Student Stories

Lorna Wagstaff, just 6 months after qualifictaion…

“I thought you might like to know that I wrote a proposal promoting the use of massage therapy within my own work place (Haldon Eating Disorders Service, Devon Partnership Trust), this was passed by Clinical Governance and I now offer massage therapy as part of the treatment programme, linking it with Body Image group / sessions and the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Treatment Programme.

Massage treatment has been integrated into the weekly programme since the beginning to December 2011 and appears to be a successful addition to treatment so far.

I have now been asked to attend a Beat (Beating Eating Disorders) international conference at the Institute of Education in London to conduct a short presentation regarding body image and would like to find some more resources. I wondered if you might know of any further work / research that supported the use of massage with eating disorders / body image work, or could point me in the right direction?

I hope this also goes to show how very much I enjoyed, appreciated and valued The Complete Bodyworker Diploma that I attended last year.”

Lorna has gone on the study the Remedial Massage Diploma and Rebounding with School of Bodywork

Complete Bodyworker: Neck massage demonstration.
Complete Bodyworker: Hand massage.

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Kaya Woods three years later…

“I’ve always known I wanted to work in the healing arts. At 15 I did work experience with a naturopathic doctor and by 18 I was seriously considering dropping out of the photography diploma I was doing because I knew that my heart was elsewhere. It was at this time that I found ENHC and even went for an interview for their massage course. However it wasn’t meant to be at that time, life took over and I found myself doing other things. It was nearly a decade later when I found myself in the position for a fresh start. So I enrolled on the Complete Bodyworker and haven’t looked back since.

It’s now been 3 years since I graduated from the Complete Bodyworker and I’ve since gone on to do 3 postgraduate courses. It’s a decision I’m glad I made. Bodywork is now my full time career, I work on a self-employed basis at a 4 star hotel spa, a natural health practice and a chiropractic centre. All of the work is challenging and rewarding. I get to meet people from all walks of life and I love being my own boss. I think one of my favourite aspects to doing this job is the variety. Every day, in fact every hour is different with each new session bringing a unique set of circumstances. Every individual requiring a different treatment to the last. I still get butterflies of anticipation and excitement with every new client that walks through the door, wondering what new things the session will bring and I don’t see that ever changing because the possibilities really are limitless and ever evolving.

Whatever happens now and wherever life takes me I know I’m on the right track. I may or may not be doing massage in another 10 years’ time but i know for sure I will be working in natural health and I would encourage anyone who’s considering doing one of the School of Bodywork courses to go for it. It is such a fantastic foundation for a multitude of possibilities, it is also just a lovely thing to do!”

Kaya has also studied Indian Head Massage, Remedial Massage and Myofascial Release with School of Bodywork.

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Toby Taylor one year on…

“I found the School of Bodywork whilst at university. I had returned to education through frustration with my career, but found the same challenges whilst studying. I was profoundly dissatisfied with what I perceived to be a sedentary and abstract form of work which had little impact on people’s lives.

Until that point, I had enjoyed yoga and martial arts but had no idea how to develop these things professionally. As my studies progressed, I found less time for them and became quite depressed. And fat. Really quite fat. I was lucky enough to have made friends with a yoga teacher and his wife who both practised massage and through their encouragement, I decided to radically change what I was doing with my life.

I handed in my thesis, moved across the country to Exeter and began at School of Bodywork within 24 hours. I found that I was pretty good at what I was learning and the anatomy and physiology added a missing dimension to my yoga, which got me back into regular practice. As time went on, I was volunteering at charity and community events and found that people were really receptive to what I offered.

Since graduating a year ago, I’ve been able to successfully set up as a therapist and continued with the School’s post graduate programmes. My health has improved significantly and I’ve found a deeper satisfaction for my inclinations to explore and discover than I was offered previously. Through bodywork, I began a yoga teacher training course and have found that the massage gives a privileged perspective on posture and alignment. In truth, the insights I’ve been given through bodywork have far surpassed my expectations.

I currently work out of several practices in the Exeter area and I can’t see myself doing any other form of work. I feel privileged to have the support of the School and the local complementary health community.”

Toby has also studied Indian Head Massage, Remedial Massage and Myofascial Release with School of Bodywork.

Student Stories: Hand massage
Student Stories: Toby giving Indian Head Massage with tutor support.

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Emma Barnes on her progress

“Business has been going very well since the Remedial diploma, clients continue to attend for remedial treatment and Swedish massage. I treat three days a week, and for those days I am booked up well in advance. The Remedial Diploma not only gave me more of a library of techniques to use, it also gave me confidence in my self to trust my own judgement. I still treat a broad range of clients, a lot of which start coming for Remedial treatment and then continue booking appointments for Maintenance Treatments. I am very happy with the way my clinic has been received. It has taken a lot of effort and encouragement which is paying off now. The courses that I have done with School of Bodywork have given me an excellent grounding with which to start and continue my business.”

Emma studied the Complete Bodyworker and the Remedial Massage diploma with School of Bodywork.

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Tia Tamblyn’s journey…

“My journey as a massage therapist started in 2013 when I joined the Complete Bodywork Diploma course at the School of Bodywork. Little did I realise quite what a different direction life would move in when I discovered shortly after beginning the course that I was pregnant with twins! The twins were born in late April 2014, and I (just!) managed to complete the exams for the course to enable me to begin working from home as a massage therapist from that summer. Taking the course was one of the best decisions of my life. I absolutely love working as a therapist, using my hands and my head to make a difference to people’s health and well-being. I feel so lucky to have a business that can be flexible, and enable me to work from home. As it happens it also provides a wonderful counterpoint to looking after very small children, when I retreat into my therapy room, take a moment to calm myself and focus quietly on the client’s needs, which somehow seems to provide therapy for me too! I am so grateful not only for the initial training that I received but also for the ongoing development and support opportunities. I’m really looking forward to doing some additional training over the coming year, hopefully seeing some familiar as well as meeting new faces!”

Student Story: Tia

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Julie O’Neill from mobile therapist to clinic…

Since completing the Myofascial Release course with Emma at the School of Bodywork my work schedule has been so busy. I remember Emma warning us in class that we would, but I didn’t realise at the time just how successful my business would become. My treatments have excelled forward with the results I’m achieving. I was working as a mobile Therapist before but have since opened up a clinic to save travelling time allowing me more time to cater for the demand. I would definitely recommend the Myofascial Release course with Emma if you’re looking for techniques to really boost your treatments with positive results and expand your business. P.S. Already getting great results with the Rebounding!!!

Julie has studied to Advanced Myofascial Release with School of Bodywork

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Claire Boutsiavaras – Nourishingly healthy and subtle approach

Last week I completed a Foundation in Myofascial Release (MFR) with The School of Bodywork in Exeter, working with a group of seven other bodyworkers. Director and Tutor of the training school, Emma Gilmore, took us through an eye-opening series of techniques that allow for muscle and pain relief with a very subtle approach. You can forget the more invigorating approach of deep tissue work and how certain techniques, using elbows for example, penetrate deep into the muscle. MFR allows the therapist to take time warming and gently stretching the area, while harnessing a connection with the body and mind, that enables the fascia to release its hold.

MFR offers a less aggressive approach than deep tissue massage or dry needling to encourage pain relief. The results from MFR can be felt from one treatment in some cases and it is perfectly normal to feel pain in places where it hadn’t been felt before, as the fascia is worked through.

As someone who swears by dry needling and deep tissue massage for my own pain relief I was inspired to learn such subtle movements and how much effect they can have on the body. Vibrations, twitches and pain relief can be felt in a different body part to the one being worked on. This is the evidence of how fascia is connected throughout the body and how important it is to care for this complex web of collagen and fibre in order to live a pain free life.

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