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Graduate Clinic – January to March

We’re now recruiting for the next phase of our Graduate Clinic which will be running from January 2016 to the end of March.

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 experience.
  • Build up your client base.
  • Supervision included for free!
  • Enjoy using the facilities at BCMB’s lovely new home; you may keep your client notes here.
  • 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, starting on 7th January 2016
  • 3 blocks:
    Morning – 9.30; 10.45 and 12.00;
    Afternoon – 2.00; 3.15 and 4.30;
    Evening – 6.00; 7.15 and 8.30 (already fully booked)
  • If you wish to do more than 1 block, that is fine.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clients generated by our Outreach Officer, Sophie Fagan
  • 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, Sarah Worley on 0117 946 6371 or by email:  enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

Indicate which blocks you are interested in.  Please note that all graduates will need to have their own insurance.

Thai Massage Open Evening

We are holding an Open Evening on Thursday 26th November from 7:00pm to 9:00pm for our Thai Massage Diploma which starts in January.  The open evening will be held at the colleges premises on Pembroke Road in Clifton.

If you’re interested in expanding your skills in this areas, this open evening is the perfect opportunity to speak to the staff and find out more detailed information about the course.

The evening will consist of the following:

7:00pm – Arrive
7:15pm –  Presentation & demo
7:45pm – Workshop
8:30pm – General conversation around course
9:00pm – Finish

This course is perfect for those new to massage looking to gain a comprehensive qualification enabling them to practice professionally as a Thai massage therapist, or those already holding a massage qualification and looking to expand their skills.

Please e-mail enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk or call us on 0117 946 6371 to put your name down for the open evening.

The Sound Of Movement – starting this week!

Hi there,

I’m Helena of The Sound Of Movement offering Alexander Technique classes and open-level dance improvisation/somatics classes called Dance YOUR Body!

Join me every Wednesday, starting 28th October 2015, 1-2pm at BCMB, for a lunchtime of moving – Dance YOUR Body!

We’ll combine imagery, anatomy, bodywork and free improvisation, all inviting you to:

* Express your body and your movement freely and fully
* Learn about your body, anatomy and movement
* Unwind, release physically and liberate your mind & body.

It feels wonderful and is a great time out of your busy days!

Classes are £7 drop in, £30 for 6 classes, or on Move GB.

To book – join the Facebook event here contact me on 07796901660/helena@thesoundofmovement.com or book on Move GB.

All are welcome – regardless of age, ability or experience.

For more a more detailed description of the class, please read: http://helenasime.co.uk/dance.php

On arrival, please ring the buzzer titled the BLUE room.

I look forward to seeing you there 🙂

NEW to BCMB – Massage in Schools Programme

We have a special opportunity at BCMB this year. We are able to offer the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP), open to practising Massage Therapists, teachers or indeed anyone who might be interested in becoming a Massage in Schools Instructor. We are very lucky to have Rod Davies, President of MISA International, with us in Bristol.

MISP is a child-to-child massage programme, developed as an inclusive strategy for reducing children’s stress levels, aggression and bullying. Well structured, simple yet highly effective, the programme is supported by extensive research. This shows amongst other things improved concentration and motor skills, reduced bullying and aggression, better cooperation between children.

The clothed, peer massage is:

  • For children 4-12 years old
  • Given and received with the child’s permission
  • Given by the children, to each other
  • On the back, head, arms and hands
  • 10-15 minutes daily

All children ask permission from each other before they start and say ‘thank you’ at the end.

Much more information here: www.misa.org.uk and here: http://www.massageinschools.com


Date: 19/20 December 2015

Venue: BCMB, Lower Ground Floor, 109 Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3EU

Times: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Cost: £195 inc manuals, certificate and refreshments

Click here to book


  • Recognized for CPD purposes by the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
  • Completing this programme enables you to offer this programme within schools.
  • There is an additional MISA membership fee of £15 for people who wish to use these skills in practice.
  • This is an extremely good value opportunity, as trainings usually cost around £350 per person.

Rod Davies

Rod is an Educational Consultant specialising in social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). He is a retired Headteacher and has worked in a major SEBD primary school in London, managing PRU, Behaviour Support Team, and Primary Learning Achievement Centre (PLAC), also Head at the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy, PMLD, SLD, MLD, and autism. He has worked in the secondary sector as Head of Upper School and in a Local Authority SEN Advisory Service. Rod trained as a MISP Instructor in 2002 and became a MISP trainer in 2005. He is President of MISA International, a member of the International Trainers’ Development Group, working alongside MISP founders Sylvie Hetu and Mia Elmaster and a director of MISA.

Kundalini Yoga Classes – Monday Evenings

Kundalini Yoga classes start on Monday 2nd November
8:00pm – 9:30 pm at BCMB
£8 – everyone welcome

Kirsten - YogaKundalini yoga, known as The Yoga of Awareness, consists of simple yogic techniques that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or physical ability. It is a complete science that includes breath (pranayam), yoga postures (asanas), sound, chanting (mantra) and meditation. It is designed to provide you with the experience of your highest consciousness through the raising of your Kundalini.

Please bring a water bottle, blanket and a mat if you have one.

Contact Kirsten for further information on khubmann@hotmail.com / 07860156615.


The Sound of Movement

Starting 28th October 2015

Wednesdays 1pm – 2pm

£7 per class, £30 for 5 classes, or on Move GB

As bodyworkers, we are often giving to others. This is great and what we love to do. However, it can be easy to neglect our own bodies.

In this class you can enjoy moving, improvising and allowing your body to express itself freely.

You will have a chance to actually receive some bodywork and touch. This informs your nervous system and your movement/dance becomes even freer.

With the addition of somatics, anatomy the Alexander Technique, you can experience deep letting go and transformational shifts to occur physically.

You will finish the class with a lightness and readiness for the rest of your day!

For more info, please visit me at www.thesoundofmovement.com

Contact Helena: 07796 901660 or helena@thesoundofmovement.com

CPD Workshops 2016

Next years CPD workshops are now on the website for you to book onto.  We’re pleased to still offer some of our favourites such as Lower Back & Hips, Freeing the Shoulders, Introduction to Remedial & Sports Massage, Massage and Pregnancy, Chair Massage, and more!

We also have some new workshops available this year which include the following:

Thai Massage and Bodywork

Thai massage is both a remedial and therapeutic massage.   This form of bodywork is growing in popularity but is still misunderstood. I hear stories of being forced into unnatural positions or practitioners walking up and down the back. Asian bodies are amazing for their ability to bend and relax into remarkable shapes. Generally, Western bodies need a little more care. A good Thai massage can encourage flexibility, relaxation and balance and for some the experience is likened to a passive yoga practice. It can educate the receiver about their body, creating a new awareness of what is possible, what is useful and what is less useful. You can walk onto the futon feeling scattered and out of balance and step off the futon feeling grounded, taller and centred.

BCMB_THAI-12The technique: Thai bodywork uses sequences of soft tissue pressing and stretching and joint mobilisation. Sequences are unhurried and flowing. Considered deep tissue techniques are also incorporated for specific attention to muscle groups. This does not have to be painful. In fact, I have strong views about it not being painful. If your body is uncomfortable, why would pain be helpful? If you are in pain, then you need to be nurtured and reassured. The nervous system does not appreciate stress.

The energetic philosophy: Thai massage is centred on the premise that flow and balance of energy or lom is necessary for health and healing. Lom flows through sen (as chi flows through meridians or prana flows through nadis). Any disruption to the flow of energy will affect physical, mental and emotional processes, leading to pain and disease. Focusing on the main sen channels releases any blockages or stagnation. Pressing and stretching muscles makes them more receptive to energy flow. We can also access acupressure points for deeper focused work.

The physical theory: When muscles are tense they contract, whether you are mobile or static. This can occur through repetitive movements, lack of use or emotional tension. The result of this is progressively restricted movement and the onset of stiffness, aches and pains. We often believe this is inevitable as we age, but it may be avoidable with the proper care and attention. Often back pain is caused by muscular tension rather than skeletal irregularities; the shortened muscles pull on the vertebrae and tension runs through the spinal cord, creating back pain, neck pain and headaches. Thai bodywork releases muscle tension and balances energy levels, leading to flexibility and strength in the muscles which allows freer movement of joints. Changes may be subtle but are often long lasting.

BCMB_THAI-1The practice: I work on a futon to enable dynamic movement if appropriate. Before we start, we will discuss the focus of your massage and I will ask you about your story to allow for a holistic and individualised approach. I work through clothes so please wear something comfortable and light – natural fibres are best. A one of appointment is ok but a course of Thai Massage is amazing!

About me: as well as offering Thai Massage, I am a reflexologist and yoga teacher. I am part of the teaching team at Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork where I teach the Thai Massage Diploma, Introductory workshops and assist with MTIs Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology teaching programme. I offer all therapies and yoga classes at Yanley Court in Long Ashton from Monday to Friday. I hope to see you there soon

Yvonne Cattermole

Complementary therapist & teacher

Website:   www.yvonnecattermole.co.uk

Mobile:      07954 416194

Low Cost Massage Clinics at BCMB

Our next block of graduate clinics will be running from October to the end of December.  We have a full range of recent massage graduates offering one hour treatments for just £20 with the following availability:

Holistic Massage from 9:30am to 8:30pmClinic
Indian Head Massage from 9:30am to 12:00pm
Sports Massage from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Thai Massage from 2:00pm to 8:30pm

Book now by calling us on 0117 946 6371 or emailing enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

All our clinics operate in a multi bed set up where a maximum of 4 treatments can take place in the room at the same time.  There will be screens put up between each treatment for some privacy. The students/graduates will also be using drapes or sheets to provide additional privacy during undressing/dressing.

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