Join the Revolution! Thatâ€™s the rallying cry Meghan Mari and Rachel Fairweather, founders of JING Advanced Massage Training Institute in Brighton. Rachel and Meghan are working with passion and determination to raise the standards of massage so that our profession, and the professionals working within it, gain the expertise and recognise that we deserve.
It was with great pleasure that, as winner of the Camexpo Outstanding Achievement Award 2010, Â I had the honour of presenting Mehan (left) and Rachel (right) with the much deserved award last year. Â We are also delighted they will be speaking at our Chichester Local FHT Support Group on June 6th 2012. Here is a little more about the dynamic duo who are changing the face of massage training in the UK.
When did JING first become established?
We have both been therapists for over 20 years and began training master therapists in New York City in 1999. In 2003, we brought our pioneering courses to Brighton, centering on treating specific pain conditions such as frozen shoulder and sciatica. The feedback was phenomenal.
Tell me a bit more about your massage courses?
The JING Institute is a revolutionary postgraduate training organisation providing master CPD courses and ground-breaking qualifications. JING, now offers over 50 Master CPD courses, 3 Advanced Certificates, and the BTEC level 6. Therapists can train around the country with an expert team for just 2 days, or up to 3 years. Courses include the Advanced Clinical Massage series to treat pain such as RSI, Whiplash, and knee pain, Trigger point Therapy, Advanced Certificate in Myofascial Release, Advanced certificate in Musculoskeletal anatomy, Pregnancy Massage, Eastern and Sports Techniques.
Â What is your greatest achievement in massage training so far?
JING offers a new qualification to UK therapists, the BTEC level 6 in Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage accredited by Edexcel. We are the only institution approved to offer this level of massage education in the UK. We believe that by giving therapists the opportunity to train to degree level, JING has achieved great strides for the massage world. Â And the biggest news is that, as part of the BTEC level 6, The JING Institute is working with the University of York to develop a centre of clinical massage research unparallelled in the UK.
What are your plans for the future?
JING is going global! We feel excited about being asked to be international guest lecturers in massage and anatomy at several UK and US massage and yoga schools, including the International Dermal Institute, Chichester College, McTimoney Chiropractic Association and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
What do you think is the secret of your amazing success?
The work we teach is serious but we do it with a lot of laughter. We advocate taking the holistic approach and use innovative teaching methods that ensure that our students leave courses with the material in their hands, head and hearts. All work is taught practically so that it can be used right away with effective results.
Here’s to the future of JING from Mary Atkinson Holistic Therapy Courses.