BCMA Featured Members #2 Valerie Cheong

Nurturing Your Unique Brand – Wellbeing for the self employed and business owners

Valerie has wValerieorked in a number of fields: financial services and project management before starting her career as a self employed. Having made several career changes, Valerie has learnt to raise her own self awareness so as to make each career transition, a journey worth making. She worked for a number of years with business owners to grow and consolidate their businesses. She then joined a Pan African Trust to help beneficiaries carry out the projects that received funding from her employer.

Having to travel and work with people of different cultural and professional backgrounds, Valerie has learnt to look after her own wellbeing. She used her self help Reiki techniques as well as meditated regularly. She started her training as a Law of Attraction Practitioner so that she can use it to achieve her own personal goals.  She is used to push the boundaries of her comfort zone and adjust to different cultural norms. She is now a Reiki teacher based on Eastern Principles ( Komyo Reiki Kai)

From Valerie’s personal perspective, wellbeing encompasses many aspects – managing change and befriending your worries, time management and learning new tools such as financial planning  are all essential to building your resilience when you are self employed or running  a business.

Self employment can be a daunting project.  Deciding on how to market your services, what prices would you be charging, how to work out how much you need financially to run your business, how to define your Unique Selling Points (USP) and use it to raise your visibility.

Valerie is now using her work experience to coach and mentor her clients who are looking to start their own business or grow their existing business or run their charities. She provides them support to improve their managerial skills, grow their comfort zone as well as their financial literacy. An understanding of financial planning is important for the personal wellbeing of the business owner or founder as finances is part of the lifeline for your self employment or organisation to be successful.

Valerie is a member of the International Coaching Federation and has a certificate in Professional Coaching. She is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and has received training in Coaching for Conflict Resolution. Find out more about Valerie and her work

Valerie is a registered therapist of the BCMA through her membership of the Association of Energy Therapists

Would you like to be a BCMA Featured Member? or find out more about the BCMA? contact Tracy at the BCMA Office

BCMA Guides Update

The BCMA announced the launch of the BCMA Guides, at our first ever Road Show on 18th May 2013, one of which I have helped to compile ‘The BCMA Guide to Finding a Therapist’ one of 4 guides released as either an online download or in paper format for a very low fee.

Guide

Other titles

‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Organisation’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy School’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Clinic’

These are available for pay per download from the BCMA website at a cost of £2.50*, a paper copy will be available in the future in A5 booklet form at a premium price, Please contact the BCMA office for further details.

*£2.50 is the BCMA member’s price, non members will be asked to pay £5 but the difference will be refunded against future membership.

Which title would you be interested in? Are there any titles you would like to see added?

Tracy Smith BCMA Administrator

Therapy – Pelvic Diaphragm Releases: Incredibly effective myofascial release technique

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“Blown away today to watch a baby turn itself from breech to cephalic during myofascial release work at an awesome School of Bodywork study day. The mother was so much more comfortable after the baby turned and grinned from ear to ear.

It was so gentle and permissive. Truly the baby chose to turn. Somehow the therapist merely held the space which enabled this. The change in the mother’s demeanour was profound from tense and experiencing chronic pain since 11/40 to smiling happy and comfortable. She told us the baby was moving big movements about 10 minutes into the treatment. The therapist’s hands were still. We could easily see the baby’s movements and all of us noticed the changed shape of her belly after the Release. She was kind enough to let me palpate afterwards, already convinced her belly felt quite different at the top. It looked so gentle and led by the baby. I was in awe and still am. More workshops may follow.”

The above account was written by Liz Nightingale an extremely well regarded independent midwife of 13 years.

On the 8th of August I, Emma Gilmore Director of School of Bodywork was kindly invited to Oxfordshire to teach 13 chiropractors and one midwife some incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to free up restrictions in the pelvic diaphragm and abdomopelvic cavity which allows breech or posterior babies to turn. After settling into the space and getting over my fascination at the tiny chiropractic couches we settled into what was to become a very moving day.

The course entitled Pelvic Diaphragm Release is a one day course and in the past has been attended by midwives, physiotherapists, massage therapists, doulas or partners. So working with chiropractors was new to me.

After an introduction to fascia and an exercise to tune the therapists into the subtle yet profound touch of the myofascial techniques, I went on to teach the “workhorse” of MFR, the Cross Hand Release, a gentle, flat handed technique where the therapist contacts the patient’s body and feels for the first restriction or barrier. With light, sustained, yet constant pressure applied into the patient’s body, the trained therapist will begin to feel the restrictions release, working through barrier after barrier, releasing layers of restriction within the fascial system. This subtle yet profound work created a great atmosphere in the room and there was great focus amongst the students; everyone truly understood the essence of this work.

Cross Hand Release

Cross Hand Release

After lunch Geri a 34 week pregnant patient of a chiropractor present joined us, she had been in a lot of discomfort since week 11 of her pregnancy, she had numbness and pain down her left leg, and had been walking on crutches, she did not look 34 weeks pregnant. Her baby boy was in breech position. She looked exhausted and in pain, although had a charming disposition. She climbed awkwardly and tentatively onto the couch with the help of a foot stool and lay in a supine position. I ensured she was as comfortable as possible and explained briefly what I was going to do, she seemed very happy. While I worked with Transverse plane technique;  which frees up restrictions within the pelvic diaphragm; Geri talked about some of the difficulties of her pregnancy, her baby was almost never still (as he was constantly trying to get in a more comfortable positon for both of them). As I worked I felt her sacrum soften and “drop” into my hand, allowing space into her body, I continued for several minutes more, tuning into what the baby and mother needed, we both felt further restrictions on the left of the abdomopelvic cavity, so after gently removing my hands from the original position I worked here with a Cross Hand Release, after a few more minutes of this technique there was a terrific movement and Gerri looked almost shocked as the bay repositioned himself in a cephalic position, it was clear that my work was done. So I invited Liz to palpate…….the baby had turned itself cephalic, Geri got off the couch saying how different she felt, the baby had dropped and she now looked like a pregnant woman, she then walked without crutches.

Transverse plane

Transverse plane

These techniques are a MUST for all midwives and bodywork therapists working with pregnant women.

Next course: Tuesday November 25th 2014

Pelvic Diaphragm Releases: Incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to release restrictions and allow breech or posterior babies to turn. Invaluable techniques for midwives, massage therapists, doulas or partners. £95

7 CPD points awarded by APNT

www.schoolofbodywork.com

 

 

 

BCMA Featured Members – #1 Stef Watts

Stef at your4legs

Complementary Therapies for Horses, Humans and Canines

Stef has always had a passion for working with animals and spent several years researching the most appropriate Complementary Therapy courses to enable her to make the step change to becoming a self-employed therapist. Stef completed an Equine Sports Massage ITEC Diploma with Mary Bromiley in 2007, after first completing an ITEC Diploma in Human Massage with Bodybasics in Stratford . During the same period she was also busy studying for a MSc. In McTimoney Animal Manipulation, from which she graduated in December 2008. Following this, Stef has added a number of additional tools to her portfolio, including Deep Oscillation® Massage, Omega Low Level Laser and ArcEquine Therapy.

Stef and Mr G

Although Stef had never seriously considered working as a human therapist, she thoroughly enjoyed the ITEC Human Massage course and, as a result, has a number of people with horse riding and other sports related injuries on her varied list of clients. To complete her portfolio, Stef launched Equipoise Equine Gait and Rider Position Analysis in March 2013. This analysis is aimed at identifying gait asymmetries in the horse and assessing the rider’s balance using high-speed video work (up to 300 frames / second) and special gait analysis measurement software from Quintic Sports Consultancy. When Stef is not busy working, she likes to spend time with her “horse widower” husband and her own horse Mr G. She also enjoys a number of outdoor pursuits including mountaineering and running, having completed the Berlin marathon in 2013.

For more information visit Stef’s website www.your4legs.co.uk

Congratulations to Stef for being our very first featured member.

Any BCMA Member associations, schools or therapists wishing to be featured please contact Tracy at the office

Dowsing for Health and Energy 17th May

DOWSING FOR HEALTH AND ENERGY COURSE

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Saturday 17th May 2014

St.Anne’s Heath County Junior School,

Sandhills Lane, Virginia Water,Surrey

The course will be run by Keith Harmon and Jane Court
who are both very knowledgeable dowsers in the health field, experienced therapists
and teach health dowsing for the British Society of Dowsers.
 
Click here for more details and a booking form

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BCMA Spring Road Show

Unfortunately there was not enough interest in the Road Show in Newbury so sadly this has been cancelled. We will be contacting those that booked shortly

We will of course make sure to advise you of our next event as soon as we have details.

BCMA Office

BCMA Spring Road Show – Spotlight on Speakers part3

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Spotlight on Speakers – Alison Young

Please join me for an interactive session in learning about how you can help yourself and have the fitness and the physical health you want.

What is the Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics?

The Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics is a complimentary therapy used internationally based on the theory that good posture, alignment and daily Body Use Patterns, together with a series of simple Remedial Exercises, will ensure balance of Postural Muscles and so relieve strain from muscles and joints. Over a period of six weeks, Body Mechanics (BMT) will bring many benefits to the muscular skeletal systems. However, long term commitment to the BMT technique is necessary to bring lasting results! Muscles are the ‘pulling power’ on the skeleton. Skeletal muscles work in pairs – as one group shorten during movement, the opposing muscle group must lengthen. When muscles are correctly balanced, strain on the skeleton is minimised. BMT is a SELF HELP Therapy.

Remedial Exercise
The remedial exercises are designed to address unbalance with counter balance movements, which will then, over a period of time, return the muscles to their balanced state. Daily exercise programmes are set to suit the individual’s needs and lifestyle. The precision remedial exercises can be done in bed before rising and at night on retiring. Each session takes approximately 3 minutes.

Daily Body Use
The Body use Patterns can be incorporated daily so that there is no disruption to lifestyle. These very soon become a way of life – as natural as your daily hygiene routine.

Posture and Alignment

Correct posture is the foundation of healthy movement, so it is important to check in regularly to see if your posture is aligned. When you practice proper posture, your running and walking will feel more fluid and efficient. Practice regularly and you’ll be creating the conditions for energy to flow through your body all day long

Massage

For thousands of years the ‘Laying on of hands’ or massage in many forms has been used to heal the sick. To Ancient Greeks and Roman physicians massage was the way of healing and relieving pain. Hippocrates, the father of medicine wrote “rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid. Julius Caesar who suffered from epilepsy was ‘pinched’ all over daily to relieve headaches and neuralgia. Massage was known to disperse toxins found in muscles which were not expelled by exercise. The effects of massage depend on the knowledge and skills of the therapist and through skilful treatment all systems and organs will benefit from massage.

Individual advice is necessary for posture and alignment correction. Often this is thought to be the hardest part of BMT technique. For most people at least four changes need to be made to their skeletal alignment structure. This is normally taught over a six week period, together with the Body Use Patterns. A basic remedial exercise programme is set at the first consultation and may be progressed if necessary.

About Alison

Alison Louise Young is a ‘Sarling Technique’ Body Mechanic’s Therapist who has been working in the field of Holistic Therapy for over 3 years. Alison had the great opportunity to be trained by the founder of the therapy Grace Olive-Collins who is a professional member of MCSP member of the chartered physiotherapists and HPC registered BCMA ALTT and registered with the National society of Back Care. Olive has worked within this field for over 30 years, during which time she has provided professional training to a variety of practitioners, as well as practicing from her own studio in Ware in Hertfordshire, England.

Previously Alison worked within the scientific industry for over 18 years supporting various therapeutic groups including Pain, Psychiatry, Translational Pharmacological Sciences, Neuroprotection, Neurodegeneration, Gastrointestinal Diseases, MRI, Metabolism and Respiratory research. Her belief in the importance of treating the physical, mind and body is not only due to her training but also her own physical condition and as well as providing the therapy has also been on the receiving end, which has been invaluable.

Roadshow Information

Along with the speakers we will have tables promoting courses/selling CAM related products, (a few table spaces are available please contact the office if you would like a table), and the BCMA team will be on hand during the day to answer questions and offer advice

The venue is easily accessible and there is plenty of car parking behind the hall The cost for the day will be £35 for BCMA membersand £40 for non members which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but not lunch (bring a packed lunch and enjoy networking with other attendees)

For more information and booking click here