There seems to be a strange anomaly in the West Country when it comes to therapists of all kinds. The first thing I notice is that there are a lot of them, as an absolute, not only in relation to the size of the population. So what I see is a smaller population than other English regions, with the concomitant smaller population of smokers, but apparently at least as many therapists per square mile, which means a higher proportion of therapists to potential clients. I am guessing that this state of affairs comes about not because therapists settle in the West Country in the belief that their services are especially needed in that region, but that they just decide to go and live there because it’s a great place to live. And since very many therapists go into their chosen therapy having had perhaps a fairly lengthy and successful first career, they are often not tied to their original location. I might go as far as to suggest that for many therapists moving to Devon or Cornwall is a form of semi-retirement, and their therapy is a kind of retirement plan (that might or might not work in financial terms).
At this stage we still have only a small selection of acupuncturists and hypnotherapists in Exeter listed but I am expecting that once local practitioners get to hear about our service then this number will grow dramatically, and we should see the same kind of competition between therapists as we see for example in local directories like Yellow Pages and Thompson Local.
Another issue is that in Devon the distances people will travel for therapy, or any other important service, are considerably greater than in many parts of the country, so hypnotherapists in Exeter for example will have a really quite large catchment area, with clients travelling certainly from Tiverton and Honiton and of course the very many villages in between.
Here is an interesting little item I read somewhere. I can’t remember where it was I saw it, but I’ve had it filed in my computer ever since in case I ever had an opportunity to publish it, so here it is.
Why, when someone stops using a drug abruptly, do they call it going “cold turkey”?
— Michael W., Washington, D.C.
Some say it’s because heroin addicts undergoing withdrawal are so pale and covered with goose bumps their skin looks like that of an uncooked turkey. As with most good stories, however, this appears to be crapola. “Cold turkey,” which dates from 1916, is related to “talk turkey,” meaning to cut the comedy and talk frankly. Similarly, when you go cold turkey, you dispense with the preliminaries and get right down to it. Why turkey rather than crested titmouse, say, is not clear, but perhaps it was because the turkey, as your standard U.S. game fowl, recalled the no-bull simplicity of frontier life.