The British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA)
Why should a therapist join a BCMA therapy affiliated association?
The BCMA is an umbrella association of numerous therapy organisations. Before an association is allowed to join the BCMA it must meet specific standards and criteria. These include agreeing to check the qualifications of all of their applicants before allowing the applicant to join.
This standing is reflected back to its members as the public know that BCMA members must meet the required high criteria of the organisation before they can join.
By joining the BCMA, the therapist can feel confident that they have the support of a large, knowledgeable, well established association whose main interest is that of helping the therapist
How can the association help the therapist?
Besides offering advice to therapist members, insurance at competitive rates, a newsletter/blog and therapist details on the BCMA website, BCMA goes out and meet members at road shows and exhibitions, which gives members the chance to meet other members and the opportunity to listen to some great speakers on subjects which are of interest to therapists e.g. marketing, therapy techniques,.etc.
Other BCMA services.
Training establishments and Corporate membership is also available.
The BCMA has a very good reputation so why not enhance yours by joining the BCMA. Contact the BCMA on 0845 345 5977 or by writing to the BCMA PO Box 5122, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 0WG
I am pleased to report that the Roadshow was a great sucess! The day was amazing and a fitting event to mark our 25 years.
With plenty of time for networking and 3 very interesting and informative speakers –
Marilyn Devonish, John Levine and Jane Miller
We would like to thank these speakers for making such a positive contribution to our day.
Here are some of the wonderful feedback comments we received –
‘Great keep it up’
‘Excellent Event – would prefer more hands on’
‘Very Good – shame more did not attend’
‘Really well organised’
‘Well Done more please’
Had a wonderful day Thank you so much’
‘It was a very good event, Thank you very much for organising it’
‘Thoroughly enjoyed it! Took away lots of ideas to put into practise. Look forward to the next one Thank you’
We would like to thank everyone for their attendance and feedback from the day.
We even had an unexpected guest or guests and I can confirm the presence of several young chicks and their mother didn’t seem to be disturbed by the BCMA visitors for the day.
SO … where should we go next?
Do you have a local hall that would be suitable for an event of this type?
Do you run a local networking group who would be interested in an event in your area?
Contact the office with your location and offers of help to make our second event as successful as our first!
It was great to see everyone at the AGM yesterday both new faces and our regular BCMA representatives for what was an interesting and productive meeting.
We can now confirm that the BCMA have a new Chair person – Jane Court.
Jane has been a strong and capable acting chair for the last 6 months and yesterday was voted in as the new Chair. Be sure to check back soon or click follow on the right to read more about Jane.
Alison Young of ALTT joined Keith Harmon and Colleen Tucker on the Exec team. The BCMA are proud to be the only umbrella complementary therapy organisation to be run entirely by a volunteer team who are not paid for their hard work and dedication, ensuring that decisions made are for the benefit of CAM not for personal gain.
The BCMA Council IS the membership not a separate body, each BCMA member organisation and independent school, through their representative has a vote on the council, are you being represented? email Tracy at the office to find out more.
Not a member of the BCMA yet? find out how you or your members/graduates can join our national network of therapists!
Tracy Smith BCMA Administrator
Hello, my name is Alison Young and I work at Body Mechanics physiotherapy Practice in Ware, Hertfordshire as a musculo/skeletal and remedial exercise therapist. I thought I would write a short blog on how to relieve tension in the upper body.
With the fast pace of life today and with all the good will in the world we can find ourselves forgetting about our own needs, especially when our focus is on helping others. One of the first signs of tension feeding into the body is upper body tension and is seen in almost all the patients that we treat at our practice.
It is important that we listen and act on our own advice, I can be the world’s worst about not always taking the time to be kind to myself and listen to what my own bodies telling me, so how can we make sure that we are looking after ourselves and relieving one of the first signs of tension which can be in our upper body, particularly neck and shoulders.
Take 10 min’s out of your day (ideally lunchtime) to focus on your body:
- Focus on your breathing, the rise and fall of your chest – is the breath rapid and shallow and if so focus on gently slowing the breathing down.
- Once the breathing is more regulated, slowly turn your head to the left and hold there for 5 seconds then bring back to centre, then turn your head to the right and repeat.
- Then with the chin facing forward incline the head so that the ear goes towards the shoulder and again hold for 5 seconds and repeat on both sides.
This will loosen the muscles of the neck and back (especially the trapezius which inserts into the nape of the neck)
- Then bring the shoulder up, back and down remembering to do this slowly with control and repeat 2 -4 times.
- Then refocus on the breathing, by this time your breathing should be slower and you will feel the tension easing across the neck and shoulders
Why not set yourself a challenge of doing this 2 x daily (or at least once), remember slowly, do not rush these exercises otherwise you will not feel the benefits and please comment back letting me know if you feel the difference!
This practice has really helped me to focus on the ‘Now’ it is also great when you have a busy day or in times of worry or stress, not only does the blood become more oxygenated but your body will benefit so much from these stretches
Alison Young BCMA Registered Practitioner
We look forward to seeing our members at our AGM on 5th June 2013.
The AGM will take place at Victory Services Club London at 11.30 am.
Make sure you are represented! check with your association that they have a BCMA Representitive who will be attending on your behalf, if not could you volunteer?
Members are also welcome to attend by prior arangement please contact Tracy at the BCMA office to book your place.
Not a BCMA member yet? Want to find out more? If you are a therapy association, clinic, school or practitioner we have a home for you!
Check out our website membership information
The BCMA are pleased to announce the launch of their new
4 titles are currently available:
> BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Association
> BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy School
> BCMA Guide to setting up a Clinic
> BCMA Guide to finding a Complementary Therapist
These will be available for pay per download from the BCMA website at a cost of £5*, 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.
*£5 is the BCMA member’s price, non members will be asked to pay more but the difference will be refunded against future membership.
We are gearing up ready for our very first Road Show to celebrate our 25th Anniversary so unfortunately very little time for posting at the moment. We do have a few places available if you are interested please contact me to reserve your place. We very much hope the event will lead to more in the future and are currently looking for other venues in areas our members would like us to visit, do you have a venue suggestion? It needs to be a Hall preferably with a kitchen for tea/coffee making, with parking and somewhere to buy lunch close by, do let us know if you would be interested in helping with or attending an event in your area.
Welcome to the BCMA Blog. For our first posts I thought I would start to introduce some of the team here at the British Complementary Medicine Association. Today is my turn, I am the BCMA Administrator and have worked for the BCMA for over 10 years, before I was asked to design their ‘new’ website and do some admin duties I had only a very limited view about Complementary Therapies and what CAM was all about.
I had vaguely heard of Homeopathy and Acupuncture but what on earth are Reiki, Reflexology and NLP? I had of course some knowledge of massage but how did you know where to find a massage therapist and not get more than you bargained for (certain impressions gained from the media immediately sprang to mind). So as with all my past jobs I needed to know more if I was going to be a part of this organisation. This started with my self education on complementary therapies. Luckily I am competent with computers, search engines and have pretty good ‘people skills’ so I started research.
It soon became apparent there was a whole world of therapies out there, most of them directed at your body’s own ability to heal itself with gentle help, NONE of them are miracle cures and would never claim to be so. I learned early on that professional therapists with good reputations never claim to be able to do more than help your body use its natural abilities and relax you.
In the last ten years I have been privileged to meet many therapists and sample some of their therapies. I now have first hand experience of many of the therapies within the BCMA including Reiki, Reflexology and Energy Field Therapy and have a much better understanding of CAM, which helps me when I am responding to questions via phone and email from the public and therapists.
The BCMA has just 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 being released as either an online download or in paper format for a very low fee.
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Organisation’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy School’
‘BCMA Guide to setting up a Therapy Clinic’
More information to follow during the launch.
Which title would you be interested in? Are there any titles you would like to see added?
On the 18th of May, The British Complementary Medicine Association will be taking over Sandhurst Community Hall Yorktown Road for their first ever roadshow part of their 25th anniversary celebrations. This event provides an excellent opportunity for our members to meet, network and also enjoy 3 expert speakers.
Marilyn Devonish will be telling us ‘How to Supercharge and Compliment Your Complementary Medicine’ whilst Jane Miller will discuss ‘Profits, Sales and Marketing; What you believe is what you get’ and John Levine explores ‘Using Alphamusic to induce an Alpha-State – The Power of Sound’.
This is also a great opportunity to build on your CPD points for the year.
For more details and to purchase tickets, please click HERE.