Kate Alden-Smith – My Acupuncture Journey
I was lucky enough to discover acupuncture for myself nearly thirty years ago and as a result went on to study at the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (now part of the University of Westminster). I have been in practice ever since and feel extremely fortunate to have been able to share the benefits of acupuncture with so many people during that time.
I believe that Acupuncture can have a profound effect on both the mind and body, bringing them both into harmony and promoting a sense of physical and mental wellbeing. As an acupuncturist I have been trained to treat many different conditions – everything from pain relief due to physical injury or disease to the more complex issues of insomnia, anxiety and other stress-related conditions. The website of the British Acupuncture Council provides further information, together with a full list of the conditions with which acupuncture can help – www.acupuncture.org.uk.
Members of the British Acupuncture Council are required to undertake a statutory number of hours of continuing professional development every year. Not only does this provide an opportunity for members to keep their practical skills up to date, but it also ensures that we stay abreast of any new developments and are up to date on the latest ideas as to how acupuncture can be incorporated within current more wide-ranging theories of health and wellbeing.
Before training to be an acupuncturist I qualified in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. In consultation with each patient, I will often use a combination of these therapies in my treatments when I think such an approach is appropriate. I am also very happy to tailor my treatments in such a way as to work in a complementary manner with other professional disciplines to help bring about a better overall outcome.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or simply to find out if acupuncture may be suitable for you: I am always happy to help. My clinics are in Goudhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.