Recently, several of the Bristol Massage Therapy team went to a CPD event to learn how to spot possible signs of Skin Cancer, and when it would be a good idea to refer our clients to an expert for a proper look.
This article was published in Donkey Press, the publication for the Zero Balancing Association here in the UK. To find out more about what ZB is, please visit the UK's ZBA website.
There are many variations in the world of massage, and an event greater number of form of bodywork. One of these is Deep Massage, which has been developed from a form of bodywork known as zero balancing (or ZB).
The nature of the relationship between a massage therapist and their clients, that therapeutic relationship, is a many faceted thing, and has the potential to be or become something very precious. At least in my opinion. I think part of me has always acknowledged and respected this, but over the past year I have come to realise just how much I learn, grow and develop as both a practitioner and as a person through the relationships I have with my clients.
Our pregnancy massage lessons offer fathers-to-be and other birthing partners the opportunity to learn some simple massage techniques to help alleviate muscular aches and pains that the mother-to-be experiences. This allows for at-home help throughout the latter stages of pregnancy and even into the early stages of labour.
When things get sticky, tough, emotional and quite frankly real, it provides us with the opportunity to refocus our energies, understand what’s important and what can be put aside, even temporarily. However, it's also important to understand how we can keep moving forward in work, love and life in such circumstances.
When I need my mind to quiet, I typically disappear to the seaside. The wide open vistas allow my mind to settle, switching off active thought and allowing creativity to flow. I find I reflect upon the interconnectivity of our lives, our emotions, our experiences with our physical manifestation is part of what I love about my work.
We know I love receiving a massage. It can be the best part of my week sometimes, climbing onto the table, putting my face in the face cradle and closing my eyes. But sometimes it just doesn't feel quite the same. There's the sudden realisation that once again I can feel my nose block during a massage. Struggling to breathe is not conducive to relaxing ...
One of the things that I really enjoy about my work with clients is seeing them progress through from an injury to recovery, or to slow and gentle unwinding of a painful muscular situation. But with 168 hours available each week, I am unlikely to spend more than one hour of their week working ‘hands on’ to help them. So we end up talking about ‘homework or self care’.
At the start of the year I wrote that I believed 2015 was going to be a big year, with no knowledge or concept of the idea of what has developed over the last 12 months. This evening a week ago, Bristol Massage Therapy hosted it’s very first party and although it passed in a whirl, I did stop several times just to savour the moment.
A very good friend of mine is a phenomenal girl - she has an incredibly generous heart, is a joy to spend time with and makes me laugh. We met when I was working at The Practice Rooms in Clifton where she was working as a counsellor, and it felt as though I'd struck gold when I met her. Whenever I ran into her I always felt better.
Ismene Cole is a counsellor and is currently training to be a life coach, but the thing that I believe makes her special is that she is just so intuitive and kind. She inspires me. So when she asked me to be part of a project she was working on, I leapt at the chance to help her out. It turned out she was helping me out.
I’ve been wanting to writing a post about massage and Parkinson's disease for a very long time but have been hesitating. Why? Because, the honest truth is that massage can’t 'cure' a client with Parkinson’s, it might make them feel better, but it won't help them get better. And this is something I really struggle with.
Massage practitioners are not allowed to diagnose, it is outside our remit, having not received any medical training. However, our experience does inform our practice and working with our clients we can to identify what is likely to be happen. But the deal with this is always a personal opinion with professional experience. NOT a diagnosis.