Wellbeing and Alternative Therapies Day at Afan College

Afan College recently played host to a Wellbeing and Alternative Therapies Day. Students from Higher Education wellbeing-related programmes took part in talks and taster sessions throughout the day.

The activities and talks were delivered by local practitioners who specialise in a variety of different therapies including Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and Pet Therapy. Students also got to learn about lesser-known therapies like Reiki, Soul Midwifery and Crystal Visualisation exercises.

Health, Social and Childcare Lecturer Clair Rees, who organised the event, said: “It is important that our students get the chance to learn about different types of therapies from experienced practitioners to help them widen their understanding and develop their skills. The day allowed the students to see how methods they had learnt at college are implemented in practical situations. The information gained throughout the day gave students further knowledge relating to their programme. It also supported the ethos relating to holistic care and the need for self-care when working as part of the Health, Social and Care industries.”

Feedback received from the students has been extremely positive and they felt that the day benefited and helped them widen their understanding of alternative therapies, not only academically but also with regard to their own personal wellbeing. Students felt motivated to learn more about these therapies and how they can help with self-care and wellbeing.

Dee Williams, who studies at Afan College, had this to say about the learning experience: “It was a fabulous day and I learnt so much. I’m really interested in all of the topics, and I am looking forward to building on the information I learned during the day.”

Clair Rees hopes to organise more events like this one to help students widen their understanding and experiences in a practical setting.