Are you looking for a career change? Would you like to work hours that suit you? Do you want to make a difference to other people’s lives?

Helen Game (pictured), a mum of three, graduated as an acupuncturist from the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) in York, in 2017.  She now works in Dalbeattie, at The Bridge Wellness Centre, and has never been busier or happier!

A reflexologist since 1998, Helen studied auriculotherapy with well-known practitioner and lecturer Jim Chalmers, also based in Dumfries and Galloway, before embarking on her BSc in Acupuncture, eventually gaining a 2:1 degree.

“I’d used acupuncture personally for years, and was then encouraged to study more about this intriguing subject. I committed to travelling down to York for 42 weekends over three years to study at the NCA, and after those three years, with many laughs and tears along the way, here I am with my own thriving practice.

“I started my acupuncture practice in August 2017 and, almost from the beginning, I’ve had a full diary and am booked up many weeks in advance.  My best advertising is word of mouth; I have some local well-known people whose lives have been transformed through treatment, and they tell everybody.  Being busy is a great position to be in so early on in practice, and bodes really well for the future.”

Denise Magson, Marketing Manager at the NCA, explained: “We have lots of students who study with us from Scotland.  We are the only institution in the North of the UK offering degree courses in acupuncture, and we’re proud to say the College is internationally-renowned.  Although Helen had a health-career, our students come to us from all different backgrounds and we welcome applications from mature students and those who do not have a conventional educational background. We also welcome students coming straight from Highers.  We are a friendly, supportive college, so please do get in touch with any questions, we’ll be more than happy to help.  We also host a series of Introductory Events for anyone wanting to find out more.”

“For anyone considering the course, I would say ‘go for it’,” reiterated Helen.  “Unimaginable doors and opportunities will open, you will meet amazing people and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers.  After graduating, the best part is reducing someone’s pain and seeing them smile again as they go on to live life to their full, healthy potential.

“I love my profession. It’s definitely worth three years in beautiful York.”

For more information about The Bridge Wellness Centre, please visit: http://www.thebridgewellnesscentre.co.uk/ or call 01556 612722.

To find out more about studying acupuncture at the NCA, visit: https://chinese-medicine.co.uk/ or call 01904 343309.

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