Professional Training with Rosalie Samet
Taking bodywork to new dimensions of subtle feelings, sensory awareness and inner experience. Bursts of concentrated learning over a few months quickly build into extraordinary happenings for those who are ready to embrace more awareness, zest for life and everything else that is wonderful.
Module One: May 5 – 8,
Module Two: June 9 – 12,
Module Three: July 7 – 10
Assessment: Oct 19 – 20
Course Accreditation: FHT and CThA
Course Fee Payment Options:
Early Bird Lump Sum £950
Lump Sum £1,125
Payment Plan £1,200 with Deposit £450
Venue: Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork
Enrolment and Information:
Please contact Rosalie direct on:
Synthesizing ancient with modern, this Practitioner Training is an authentic, inspiring and spiritual interpretation of traditional massage from Hawaii. Topics include:
This course is ideal for qualified therapists keen to learn an indigenous massage skill this is unique, luxurious, and practiced by only a few. It appeals to caring people who want to engage more deeply with the true potential of massage in order to make a real difference to their client’s lives as well as their own.
Hawaiian Massage is the traditional healing massage of ancient Hawaii, combining the best of Lomi Lomi and Kahuna Bodywork. In this unique and visually beautiful style of massage, the practitioner uses full hands, forearms and body weight to create long, flowing continuous strokes that sweep over and under the body from head to toe. Luxurious and sensory rich, it leaves a lasting impression of welcoming purity and goodness
This Training offers a rare opportunity to learn this re-discovered art form hidden in the depths of Hawaiian culture for centuries. Inspired by the extraordinary knowledge of the Ancient Hawaiians, learn how to initiate meaningful communication with the intelligence of the body, mind and inner-self through the simplicity and profundity of touch.
Hawaiian Massage brings to life the universal healing power of Aloha, known also as unconditional love.
The Benefits of Learning Hawaiian Massage:
- Discover the wonderful techniques, attitudes and teachings that create this superlative and unforgettable massage
- Understand how to work with the many shamanic forces that create the profound healing power of this life-changing massage therapy
- Take your massage to unexpected levels and new worlds of possibility
- Have fun and experience the joyful delights and rewards as each day of Training offers deepening insights, unique skills, profound beauty and highly effective approaches to healing and personal development
The Benefits of Receiving Hawaiian Massage
Hawaiian Massage offers a host of wide ranging benefits across the whole spectrum of human well-being. Simultaneously encompassing the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic clients feel deeply nourished, revitalized, relaxed, enriched and happy to be alive.
When we first sat down together as a team at BCMB in 2010 with the idea of setting up a Remedial and Sports Massage diploma, the main goal in mind was to provide a high quality clinical training in the management of musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries. There seemed to be a gap between therapists with not enough specific knowledge to confidently manage their patients with “musculoskeletal” issues and other specialists such as osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists, who focus on other forms of treatment such as manipulation and rehabilitation advice.
My own clinical background in both massage and osteopathy has made me aware of how important massage work is in helping people from all walks of life recover from, say, an acute ankle sprain, or on-going episodes of low back pain.
As I am writing this and reflecting back since we started our first course in September 2013, I feel we have travelled some way in achieving our goal and providing patients with the option of improving their muscle and joint health by seeing a remedial massage therapist.
I am particularly pleased with the fact that out of nearly 50 students that have trained with us in the last 3 years, all of them are looking to use their clinical skills professionally on either a part or full time basis. This involves connecting with people from all walks of life; we have moms who have developed very busy practices through their school Facebook pages, professional dancers who have become practitioners within their own work environment, personal trainers who now have another string to their bow, and holistic massage therapists who are now able to branch out and treat a wider range of people.
We are always trying to develop a similar link between the College and community. In the last 2 years, we’ve set up regular student clinics, which run through the academic year and offer low-cost high quality treatment to the general public. I’m delighted that a number of our past students have formed an Events & Outreach Team, run by one of our tutors, Pip Instone. Together they travel to a number of local sporting events throughout the year, offering both pre and post-event massage. I think it offers a fantastic experience to our current students, as well as providing networking opportunities for newly qualified graduates who are building a practice.
As we are heading into the final stages of our third course in-take, we are looking ahead to the new intake starting in September and the exciting opportunities that will bring. Our RSM community is always open to new members so if you are looking for a skilled therapist for help with an on-going problem or injury, or perhaps are interested in exploring the training yourself, do check out our details on the website and get in touch.
Lead Tutor – Remedial and Sports Massage Diploma
Running from July to the end of September 2016
Who can join?
This is available to any BCMB Graduate who have completed one of our professional courses in Holistic Massage, Remedial & Sports Massage, Thai Massage and/or Indian Head Massage.
This is also available to our current students who are due to take their exams in June and July this year.
What is it?
- Regular clinic sessions for graduates of BCMB Diploma courses held in: The Blue Room at BCMB, Lower Ground Floor, 109 Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3EU.
- Three appointments per session
- Clinics will be multi-bed i.e. 4 tables in the room, with privacy screens
- Gain more client experience.
- Practice in a clinic setting.
- Build up your client base.
- Monthly supervision included for free!
- Enjoy using the facilities at BCMB.
- If a client wishes to see you for 1-1 appointments elsewhere, that is absolutely fine. And charge whatever your normal hourly rate is.
- Every Thursday
- 3 blocks:
Morning – 9:30; 10:45 and 12:00
Afternoon – 14:00; 15:15 and 16:30
Evening – 18:00; 19:15 and 20:30
- Clients will pay £20 per massage or a block booking of 5 for £90.
- Graduates will get paid £10 per massage – the balance pays for use of the BCMB facilities and also generates a budget for supervision.
- Graduates will be expected to send in an invoice at the end of each month and will be paid by bank transfer.
- We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months and a maximum commitment of 6 months.
- We will ask you to take on a simple contract.
- The last Thursday of the month will be a 2 hour supervision group with a member of the BCMB teaching team.
- THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS!
- AND…. Whilst you can’t count the massage appointments as CPD, the supervision sessions certainly can be counted.
Where are clients from?
- BCMB’s current database of clients, from existing clinics, from contacts at events and through our student database.
- We previously had a marketing drive of leaflet drops in the area. This proved very successful. We therefore ask all new graduates to continue supporting us by helping with further leaflet drops before they start.
I’m interested – what do I do?
Contact BCMB’s Manager, Charlotte Rooney on 0117 946 6371 or by email: email@example.com
Indicate which blocks you are interested in. Please note that all graduates will need to have their own insurance.
Bring the Blessings and Wisdom of Aloha into your Massage
Accredited by the CThA & FHT.
You will be amazed and delighted how easily you can enhance your understanding and skills while immersing yourself in the joyful secrets of Aloha and this ancient style of massage from Hawaii.
In the Workshops you:
- Experience the paradise of Hawaiithrough guided visualization
- Receive and give basic Hawaiian Massage to back of body
- Use hands, forearms and body weight to create the long, flowing, continuous and beautiful strokes unique to this style of massage
- Advance bodywork to new levels of depth and connection
- Bring to life the Spirit of Aloha giving nourishment, revitalization, inner calm and relaxation
- Move with dance-like grace, ease and good posture
Reflections on the residential weekend of the Holistic Massage Diploma.
By Imogen Quilley.
It was a relief to get away from life in busy Bristol and breathe in the fresh countryside air. The stillness of rural Herefordshire contrasted greatly with the constant background noise of traffic trundling down Park Street. Being there suddenly reminded me of Malvern where I grew up and how calming it is there too. The house itself was beautiful: characterful without being dated. The top to bottom windows and high ceilings that looked out onto expansive fields gave a real feeling of space. I was happy to be sharing a bedroom with Marianna and Bronwen, as well as our excitement to actually have arrived at Poulstone.
Consolidating our intentions for the weekend was a helpful way to start off. Mine were to enjoy the outdoors and to gain more self confidence in becoming a qualified massage therapist – a common theme with many others in the group. Being halfway through the course meant that we had reached the tipping point in our journeys. From having spent the previous five months gathering a repertoire of skills, we would now be learning how to use them in the most skilful way with clients.
On Friday morning we were thrown into doing some 5 Rhythms dancing. At first it felt strange to be doing but gradually the group began to embrace it. We started with flowing movements, moving on and changing into staccato, chaos, lyrical and finally stillness. When danced in sequence they’re like the process of a breaking wave. It was a lovely way to let go. I think that strangely if you can manage to lose your inhibitions, people will look on not with judgement but envy at all the fun you’re clearly having! I found the Ecstatic dance session lead by Sarah equally liberating, and he power of free movement as a way to release emotions and connect with yourself will stay with me.
The full body massage swap afterwards was a good chance to tie our compartmentalised approaches to practice into a more connected whole. I felt reasonably self assured that I could feel(!) my way and rely on what I’d learnt so far. It was nice to have totally unbroken focus for an hour and to know that our work was being observed. Receiving such encouraging written feedback from all the tutors once we’d finished confirmed just how supportive they are.
I enjoyed the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology sessions with Tim and Yvonne, who’ve come in to teach us the theory side of things since the fifth weekend. They deepen our understanding of the human body which is then closely related to our massage work. The sessions are memorable in how interactive and fun they make them: we felt what the consistency of fascia is like by sticking our fingers into cornflour custard, and the brain with a plate of wobbling jelly.
The Cabaret on Saturday night was brilliant and open to anyone who wanted to sign up. Chez and Jess stole the show with their improvised ‘cell rap’ and their sweet, melodic harmonies. I really admired them for daring to be vulnerable in order share their creative sides. Marianna and I both read out a poem, and Micheal performed a fantasy fiction piece. It was an eclectic night, which provoked many misty eyed smiles and lots of laughter. Grooving at the end of the show to Rose’s vinyl record player came naturally, and I remember going to bed feeling wonderfully knackered.
On Sunday we role played the initial consultation that we will start to introduce into our massage work. We learnt to use a variety of questions to find out information such as someone’s previous experience of massage, the ways they use their body and any problem areas they might want attended to. It gives a space in which the clients physical and emotional needs can be heard, and supports the intention to achieve that 50/50 relationship. This is where you work with each other to achieve the best possible massage. It felt like the right time in the course to be adding the consultation in as treading the line between ‘learner’ and professional has at times been tricky. It’s more comfortable I thought be client focused.
The food we were so lucky to eat together at breakfast, lunch and dinner cannot go without mention. I noticed how the ring of the dinnertime bell brought about a practically Pavlovian response. We would queue up with our plates at the ready and help ourselves to a buffet of dishes that were varied and really delicious. Even though the food was vegetarian I didn’t once wish that there was meat. They did a wonderful job of looking after us over the whole weekend should be very proud.
And so finally the big question is… were the intentions set out at the start of the weekend satisfied as much as our stomachs? I can only speak for myself in saying that I certainly reconnected with nature (through some brisk morning runs and a leisurely stroll) and I definitely saw the potential to become a competent massage therapist. Poulstone provided a space in which to reflect on our progress so far and to start thinking about what our personal trajectories with massage might be. I know that after we qualify in July we will look back and appreciate each phase of course, but our time at Poulstone will stand out as the extra special weekend that encouraged and enriched us all.
What is holistic massage?
The term holistic massage can be woolly, vague, wet. At best, practitioners may talk of treating the “whole person” – body, mind and spirit. At worst they just burn incense, play whale music and charge you a stupid price.
Actually I like the word holistic although I agree with those who object to its “holiness” connotation. So just what is the “whole” that we refer to here?
At BCMB, massage is seen as a process of engagement, a dynamic communication of touch and response. There are three aspects to “wholeness”:
- the whole client, with physical, emotional and spiritual needs;
- the whole practitioner, present and focused, paying good attention;
- a whole range of techniques used as appropriate to the situation.
So how does massage work?
As I touch your body, a whole range of physiological responses can occur, affecting the skin, sensory nerve receptors, muscle tissue, circulation of blood and lymph, ease of joint movement, breathing, digestion and so on. My skill as a therapist means I vary the depth, speed and intention to enable different responses to occur.
Yet there is much more than this.
Your emotions are body felt sensations. Anger, joy, fear, hope, shame, sadness – consider how each feels and you will evoke a physical sensation.
Also, your tissues display your conscious and unconscious belief systems. If you are confident and outgoing, you will present with very different postural and muscular patterning than if you feel insignificant and unimportant.
So when I touch you, I literally touch your view of yourself and how you feel. And that is the product not only of who you are now but also all your personal history up to that moment.
There is more.
When I touch you, not only are your physical and emotional responses present, but so are mine. All my physical symptoms, feelings and personal history are also in the room. Of course, as a professional therapist, I take care of myself elsewhere, but I may also draw on my experience to support your personal process. So I may develop an expertise in working with clients whose experiences relate to mine. The range of outcomes from each therapeutic relationship is enormous, rich and constantly exciting.
As human beings, we are physical entities. Part of the deal of the human condition is that each of us has a body! Yet we have a culture that marginalizes the body, teaching us to be ashamed of its size, shape and functions. Many of us are not properly “embodied”. Our families, the media, partners and our own inner critics try to tell us that our bodies are not good enough.
The role of holistic massage is both radical and simple, namely enabling people to live fully in their bodies. That’s it!
In future blogs I will define massage in one sentence and reveal the 4 principles that guide our work at BCMB with students and clients.
BCMB Founder and Director
12th May 2016
I joined the teaching team at BCMB as an assistant tutor roughly 5 years ago. It has been, and is, one of the most precious and brilliant experiences of my working life. As an assistant it was my job to support the students, be there for them as they journeyed through the course with all the ups, downs, delights and worries that doing a year long body work course offers up. I am a tutor now and thoroughly enjoying my new role, taking the lead a bit more and considering the bigger picture in relation to the course, its development, delivery and the needs of the current and future students. It has been and still is a huge honour to witness and support the learning journey of 24 people of many different walks of life, many different stages of life and experiences of life to explore their inherent human ability to touch another human being with awareness, in order to bring healing. Getting to know each group of students is a gift and a joy, exploring year on year the wonders of the body, of bones, muscles, blood and the more etherial concepts of ‘presence’ and ‘quality of touch’ is a whole new learning journey for me each time. The body and being human is an infinity complex and in many ways undefinable truth and the professional training course is like being an explorer in a beautiful canoe, flowing down a rich and diverse river to who knows where. Each student starts from a different place and reaches a different place, all those who qualify( and we have a very high success rate) stand in different shoes and offer a different and very individual version of what it is to be a holistic client centred body worker and then they begin a new chapter in their discovery of what it is for them to be a practitioner and the flavour of body work that they can offer. There is always room for another flavour of body work and massage, that way we can know that there will always be the right person or people out there to give us just the right massage on any particular day.
Sarah Mclellan, MTI
There are important changes going on at BCMB at present.
After 5 years of conscientious service, our Office Manager Sarah Worley is leaving us on Tuesday 3rd May. Sarah has been nothing short of amazing over this time. Her friendly efficient demeanour and consistent capacity for damn hard work have been absolutely fantastic. She has brought clarity, determination and outstanding professionalism to the role and we will miss her. BCMB would not be where it is today, both in terms of premises and as an organisation, without her help.
I am delighted to welcome a very capable replacement in the form of Charlotte Rooney. Charlotte is undergoing an induction period at the moment and will take up post fully on 23rd May.
Charlotte has a background as a Manager in the Environment Agency and has worked on the Matthew for the last 2 years. She brings maturity, experience and insight into the world of massage, having trained at BCMB in the last 2 years. We are very fortunate to have her join us and look forward to a different face in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The other days of the week will continue to be covered by our Office Administrator, Petrina Yeoh.
“Hi, I’m Charlotte and I’m very excited to be joining the team at BCMB after completing my own holistic massage training here in July 2015. As I’ve learned in my previous office manager role, there’s not really a job like it for variety, busy-ness and never really knowing what each day will bring – I love it! As well as starting working at BCMB, and practicing massage, I also do a bit of running group leading plus run a monthly stay and play at my children’s school.
I’m mum to Ivy (8) and Taius (7) and married to John, a sports massage therapist and planning consultant. In my spare time I am a barefoot runner, love being out in nature, write a bit for pleasure and love making stuff, mainly out of wool.”
This weekend was my first experience of the MTI conference. I was looking forward to meeting other members as well as attending and presenting a workshop. Cardiff Met University is a great venue with the added bonus of being an hour down the road! The keynote speech from Darien Pritchard was thought provoking and entertaining including anecdotes and practical exercises to explore the quality of touch.
After Darien’s introduction to the day, I went to Sharon Bull’s workshop on Mindfulness in Practice. We talked about the power of mindfulness and its teachings of awareness, non-judgement and living in the present. Sharon gave plenty of opportunity to explore these ideas, highlighting how a simple short practice can open a different space in a day of busyness. Where Darien had talked about the quality of touch, Sharon invited us to consider the quality of our internal space.
This led to my workshop (Thai massage and the power of the breath) where I wanted to bring attention to the quality of breath. The conference was focused on practitioner self-care. As practitioners we are aware of our client’s breath but how often are we aware of our own? I wanted to introduce Thai massage, which was new to most of the group, and how to work with our breath to support us in practice and bring a deeper engagement when receiving bodywork.
I am a yoga therapist as well as bodyworker and in the course of my studies I have been introduced to the concept of the inhale creating unlimited internal space rather than filling it up. The exhale can then support the space created by the inhale and maintain it rather than there being a gradual deflation. Then there are the pauses in the breath cycle where we can be in the space and acknowledge stillness.
Thai massage is sometimes called Thai yoga massage. The consideration of where yoga is in Thai massage is a huge question for me. As with yoga there are different types of Thai massage, different teachers and different lineages. I follow the yoga tradition of Krishnamacharya sometimes called viniyoga. Yoga can be defined as ‘to unite’ or ‘to be in relationship’. In a therapeutic situation we are in relationship with our client. The breath brings us into relationship with our clients. It keeps practitioner and receiver engaged with the practice. From a physiological point of view, mindful breathing can influence the parasympathetic nervous system to bring us to a state of rest and repair rather than fight or flight. The breath also guides release of restriction within the body as well as the mind. It can bring length and space to the physical and energetic body. The breath also provides a mirror. If my breath is compromised during yoga practice or bodywork practice, I question whether the practice is right for me. In yoga there is always a variation so that each student can engage safely and learn something about ‘where they are’. If the length of the breath can be maintained and be smooth (rather than ragged) then the practice is working with both stability and ease or strength and flexibility. All this holds true for Thai massage and for me this is the yoga aspect of bodywork.
Darien told us this wonderful quote from another massage teacher, ‘we are working with the stiffest muscle in the body, the one between the ears’. So often yoga becomes focused on posture and movement when it is actually a tool to clarify our relationships with others but most importantly ourselves. Through clarification comes a stillness in the mind and this is reflected in the body. So it is with Thai massage. Thai massage can be as client centred as holistic massage or any other therapy. And when it is, it is liberating, grounding and developmental.
On Saturday, the group were introduced to the simplest of techniques whilst working with the breath when giving and receiving. The feedback was positive and some misperceptions and unfortunate previous experiences were challenged. It was a delight to see the enjoyment of practice and pass on my love of both Thai massage and yoga and the role of the quality of breath in self-care.
If you have the opportunity to go to conference next year, please do. It was an inspirational day full of generous souls. If you want to learn Thai massage, please join me at BCMB in Clifton, Bristol, at a workshop this year (12/13 May, 25/26 June and/or 1/2 October) or sign up for the MTI accredited diploma that starts in January 2017. See the BCMB website for more details www.bristolmassage.co.uk
By Yvonne Cattermole, BCMB Tutor
This week I visited an office where I provide On-Site Massage; 20 minute seated sessions through clothes, without the use of oil.
A new client arrived having been persuaded by his colleagues to ‘try me out’. He was used to having very deep 90 minute massages and told me he couldn’t see the point of just 20 minutes, but due to the discomfort in his body he reluctantly arrived at my door.
Following an assessment of the muscular tension in his neck and shoulders, I began the massage. Each stroke inviting his muscles that it’s safe to let go. Gradually softening and re-lengthening the muscle fibres that had become progressively imprisoned by postures caused by laptops, driving, and endless meetings. I could sense he had literally been shouldering the mental and emotional demands of his life, but through positive touch I could feel his muscles starting to yield. His muscles didn’t need to be bullied into submission, instead pressure of varying and increasing depths could be applied, using different approaches to help release and meet his needs.
In this moment he didn’t need to take control, he wasn’t being judged, a corporate mask could slip and in the stillness he could gain some calm and re-connect to himself.
At the end of the session the pain had all but eased and his range of movement had increased. He was both surprised and delighted, immediately booking in again for next time.
Yes it was only 20 minutes, but it clearly made a huge difference to his week.