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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

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.

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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

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BCMA Spring Road Show – Spotlight on Speakers part2

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Spotlight on Speakers – Keith Harmon

“Go with the vibes”

Keith Harmon’s talk will introduce the audience to energy and energy techniques to increase ones or others energy. Dowsing rods will be used to demonstrate the effects of the treatments and the effect of detrimental energy fields on the body. Topics touched upon will include Geopathic and Electro-Magnetic stress. Keith will also demonstrate his unique, so called “Harry Potter” technique to increase energy.  There will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to have a go at some of the techniques themselves.

PROFILE

Keith Harmon has been a practising qualified energy field therapist for about 25 years and a Reiki Master and Thought Field Therapist for as nearly as long.  Keith developed and interest in dowsing for health about 20 year ago and found it a useful tool with his therapy work. and  with his interest in archaeology. This latter interest has led his dowsing to be used whilst working with the Museum of London.

These interests have led him to becoming involved at committee level in the BCMA,  the Association of Energy Therapist.( AET ), the International Association of Health Dowsers(IAHD) and the Middleex and Surrey Archaeology Dowsers (MASAD).

Keith is a qualified teacher and is a registered dowsing tutor with the British Society of Dowsers mainly teaching and giving talks on dowsing for health and energy. This has led him to give talks and teach in many parts of the U.K. and in 7 States of America.  He is looking forward to giving his first talk to BCMA members

On the archaeology side, Keith formed and is the chairman of the Middlesex and Surrey Archaeology dowsers which has enjoyed great success in the London area.

He is also part of an archaeology team which works mainly along the River Thames and which is sponsored and organised by the Museum of London.

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

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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

Can the BCMA help you?

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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.

Over 20 years the BCMA has become recognised as one of the leading CAM organisations and have been approached by governmental bodies, TV and radio and other media companies for information and views.  therapyman

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

Food for Thought

We often hear the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, raising our awareness of what we put in our bodies will not only benefit the clients that we treat, but will also benefit ourselves as therapists, I decided it would be good idea to share some key facts related to nutrition with you on a regular basis.
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What is “nutrition”?

Nutrition is the science of food, the nutrients in foods and how the body uses those nutrients. The science studies the process by which living organisms acquires all things that are necessary for them to live and grow. Nutrients are defined as substances that the body is unable to make on its own. These nutrients include minerals, vitamins and macromolecules. It includes the process of ingestion, digestion, absorption, metabolism, transport, storage and excretion of those nutrients. It also includes the environmental, psychological and behavioral aspects of food and eating. The six classes of nutrients include: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. To summarise nutrition consists of Diet which is the foodstuffs which are taken into the body; and metabolism what happened to the food when it enters the body and the chemical changes that occur.
What is cholesterol? What are the two main types?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is found in the blood. It is mainly made in the body and plays an essential role in how every cell in the body works. Unfotunately too much cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Proteins carry cholesterol around the body and these combinations of cholesterol and proteins are called lipoproteins. The tow main types of lipoproteins are:
Low- denstity lipoproteins (LDL) which is the harmful type of cholesterol
High-density lipoproteins (HDL) which is a protective type of cholesterol
It is important to note that some people can have high blood cholesterol even thought they eat a healthy diet. for example it is possible to inherit a condition called familial hyperlipidaemia (FH). A common cause of high blood cholesterol  levels is eating too much saturated fat.
What are the types of fat found in food? What are trans fats?
There are two main types of fat found in food – saturated and unsaturated. Both contain the same amount of calories but to ensure you maintain a healthy diet, you need to cut down on food high in saturated fat and eat foods that are rich in unsaturated fat. Eating a diet high in saturated fat will cause the level of cholesterol in the blood to increase over a period of time, if excessive amounts of cholesterol are in the body the risk of heart disease and its associated conditions is greatly increased. On average a man should eat no more that 30g of saturated fat a day, and an average woman no more than 20g a day.
Trans fats are chemically altered vegetable oils. They are artificially produced in a process called hydrogenation which turns liquid oil into solid fat.  They are used because they are cheap, adding bulk and they have a neutral flavor and give products a long shelf life. They are of no nutritional value at all. They can be found in processed foods, foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oil and also occur naturally, but at very low levels for ex dairy products. Trans fats can raise cholesterol levels in the blood, this is why it is recommended that no more that 2% of the energy (calories) is made up of trans fats.
What is the medical importance of Omega-3 fatty acids?
The medical importance of Omega-3 fatty acids are that they reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (memory and performance) and behavioral function. It is interesting to note also that infants which do not get enough Omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk of developing vision and nerve problems.
By Alison Young BSc, FIAT, ALTT, BCMA

BCMA Elect A New Chair

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.

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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