Clinics

A Student’s Experience of a Massage Practice Session

As a student studying Holistic Massage at The Fold in Worcester, I cannot complain about how fulfilling the course is. During each weekend, just when you think you won’t learn anything new, you find new pockets of information – you are nourished with new techniques, and connect with your own sense of being. Not to mention the amount of time spent giving and receiving massage.

Practice hours in Worcester are very much reliant upon each individual – we do not have open clinics, unlike Bristol’s College. However, from the beginning of the course we have been given the option to use this facility at Bristol, should we so desire.

I cannot fully comprehend what compelled me to visit Bristol for the practice sessions that are on offer – massaging strangers, an hour at a time?! Madness!

Yet, the confidence gained on this course, and the need to get used to meeting strangers to form a client base became the nectar for my visit.

It was simple. Consultation - Practice Session
Contact BCMB.
Choose available slots.
Wait for clients to book.
Find out their details.
Travel to Bristol.
Massage.
Pack up.
Leave.
Easy!

Of course, the practicalities were simple, but the amount of courage it takes to do these open client sessions should not go unnoticed – for myself or any other BCMB student.

Before I left home to meet my three clients, it is safe to say that my Cortisol levels were probably rather high. In fact, I felt quite ill – perhaps I just won’t go?! No. Clients are booked. They are expecting you. Go!

So, I arrived in Bristol, very early, and parked in a multi-storey car park in the city centre. My plan was to have lunch and spend the twenty-minute walk to the college practicing some mindfulness to ensure I was ready for the clients. In practice, this worked, and upon arrival I was calm.

The time flew. The students were welcoming, and ever so helpful (being a clueless lost puppy!), and it was great to have conversation regarding the course. In addition, every client was fantastic, holding a great understanding of the purpose of the open practice sessions – writing valuable feedback for the student at the end of his or her received massage.

These sessions are most enriching, in fact, so much so, that I decided to make the journey to Bristol the following month, and hope to again before the end of the course.

By Emily Wild

Join our Graduate Clinic

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

Why?

  • 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.

When?

  • 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

Money?

  • 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.

Supervision?

  • 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: enquiries@bristolmassage.co.uk

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

Massage Marathon for Aid Box Convoy

Recent graduates of the Holistic Massage Diploma from the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (BCMB) are hosting a weekend massage marathon to raise money for refugees.

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January there will be massages available in the morning (10am, 11am and 12noon) and the afternoon (2pm, 3pm and 4pm).
Each session will last 45 minutes and costs £30 or whatever you can afford to give.

There will be four massages taking place in one room with screens up between each table to ensure privacy – very similar to the graduate and student clinics ​that are ​held at BCMB. The treatment includes consultation, treatment relevant to your needs and after care advice.

Please contact Lydia on 07949 207 155 / lydiaspry@gmail.com and Lucy on 07779 660 105 / lucyanneparker@gmail.com to book your massage. 

All the money raised will go to Aid Box Convoy which is a committed team of volunteers from Bristol in the UK ​who are dedicated to the coordination, delivery and distribution of aid at refugee camps in northern France. They exist to provide humanitarian care to refugees and to offer support to the existing charities and organisations on the ground.

The team will also be accepting complete Aid Boxes or items for the Aid Boxes to help the refugees through the winter months. Only boxes with items from the lists on the Aid Box Convoy website (http://www.aidboxconvoy.co.uk/aid-donations/) will be accepted, so please refer to the website before donating.

If you are a massage practitioner and would be interested in donating some of your time, then please also contact Lucy or Lydia.  If you would like to get involved but can’t make it in to BCMB that weekend, you can donate any proceeds from any massages you do that day!

Clinic

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

Why?

  • 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.

When?

  • 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.

Money?

  • 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.

Supervision?

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Graduate Clinic – July to September

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

What is it?

  • Regular clinic sessions for graduates of BCMB Diploma courses (Holistic or Remedial & Sports) 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

Why?

  • 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.

When?

  • Every Thursday, starting on 2nd July 2015
  • 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
  • If you wish to do more than 1 block, that is fine.

Money?

  • 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.

Supervision?

  • 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.
  • 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; also, if you could make it for any other times in the week and when that would be.  Please note that all graduates will need to have their own insurance.

Graduate Clinic – April to June

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

What is it?

  • Regular clinic sessions for graduates of BCMB Diploma courses (Holistic or Remedial & Sports) 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

Why?

  • 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.

When?

  • Every Thursday, starting on 2nd April 2015
  • 3 sessions:
    Morning – 9.30; 10.45 and 12.00;
    Afternoon – 2.00; 3.15 and 4.30;
    Evening – 6.00; 7.15 and 8.30
  • If you wish to do more than 1 session, that is fine.

Money?

  • 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.

Supervision?

  • 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.
  • 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 Thursday sessions you are interested in; also, if you could make it for any other times in the week and when that would be.  Please note that all graduates will need to have their own insurance.

Graduate Clinics

What is it?

  • Regular clinic sessions for graduates of BCMB Diploma courses (Holistic or Remedial & Sports) 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

 

Why?

  • 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.

 

When?

  • Certainly on Thursdays, starting on 25th September 2014.
  • We envisage 3 sessions:
    Morning – 9.30; 10.45 and 12.00;
    Afternoon – 2.00; 3.15 and 4.30;
    Evening – 6.00; 7.15 and 8.30
  • If you wish to do more than 1 session , that is fine.
  • If there is the interest we can also look at other possibilities eg Monday is a good day at present and Wednesday morning may be possible.

 

Money?

  • 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.
  • We will review this pricing policy after 3 months, perhaps increasing it to £25 per session and a higher figure to the graduate.
  • WE ASK FOR A MINIMUM COMMITMENT OF 3 MONTHS ie until Christmas 2014. We will ask you to take on a simple contract.

 

Supervision?

  • Every 4th clinic session will be a supervision group with a member of the BCMB teaching team. The times may be slightly different from the clinic sessions.
  • 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 extensive database of clients, from existing clinics, from contacts at the Harbourside Festival and through our student database.
  • Also we will have a marketing drive in early September, including press coverage, a leaflet drop in the local area, establishing contacts with Clifton College and its Sports Club and an Open Day on 18th September.
  • Of course you will wish to come to the Open Day to make contact with your new clients. We would also expect you to help with the leaflet drop.

 

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 Thursday sessions you are interested in; also, if you could make it for any other times in the week and when that would be.

 

Closing date:         5th September 2014

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