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Posted by Suan-Lee Clynick, Sep 6 2011 6:38PM

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Hello Therapists,

Just a reminder that we are having the first ever meeting of Central and North London group. I am so looking forward to meeting all of you who can come to the meeting.

Tuesday, 27th September, 7 – 9 pm
. 020 7436 5122


(nearest tube either Great Portland Street or Regents Park)

The Nutri Centre offers professional discounts to CAM practitioners and students on all supplements, herbs and books. Our bookshop specialises in complementary medicine and we make an effort to stock titles on reading lists. call 020 7323 2382.

Cost: £3 for CThA members, £5 for non-members

Funding your therapeutic work to include people in need

Our speaker is Sophy Proctor who is an independent consultant and fundraiser for charities and social enterprises. She is going to focus on how we as therapists can provide positive benefits to people in need, who can’t afford to pay. Sophy will explore ways of gaining external funding so that you can offer your services at a reduced rate, or for free.

I hope this topic will excite and encourage you to take your special skills outside of your therapy room to groups of people who have no contact with any sort of therapies to benefit from your work and be paid for your services. Very challenging indeed.

The rest of the evening will be a social session with brainstorming among the members to decide the future direction of the group. Do please join us if you wish to be part of the decision making process.

Please RSVP by text, e-mail, or posting on this forum

With warmest regards,

Mob: 07811780622
Stella Mawhinney
Sep 7 2011 12:11PM
I can't come to this meeting unfortunately, but I'd like to say that I have been offering my services (as a massage therapist) free of charge to a local charity for the last 5 months, partly because I thought it would be a good thing to do after being made redundant but also to gain confidence in my technique as I am a new therapist. My clients, many of whom would never be able to afford a massage or just wouldn't put themselves first for pampering, have thoroughly enjoyed every session. They have a range of health conditions, and have reported tangible benefits (eg. improved sleep, feelings of deep relaxation for a few days after the treatment, noticeable lift in mood...) I think volunteering is a great way to build on confidence and honing your technique, especially when newly qualified, but even for experienced practitioners. I'd be interested to find out about the extra funding, as I'd love to carry on what I'm doing but need to pay the bills! Sorry for the long posting!
Suan-Lee Clynick
Sep 7 2011 7:04PM
Hi Stella,
What a brilliant way to start your therapeutic career. I am sure you gain more than experience in your generous gesture to offer massage treatments to a charity. Well done. Please keep in touch and I will forward any information that is relevant so you can continue with your charity work. I do wish that all therapists can read your post. Thank you Stella for sharing your thoughts.

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