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Emotional Processing with Andy Fagg

Feelings are physical phenomena. Through massage, we literally put our clients in touch with how they feel. Yet very often emotions can become stuck in the body, locked in particular tension patterns or postures, and preventing physical release. Unlike psychotherapists, bodyworkers do not work with the content of the emotion or the story behind it. Rather, we can encourage emotion (or “E-nergy in MOTION”) to release by working with the underlying process.

This workshop offers strategies for moving the energy of emotions during bodywork sessions. Drawing on meditation, movement and process work techniques we will learn how to:

  •    Move our own feelings
  •    Switch channels to uncover secondary awareness and reach the essence of the feeling sensations
  •    Support and encourage clients’ participation in releasing and grounding their emotional energy

Tutor

> Andy Fagg

Cost

£130 if booked and paid in full by 31 December 2016, £150 early bird if paid by 2 August, £160 thereafter.

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Course Code: EP2017  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Advanced workshops

This is an advanced workshop aimed at qualified massage practitioners or students on a BCMB diploma course.  Find out more information on our advanced workshops page.

Releasing the Neck with Andy Fagg

Releasing the neck is both wonderful in its own right and can integrate relaxation for the rest of the body.

Clients often present with stiff and painful necks.  This is not surprising, given the heady stresses of everyday life and the range of muscles attachments to the cervical spine and occiput.  We will examine the structural importance of the neck as well as its role in maintaining emotional holding patterns.

This workshop offers a range of bodywork and energy techniques for the neck, drawn from many disciplines.  These include stroking and rocking, vibration and mobilisation, deep focused pressure, stretching, holding and breathing.

Tutor

> Andy Fagg

Cost

£65 if booked and paid in full by 31 December 2016, £75 early bird if paid by 6 July, £80 thereafter.

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Course Code:  RTN22017  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

3D Side Lying Massage with Andy Fagg

Working in the side lying position offers many creative opportunities and is not just for pregnancy!

The human body is 3-dimensional. Yet many massage approaches work only with clients in a prone or supine position.

By Placing clients in this position, without predetermined response, they are more easily able to let go.  This workshop offers a range of bodywork and energy techniques, including:

  • spinal mobilisations and stretching
  • connecting complementary muscle groups in the lower back and abdomen
  • accessing deeper muscles in the shoulder girdle
  • deep relaxation and energy holds

Tutor

> Andy Fagg

Cost

£130 if booked and paid in full by 31 December 2016, £150 early bird if paid by 20 April, £160 thereafter

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Course Code: 3D2017  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Mobilising Massage with Andy Fagg

Would you like to help clients:

  • Feel free, open and balanced?
  • Release and integrate deeply held tensions?
  • Take better care of themselves?

Then this is the workshop you!  Drawing on principles of Pulsing, Tai Chi and remedial massage, you will learn to:

  • Generate movement from your ankles, hips, shoulders and hands;
  • Use vibration, joint mobilisation and focused trigger point work to release and energise your clients:
  • Do all these with ease, economy and flow.

We will work prone and supine and focus on the shoulders and pelvis.  This will include specific muscle releases such as rhomboids, piriformis, QL, pectoralis minor, subscapularis and others!

Tutor

> Andy Fagg

Cost

£130 if booked and paid in full by 31 December 2016, £150 early bird if paid by 25 Feb, £160 thereafter.

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Course Code:  MM2017  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Massage for People with Cancer with Andy Fagg

Massage can help reclaim the battered body, restore dignity and heal physical and emotional wounds.

Many sources claim that massage is contra-indicated for cancer. Yet quality touch is often the very experience that people with cancer are crying out for.

Often the reservations about massage and cancer are based on fear and ignorance both of what cancer is and the effects on the body of orthodox and massage treatments.

This workshop considers how we may gain permission to touch by examining:

  • What cancer is and how we feel about it
  • The concerns and benefits around massage and cancer
  • Clear boundaries and the energetics of touch
  • Specific techniques, including holding and breathing, scar massage and simple lymphatic massage
  • Strategies for different stages of the cancer journey

This workshop includes hands-on massage practice, group work, role play and information sharing.

Tutor

> Andy Fagg

Cost

£150 early bird if booked by 11 Jan, £160 thereafter

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Course Code:  MC2016  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Releasing the Neck with Andy Fagg

Fully Booked – Currently Waiting list only.

Releasing the neck is both wonderful in its own right and can integrate relaxation for the rest of the body.

Clients often present with stiff and painful necks.  This is not surprising, given the heady stresses of everyday life and the range of muscles attachments to the cervical spine and occiput.  We will examine the structural importance of the neck as well as its role in maintaining emotional holding patterns.

This workshop offers a range of bodywork and energy techniques for the neck, drawn from many disciplines.  These include stroking and rocking, vibration and mobilisation, deep focused pressure, stretching, holding and breathing.

Tutor

> Andy Fagg

Cost

£65 if paid by 20th December, £80 thereafter

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Course Code:  RTN2017  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

What is Holistic Massage by Andy Fagg, Director of BCMB

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”:

  1. the whole client, with physical, emotional and spiritual needs;
  2. the whole practitioner, present and focused, paying good attention;
  3. a whole range of techniques used as appropriate to the situation.

So how does massage work?

Physical

Holistic Massage - handsAs 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.

Emotional

Your emotions are body felt sensations. Anger, joy, fear, hope, shame, sadness – consider how each feels and you will evoke a physical sensation.

Mental

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.

Relationship

holistic massage - AndyWhen 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.

Embodiment

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.

Andy Fagg

BCMB Founder and Director

12th May 2016

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