MAY 2016 ‘SKILL’ Bulletin

SKILL BULLETIN

The on-line newsletter from the Northern Institute of Massage

May 2016 Issue Number: 217

In this issue of Skill Bulletin:

  • Testimony about massage treatments from a Parkinson’s sufferer
  • Updating the Northern Institute’s on-line modules: register, browse, pay and download and gain CPD credits
  • Essential Oils: safe and effective use in your treatments
  • The Placebo Effect and the relationship between therapist and patient
  • News about massage therapists in “People and Plinths”
  • Items For Sale; books, clothing, equipment
  • The NEW Diploma in ADVANCED REMEDIAL MASSAGE
  • Continuing Professional Development seminars and workshops for mid-2016

    including Tomokazu Kohno’s Japanese Massage in July and a “Two-in-One Seminar” in June featuring Dementia and Seated Yoga for Patients with Limited Mobility with Jan MacFarlane and Anne Littler

  • From the Office: What’s going on at the Northern Institute’s Office: registrations and bookings, office hours, Facebook, sales and information,

    and more…

RELEASE THE POWER IN YOUR HANDS”

Published to meet the needs of the students of the Northern Institute, current and past, by the Northern Institute of Massage Ltd.

14-16 St Mary’s Place, Bury, Greater Manchester BL9 0DZ

Telephone: 0161 797 1800

www.nim.co.uk information@nim.co.uk

WHY MASSAGE IS IMPORTANT TO ME”

This is an unsolicited and personal account sent to Anne Dand, D.O. NAMMT(DipManTh),by one of her patients three years ago accompanied by an update in early 2016. Our grateful thanks to Anne for sharing it with Skill Bulletin and the NAMMT Newsletter.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s seven years ago and, to this day, I am able to keep it a secret. I am lucky that the drugs work well and are able to mask my outward symptoms but there are other factors in my day to day life that have greatly helped.

  • Exercise: I go to keep fit class taken by a qualified teacher

  • Yoga class once a week

  • Lots of walks with my husband

  • Interests: I love painting pictures of flowers

  • Theatre and cinema visits

  • Visits to museums and art galleries

  • Holidays: Visits to the Mediterranean – love the warmth in Spain!

  • America every year – son lives there

  • Weekends away with friends in England

  • Friends: Coffee and meals both in cafes and restaurants and at home

  • Regular Massage: treatments on a regular basis

I would not be able to enjoy the above if I were crippled with pain as could happen when a person gets into their late sixties or has Parkinson’s. When one is in pain it is easy to see how negative thoughts get in, so one major factor in keeping my positive attitude is having a monthly massage.

For me, it is important that the therapist is qualified (and in this case extremely well qualified!) and has a knowledge of my medical condition and I know that the one who treats me is one of the best.

Because I visit her once a month she knows the problem areas of my body well and sometimes she finds places needing treatment that I have not noticed and she corrects them. I always feel incredibly full of energy when I leave as well as having had time to relax and having time to myself.

I know how stiff my body would become without massage as I have friends with the same condition who really struggle to get going after they have been sitting down. I really do think it is particularly with the massage that I have such excellent movement and flexibility although yoga is a good help, too.

My therapist also gives me an abdominal massage which, as I am troubled with constipation (and you can be with Parkinson’s) must be helping to keep me regular.

Although massage is only part of my quest for normality, I do find it plays a big part in that it helps so many areas:

  • feeling of well-being

  • energy levels

  • improvement in movement and flexibility

I am convinced that I would be very stiff and rigid by now. Instead, I am keeping fit and well by having regular massage. It is part of my lifestyle and I recommend it to anyone who has pain and mobility problems. Janice

…………….It’s three years since I wrote the above and how do I feel now?

You could say that, since I am doing very well, I am simply lucky that my Parkinson’s has not progressed as rapidly as it could have done. That may be part of the reason but I feel there is more to my well being than that and massage remains very much part of my efforts to keep the symptoms of the disease at bay.

I am now seventy and continue to take exercise through yoga, keep fit class for ladies of my age and take lots of walks along our beautiful coastline. I still enjoy painting pictures of flowers and love getting involved in cultural events in my area. We are soon to visit my son in America and continue to enjoy Mediterranean holidays where we can soak up the sun which makes us feel so much better.

All of the things I so love doing would not be possible if I typically had muscle and joint pain symptoms with people suffering with Parkinson’s. I have seen my massage therapist every month since I was diagnosed and, in answer to the question, I am keeping VERY WELL!

I am convinced that my regular full body massage, from a wonderful, experienced practitioner keeps me pain free and agile. The hour spent with her leaves me feeling relaxed yet with noticeably increased stamina and definitely no muscle pain or rigidity. I am presently helping with some research which means attending a specialist gym three times a week for twelve weeks. I am coping with the high intensity training because of my general agility level.

For me there are other benefits that I attribute to massage such as a good night’s sleep because my muscles are relaxed and I have no pain. Being pain free is a help in preventing emotional depression and, being able to do what I can do, keeps me pretty happy.

My monthly massage has benefits in all ways and I definitely would not be as fit and healthy as I am without it.

How do I feel…….GREAT! Janice

Parkinson’s Disease: A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. Cause unknown. Develops gradually, sometimes with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand.

The disorder also causes:

  • tremor and/or shaking

  • facial expression may be affected

  • arms may not swing when you walk

  • speech may become “soft” and slurred

  • muscles become rigid

  • problems with posture and balance

Anne Dand is in practice in North Shields at Health Works 4U Ltd. Tel: 0191 258 7634

PEOPLE AND PLINTHS”

Canadian college tutors attend “Master Class Course” at the Northern Institute

It came as quite a surprise when two Canadian therapists registered for Micky Kerr’s “Masterclass in Manipulative Therapy.” To complete the course, which is designed for Manipulative Therapists, they had to travel from Canada to Bury for three separate two-day practical seminars as well as complete the required written assignments. This involved considerable expense and a big commitment of their time.

Randy Ellingson is the Principal of the Western College of Massage in Winnipeg and is an old friend of the Northern Institute from the 1990s when he visited several times to attend conferences and received help from the then Principal, Ken Woodward, in setting up the Western College.

Randy’s companion, Dale Gran, is the senior tutor at the college and is, like Randy, a widely experienced practitioner.

They both enjoyed their visits even though the journey was long and tiring and involved changes of flights in Canada, then on to Amsterdam before finally arriving at Manchester Airport. They stayed at the nearby Premier Inn Hotel and reported favourably about their accommodation.

Randy told us that he had gained a lot of new knowledge and new techniques from Micky’s instruction and was going back to Canada proudly holding his diploma, the highest academic award from the Northern Institute.

Dale expressed his delight at the new content of the seminars and Micky’s expertise and hopes to return to the Northern for further seminars.

Karate Experts

On a recent visit to Londonderry, we were pleased to meet an old friend, Shawn Barron and his son, Dean. They are both in practice in Derry, in an area fairly close to the magnificent Foyle Bridge and the border with the Irish republic.

Shawn is also a 5th Dan Black Belt in Karate and has taken part quite successfully in many tournaments over the years. His son, Dean, is following in his father’s footsteps and is a 2nd Dan Black Belt.

The last time I met Shawn was at the Dublin Marathon in 2005 in which Marie and I also competed along with Shawn and Micky and Gina Kerr. It was good to see an old friend again after so many years.

Francoise Ruiz

During the same weekend we met Francoise at the Essential Oils workshop. Originally from France but now settled in rural Northern Ireland, she has a busy practice and needed no conversion to essential oils as she uses them in her massage treatments and added useful tips about various blends to the group discussions. Francoise was one of the first students to enrol at the Derry school some twenty years ago and she has enjoyed a successful career in Ireland. She took great delight in telling me that she had visited Castle Caldwell on the shores of Lough Erne which is quite near her home. We will try and get a photograph on Facebook in next few days. Great to know there’s a castle in the family!

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Therapists are required by their professional associations and professional insurance companies to complete a continuing professional development programme each year. Therapist may select the areas of development upon which to concentrate their energies and resources. You may be selected by your professional association to provide evidence of your annual CPD and the Northern Institute always provides certificates of attendance for this purpose.

You may complete your CPD requirements in several ways including the Northern Institute’s speciality seminars and workshops either to serve as revision or to keep in touch with current development in our therapy.

If you have any suggestions for seminars and/or short courses to complement your CPD requirements please get in touch: information@nim.co.uk 

GAIN A HIGHER PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION WITH NIM

THE DIPLOMA IN ADVANCED REMEDIAL MASSAGE: 2016-17

  • Increase your theoretical knowledge: anatomy, physiology and pathology

  • Gain more expert examination procedures

  • Learn more advanced massage and manipulative techniques with which to treat your patients and alleviate their pain and discomfort and improve their movement

  • Keep up to date with research developments in massage and manipulative therapy

  • Seminars presented by expert and experienced tutors at NIM reinforced by expert guest presenters from other institutions and related occupations

  • A revised theoretical course will be available on-line for 2016 registrants to give a quicker turn around between students and tutors

  • The Prospectus is available with much more useful information – contact us now to receive it!!

  • Become more expert in your work and, at the same time, become more successful in your practice

**THE PRACTICAL SEMINARS START IN AUTUMN

THE THEORETICAL COURSEWORK MODULES STARTS UPON REGISTRATION – ENROL NOW**

THE SEMINARS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING TOPICS

  • Advanced Patient Examinations and treatment planning

  • The Foot and Ankle Joints

  • The Troublesome Knee including the knee in sports injuries

  • The Hip complex with an emphasis on increasing mobility in affected patients

  • Back Pain; muscular pain, disc problems and joint injury

  • The Shoulder Joints and their problems

  • The Arm: elbow, wrist and hand

  • An Arthritis Symposium that discusses the full spectrum of arthritic conditions and their treatments by manual therapy

  • Strapping and Taping Techniques including K-Taping

  • Alternative techniques for Pain Control

  • Electrotherapy including Ultrasound, TENS, Faradism-muscle stimulation, the therapeutic use of Infra-red heat treatment

INFORMATION ABOUT THE TUTORS FOR THE PRACTICAL SEMINARS

Course Coordinator: Shaun Pennington, NAMMT(RM ADV)

Shaun is a fully qualified and experienced Massage and Sports Therapist who has a successful practice and who is also a tutor on the Remedial Massage Diploma course.

Tutor: Eddie Caldwell, BEd(Hons) FNAMMT, MSST(Hon), ACP Dip SpTh,

A NIM tutor sine 1988 and Principal 1995-2005. Thirty-plus years clinical experience and author of “Remedial Massage Therapy” and several other therapy publications.

Tutor: Colin Pearson of Hull who is also one of our K- taping and Arthritis specialists

Tutor: Paul Bradford, a sports therapist and physiotherapist who runs two clinics in Hull and is “physio” for both a semi professional men’s soccer team and a ladies soccer team and has twice attended Wembley Finals in his professional capacity

GUEST PRESENTERS FOR PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION SEMINARS:

*Dr Stephanie Lippett GP and medical officer at Bolton Hospice who has also completed the Remedial Massage course several years ago.

*Dianne Richardson, NAMMT(ManTh), a very busy Remedial, Manipulative, Exercise and Hypno Therapist (Derby), Secretary of the National Association of Massage & Manipulative Therapists.

*Dr Tracey Kaye (Ostm) Belper Back Pain Clinic, Derbyshire: massage and manipulative therapist and physio therapist with a doctorate in Osteomyology

*Professor Graham Smith, founder of the Society of Sports Therapists, visiting Professor Sports Therapy at Chichester University, CEO Sports Rehab and Education Glasgow, Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist, Olympic Medical Advisor and good friend of the ‘Northern’

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USING FACEBOOK

We have found Facebook to be a very effective way of communicating/advertising. Have a look at some of our ‘Northern’ friends who use Facebook effectively to boost their practices:

  • The No 1 Pain Relief Clinic. Nick Mulryan’s busy clinic at Buxton in Derbyshire. Nick has an excellent selection of news items, information and advice every week.

  • Therapy Works (Scotland) Ralph and Gill Hunter’s ever expanding business based in Fife, Scotland. Two or three interesting posts every week that keep clients well informed about activities and offers.

  • In North Wales (Denbigh), Maxine Hopwood has become a consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies and Organics. This is something to interest many of your patients and clients along side massage treatments.

CPD Seminars for Spring and Summer 2016

You have probably read the article by the patient with Parkinson’s Disease and, with this in mind, NIM is incorporating workshops/seminars about some of the leading conditions that affect your patients:

In June there is a presentation about Dementia followed in the Autumn by a lively affair by two Arthritis sufferers who will give you an insight into the various forms this disease takes.

We will also invite the therapist, Anne Dand, featured in the article to come to NIM and talk about Parkinson’s and how she manages her patient.

May

28th Saturday “The Thoracic Spine” presented by Professor Graham Smith

http://www.nim.uk/product/the-thoracic-spine/

29th Sunday “The Problem Knee” Professor Graham Smith

The definitive seminar and a must for therapists who treat patients with knee problems both acute and chronic, especially sports clients. Graham is the founder of the Society of Sports Therapists and visiting Professor at Chichester University http://www.nim.uk/product/843/

June

4th Saturday “Two seminars on one day”

“About Dementia..” we are pleased to announce the return of Jan MacFarlane, Lecturer in Health at Bolton University (and former NIM student) after her expert & stimulating presentation at the NAMMT CPD day in February. 9.30 -12.30 * see footnote below

“Chair Yoga” with Anne Littler who will demonstrate Yoga to meet the needs of patients with mobility and/or age problems which may be used to complement massage treatments 1.30 start

Registration fee: £90

http://www.nim.uk/product/patients-dementiachair-yoga-day/

July

16/17th Tomo Kohno – The Major Trainers (Tokyo)Techniques” a 2-day stimulating workshop with an internationally acclaimed therapist. New ideas and new techniques: not to be missed. Note the discount below!

Registration: £160 for both days or £90 per one day seminar.

http://www.nim.uk/product/major-trainers-japanese-massage/

August

6th “Tractions Workshop” How to make your treatments more effective and beneficial for your patients. Massage and traction is a great combination to use and we will demonstrate traction movements for the neck, spine, shoulders, wrist, disc treatment, hips, knee, feet and ankles. Simple, easy to use and safe techniques for these major joints (Contraindication will be noted).

Presented by Eddie Caldwell Registration: £90

http://www.nim.uk/product/891/

*FOOTNOTE: An interesting item about Dementia;

We have on file a letter from the late Grace Halliday (Deep Lymphatic Therapy, South Australia) in which she describes how she was allowed access to the Pathology Department at the Adelaide University Medical School. On this occasion she was examining human brains and noted that some brains had amassed a build-up of “amyloid protein.” Upon questioning her professorial colleague about this, about why some brains had the build-up and other did not he replied that those with the build-up were from patients who had suffered with dementia.

This letter was dated 2002 and written to us after Grace’s visit to NIM when she was the first visiting tutor at the then new premises in Bury and before so much information about Dementia became available to the public. Grace is still remembered with great affection by many former NIM students who learned so much from her fascinating work shops. (see also Books for Sale)

CPDs Coming later in the year:

  • Indian Head Massage – a one-day introduction to this fascinating therapy

  • Neck and Shoulder problems including stress-related factors”

  • Sports injuries and massage treatments

  • The Temporo-Mandibular Joint and its associated problems: massage and techniques

  • Stroke Patients: how massage can help many sufferers

  • The Diploma course in Advanced Remedial Massage

  • Arthritis; the various types of Arthritis and their treatments presented by two tutors who are also arthritis sufferers.

  • Please register your interest for any of the above, for the information to be automatically sent to you as and when it’s available.

REFRESHER CLASSES & SEMINARS AT THE NORTHERN INSTITUTE

Practitioners ask about “Refresher Days” and some do attend, for example:

  • our good friend Anne Littler recently attended the Remedial Course for one day to revise some of the basic techniques for foot and ankle massage in preparation for work she will be undertaking in the near future with sports people.

  • Mel Baldwin completed the Remedial Course some 30 years ago and has recently come back to us from the north of Scotland to refresh and revise her massage.

All former students may attend, and would be most welcome, any of the Remedial Massage classes; telephone Rachel or Leslie to discuss or e-mail us at information@nim.co.uk for dates and availability and we will do our best to accommodate you.

This also applies to practitioners who wish to repeat any of the Advanced Remedial or Manipulative Therapy seminars as and when they appear on the calendar.

www.nim-online.com : an alternative method to complete your CPD

Time, travel, money, health are all factors that influence your decisions about participation in the required Continuing Professional Development programmes available to you. Many students/practitioners use our on-line service to fulfil at least part of these requirements.

Each module has a specified number of CPD hours and you will receive a certificate of attendance upon satisfactory completion of the module.

The modules cover a range of interests; some purely factual as in the Therapist and the Law, others have illustrative videos to help you revise techniques, e.g. Low Back Pain. The modules have been commissioned by NIM and produced by Yon Yonson specially for us.

  • The Therapist and the Law: written by a solicitor specially for NIM and covers all aspects of the law that may affect therapists.

  • Massage Research: What is good research? Reviews of many research projects about the benefits of Massage treatments. How good are they? What do they tell you?

  • Record Keeping: how to organise and keep your patient files for instant access. Your patient files may become legal documents, e.g. in the case of a claim for compensation after an accident or an accusation of unprofessional conduct.

  • Setting up in Practice: based on a NIM publication “How to Set Up a Successful Practice”

    and of value to the more newly qualified therapists and may serve as timely revision for more mature practitioners.

  • The Use of Tractions in Manual Therapy: demonstrated by Dawn Bennett and Eddie Caldwell for most joints of the body. A graphic revision of many useful traction techniques to use with your massage treatments.

  • Low Back Pain: reinforcing your study, this is a practical presentation, again by Dawn Bennett and Eddie Caldwell, that will not only revise techniques but introduce some new ones to help you improve the treatments you offer your patients with back pain.

  • Using Social Media to promote your practice. A Yon-Yonson production by a company that has been at the cutting edge of social media awareness and uses.

Have a look at www.nim-online.com You can register free of charge and then follow the directions for downloading and making payment for your chosen module.

All modules currently priced at £20 each.

For further information visit the website or contact NIM 0161 797 1800

THE NORTHERN IRELAND SCHOOL OF MASSAGE

The Northern Ireland school has been established in Londonderry/Derry for over 20 years under the guiding hands of Micky Kerr, DO and his wife Gina, both former students of the Northern Institute during its Blackpool era. It operates from the premises of the Bodywork Injury Clinic on Balliniska Road just out side this delightful city and has easy access and good free parking facilities for those attending classes.

Micky progressed through all levels of study at the Northern Institute and then qualified as an Osteopath. Gina is a Remedial Massage Therapist and works a good bit of the week in administrative duties. They are assisted in the running of the clinic and school by Peter and Jennifer Finch.

Courses include: Remedial and Advanced Remedial Massage and Manipulative Therapy. There are also special one-day CPD seminars and workshops. A recent one was presented in April by Eddie Caldwell on the safe and effective use of essential oils in massage treatments and received warm reviews from those who attended.

One of Northern Ireland’s outstanding practitioners, Micky’s patients come from many parts of the province and are from all levels of society. He includes many current and former professional sports men and women amongst his clients and has even been flown out to Australia to give treatment to one of his patients, motorcycle’s star rider, Eugene Laverty who suffered an injury just days before a World Championship race; Micky’s treatment was successful.

NIM Principal, Chris Caldwell, will soon be travelling over to conduct the Remedial and Advanced student examinations at the beginning of June.

CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT COURSES, CPDs OR TREATMENTS:

Northern Ireland School of Massage

Balliniska Road

Londonderry

Northern Ireland Telephone: 02871 260324

IRISH INSTITUTE OF PHYSICAL THERAPIES AT CORK

The Irish Institute of Physical Therapies is coming to a critical time in its programmes – the annual examinations in June. The Institute conducts its own written examinations during the year which runs from September with the final written examination in June. This is followed, usually at the same weekend, by the practical examinations with external examiners primarily from the Northern Institute here in England.

We have been examining Irish students for over twenty years and we can report that the standards are very high and improve year on year for which Kieran Corcoran and his tutors must be congratulated.

The examiners for this year, subject to last minute change, are Shaun Pennington and Eddie Caldwell, with the Principal, Chris Caldwell, examining students at the Northern Ireland School.

CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUTS COURSES, CPDs OR TREATMENTS:

The Irish Institute for Physical Therapies

Blarney Street

Cork www.iiptcork.com Telephone; 00353 (0)21430 986

THE CLINIC NOTEBOOK

The Edge”

Just how do you treat your patient? Massage and mobilisations, stretching and possibly strengthening exercises, thermal treatments on occasions either cold packs or Infra-Red or some other form of heating? Some use Electrotherapy in conjunction with massage; ultrasound, Interferential, even laser.

At a workshop in Northern Ireland in April we were discussing the value of using essential oils in treatment. Did oils constitute a treatment or were they “placebo”? One interesting answer came from Gina Kerr who suggested that appropriate use of certain oils with many patients could give you, the therapist, that “extra edge” in your treatment that makes a big difference to your patient.

There are many claims made for essential oils and there is a long history of use going back well before modern times. Some oils have been thoroughly researched and their properties are a matter of record, for example, oils like lavender oil.

One interesting report about essential oils came from a patient who had displayed signs of anxiety and reported poor sleep. Part of her treatment was neck and shoulder massage with a few drops of lavender oil in a carrier oil (coconut oil). She said she had the first good night’s sleep for months after this treatment. She was so pleased that she purchased a burner and some Lavender oil which she burnt during the evening prior to going to bed.

She also had two dogs and was dreading Bonfire Night because of the way in which the dogs reacted to the bangs and flashes. We suggested she used the oil and the burner from late afternoon on that day. The result was that the dogs drowsed on their rug and were not badly affected by the bangs and flashes of the fireworks as in the past. Quite a relief for the patient, too!

About Oils – Coconut Oil

Massage therapists have their own preferences when it comes to the oil or other massage medium that they use. For example, Grape Seed oil, Sweet Almond oil and Sunflower oil are widely used in massage treatments and all are beneficial for the patient.

An oil growing in popularity is Coconut oil, whether as a straightforward massage oil as used as a carrier oil for an essential oil like Lavender or Peppermint oils. Coconut oil brings many additional qualities as well as being a very good massage medium:

  1. It gives a boost to the immune system

  2. Used in cooking, a good quality oil, helps improve the digestive process

  3. It promotes healthy cholesterol levels

  4. It may help with weight loss and dieting

  5. It stimulates the healing of wounds and infections with its anti-bacterial qualities

  6. Coconut oil is a skin deodoriser

  7. It does not clog pores and is good for all skin types

  8. Coconut oil has a long shelf life and does not go rancid

Reference: Collins J, 2015, The Coconut Oil Handbook , currently available on Kindle.

Recommended for quality and prompt service: www.whiteroseoils.co.uk

The Placebo Effect? Make use of it in your treatments.

We know from our own experiences that massage and manipulative treatments are very successful, an opinion reinforced by much research in the last fifteen or twenty years. Could you enhance the effectiveness of the treatments by a better understanding of the Placebo Effect?

The Placebo Effect” is very closely linked to “Positive Thinking” and “Positive Expectation”. It is not a new concept, for example “Where there is life there is hope” appeared in Jewish Talmudic writings many centuries ago.

The Powerful Placebo” (Beech 1955) analysed 26 projects world-wide involving many patients and he found that 32% of patients responded very well to “Placebo”. There are physiological measures connected with this including the effects on blood pressure, pulse rate and reaction speed reported by Beech and other experts.

For many patients, if they think a treatment will do them good, it will do so. An example is the use of a sticking plaster on a young child with a cut knee. The child is told that it will make them better and the child believes it and shows and tells people about it. Many of our patients react in a similar way to our treatments; they believe the treatment will do them good before it even starts.

Your manner, attitude and general conversation; your treatment room environment and décor; your clinical explanations; your over-all management of the patient and his/her condition – these all all factors that contribute to the Placebo Effect. How you do this is up to you; every patient is different. Be aware of this factor in healing and use it to help patients.

24 Hours in A&E”

An interesting comment was made by a consultant in the TV programme “24 Hours in A&E” several weeks ago when asked about his patients. He commented that the patients with whom he was able to establish a good rapport, however ill they were, seemed to have better prospects of recovery than those with whom he could not establish such a relationship.

The House of Lords investigated the Placebo Effect very thoroughly several years ago and reported their conclusion that it is a positive force in the recovery process of many patients and its effects should be encouraged in all medical fields.

Note: there is also the negative side, “The Nocebo Effect” but, thankfully, it is much rarer and affects very few of our patients but it does no harm to reflect upon how we present to our patients and how we look after them and manage their problems.

Arthritis Information

The magazine, Arthritis Action News, contains useful information about arthritis and its treatments and, considering just how many arthritic sufferers there are in the UK, it should prove very useful to massage and manipulative therapists. The AA is always on the look-out for practitioner members and can provide useful guides and links to treatment and to their activities.

Have a look at their website; www.arthritisaction.org.uk or view their Facebook page.

INFORMATION and LATE NEWS

Useful websites at a glance:

Northern Institute of Massage

www.nim.co.uk and www.nim-online.com

The National Association of Massage & Manipulative Therapist

www.nammt.co.uk

Complementary & Natural Health Care has a useful website especially so for therapists who require help and advice about setting up their practices, approaching GP surgeries, www.cnhc.org.uk

The Irish Institute of Physical Therapies

www.iiptcork.com

The General Council for Massage Therapies (UK)

www.gcmt.org.uk

The Northern Ireland School of Massage

www.northernirelandschoolofmassage.co.uk

White Rose Oils

www.whiteroseoils.co.uk

INFORMATION REQUIRED RE. HOLIDAYS ABROAD

We have contact details about NIM-trained therapists working in Europe, North America and Australasia, some of which is out of date.

We would welcome details of therapists who are based outside the UK for our records because we get enquiries, especially in the Summer months, for information about massage/manipulative therapists who live and practice abroad.

Already this year we have supplied information about therapists in France, Holland and the West Indies to holiday makers requiring massage treatments whilst on holiday.

Please send your details if you wish to be included on our referrals file: information@nim.co.uk

NEWS JUST IN!

CONGRATULATIONS!

To Ky and James Byas of York on the safe arrival of their daughter Satsuki. We send our best wishes to the parents and Satsuki, not forgetting grandmother, Lynne, a celebrated former NIM student from the Blackpool era. Perhaps we have another therapist on the way…

FOR SALE

EMS INTERFERENTIAL UNIT FOR SALE

In very good condition: hand book: current PAT certification: lots of extras included.

Cheapest new model on market we could find is £995

May be viewed at NIM and buyer must collect from NIM. Price: a reasonable £100

Portable Treatment Table

Good condition: suitable for student/newly qualified therapist.

View/collect from NIM Price: £75 or ono

BOOKS FOR SALE BUY AT NIM OR ORDER BY POST

Grace Halliday’s “Deep Lymphatic Therapy” Last few copies. £5 + P&P £2

Dancers and Dancer’s Injuries” a definitive book about conditions and treatments by the Principal Chris Caldwell formerly of the Merseyside School of Dance and Drama

£10 plus £2 post Very few copies now remaining

Worn Out Bodies” by Eddie Rose (aka Eddie Caldwell). Not a therapy book but rather an account of his wrestling career 1966-1984 and what he finished up with: no money and a worn out body!

£10.99 on Amazon. but a special price! £5 plus £2 postage from NIM or buy on your next visit.

Electrotherapy Explained” (Low and Reed) normally £29.99 now £20 plus £2 P&P

A reference book for all aspects of Electrotherapy.

How to Build a Successful Practice edited by E Caldwell £5.00 (was £7.99 )plus £2 P&P

The Back Book” £1.25 Plus £1 P&P

Sui Generis – A History of the Northern Institute 1924-2014” £4 plus £1

All books are quoted with Postage & Packing but you may buy these books on your visits to the Northern Institute for Classes and Seminars.

Enquiries:

Telephone 0161 797 1800 e-mail information@nim.co.uk website: www.nim.co.uk

FROM THE OFFICE…

NEXT FREE MASSAGE ‘TASTER’ EVENING

The next free Massage ‘Taster’ session is Thursday 9th June, 6.15pm – 9.00pm

This is for anyone interested in massage who has no previous experience. If you have any friends/family who would like to attend please pass on the information which is also on the website.

There will be an opportunity to watch a massage demonstration, a chance to try the techniques and, if required, a one-to-one discussion with a tutor. All attendees will receive a discount voucher towards one of the basic massage courses and free tea & biscuits! Free, well lit parking.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please ring 0161 797 1800 or email information@nim.co.uk to register for your FREE place.

REMEDIAL MASSAGE & MASSAGE THERAPY DIPLOMA COURSES

Registrations for the above two Courses are ongoing all year round. The first Theoretical component for the Remedial Massage Course is sent out upon enrolment and Students may be completing this (if they wish) whilst waiting to start Practical Classes. The next Practical Weekend start date is Saturday 9th July, 2016, places still available

For a prospectus or any further details, please contact the office or click on the links below.

http://www.nim.uk/product/remedial-massage-course/

http://www.nim.uk/product/massage-therapy-course/

 

**VOLUNTEER THERAPISTS NEEDED**

For a Charity Bike Ride in St. Mary’s Park, Prestwich, Manchester.

Sunday 12th June, 2.30pm-5.30pm.

For further information contact – thehatscharity@gmail.com

www.tourdemanc.co.uk

 

FACEBOOK

‘Like’ our page on Facebook to keep up-to-date with N.I.M’s news and announcements. Feel free to ask questions via this page or add posts and photos about your memories of NIM. ALSO PLEASE LEAVE A REVIEW. ***Anyone who leaves a review and/or ‘shares’ our page can have their business details/card promoted as our status for a day, just message the details!***

https://www.facebook.com/Northern.Institute.of.Massage?fref=nf

PAYMENT METHODS

NIM accepts the following payment methods –

**Cheque (payable to ‘NIM’)

**Credit/Debit Card (in person or over the phone)

**Cash (by prior arrangement)

**Paypal (for Seminar bookings/Merchandise available via www.nim.co.uk)

Also, increasingly, Students are wanting to use BACS as an option to pay their fees. If using this method, then please ring/email to register for the Course or Seminar first.

Bank Transfer details

Sort Code – 20-16-08

Acc No. 00593095

(Please use your own name as reference)

REWARD VOUCHERS!

As a ‘thank you’, any NIM Student (past or present!) who recommends a friend/family member/colleague who enrols onto the Remedial Massage Diploma Course will receive a ‘£50’ NIM voucher which can be redeemed against most of NIM’s Courses/Workshops/Seminars. Contact us to claim your voucher!

THEORETICAL COURSEWORK

The turn-around for work being received, assessed & recorded and then returned, with the next set, can take about two weeks (UK). In order to prevent this system slowing down, please always address your envelope to ‘NIM’ rather than individual members of staff as the allocated tutors for the various theoretical modules vary. Also, a reminder that all completed written work being handed-in for assessment should always include your name, address and student number. We understand how you may think that folders/wallets/sleeves can help improve the appearance of your work but this can hinder the work of the assessor, resulting in delays. Finally, always take a photocopy of your hard work before posting it (using the correct postage!!) just in case it never arrives!

FURTHER INFORMATION?

Please do not hesitate to contact NIM regarding any aspect of this ‘SKILL’ Bulletin.

Email: information@nim.co.uk Telephone: 0161 797 1800.

USUAL OFFICE OPENING TIMES

Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues & Thurs 9.30am-4pm

Weds & Fri 9.30am-12.30pm

**Please note that very occasionally NIM is closed at weekends. NIM can be contacted at all times via the website – www.nim.co.uk