Stacey Chapman is a London-based acupuncturist and massage therapist, specialising in women’s hormonal health. Her practice combines the strengths of traditional acupuncture with modern and practical lifestyle and nutritional guidance to support people to better health and wellbeing.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
I was suffering poor health and experiencing IBS symptoms and my doctor recommended a course of antidepressants. This didn’t feel right for me, so I explored nutrition, acupuncture and lifestyle changes that might help.
This triggered me to reexamine all aspects of my life and a career change was inevitable (I was working in IT). I was drawn to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a holistic view of health which encompasses nutrition, diet and exercise in addition to the acupuncture itself. Now, I run my own business looking after many different people and wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m also happy to say that I now successfully manage my symptoms without the need for Western medicines.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
Gain experience by being in a clinic environment and observing, assisting or volunteering. Get support right from the start with peers in either an informal or formal study or support group. Joining in a mentoring and supervision group was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The community has helped through the rollercoaster of establishing a new career.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
In the kitchen cooking, reading, tai chi and yoga.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
To be able to look after my clients to the best of my ability, I need to make sure I have time to look after myself. This is much easier to achieve in the theory than practice.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Supportive, approachable, empathetic, energetic and persevering.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
I love meeting and connecting with other people. It’s the thing that was really missing in my previous career working in IT. Hearing people’s stories and having the privilege to support them through their health challenges. I also love seeing people come back amazed that acupuncture has really worked and how much better they are feeling. Then after that initial improvement, I see the effects flow on to so many areas of their lives.
What’s next on your horizon?
Further developing my practice and giving more workshops and talks locally and online. To share this amazing way of looking at health with as many people as possible. Travelling some more and taking advantage of Europe on my doorstep and possibly a return Down Under (I’m Australian); the sunshine and family have a strong pull on my heart.
If you weren’t a Acupuncturist + Massage Therapist you would have been a…
Teacher, I guess. I do still aspire to teaching. I often find myself educating clients about the path to better health.
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
From personal experience, I feel SO MUCH BETTER if I am following the IQS lifestyle. I also love that the Program is introduced as an experiment for you to try and see how it fits for you. Rolling back to the bare minimum and paying attention to how you feel without sugar in your life.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
Can you come for brunch? I’d love to serve Spiced Coco-Nutty Granola, Coconut Pancakes, bacon and eggs with halloumi cheese and stir fried kale and mushrooms.
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