Tag Archive | Clinic

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

BCMA Spring Road Show – Spotlight on Speakers part3

Image

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

BCMA Road Show 5th April 2014 Spotlight on Speakers

Image

Spotlight on Speakers – Ursula Barbieri

Life Alignment Healing: for physical and spiritual well-being

In this talk you will be introduced to the Life Alignment Healing system, which works with the Energy Body and with Soul spiritual guidance.

We are powerful co-creators in our universe, at all times connected with the sacred spirit of life, inside and in the world around. When our energy body is a clear and fluid we feel vital and strong and are able to express our unique soul identity. In this talk there will be demonstrations and a guided meditation.

Biography

Ursula Barbieri is a Life Alignment healer. She has also intensively trained in shamanism (Inka shamanism, Core shamanism and Celtic shamanism). Ursula has explored many healing techniques such as Advanced Spiritual Response Therapy, NLP, Awakening the Light-body  and more. She holds a first class degree in Economics. www.ursulabarbieri.com

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

BCMA Roadshow Feedback

Hall

Sandhurst Community Hall

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’

BCMAROADSHOW

Jane welcomes everyone to the event

‘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’

‘Fantastic day’

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.

Blue tit nest outside of Hall

blue tit nest outside of hall

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!

Tracy Smith

BCMA Administrator

Relieve your Tension

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

BCMA AGM 5th June 2013

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