Jules Harper FdSc Qualification

That’s me, enjoying a glass of bubbly before the big graduation ceremony at the wonderful Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent this year. I finished my 2 years of higher education study on January 20th 2015 making me an FdSc Complementary Therapist in Clinical Practice.

Your probably wondering how I got into complementary therapies in the first place. My journey began with Indian Head Massage several years ago at the Shrewsbury College of Art & Technology (SCAT) at the Radbrook campus that has now closed. This weekly tuesday night class was my first foray into further education and I discovered I was a natural!

The written work incorporated the history, theory and science behind massage and the working of the human body and I was mesmerised by it all. I didn’t immediately down tools in my self employed position as an arts and crafts tutor to become a full time therapist, but instead I carried on as I was for a while as normal.

A few years later it was while I had a bout of the most horrible pneumonia that I sat in my bed and decided to change my career. I rang SCAT for an application form for the VTCT Level 3 Complementary Therapies Diploma course, filled it out and sent it back within a few days.

That was it, I was hooked! Over the year, I learned Swedish Massage, foot and hand reflexology, aromatherapy and the intricacies of anatomy & physiology. As the course was ending, my tutor recommended that I joined the 2 year Foundation Degree group who had previously started in the January. I had to catch up on several assignments as well as finishing many case studies but I enjoyed every minute of it.

As a part of the course I was placed within the Shrewsbury Severn Hospice for several weeks to learn how complementary therapies assisted those with life limiting illnesses. I found that the gentlest of touch can vastly improve pain and quality of life. I furthered my skills to include auricular (ear) and advanced hand reflexology and most importantly how to critically appraise clinical trial journals in order for me to give my clients best practice.

As part of my continuous professional development and for my love of learning, I have embarked on a wider range of therapies to help even more clients become pain free, balanced and healthy.

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