Open Evening

We will be holding an open evening for the Bristol February 2013 Professional Training Course on Wednesday 9th January from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Alma Vale Centre in Clifton.  Please come along if you would like the chance to find out more information about the course and to talk to some of the tutors.

Recruitment – New Assistant

Are you interested in massage teaching with the BCMB?

Gill Ayshford has worked with me and Sarah Hoare for the last 5 years as an excellent assistant tutor.  In February 2013, she will be transferring to the other Bristol team, led by Jacquie Kelly and Tim Bartlett.  This is all part of the BCMB programme of expansion of training courses.

So we will have a vacancy for an assistant, to start after Christmas 2012.  This is to join the course currently in progress, which began at the end of September 2012.  There will be a transitional month in January when Gill will share her experience and wisdom with the new person.

Would you like to get involved?

The Job

The Assistant Role in the Professional Training is a very important one. This includes experiencing again the course itself; supporting students; receiving lots of massage (!), mentoring and other support; and opportunities for future development. At BCMB we have a staff development process – this represents the first stage.

The role involves attending the remaining course weekends, including the residential one at Poulstone near Hereford.  Hence the commitment being asked is for 19 days between January and July 2013.  There is also a time commitment between course weekends in terms of planning and review meetings plus, when required, 1-1 support or catch-up sessions with students.  These are paid for by the student as part of their catch-up arrangements.

Specifically, the role includes the following:

* Attending planning meetings.

* Before each course weekend, liaising with the team; this includes preparation and mentoring on specific inputs the Assistant will make.

* During the weekend, one-to one support of students whilst they are practising techniques at the massage table.

* Sharing personal and professional experience during group processes.

* Some demonstration of techniques (this is small to begin with but more opportunities are created as the Assistant gathers confidence and experience).

* Feedback to students on their folders of work.

* Clearing up after breaks and at lunch times.

* Supervising the movement of furniture at the end of a course weekend.

* Attending de-briefing meetings “ at the end of each course weekend.

* Attending review weekends at the end of a training.

* Sitting in on Introductory Workshops with more experienced staff

* Assisting with marketing of courses in Worcester.

The positions are paid at a rate that varies depending on the size of the group. As a not for profit company BCMB acts as a cooperative, so staff fees are negotiated and agreed at the start of each course. Recently, new assistants received £80 per day in their first year rising to £90/100 in their second. This includes mentoring and support from the course leader.

Entry Criteria

The following list is desirable but not all necessarily mandatory. I would much prefer to get the right person – man or woman – rather than tick all the boxes. So the desirable criteria are:

* To have completed the BCMB professional training.

* Some Advanced Training experience through BCMB™s CPD programme or elsewhere.

* To have or be developing an independent professional practice.

* To have been qualified for at least a year.

* To be in on-going professional supervision (or to be willing to enter supervision once engaged as a teaching assistant).

* Some experience of working with groups including teaching.

Future Developments

As stated above this is the first stage on the BCMB staff development programme. This can lead ultimately to becoming a full MTI tutor.  The speed of this process can vary but MTI criteria specifies that it must include at least 3 years teaching experience.

What to do Next

If you might be interested, please get in touch with me at:

Please indicate:

* what interests you about the work.

* what qualities you would bring to the role.

* background information including how you meet the entry criteria.

* how you would see the work fitting in to your future development.

The closing date for applications is Monday 12th November 2012 with interviews taking place on Wednesday 28th November. I look forward to hearing from you.


With Best Wishes

Andy Fagg

BCMB Director

Other Courses

Sarah (Bear) Cohen and Gill Ayshford recently started BCMB™s second Indian Head Massage course, which will lead to the MTI Level 3 Certificate.

The Hot Stones course we™d hope to run in September is not ready yet.  And the Zero Balancing Core Skills workshops have been postponed until October 2013.  Keep an eye on the website for further details!

Supervision Groups

Another form of ongoing support is regular supervision – regular meetings with a group of fellow practitioners that are facilitated by a BCMB tutor.

An opportunity to share, celebrate, ask questions and practice techniques within a safe, friendly environment. Activities might include discussion of issues such as marketing or client concerns “ or review and practice of hands-on massage skills.

These groups are not part of BCMB™s programme but are organised by each facilitator as part of their own business..


FFI:  contact the group facilitator direct:

Andy 07986 360845
Gill 0797 096 7962
Tim 07525 006880
Sarah Hoare 0797 671 0368
Char 0795 283 5482
Sarah (Bear) Cohen 01386 861 931  (Worcester group)
Bridget 01736 710758  (Bristol group)
Jacquie 07759 522760  (Bath group)
Kathryn 07906 540389

Take your pick!

New CPD Workshops

The latest programme of BCMB Advanced Workshops and Massage Practice Days are detailed below.   Lasting for 1, 2 or even 3 days, they provide a flexible and creative format to enhance your skills and experience.  They count for CPD requirements, whatever your professional association “ such as MTI, FHT or CThA.  Click the links for further details.

Date Workshop Tutor
3rd – 4th Nov 2012 Massage for People with Cancer Andy Fagg
10th Nov 2012 Mindfulness in Massage Bridget Taylor
11th Nov 2012 Chair Massage Charmaine Storer
24th Nov 2012 Lower Back and Hips Darien Pritchard
25th Nov 2012 Freeing the Shoulders Darien Pritchard
26th – 27th Jan 2013 Massage for People with Cancer Andy Fagg
16th Mar 2013 Releasing the Neck Andy Fagg
17th Mar 2013 Zero Balancing –
Touching the Energy of Bone
Tim Newman
20th – 21st Apr 2013 Remedial and Sports Massage-
Adam Carter and
Tim Bartlett
10th – 12th May 2013 Deep Tissue Massage Andy Fagg
8th Jun 2013 Rhythm Mobility Darien Pritchard
9th Jun 2013 Hands Free Massage Darien Pritchard
23nd – 23rd Jun 2013 Postural Analysis and Treatment Anna Orren
20th Jul 2013 Effortless Massage Sarah Hoare
21st Jul 2013 Chair Massage Jacquie Kelly



10am to 5.30pm each day


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Remedial and Sports Massage

Our exciting new course is coming on very well.  Adam Carter “ the new kid on the BCMB block “ is now an MTI approved tutor. I have been working with him and Tim Bartlett on the training, which will start in September 2013.  Like our existing Professional Training Course, it will be held at weekends, including some Fridays.   It will lead to the MTI Level 4 Diploma in Remedial and Sports Massage.

Adam will lead the course, with Tim and I providing most support. Other guest tutors will give specialised input as required.  The course will last for 28 days, require around 350-400 hours of home study and practice and will cost in the region of £2,500.

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