Celebrating National Complementary Therapy Week 2020

This week, we are celebrating National Complementary Therapy Week for the first time and we could not have picked a worst week. But who could have foreseen the unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in even 3 months ago, let alone 12 months ago when we booked this in with the national awareness days program of events. Needless to say, all therapists have had to close their practices in order to safeguard their clients and themselves and all our accredited training establishments have had to suspend classes for the time being. Only this morning at the CHP office, we have had to cancel exams set for July as students are unable to complete case studies on anyone except their partners. We had events planned at the Mulberry Centre, as we were supporting complementary therapies in cancer this year as of course other planned events therapists had in place to celebrate their profession and promote their services have had to be cancelled. As most therapists are self-employed, they are all effectively out of work at the moment and many are worried that the government is not supporting them in the same way as employed people are. These are in fact very difficult times for our profession. However, we can still celebrate the amazing therapies we all practice from the comfort of our homes, where we are all practising social distancing. Like me, many therapists are offering online support for their clients, even if it is just the offer of phone support for anyone who is one of the 1.5 million who have been told by the NHS this week to self-isolate for 12 weeks. Many of our elderly clients live alone and a friendly supportive voice or video chat can be really helpful.

What is Complementary Therapy?

If you have never tried any of the complementary therapies you may be forgiven for thinking they are nothing more than a luxury or for people who are a bit weird! Once you have tried it for yourself you will soon realise that therapists are highly trained professionals who work alongside conventional medicine to support your wellbeing in a way that a medical profession cannot, and does not have the time for. We support mainstream medicine. Our profession is therefore quite different to the beauty therapy industry whose work is just as important in making you feel good about yourself, but they are not necessarily trained to work with complex medical condit