BCMB is recruiting for an Office and Facilities Manager

BCMB is recruiting for an Office and Facilities Manager (initial 9 month contract). Please see below for the advert, job description, person specification and hours/rates of pay (internal candidate currently acting up into this role).

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 5th of June 2023.

Interviews: Wednesday 7th of June at BCMB 

To apply: Please send a CV and covering letter giving your reasons for applying and why you feel you are suitable for this role, to Sarah Mclellan course lead tutor and HR Trustee at sarahmclellan20@gmail.com


Office and Facilities Manager

The Bristol College of Massage and Body Work is looking for an experienced individual to join the College as an Office and Facilities Manager. The work is varied and complex, involving organisation and management of the college’s courses, clinics and premises. Applicants will have a proven ability to be highly organised, plan and work collaboratively. 

BCMB has a mission to help people fully inhabit their bodies, through: 

  • High quality, person-centred training in massage and body work. 
  • Courses at introductory, professional and advances levels.
  • Low cost clinics.
  • Highly skilled practitioners.
  • Outreach in the community.

Office Manager Duties:

Strategic:

  • Support the Management Group (MG) in implementing the strategic direction, financial planning and course management of BCMB.
  • Share ideas, information or issues that need addressing at MG level, via HR Manager and occasionally at MG meetings. 
  • Responsible for the day to day (practical) decision making in the office. 

Line Management and HR

  • Day to day tasking and support of the Administrative Officer, and ad hoc office staff, in liaison with the HR Manager. 
  • Weekly setting of workload, direction and prioritisation for office staff. 
  • Liaison with HR Manager on wider staffing issues, difficulties and oversight.
  • Day to day collaboration with Marketing Officer and HR Manager. 
  • Overseeing the payment of PAYE and wider staff wages and fees.
  • Manage student information, ensuring compliance with data protection and GDPR, in liaison with MG. 
  • Taking direction and support from HR Manager and Management Group. 

Customer Service:

  • Overseeing and when needed dealing and enquiries face to face, via email, post, telephone and video conferencing (e.g ZOOM) 
  • Working alongside HR Manager to oversee and ensure the efficient management of the College’s training programme and activities including:
  1. Planning and overseeing training programmes with course leaders:

Ensuring the Administrative Officer effectively oversees the smooth delivery of:

Courses:

  • Applications and bookings.
  • Payments and invoicing.
  • Preparing course materials; including printing arrangements, collating course packs and ensuring monthly course logistics are carries out.
  • Ensuring the college database and course spreadsheets are updated.

Clinics:

  • Full support to College’s student and graduate clinics. 
  • Planning and overseeing clinic sessions.
  • Liaising with students, graduates and course leaders.
  • Taking bookings and payments.

B. Workshops:

  • Arranging logistics with external national and international tutors.
  • Overseeing the booking and logistics of new and current workshop in liaison with MG (PTC Lead).
  • Working with PTC lead to plan the workshop calendar annually.
  • Working with PTC lead and in liaison with the Administrator to provide college wide overview of courses and sharing of good practice. 

C. Marketing of clinics and courses day to day – Broader marketing held and managed by the Marketing Officer under the direction of the HR Manager and MG. 

Alongside the HR Manager and in liaison with the Marketing Office to ensure:

  • Maintenance and day to day updates to website.
  • Arranging advertising
  • Delegating any administration of digital marketing tasks. 
  • Regular mailings to the BCMB database i.e. newsletter

Marketing: 

Liaise and feed into branding development.  Liaise with MG and Marketing Officer, along with HR Lead. Delegate and allocate Administrator tasks in relation to branding and marketing. 

Accounts and Finance:

  • Work with the MG and HR Manager to oversee the daily financial management of the College, including delegation of appropriate tasks to the Administrator. 
  • Day to day management of accounts, ensuring efficient payment and raising of invoices, reporting bank balances, monthly reconciling and management of accounts via Zero. 
  • Logging and reporting PAYE holidays and sick days. 
  • Liaise with College accountant along with HR Manager and MG.

Facilities and IT Management:

  • Act as in-house expert for Xero and MBO.
  • Act as project lead for IT improvements and liaison with IT suppliers.
  • Liaise with external suppliers to maintain College equipment.
  • Overseeing the  monitoring and ordering of supplies and stock.
  • Arranging maintenance as required of College’s resources. 
  • Day to day communication with the Landlord as required and alongside the HR Manager.

Legal:

  • Undertake delegated tasks from MG in relation to compliance issues.
  • With MG, develop the annual calendar of dates to check for changes, updates and actions.
  • Delegate appropriate administrative tasks to Administrative Officer. 

Other duties as and when required.

Person Specification

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent organisation, skilled at prioritisation, planning and tasks management. 
  • Able to work under pressure and manage the changing flow of workload.
  • Ability to delegate.
  • Excellent customer service skills in dealing with a diverse range of people.
  • A flexible team worker, able to both support, collaborate and task fellow office staff.  
  • Able to receive and seek support and follow direction from line management.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, face to face; in writing and on the phone/zoom. 
  • Able to maintain confidentially and sensitivity at all times.
  • Experienced in effectively managing conflicting demands and priorities. 
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Good IT skills and experience, including website management, use of database, office 365 and other software specific to the college (training will be given).
  • Ability to plan, think ahead and work to a timetable of activity. 

Desirable Skills:

  • Interest in massage and or complimentary therapies would be beneficial but not essential.

Terms and Conditions: 

  • 3 days a week (21hrs): 9am – 5pm (Lunch break 1-2pm) – days can be negotiated.
  • Salary: FTE 27,000 pa (pro rata)
  • 4 weeks holiday + bank holidays (pro rata) – increasing to 5 weeks after 1 year 
  • Sickness pay: up to 5 days uncertified; thereafter SSP applies.
  • Pension: voluntary opt in (Nest), details can be discussed at interview.

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BCMB is recruiting for a teaching assistant on our Holistic Massage Diploma – starting Feb 2024

BCMB is recruiting!

We’ re looking for a new teaching assistant to join our Holistic Massage teaching team, starting in February 2024.

This is a self-employed role working approximately one weekend a month (as laid out in the course schedule) with some flexibility for student support work in between.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has successfully completed the BCMB Holistic Massage diploma course
  • Has two years, or substantive and current, professional practice as a holistic massage therapist. (This can include working over the last 18months with the on and off nature of the
    Covid 19 restrictions)
  • Has experience supporting people in either a professional or personal setting
  • Has excellent interpersonal ‘soft’ skills
  • Is self-motivated and have a willingness to learn
  • Appreciates all aspects of holistic massage including energy work
  • Has excellent organisational skills and is a great team player
  • Is IT literate – including use of video conferencing, email, word processing, and ideally
    you will have your own computer

In order to make sure we don’t waste anyone’s time or emotional energy applying please ensure you can tick ‘yes’ to each of the above criteria before you apply.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8th of Jan 2024, with interviews to be held in the week beginning 15th of January 2024.

To apply please email BCMB at enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk, with a subject header of ‘Application for Teaching Assistant’ by 5pm on Monday 8th of January 2024 with your up to date CV and a Covering Email of application, of no more than 700 words.

BCMB is recruiting for a Freelance Marketing and Events Officer

The Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork is looking for an experienced individual to join the College as a  freelance Marketing and Events Officer (one day a week). The work is varied and hands on. The role involves working closely with the Office and Facilities Manager and the HR Manager to create, deliver and oversee a timetable of marketing activities to support the promotion of BCMB’s courses and College as a bodywork teaching venue for external bodywork tutors. 

Duties include:

Working with the Office and Facilities Manager and in liaison with the BCMB Management Group the Marketing and Events Officer will:

Produce and facilitate the yearly BCMB marketing plan based on College strategy/SWOT/objectives covering:

  • Building on and developing marketing materials that adhere to current branding and ethos, in both print form and for virtual platforms.  
  • Contribute to the update of our messaging about our courses to include and celebrate the somatic and trauma informed nature of our teaching, demonstrating the cutting edge nature of our approach and content. 
  • Build on and develop BCMB’s social media profile and posting schedule. Collaborating with teaching teams to develop fresh and contemporary content. 
  • Develop and oversee an Events team of both graduates and student volunteers to plan and carry out an annual calendar of events, open evenings and outreach. 
  • Manage a budget. 
  • Explore collaborations with other embodiment communities or groups who depend on their bodies for the success of their work, e.g. acting schools, other body work colleges, music college’s, building and construction companies, local cafe’s and shops. 
  • Carry out any other tasks on the plan as agreed in collaboration with the Office and Facilities Manager and HR Lead. 
  • Report to the Management Group as required. 

In order to promote:

  • BMCB ’s Courses and Workshop program. 
  • BCMB as an Embodiment Training Venue for external providers.
  • BCMB as a venue for regular embodiment classes and events. 
  • Graduate and Student Clinics.
  • Massage and bodywork as a therapeutic intervention, in the same vein as talking therapy, i.e. raise awareness amongst potential clients, and potential referral bodies such as GPs practices of the benefits of ongoing massage and bodywork within a professional therapeutic relationship. 

Person Specification
Essential Skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly Collaborative. 
  • Experience of  and enthusiasm for working in a small not for profit organisation.
  • Good creative skills, experience in developing attractive and relevant marketing materials. 
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity at all times.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • Able to juggle conflicting demands and stay calm under pressure. 
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Good Marketing Savvy IT and social media skills.
  • Ability to think ahead, plan and work to a timetable of activity.
  • An interest in and experience of embodiment and bodywork. 

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of BCMB’s training courses and ethos will be an advantage but is not essential.

Terms and Conditions

  • 1 day a week or 8 hours a week, rhythm of work to be negotiated but at least 4 hours a week in College (on site) on a regular basis. 
  • Self Employed freelance work, paid at £20.00 per hour (negotiable). 
  • Responsible to the BCMB Management Group. 

How to Apply

  • Submit a current CV and letter of application explaining why you are best suited to this role: to Sarah Mclellan HR Trustee sarahmclellan20@gmail.com 

Closing Date and Interviews

Closing Date and Time:  Friday 14th July 2023 at 5pm. 

Interviews will be conducted on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th July 2023. 

BCMB is recruiting for an Administration Officer

The Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork is looking for an experienced individual to join the College as an Administrative Officer. The work is varied and complex. The role involves supporting the Office and Facilities Manager and Management Group (MG) to organise and manage all the College’s courses and clinics and premises as well as general office duties.

Job Description and Person Specification below.

How to Apply

  • Submit a current CV and letter of application explaining your interest in and suitability for this role:  Send to Sarah Mclellan (HR Trustee) at sarahmclellan20@gmail.com

Closing Date and Interviews

Closing Date and Time: Monday 26th of June 2023 at 5pm 

Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 28th of June 2023 at BCMB

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Job Description

Duties include:

  1. Dealing with enquiries, bookings and payments face to face, online, by post, telephone, or video conferencing, including resolving issues arising where ever possible.
  2. Support to Office and Facilities Manager in maintaining online booking system, calendar and website.
  3. Overseeing the administration of the training programme and activities from application process to student graduation, with oversight from Office and Facilities Manager and working closely in collaboration with course leaders.
  • Applications and bookings.
  • Payments and invoicing.
  • Preparing course materials for course start and throughout; including printing arrangements; collating course packs and ensuring monthly course logistics are carries out.
  • Overseeing in liaison with course tutors the exams process, and administration of the QC system e.g. ensuring paperwork is completed for exam body/professional association.
  • Administration of course re-sits including communication with students.
  • Booking First Aid course.
  • Ensuring the college database and course spreadsheets are updated.

4. Overseeing the Student and Graduate clinics:

  • Full support to College’s student and graduate clinics.
  • Planning and overseeing clinic sessions.
  • Liaising with students, graduates and course leaders.
  • Taking bookings and payments.

5. Accounts and Finances and Legal

  • Occasional cover for Office and Facilities Manager for admin of financial and legal tasks as and when needed with hand-over and support.

6. Marketing

  • Occasional administrative support to the marketing officer.

7. Facilities:

  • Tidying and rearrangement of rooms
  • Monitoring and ordering office supplies as required

8. Other duties as and when require

Person Specification
Essential Skills:

  • Excellent customer services skills in dealing with a wide range of individuals.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity at all times.
  • Proven ability to work independently, taking a lead on project delivery.
  • Team player, able to collaborate, ask for help and take instruction.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills whether face to face, in writing, telephone or video conferencing.
  • Experience in dealing with conflicting demands and priorities.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Good IT skills and experience, ability to use databases, excel and other programmes specific to the college (training will be given).
  • Ability to think ahead and work to a timetable of activity.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of BCMB’s training courses and ethos will be an advantage but is not essential.
  • A general interest in massage and other complementary therapies would be beneficial but is not essential.

Terms and Conditions

  • 3 days per week: 9 am – 5 pm (lunch break 1 – 2 pm), preferably Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Salary: full time equivalent £22,000 (pro rata)               
  • 4 weeks holiday + bank holidays (pro rata), rising to 5 weeks holiday after 12 months
  • A workplace pension scheme is in operation at BCMB.

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BCMB PPE Q&A

The question of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a crucial one at present in the bodywork community. The Course Leaders at BCMB and Andy Fagg, founder of BCMB and Chair of the board have recorded a chat running through background information and the latest guidance from the UK Government and the General Council for Massage Therapy. We also share our experience of working with PPE so far. Adam Carter, who leads the Remedial and Sports Massage course is an osteopath who returned to work mid-May. Adam’s experience working with PPE has been invaluable in giving us an inside view.

This was recorded on June 30 2020. This is a fast-moving topic, and we will update our information as the guidance changes.

The video is around an hour long, so there’s an index below of key topics and times to help you navigate. We hope you find it useful.

Time Topic
3.12 UK government 24 June 2020
3.50 GCMT
Pre Appointment
6.43 Risk Assessments
10.39 Client screening
16.10 Preparing treatment room
21.11 Clinic protocols – setting the clinic up
23.05 During session
23.16 Client arrives
25.05 Spacing of appointments
28.29 PPE
44.07 Post Treatment
44.20 Cleaning
48.44 PPE Self care
53.40 Follow up – client has Covid 19

BCMB Office is Recruiting!

Closing date: Thursday 28 March 2019

Interviews: Morning of Tuesday 2 April 2019

 

The Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, www.bristolmassage.co.uk, is looking for an experienced individual to join the College as Office Administrator to cover Maternity Leave for 3 days a week from 1 May 2019 – 31 March 2020 (approx. 10 months).

BCMB has been offering high quality massage training for more than 30 years, running professional courses in Holistic, Remedial and Sports and Indian Head Massage as well as a thriving CPD programme. We also operate as a practitioner space and run a very popular Graduate massage clinic.

  • Working in a busy office and reporting to the College Manager, your key duties will include:
  • Dealing with all bookings and payments face to face, via email, post or telephone or through our online course booking system and taking payments online over the phone and via the office card machine
  • Dealing with a wide range of queries from tutors, students and customers
  • Supporting the College’s training programme and activities:

– Handling bookings and application forms
– Preparing workshop materials
– Booking massage exam clients

  • Supporting the College’s Student Practice Space and Graduate clinics:

– Dealing with bookings and cancellations
– Providing a reception service on the day
– Arranging Graduate therapists for the clinic
– Liaising with tutors

  • Weekly Accounts management:

– Paying invoices
– Reconciling received payments

  • Facilities:

– Housekeeping – tidying and rearrangement of rooms, laundry
– Reporting stock shortages and maintenance issues
– Setting up rooms for workshops – some lifting required.

  • Other duties as and when required – may include social media marketing, producing workshop documents, shopping for supplies and equipment, etc.

Person Specification

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent customer services and communication and interpersonal skills in dealing with a wide range of individuals – customers, students, tutors, suppliers etc.
  • Able to work without direct supervision and to the College Manager’s instructions – you will be on your own in the office 2 days a week and with the college manager for 1 day.
  • Thrive on a varied workload
  • Ability to balance attention to detail with an often fast-paced environment and clear deadlines
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity at all times
  • Experience in dealing with conflicting demands and priorities
  • Good IT skills and experience.

 Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of handling business finances – paying invoices and reconciling
  • Experience of BCMB’s training courses and ethos
  • A general interest in massage and other complementary therapies would be beneficial but is not essential.

Terms and Conditions

  • 3 days per week:  9 am – 5 pm (1 hour lunch break), Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Salary: full time equivalent £19,000 (pro rata)
  • 6 weeks holiday pay + bank holidays (pro rata)
  • The government NEST pension scheme is in operation at BCMB for employees

How to Apply

Submit a current CV and letter of application explaining why you are best suited to this role to Charlotte Rooney, College Manager/Co-Director at enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

Closing Date and Interviews

Closing Date: Thursday 28 March 2019

Interviews: 9:30 – 1pm Tuesday 2 April 2019

Would you like to practice at BCMB?

BCMB are looking for 3-4 grounded graduates who wish to see clients in our lovely, newly renovated, bespoke massage environment.   Since BCMB moved to Pembroke Road in 2014, we operated a policy that 1-1 treatment sessions were provided only by tutors.  This doesn’t include the “multi-couch” setting of the student or graduate clinics.

When I retire in May, more space will become available and my long-term clients will be looking for good practitioners.  Indeed, many of them are already asking for recommendations.

I’m delighted that some members of the tutor team are picking up some of that space. However, there is still more capacity. The BCMB Board agreed at its meeting in January that suitable graduates should be invited to take up practitioner space.

The Deal

Graduates would commit to a 4 hour weekly block of time, charged at £7ph. This is a little more than the tutor rental rate (they deserve their perks!). In addition, graduates can book additional ad hoc hours at the rate of £10ph. The minimum commitment would be for 3 months with a clear written agreement to support this.

What Capacity?

Monday: Orange Room free in morning. Blue & Green: some ad hoc use occasionally possible.

Tuesday: Orange free from 15th May; Blue often free.

Wednesday: Orange free from 16th May; Green often free.

Thursday: Orange often free in morning.

Friday: only very occasional ad hoc use possible.

This is only indicative and the details would need to be confirmed. Also, there may be occasions when BCMB needs a room for a training course e.g. A visiting teacher like David Lauterstein.  In that case, contracted practitioners may either use other hours in lieu or claim a rent refund.

Who Qualifies?

We are not setting strict criteria so much as considering guidelines. These include:

  • How much experience you have.
  • How many clients you might bring.
  • Above all, how committed and enthusiastic you are about BCMB’s ethos and community. This might mean that a recently qualified graduate was preferred to someone who had been practising for a while.

What to do Now

I’ll be dealing with this issue myself, as I wish to hand my clients over to the right people.

If you are interested, please email me BY 31st MARCH at: andyfagg54@gmail.com. Please set out how you match the guidelines and send a brief paragraph explaining your approach to massage, which will help me decide who to recommend my clients to.

Thank you!!

Andy Fagg

BCMB Founder and Chairman

 

The BCMB Office is recruiting!

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

The Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork is looking for an experienced individual to join the College as Office Administrator. The work is varied and complex. The role involves supporting the College Manager to organise and manage all the College’s courses and clinics as well as general office duties.

Duties include:

1. Dealing with all enquiries, bookings and payments face to face, online, by post or telephone.

2. Support to College Manager in maintaining online booking system, calendar and website.

3. Supporting the College’s training programme and activities:

  • Bookings/application forms
  • Payments
  • Preparing course materials.

4. Supporting the College’s Student and Graduate clinics:

  • Liaising with students, graduates and course leaders
  • Marketing and Bookings
  • Payments.

5. Accounts:

  • Paying bills
  • Maintaining weekly account records
  • Preparing End of year accounts for College Manager’s approval.

6. Facilities:

  • Tidying and rearrangement of rooms
  • Monitoring premises and ordering office supplies as required
  • Laundry

7. Other duties as and when required

Person Specification
Essential Skills:

  • Excellent customer services skills in dealing with a wide range of individuals.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity at all times.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in dealings whether face to face, in writing or on the telephone.
  • Experience in dealing with conflicting demands and priorities.
  • Good attention to detail.
  • Good IT skills and experience, ability to use databases, excel and other programmes specific to the college (training will be given).
  • Ability to think ahead and work to a timetable of activity.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of BCMB’s training courses and ethos will be an advantage but is not essential.
  • A general interest in massage and other complementary therapies would be beneficial but is not essential.

Terms and Conditions

  • 3 days per week: 9 am – 5 pm (lunch break 1 – 2 pm), preferably Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Salary: full time equivalent £19,000 (pro rata) rising to £21,000 after satisfactory completion of 6 weeks probation.
  • 4 weeks holiday pay + bank holidays, rising to 5 weeks holiday after 12 months
  • A workplace pension scheme is in operation at BCMB.

How to Apply

  • Submit a current CV and letter of application explaining why you are best suited to this role to the College Chairman and Director, Andy Fagg: andyfagg54@gmail.com.

Closing Date and Interviews

  • Closing Date and Time: 6pm on Friday 16th February 2018
  • Interviews will be conducted on the afternoon of Thursday 22nd February 2018 at BCMB.

From Project Manager to Massage Therapist

I have been working in a corporate environment for 27 years and for the majority in Project Management and it has been good to me so why the change?

To answer that lets start at the beginning…. When deciding on a career, working in an office for a large international organisation was not at the top or even on my list at all, in fact I had wanted to do something medical, in essence caring for people, but a series of events meant that that path wasn’t going to open up for me and then, through the necessity to provide for myself and my family, I took a job that almost fell into my lap with the intention of it being short term. The trouble was I was good at this job and got sucked in. I found that I naturally had the qualities of a Project Manager, I am organised, have an agile mind that likes problem solving and can drive people to get the job done. Whilst the job played to these strengths they are not my only qualities, I have always been empathetic, caring and creative. For a long time I didn’t even notice that the scales had become completely unbalanced, so what made me wake up and smell the coffee?

Of course, it was not just one thing but a series of things that all came together around the same time. I was becoming a bit disillusioned at work, it was starting to feel like an uncomfortable place to be and it took a lot of soul searching to realise that it was because it felt as if the core values of the company no longer felt as if they aligned to my own. At around the same time and completely out of the blue, I was diagnosed with cancer. As many people will know this is a pretty sobering experience but in my case was the wakeup call I needed and I started to think that I didn’t want to look back on my life and ask “what if”. My knee jerk reaction was to pack it all in straight away but that isn’t usually the way I tackle things so, like every good project manager, I needed a plan! My current plan is to make the transition to full time holistic therapist over the next few years probably with a transitional period where I try and combine the job I have now on reduced hours with setting up my own holistic massage therapy practice if nothing else so that I can get used to the inevitable financial shock of giving up a regular salary. So why holistic massage therapy?

In recent years I have found that people’s issues were becoming more ’front and centre’ and complex in nature and that managing these was becoming as important as managing the technical and business needs. I started to become acutely aware of the effects of stress on people’s wellbeing whether that’s through the pressures of trying to maintain a good work-life balance or because they are going through difficult times in their personal lives and I was looking for something that could help both them and me. I have tried a number of holistic therapies over the years and found them all helpful in different ways so knew that it was a holistic approach that I was looking for. I chose massage as I thought it would be a really good gateway to other therapies if that’s what I decided I wanted to do. Every now and then I would do an internet search looking for courses but nothing really jumped out at me until one day BCMB at the Fold came back in the search results. Everything then came together, this was a holistic approach to massage, it was literally on my door step and the lovely Sarah Cohen was running an Introduction to massage weekend in just a few weeks so I thought why not. It was one of the best decisions I could have made, I loved it and signed up for the Professional Training Course in Holistic Massage course straight away.

I am now over half way through the course and it feels absolutely right for me, the support from the teaching staff and fellow students is second to none and whilst I still have a lot to learn I am being taught the skills I need to be able to start practising massage professionally whilst being able to meet the needs of each individual as a whole.

This is just the start of my journey and I don’t yet know exactly where it’s going to take me but what I do know is that I’m enjoying the ride.

Suzanne M.

Massage Training Institute Annual Conference 2017

Massage Training Institute Annual Conference 2017

 

Tim Bartlett, MTI Director and Remedial and Sports Massage Course Leader at BCMB reports back from the annual MTI conference.  This years’ theme was ‘Celebrating Difference’.

Well it seems very recent, but it’s now over six weeks ago that the latest MTI conference took place in Solihull and once again it was a fantastic success. Unlike the year before when Cardiff Metropolitan Uni hosted the conference and I had a much more hands-on, organisational role, this time, it was more about meeting colleagues, old friends, ex-students – not exclusive categories at all – and doing ‘Director’ type things like trying to record some pithy sound-bites for the MTI website (still haven’t seen the edit, spent a bit of time trying to get the unruly plant in the background to stop interfering with the back of my head, so unsure what it’ll look like).

Somehow, even amongst 150 people in a very busy day, there’s always a great community feeling at the conference – the stallholders in the market-place are familiar faces too and it’s great to catch up with John from Lotus Publishing, Andy from Songbird Naturals and see Sarah Bryan and Marian Hardiman selling the products they’ve developed.

As you’d expect from a conference celebrating difference, the break-out workshops were diverse – from working with animals (the magnificent horse won’t be at the conference in London next year I fear) to healing trauma, from mindfulness and energy work to soft tissue therapy, working with the neck and sciatica – really reflecting the huge diversity of work that we do.

Normally it would have been a teaching weekend for me – the BCMB Remedial and Sports course seems to coincide with the conference each year.  I was with the student group on the Friday but was sad to miss out on the Saturday which was lots of practical and more theory on the ‘shoulder’ weekend. It’s always a bit odd returning to the group after missing a day or two as it’s hard to just slot back in, not knowing exactly what was said previously, even though I know what’s been covered. I end up saying things like ‘have you heard this before’ far too much!

My contribution to the conference was two hours of assessment techniques and tests making it easier to decide what and whether to treat if someone was presenting with leg pain – differentiating between sciatica and piriformis syndrome, testing for neural and somatic pain, and thinking about appropriate treatment. It wasn’t the aim to do much practical in the time we had, which could have been another day’s work, though it worked as a reflection of the kind of assessment, thinking, and approach we use on the RSM course, leading into treatment.

The only thing missing from this year’s conference was Ruth Duncan and her Myofascial Release workshops, which have become a regular and popular feature, always selling out in advance – sadly she was teaching elsewhere, but we’re lucky in BCMB in that she’s coming to teach the full Level 1 and Level 2 workshops in Bristol in October (which can be part of a full diploma in MFR, or stand alone CPD) with more fascinating insight and techniques in working with the tensegral nature of soft tissue and fascia.

Next year MTI turns 30 years young! The conference will be in London and should be a great celebration.  See you there!

Tim.

*All photos courtesy of Kate Gallow/Massage Training Institute.

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