Worcester

Massage Practice Day with Sarah Cohen

Massage practice day in Worcester.

Refresh and develop your skills, receive massage, sharing experiences, make new contacts, receive support and have some fun.

The days are open to people already qualified who want a refresher, massage practitioners seeking input and advice on their skills and techniques, students currently in training who wish to boost their practice hours in a supervised setting, people who have attended an introductory workshop who want a refresher or to take their massage further.

Tutor

> Sarah Cohen

Cost

£69 or £59 concessionary rate

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Course Code:  WMPDMay2017  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Indian Head Massage Certificate with Sarah Cohen

Indian Head massage draws from the Ayurvedic system of healing and has been used in India for over 1,000 years.

It has evolved further in the West. It is typically given as a seated treatment lasting 20 to 40 minutes. It includes massage to the upper back, neck, arms, head, scalp and face.

Specific techniques aid deep relaxation, reduce stress and aim to restore physical and psychological balance.

This is a wonderful therapy to use anywhere as it only needs an ordinary chair and no undressing. It is perfect for the workplace, festivals, residential homes etc.

Click here for further course information and entry requirements.

Dates

This is a 5 day part-time professional course spread over 3 months:

8th-9th April 2017
3rd-4th June 2017

Assessment Date: 22nd July

Tutors

> Sarah Cohen

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Deep Tissue Massage with Andy Fagg

Many clients ask us for Deep Massage. How can we do this effectively without straining ourselves? How can we engage with clients in a focused, creative manner that brings lasting release?

This workshop will include:

  • Muscle physiology and palpation skills;
  • Emphasis on good posture and movement;
  • Ideas for progressively deeper massage and detailed stretching, leading to…
  • Work with Trigger Points in muscle fibres and tendons;
  • The principles and application of neuromuscular technique (NMT) and muscle energy technique (MET);
  • Using them to release deep localised tensions and to normalise associated muscle function.

Whilst this approach can be used anywhere in the body, we will also look at 3 vital postural muscle releases – the piriformis, psoas and diaphragm.

These techniques can help to relieve common symptoms including back pain, sciatica, respiratory problems, poor circulation, joint stiffness and general fatigue.

The workshop is open to all massage therapists and is an excellent stepping stone to our Remedial and Sports Massage Diploma for those who with to take things further.

Dates

This is a 3 day workshop taught on 20 and 27 March and 3 April – please note these are non-consecutive days.

Tutor

> Andy Fagg

Cost

£195 if booked and paid in full by 31 December 2016, £225 early bird if booked by 20 Feb, £240 thereafter

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Course Code: DTMW2017 – Please quote this code when paying by BACS

News from our Worcester team

Our new Worcester students are now into the second week of their professional Holistic Massage Diploma training. Cleo and Colette, our assistant tutors on the Worcester team, tell us how the group is progressing, developing and growing – appropriately enough for spring!

“Bubble and Squeak?” asked one of the students with a look of surprise. “No, Bubbling Spring” replied Sarah as she was explaining a meridian point on the sole of the foot whilst students were learning about foot massage on this second weekend into BCMB Worcester’s 2017 Professional Training Course. We can still hear the laughter this question brought ringing around the lovely space we teach in.

We can safely say we are in for a year full of fun and laughter with this lovely 2017 group of students. We have been really looking forward to this year as it is our second year of teaching together as a team. We have found our mojo of working together and have lots of fun which creates a great environment in which to learn and explore. Sarah, our lead tutor is so experienced; a fantastic mentor who we are lucky enough to assist on the teaching team.

Our first weekend in February is usually quite an anxious one for the students. We both remember this feeling when embarking on our own BCMB training courses. Everyone is feeling a bit unsure and have so many questions swirling around their heads, “Will I get on with other students? Will I be able to learn the anatomy and physiology? Will I have to tell everyone about myself?”  It isn’t long though before they discover that everyone has their individual apprehensions and concerns and they are usually relieved when told that they don’t need to know each other’s stories. By lunchtime of the first day in the cafe (yes, we even have a fabulous cafe at the Fold in Bransford where we run the Worcester course) there is so much chatter and laughter as these students of mixed ages and backgrounds come together and get to know one another through their communal interest in massage.

This weekend in March was our second weekend together and everyone was so much more relaxed and connected. The students really enjoyed our supervision sessions where they get the opportunity to split into small groups, each group facilitated by one of us as tutors. In these small groups they have the opportunity to explore and share their successes, concerns and learn from one another’s experiences. This is a model that as a school, BCMB take forward throughout the course year and beyond into professional life as a massage therapist. We as tutors and assistant tutors all go to supervision to continue in our professional development, to share our experiences with peers and to talk through any difficulties and successes we have.

We look forward to observing and sharing in this year’s journey with 2017 Worcester BCMB group.

Cleo and Colette
Assistant Tutors BCMB Worcester

Cleo, Colette and Sarah all run private supervision groups for qualified practitioners in the Worcester area.  To find out more, including when our Bristol tutors run sessions, visit our supervision group section on our CPD page.

The Unique Qualities of Indian Head Massage

By Sarah Cohen, Indian Head Massage Course Leader

Another group of excited students have just gained their Indian Head Massage Certificate and are taking it out into the world – well done all of you!

I love teaching head massage – it has such a unique character all of its own. I am constantly searching for the essence of what makes it so different – as different it is. It comes from such a long line of teaching and healing being part of Ayurvedic understanding which dates back over 4000 years. It is an intrinsic part of life in Indian culture with children massaging their parents, mothers their babies, friends their friends and even stockbrokers seeking their heads to be massaged before deciding to sell/buy!

At the start of each course there is curiosity and hesitancy from students who often come from a holistic massage background and want to know ‘What is this?’ I try to explain but the understanding only comes – and it always comes – after hands on experience of a day or so – and excitement, smiles arrive. And still it can’t be easily vocalised.

My desire for the world is that touch/massage become part of our daily life for everyone. There will still be a need for specialised therapeutic massage – as there is in Ayurvedic medicine – but for everyone to be comfortable and happily touching others in our daily life would help our society to be so much more healthy. Head massage is so well suited to this as it can take place anywhere at anytime without clothes needing to be removed or special equipment needed. Despite its apparent ‘smallness’ as a therapy I am constantly amazed at how it can be so much more deeply relaxing and profound than any other discipline – and it is fabulous to watch that surprise in those receiving who expected something pleasant and relaxing and find it is on another plane.

The course itself is also a joy as although there is much to be learnt and homework to be done the whole essence of the therapy is that it is relaxed, laid back and so is the course within the context of learning. Charlotte Rooney, recent Indian Head Massage graduate (and BCMB Office Manager!) said “I have loved this course! It has added so much to my practice, and I particularly enjoyed learning about the Ayurvedic side of head massage including all the gorgeous hair oils.  I’d never thought if myself as an energy worker so it was intriguing to explore chakra work a bit more and realise how effective it can be even if it’s not your normal practice. It’s difficult to explain how it’s different from ‘normal’ head and face work or even seated massage but my clients certainly like it. Some of them now choose it in preference to holistic and in addition I see people who wouldn’t choose a table massage at all.”

If you want to join us in this exploration we have a course running at our Worcester centre starting 8th April and one in Bristol starting 2nd October – find out more including how to enroll.

Holistic Massage Intro with Sarah Cohen

Our single-weekend Introductory Workshops in Worcester introduces massage as a creative process and teaches effective techniques. Above all they are fun!

Completion of the Introductory Workshop may inspire you to explore massage further. Whatever your expectations we wish you a wonderful journey.

The programme is likely to include:

  • Working with a partner including shoulders, back, legs, arms and face
  • Varied and appropriate touch using different parts of our hands
  • Effective bodyuse for minimising strain
  • Participants will work on a massage table and may also work on the floor and in a chair
  • Self-massage

Tutor

> Sarah Cohen

Cost

£130 or £110 concessionary rate for OAP’s, students, and unemployed if booked and paid in full by 31 December 2016, £130/£110 thereafter

More information

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Course Code:  WIWJan2017  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Other courses and workshops you might like

Introductory Workshop in Thai Massage

Professional Training Course in Holistic Massage

Holistic Massage Intro with Sarah Cohen

Our single-weekend Introductory Workshops in Worcester introduces massage as a creative process and teaches effective techniques. Above all they are fun!

Completion of the Introductory Workshop may inspire you to explore massage further. Whatever your expectations we wish you a wonderful journey.

The programme is likely to include:

  • Working with a partner including shoulders, back, legs, arms and face
  • Varied and appropriate touch using different parts of our hands
  • Effective bodyuse for minimising strain
  • Participants will work on a massage table and may also work on the floor and in a chair
  • Self-massage

Tutor

> Sarah Cohen

Cost

£120 or £100 concessionary rate for OAP’s, students, and unemployed.

More information

Visit the Introductory Workshop page for more information

Book on an Introductory Workshop

Book online

Book by post

Course Code:  WIWOct2016  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Other courses and workshops you might like

Introductory Workshop in Thai Massage

Professional Training Course in Holistic Massage

Cranial Touch with Jessica Pailthorpe

The Art of Subtle Palpation:

Craniosacral therapy involves the practitioner being able to ‘listen’ through their hands to the subtle rhythms, movements & stories of their client’s body. These rhythms or ‘tides’ are connected with the innate capacity we have for self-healing and repair. This 1-day course aims to introduce you to the art of deep listening through touch. It will be grounded in the core approaches relevant to this work. There will be practical sessions to develop your palpation skills; exercises around key principles and explorations into how this work can enhance your current bodywork practice.

TutorJess Pailthorpe

> Jessica Pailthorpe

Cost

£65 is paid by 2nd June 2016, £70 thereafter

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Course Code: WCTJUN2016  –  Please quote this code when paying by BACS

Spiritual Anatomy and Healing with Lucy Lidell

*** Unfortunately due to sickness we have needed to postpone this workshop.  This will run later in the year – date TBC***

Spiritual anatomy describes the workings of the extraordinary non-physical energy system that interfaces with our physical body – the layers of the aura structure and within it the chakras, polarity streams and points.

Though few can actually see the non-physical, most of us can learn to sense it and work with it. And because, from before we are born, energy precedes the creation of the physical body, in working with spiritual anatomy we can make contact with others at a far deeper level.

This 2 day workshop is designed to deepen your understanding of the human energy system and teach a variety of effective sequences you can incorporate into your work with massage clients – to help with grounding, to create more balance and to relieve emotional and mental stress.

Fundamental to working with spiritual anatomy is a connection to your own subtle energy, so the work with partners will be taught within a context of meditation and self-healing exercises.

Tutor

> Lucy Lidell

Cost

£130 if paid by 4th February, £140 thereafter

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Course Code: WSAHMAR16 –  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.

Basic Hands Free Massage with Darien Pritchard

Hands Free Massage involves the use of forearm and elbow tools in order to save the massage practitioner’s hands and to be more effective in applying pressure (without working harder).

This two day course focuses on ‘soft forearm’ techniques (using the bellies of the flexor muscles), which can easily be incorporated into your familiar massage routines for firm sweeping strokes. The first day introduces the practical principles of using your forearm, including guiding it with your other hand and supporting it with good bodyuse practices. It covers using the soft forearm on the back, and the second day focuses on using it on the limbs. On the second day, there’s also an introduction to the ‘hard forearm’ (the edge of the ulna) and some of the elbow tools that are used for more specific pressure techniques.

Unfortunately, these powerful tools have a poor reputation with some people because of their insensitive use, so the course focuses on learning to feel with them as part of learning to use them carefully and skilfully so as to avoid brutalising the client. It also covers:
• How and where to best use them;
• How to moderate the pressure applied;
• How to support this with good body-use rather than working too hard with your arms and shoulders;
• How to blend these techniques smoothly into massage sessions.

The aim is to expand your repertoire and freshen your approach, to help you be more effective when applying pressure while saving your hands, thereby helping you to maintain your career.

Darien has been using his forearms and elbows for twenty five years (without which he would have been unable to sustain his career). He was particularly inspired by receiving deep tissue and Hawaiian massage treatments, and adapted these massage tools to deliver ‘Swedish Massage-style’ and deep tissue massage techniques. He was the first person in the UK to call this Hands-Free Massage when he started teaching it as a stand-alone CPD course in the late 1990s.

In addition to the course booklet, all students receive a DVD covering the techniques taught by Darien.

Dates

This two day workshop is taught over two Mondays – 9th November & 7th December 2015.

Tutor

> Darien Pritchard

Cost

£130 is paid by 9th October, £140 thereafter

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Course Code:  WHFMNov2015  –  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.

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