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Self-Care with Indian Head Massage via Zoom

In these challenging times, we are all placing a lot more emphasis on self-care – for ourselves and our clients. This popular two hour online class via Zoom on Self-Care with Indian Head Massage is run by Mary Atkinson, author of The Art of Indian Head Massage and co-founder of the Indian Head Massage Community UK. It is fun, relaxing and informative. The dates are now full – but I am making a special pre-recorded seminar with all the course content which can be purchased. Details below.


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FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year – Mary Atkinson

Absolutely delighted to announce that I have been awarded the title of 2020 FHT Complementary Therapist of the Year. This was given in recognition of the support I provided for thousands of people across the world throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, by sharing live Story Massage sessions online.


Excellence Awards Celebration

The Complementary Therapist of the Year award would have been presented to me in person at an annual conference organised by the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) – the UK’s leading professional association for complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapists. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s celebrations had to be conducted remotely, as part of a special online FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) Excellence Awards Presentation.


Story Massage Sessions During Lockdown

In 2013, I co-founded the the Story Massage Programme which is based on ten simple massage strokes that are used to illustrate the words of a story. As the UK entered the first lockdown in March, I immediately looked to find a way to continue sharing this simple form of nurturing, positive touch with as many people as possible.

I produced a free booklet of 36 new massage stories and was overwhelmed by the initial response from over 2,000 people in schools, family homes and community groups. A teacher then approached me about starting live Facebook, Instagram and You Tube sessions, and so I took to the screen on a regular basis, with my trust teddy, Emmanuel, to share different follow-along massage stories. For many, and especially those with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, these live sessions provided a focus for the week, bringing them connection, fun and relaxation in an uncertain world.


Message from President of FHT

Christopher Byrne, President of the FHT, says: “At the FHT, we know the incredible work that our members are doing on a day-to-day basis, to help others. The FHT Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate these achievements and show the world at large what a difference therapies can make to others’ health and wellbeing, through real-life stories.

“Throughout COVID-19, I’m incredibly proud of FHT members such as Mary, winner of our Complementary Therapist of the Year 2020, who have really gone the extra mile to find new ways to ensure that those most in need can continue to feel nurtured and connected to others, at a time when physical touch has often not been possible or greatly restricted. Her work is exemplary of the wonderful and varied types of support our members have to offer in order to support others’ physical and mental wellbeing. Well done and thank you for all you have done to help those in your local community and beyond.”


The Story Massage Programme

The Story Massage Programme combines the benefits of positive touch with the creativity of storytelling. Ten massage strokes form the basis of the programme. These strokes have a simple name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it fully accessible for all ages and abilities.

 


FHT Accredited Story Massage Course

If you would like to use the programme at home or work you will love our flexible FHT Accredited online course. All the information is here: Online Training Course.

You will learn how to share the ten Story Massage strokes, adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for therapists, teacher, parents and those working with children with additional needs. Everyone can benefit! For more information please email mary@storymassage.co.uk or info@maryatkinson.com

 

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Free CPD for Holistic Therapists – 10 simple tips

Concerned about getting sufficient CPD points to meet the requirements of your professional body? Well, here are ten simple ways of achieving your Continuing Professional Development without putting pressure on your bank balance.  Your professional body will provide you with full details of the policy for CPD for holistic therapists. Many will also have templates to help you record your CPD activities. Continue reading »

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Healing Touch for Children Book

Looking for natural ways to help your child cope with unsettling times? My book Healing Touch for Children offers easy to follow ways of providing support and comfort. It is supported by a YouTube channel with demonstrations of the techniques. The paperback edition costs £4.99 and the Kindle version is £2.99, both exclusively from Amazon.

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Zoom Indian Head Massage Refresher Course

Join Mary Atkinson and Bridget Prusik, two leading experts in IHM, for a CPD session Indian Head Massage Refresher via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to share the extensive knowledge and support of Mary and Bridget and meet like-minded people. A perfect way to update your skills and feel confident in giving the very best treatment to your clients especially during this difficult time.

Mary and Bridget


All the Details

Date:

Thursday 26th November  6 – 8 (evening)

Cost: £40

Open to: Qualified Indian Head Massage therapists

To book: Please contact Bridget Prusik on seahollytherapies@gmail.com

CPD certificates: This course is awarded 2 CPD Points by the FHT

 

Thank you Mary and Bridget for a really great Zoom class yesterday. It’s helped given me the confidence back to start therapies again. Was lovely to meet all of you and hope to meet you all in person some day at one of the amazing seminars.  Kim Faulkner

What a brilliant Indian Head Massage Refresher Course this evening – really enjoyed it. I was reminded about a move I’d forgotten! So thanks Bridget (opening up the scapula). Emma-Jayne Beattie


Indian Head Massage Refresher Course Outline

The aim of the session is to share techniques and ideas – some familiar, others new – which can be adapted and used to suit the individual needs of each client. Above all, the session is designed to raise your confidence, and to inspire, support and enhance your own personal approach to Indian Head Massage.

If you wish to have a someone to practise on during the session (from your bubble) then this great, but you can do most of the moves on yourself too. If you wish to use your own oils that is fine, but you do not need to use any.

As a trained practitioner, you will have developed your own selection of moves. The intention is not to replace these, or to offer a set routine, but to gain from sharing experiences and suggestions.

Please let us know if there are any particular topics you would like to discuss. We plan to cover:

  • History and versatility of Indian Head Massage
  • Use and application of carrier oils
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Emotional Protection
  • Top techniques for Indian Head Massage – back, shoulders, arms, neck, head and face
  • Q and A

Many thanks Mary and Bridget for the Indian Head Massage refresher course tonight. It was very enjoyable and informative and has helped boost my confidence in getting back to massage. Lovely meeting you all tonight. Sue Burley


About your Tutors

They are both well established tutors in Indian Head Massage and are team members of the Indian Head Massage Community. 

Bridget teaches a popular 3 day FHT accredited Diploma course in Cornwall. Indian Head Massage Diploma.

Mary is author of The Art of Indian Head Massage, one of the first books written on Indian Head Massage.

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Thank you Mary Atkinson & Bridget Prusik for a wonderful refresher course last night. It was lovely to meet you all and the zoom course was exactly what I needed to give me that boost of confidence. I also learnt a couple of new moves that I look forward to trying out. Mary, it was really great to put a face to the fab book I’ve had for many years too. Cherie Boot

Highly recommend this course, it was well presented, informative and fun. The follow up notes and video also a great help. Heidi Hewitt


 Course Pre-Requisites

  • Learners must have prior learning in Indian Head Massage and Anatomy and Physiology
  • This course is awarded 2 CPD Points by the FHT

You may also be interested in Mary’s Zoom class: Self-Care with Indian Head Massage

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Diploma in Indian Head Massage in Cornwall

Looking to study Indian Head Massage? We are now running a Covid-compliant Diploma in Indian Head Massage in Cornwall in November 2020. Numbers are limited and full PPE is provided.  Continue reading »

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Free CPD for Holistic Therapists During Lockdown

Concerned about getting sufficient CPD points? Well, here are some simple ways of achieving your CPD  during lockdown – without putting pressure on your bank balance.  Do also check out the website of your professional body for details of the policy for CPD for holistic therapists. Many will have templates to help you record your CPD activities.


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Indian Head Massage for Children

Indian Head Massage is a wonderful therapy to share with all ages – from young children to elderly people. One of our Indian Head Massage Diploma graduates, Tia Tamblyn, has a wealth of experience with Indian Head Massage for children. Tia Tamblyn answers common questions about how to adapt this popular therapy for young people.

 

 

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Benefits of Foot and Hand Massage

If you’ve enjoyed a hand or foot massage then you know that it can be a very calming, soothing and beneficial experience. We look at four published research studies that support anecdotal evidence. And you can find out more in my book: Hand and Foot Massage.  Continue reading »

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Personal Stories of Surviving the Japanese Tsunami

It’s hard to know where to begin writing memories of our return visit to Rikuzantakata, a city devastated by the North East Earthquake and Tsunami of March 2011. My husband, Richard, and I visited the area after a year the disaster with Cocoro, a small aromatherapy charity. We went back in September 2019 to mark the closure of the charity. We’re pictured below with others therapists from the charity.

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