with a First Degree in BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, but the Leeds’ student managed top honours whilst also being pregnant and having a baby during her course!
Similar to many NCA students, Lindsay (pictured) decided to study Traditional Chinese Medicine after experiencing its life-changing benefits. An endometriosis sufferer, Lindsay endured a series of miscarriages before turning to acupuncture and finding it helped immensely with her holistic wellbeing.
Now, a proud mum and with another baby on the way, the British Acupuncture Council member has established her own acupuncture practice in the picturesque market town of Wetherby, North Yorkshire, and is relishing the opportunity of helping others to get well.
“Before studying acupuncture, I worked as a merchandiser for years,” explained Lindsay. “I was trying for babies and kept getting pregnant, but I had five miscarriages. The working environment I was in was very stressful, so I took the decision to hand my notice in to save my pregnancy, but a few days later I found out I’d already lost the baby. So, this was a really tumultuous time for me.
“I’d already started acupuncture, and when I’d been looking for a practitioner I came across the NCA. My acupuncturist actually studied there, and it was all a bit of a flash bulb moment for me, and I decided to sign up for the course. I’d also done a profiling exercise at work, which was all about seeing if you’re a business type, but I came out as more suitable for healthcare. And it just made me realise I was in the wrong profession.
“I actually started having acupuncture after the miscarriages. My head was in tatters, but I was shocked at the impact it had on my mental health; it gave me the boost I needed to get out of the depression. I still had a miscarriage whilst having acupuncture, but I believe it helped to maintain my health throughout that pregnancy. And I then had it during my next pregnancy, which was successful, and I’m pregnant again now, and still having acupuncture.
“The BSc course was difficult. I found the first year hard because I was pregnant, but in the second year, after I’d had my baby, everything started to fall into place. My course mates were amazing too, and I don’t think I’d have got a first if it hadn’t been for their support. We were always chatting, sharing information and ideas, and supporting each other all the way. There was a real variety of people on the course, with everyone doing it for different reasons, and they were the best bunch I could have asked for.
“When I started the BSc, I actually set myself an unofficial goal. In the past, I’ve never pushed myself academically; I’ve just relied on my natural intelligence, but with this course I thought ‘I really want this’. This was my future, and I really put myself into it. I did a lot of research, read lots around the subjects for the assignments, and looked at a lot of the classics, and I think this all really helped.”
Now, with a blossoming career as a fully qualified acupuncture practitioner, as well as a growing family, Lindsay certainly has her hands full. It’s a testament to her desire to help others though that she is convinced – more than ever – she made the right decision to study at the NCA … and would urge others to do the same.
“For anyone considering studying at the NCA, I’d say ‘absolutely, go for it’! This course changes you as a person. I grew up thinking success was working in business but I now see being self-employed as being successful. You can work what hours you want, you don’t necessarily have to work full time, and there’s so much flexibility. It’s really liberating, and if you can help others too then it’s a brilliant path to go on. Acupuncture is quite creative, you’re connecting with people and helping them get well and there’s a lot of joy that comes from that.
“I think this is what I’ve been looking for my whole life. It’s taken me nearly 40 years to find my calling, but it’s been worth waiting for.”
For more information about Lindsay’s practice – please visit the Halo Acupuncture Clinic.