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INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE FOR SPECIAL /ADDITIONAL NEEDS DIPLOMA COURSES * 2018 *

CMA approved and certified  functional massage courses with author/therapist/experienced teacher on Exmoor in beautiful training/therapy chalet.

I am very proud to share that I now regularly receive  fully and part funded placements for teachers and other staff/ professionals from both  large mainstream schools as well as specialist schools , autism and ADHD charities and large organisations . I have also trained NHS physiotherapists and nurses.  Please email me if you would like to know more .  I am available, by prior arrangement , to  travel direct to schools or an agreed venue to offer this training , including outside of the UK. Travel and accommodation must be covered please . Email me for further details and costs.

Workshops in schools are also available .

Based on my book ” Indian Head Massage For Special Needs “, this Level One course shares beautiful , gentle, nurturing and deeply beneficial massage techniques to reduce anxiety, ease,  alleviate and even overcome  issues and challenges … and to help everyone relax and bloom, not just those with different or special  abilities . Scientific information and proven research , including case studies are all shared constantly throughout the two days  as we learn together in this very visual, practical course. The researched proof and knowledge are on scientific , physiological, neuropsychological, physical , emotional mental levels .

Students are  also taught how to  keep their own case studies which are then submitted to myself on a regular basis for monitoring and recording.

 

It has been scientifically proven since the 1950’s that nurturing touch not only noticeably improves physical health but encourages bigger brains and increases social skills. Within humans emotional intelligence is also stimulated as we have direct ares of the brain that are associated with emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is key to learning and productivity , benefitting not simply the child but their families and the classroom.

£250 including lunch and all refreshments .A beautiful two days as a stand alone course or as a CPD course for those who have previous experience… Two  days where everyone leaves with far more than they ever bargained for.

 

I am also available to travel to teach courses by prior arrangement. Please contact me for details and further information at info@therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk

4-5 January 2018

1-2 February  2018                         1-2 March 2018

14 – 15  April  2018 (Sat/Sun)          3-4 May 2018 ( Mary Atkinson, author of Healing Touch For Children and Once Upon A Touch & co-

founder of story massage will be joining us as well as Jyoti Jo Manuel of Special Yoga )

9-10  June  2018 (Sat/Sun )             7-8 July 2018 (Sat/Sun)

2-3 August 2018                              8-9  September 2018 (Sat/Sun)

4-5 October 2018                            3-4  November 2018 (Sat/Sun)

8-9 December 2018 (Sat/Sun)

TRAINING DAYS/TALKS for SPECIAL YOGA – Supporting Special Children with Special Yoga

I am absolutely full of joy and energy and feel so immensely privileged to have been invited to run a training day for Special Yoga Limited, a truly wonderful and inspirational organisation who take their work with special children worldwide.

Jyoti Jo Manuel, the founder, trained with me earlier this year and I shall be training under her to further my own work with special children in October by her kind invitation. Our approach and support of these incredibly special children is so similar and so complimentary.

I shall be running the training day from the Heart Centre in Bournemouth, Dorset on Friday 31st August 2018 –  with a later day in the planning stages for London due to high demand! For more information or to book your ticket, please visit the Special Yoga website.

I shall also be taking part on February 10th 2019 in a training and talk in Wiltshire as part of a four consecutive weekend retreat programme organised by Special Yoga – more details to follow.

Do check out the valuable and incredible work they do at SpecialYoga.org.uk.

“I love Giuliana and her amazing work. So happy to have her beautiful teachings and presence again. For yoga therapists, teachers and alternative therapists working with autistic kids, this day will give you some really useful tools and info.” – Jo Manuel, Founder.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE COMMUNITY – UK CPD/CONFERENCE 30tH JUNE 2018

I am just so thrilled, proud and truly honoured to be asked again by Mary Atkinson of the prestigious Indian Head Massage Community UK to give a presentation and workshop on 30th June 2018 at their conference and CPD event.

The venue is at the Therapy Station, Hinckley, Leicestershire from 9.45 am until 4.30pm. Tickets will be on sale soon at £80 each.

The day will be to “welcome top guest speakers from the industry to offer insights, inspiration and information to promote the best practice for Indian Head Massage therapists. The idea is to share knowledge of taking nurturing massage to areas previously not considered; to think outside the box and to learn and grow alongside each other, sharing knowledge, proven experience and ideas.”

I am just so gorgeously delighted to be a part of something so special and am already planning a heartfelt, passionate, moving talk that will get people thinking (I hope!), followed by a very interactive, exciting workshop. It is such a privilege to be included. Thank you Mary and all the team!

For more information or to book your ticket please visit the Indian Head Massage Community’s website.

EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT SCHOOLS – Leadership Programme in Scotland

On 15th – 17th September 2017 I was invited by Dr Martin Williams ( such a massive honour ! )  to Fife in Scotland where I gave a talk and ran a workshop as part of the launch of an Emotionally Intelligent schools leadership programme . Dr Williams spoke so engagingly about the huge importance, impact and value of emotional intelligence and how “EQ” is as important, if not more so , than IQ : something that has also been so close to my own heart and experience and something I’ve long wished to see within schools and the workplace.

 

The head teacher of Lochgelly School, Carolann Penrose, had worked closely with Dr Williams for the outcomes aimed at for the weekend and I was just so thrilled to be part of it. It just lights me up to meet doctors, teachers and other professionals who all deeply care for the child, the ” wet cement ” that we are all shaping and to know that there are really forward thinking schools out there who understand that an emotionally intelligent school will be a more productive and inclusive school  – which will ultimately produce better results . This message then filters into the workplace where employers now are increasingly looking for EQ as well as IQ….

 

By also encouraging self care and self nurture, we all do a far better job of providing the very best , professional, quality care for the children and young adults we are growing.  With all the pressures teachers are now under, this couldn’t be more important because if teachers are able to nurture themselves, they’re then able to nurture those in their care.  When we are aware of and growing our own EQ, we can then help the children grow their’s .

 

This launch  weekend was just totally inspiring and motivational. It was so  gorgeous to feel myself growing even more on a personal and professional level  as I listened to Dr Williams’ extensive knowledge and experience –  and also the heads,deputies,  teachers and other staff who were all so passionate about what they do. I was so moved to be able to share this special time and to bring my own work to the table too, that I did actually cry when I left Edinburgh airport …! I felt part of something so valuable, important and trail blazing. I’m confident that this is just the beginning……

 

Out of all the ( many ! ) photographs I took throughout my trip, my very favourite is the one of the knitted bicycle cover because to me it summed up the weekend …. all of  our colours, all of  our gifts, all  of our abilities – however different or special , all of our voices are so important for transporting us into a rich, full, inclusive and emotionally intelligent future .

 

ADVANCED LEVEL DIPLOMA IN FUNCTIONAL HEAD MASSAGE

I am now able to offer a CMA fully approved and certified Advanced Diploma course in Functional Massage/ Additional Needs  from my beautiful therapy and training sanctuary on Exmoor in Somerset .

I am also available to bring this course direct to schools  either as a certificated training day or as a workshop . (Travel and accommodation costs must be covered. )Please email me for further details and costs.

Previous level one training in My Indian Head Massage for Special Needs is a pre requisite .

 

This advanced course includes proven , deeper scientific research into this therapy on physical, mental, emotional and  academic levels .

Further nurturing massage techniques are taught along with ways to grow this very beautiful , gentle but powerful massage on so many levels  and for so many different environments and abilities.  It also goes deeper into emotional intelligence  which is vital for IQ and our ability to learn and grow. It is a scientific fact that our physical and emotional wellbeing are closely linked to ability to learn effectively. This course includes emotional intelligence within the classroom, as well as  within each  child , linking cognitive with emotion and  science with feeling .  Emotions and emotional intelligence are key to learning .

For many children and young adults with different or special abilities,  stress hormones are naturally much higher than for their peers.  The  fear of failure combined with not understanding/ coping will often lead to meltdown or switching off  because emotion will always win out over cognition. It is here too that  this work really does reap huge rewards., not just for the child but for the entire class environment.

This is  especially important in an age where employers are now looking at emotional intelligence as much as at exam grades . Every child and young adult has a gift, a talent, an ability, however ” different ” they are and every voice and ability should be included at school and within the workplace.  We all have something to ‘ bring to the table ‘. Our future needs to be inclusive of everyone – the great thinkers and innovators have so often been those who are on the spectrum or who have a different ability.

Skills are expanded and a more extensive knowledge and understanding are shared in this very practical , visual course with lots of opportunity to refresh and cement  level one learning surrounding different abilities such as autism, dyslexia, LD’s, ADHD, dyspraxia, OCD and other additional or special needs.

Physiological, scientific and neuropsychological  facts and research are shared, along with extra massage techniques and case studies  as we explore further into mental health including conditions such as PTSD , trauma, depression and anxiety  to name but a few,  along with how to tailor the massage techniques for  younger  children.

Full certification , folders , lunch and all refreshments  included.

 

* It is only with this Advanced level that independent teaching of this massage via workshops to others  ( under my name and Therapies For Special Needs ) as well as a link to my website are happily granted ,  as this is my protected work.

 

Cost £150 per person.

Time: 9.30am – 5pm.

*Dates *

17th November 2017

8 December 2017

9 February 2018

9 March 2018

20 April 2018

11 May 2018

7 June 2018

13 July 2018

26 July 2018

17 August 2018

14 September 2018

12 October 2018

9 November 2018

14 December 2018

* Please note that as with my level one trainings, I am prepared to travel and teach where a group of you and a venue can be arranged. Travel , and where applicable, overnight accommodation costs  to be covered please .

 

Closer Magazine !!

I’m very happy indeed to have my work featured in a full page article in Closer magazine for the 9-15th September 2017 issue !!

I have been really honoured to have written for –  and been interviewed for –  some truly prestigious specialist publications and now my message and work for these amazing children and young adults is hitting the mainstream press too . To think that my work could help and touch so many in this way, to help and alleviate /ease issues and challenges and to help a child bloom as they should , just makes me realise why I work all the hours I do and why these wonderful young people – these seeds of our future – will always be worth it .

 

The article says I am a mum of one rather than four but it is a really lovely article . Actually I often feel I am like a mum to hundreds and I hope as my work spreads that those numbers will touch the thousands ! A lovely feeling !!

I’m hoping to have the link sent to me in due course but for now I am just so excited I hope these photos  will do … I will ask my delicious ( and very patient ) website guru Chris to help me upload this as soon as I have it !

 

Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy CPD One day Instructor Courses

Following the enormous success and demand for my Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy Clubs ranging from ages 3 – 18 , ( it started out as one small group of primary age children and has now evolved to teenagers and young adults and children’s homes as well as work with young offenders ) I am very happy to announce that I am offering one day CPD/Instructor  courses  from 2018 for those wishing to train with me and set up similar schemes in their own areas.

 

Nurturing touch is such a scientifically proven part of our wellbeing and growth on all levels : emotionally, mentally, physically , academically and socially. Tests conducted since the 1950’s have proven that animals that are touched and handled are physically healthier than animals which are not handled. They also have bigger brains and far greater social skills and  healthier emotional bonding.

I teach researched studies and facts which prove how unlike IQ, emotional and social intelligence can be learned and grown and indeed we have  specific areas of the brain that directly link in with this, for example with reading and processing faces, empathy , social cognition, controlling behaviour , multi awareness, self awareness… the list is huge ! Your heads will be bursting with knowledge and scientific facts in the most blissful and relaxed way – the best way to learn !

 

This CMA accredited course can be applied to nurseries, pre schools,  primary and secondary schools, children’s homes  and special schools to name just a few. It would be wonderful in hospitals and hospices too …. the possibilities are endless !

  • I teach massage techniques including creative and expressive massage , how to use massage to describe stories , songs, events and feelings ( it is  a fact that 80% of communication is actually non verbal ! )  mindfulness, meditation, relaxation techniques, guided journeys,  beautiful story cards and story telling with a whole magical difference for younger children . Although the children are learning science along with the “magic”, and there is a structure, it is very driven by the children and their voices, encouraging their confidence, their emotional intelligence (EQ) their social intelligence/skills (SQ) as well as their academic productivity (IQ), and unleashing their creative imaginations…. all wonderful and beneficial qualities which will add to their performance within the classroom.
  • For  older ” children”  and young adults I teach massage for wellbeing, balancing ,communication and expression, along with mindfulness, meditation, “older” guided journeys,  physiology  and graphology as well as the sharing of massage strokes that can be self-administered as a way to manage anxiety, be more productive and focused, become more self aware and to nurture their emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.

 

I collect everyone from a central meeting place at 9am , and after teas , coffees and introductions, the course starts promptly at 9.30 am and finishes at 5pm.  Certificates and lunch are provided along with a full manual including ” lesson ” plans, resources and further information.

Previous massage experience helpful but certainly not essential. Just come and share a completely gorgeous day and leave with your heads bursting with all the new techniques and knowledge but also blissfully relaxed and having learned so much about yourselves too in a very relaxed environment ……

Cost £150 per person.

  • Please note that Rainbow Kids, Rainbow Kids Touch Therapy and  Head Massage / Therapies for Special Needs  is my protected work and it is only through training and certification with myself that links to my website are happily and proudly granted ! This course enables the trainee to take this work into schools and centres but not to teach it as a course.

For more information and details including accommodation if needed,  please contact me at info@therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk

Early booking essential on this very popular course. Here are the dates !

8 February 2018 9.30am -5pm

8 March 2018

21 April 2018 (Sat)

10 May 2018

28 June 2018

14 July 2018 (Sat)

18 August 2108 (Sat)

15 September 2018 (Sat)

13 October 2018 (Sat)

10 November 2018 (Sat)

15 December 2018 (Sat)

My Inspirational Ollie

My incredible and inspirational son, Ollie, the boy who I was told ” would never achieve ” due to his autism , has just completed the first year of his creative writing and publishing degree at his first choice university. He achieved a First , the very top grade, for this first year of assignments.

Yet Ollie had his writing, his gift, removed from him at the age of 13 when teachers refused to allow him to sit the higher English GCSE paper in spite of me securing funding and regardless of the fact that Ollie had been in gifted and talented sets for English throughout middle school.

 

That decision nearly broke him and led to all sorts of terrifying mental health issues including suicidal thoughts and at least two attempts.  We persevered and I sent his work off every author I could find asking for their help. I have two huge box files of personal replies all telling my son he was a writer already and to never let school  or others define him.

 

He proved everyone wrong ( gaining 11 A to C GCSE’s and 3 A* -C A levels )  and is blooming . He has learned not only to grow his tremendous gifts but to use those gifts to help others, raising money for charity by reading his poetry at gigs, bravely accompanying me on some public speaking events where I raise awareness about just how amazing and ABLE these kids with different or special abilities are , he has spoken to national newspapers with me and even read his poetry out and been interviewed for BBC radio. Alongside all this , he has learned to organise himself, cope with the unexpected, learn to be flexible , live totally independently for the very first time, learn from his mistakes and pick himself up again, deal with homesickness , go shopping, wash, iron, budget, cook, travel, negotiate timetables and public transport and make new friends …. all steps to becoming the most inspirational and capable young man .  He has already had several job offers for internships in publishing houses as well as writing for organisations worldwide. Just one year ago he had never even had a sleepover anywhere !I could actually burst into a billion pieces from sheer pride and I hope that ollie’s bravery, tenacity, strength and determination help touch so many for a long time to come.

 

I will never stop believing , not just in my own son, but in all those with different abilities out there. They need to be included in education , the workplace and society. We all have something to give. We all deserve a voice. We all deserve to grow and achieve our dreams and all their potential.

Work Experience/Placement Week

I always see it as a huge honour when I am approached by schools to offer work experience placements . This was a particularly special young lady sent to me by Bridgwater College , a school where have already trained staff members in my massage techniques for children on the SEN register or having a very difficult time.  I used to massage this young lady some years ago for little while when she was at her old school and this has brought her a tremendous empathy and sensitivity along with her natural gifts and talents for this sort of work. It always brings me such immense joy to help people find their voices and to then see them grow and blossom to help others. I really do have the best job !!