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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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.
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 .
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 email@example.com
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)
I am now offering CMA accredited one day advanced Functional diploma courses for those wishing to learn more about this beautiful and deeply beneficial work with people with special and/or different abilities .
I share further practical therapeutic techniques on the day along with more detailed scientific and neuropsychological research and knowledge. It takes all I share on the first level up several notches to a standard where you develop a greater understanding of how you are working along with science-based knowledge about why exactly it works so very well.
It is a pre-requisite to have completed a two day training course with me prior to this. Cost £150 lunch included. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and bookings.
17 november 2017 9.30 am – 5pm
8 December 2017 9.30am – 5pm
*9 February 2018 *13 July 2018
*9 March 2018 *16 August 2018
*20 April 2018 *14 September
*11 May 2018 *12 October
*15 June 2018 *9 November 2018
*14 December 2018
** Also new for 2017, along with monthly evening workshops for parents, carers and families, are inset training days and workshops in schools.
I now have the heartwarming pleasure of training up teachers, LSA’s , TA’s and staff within schools all over the UK, whether they travel to my therapy centre or I travel to train. Most of those training with me now come on fully or part funded placements from their schools which is a huge testament to this work .
However schools and academies do not always have the budget or the time to spare staff for full trainings.
Yet with an increasing number of children and young adults being diagnosed as on the autism spectrum , along with ADHD ,dyslexia and learning differences, workshops or one day talks/trainings would be invaluable.
I have walked this path as the mother of an autistic child surviving mainstream , as well as a therapist and author , so I have a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to bring into the school environment. With a long and proven record of working within schools and specialist academies , this is a huge passion of mine ! A day spent sharing techniques and a whole ” toolbox” of methods to promote calmer, more relaxed , more focused and productive classroom environments , will pay dividends into the longterm as well as the short term.
So many children go through so much before they even get through the school gates in the morning and go through experiences that many adults would be signed off sick for. There are many who go through emotional trauma and difficult times, so for these children, along with those who have different abilities, some simple massage techniques can be what gets them through the school gates and actually helps keep them in school that day.
From my own experience and from what those I have trained in schools tell me , classrooms are certainly much calmer environments and more productive ones too after massages have taken place.
I have also been into schools to give assemblies and workshops also and this I really love because it involves all the kids. Its great for them to feel part of everything, feel their voices are being heard too and to play an active part in their own health and wellbeing. Once I ran an assembly in a packed gym and afterwards the queue was so long around the building with kids wanting to see me afterwards that I ended up staying for the entire lunch hour ! I was so happy !! I’m often told they wish I was their biology teacher as they are learning so much whilst having fun in an informal way. I have loved this work so much ,that it is something I would certainly like to offer more of for 2017.
Please email me if you feel your school or academy could benefit from this ,wherever you are located.
Following very popular demand, two hour monthly evening workshops will be starting from Wednesday 25th January 2017.
For those who haven’t the time or the wish to train, but who desperately need help and methods where the benefits start to happen immediately for your child or someone in your care , this might be just what you need. Not everyone wishes to train up – but if it’s techniques and tips to get you through the day and somewhere to come where support, practical knowledge, experience , understanding and empathy are shared in a very positive, enabling environment , then this could be for you.
There are so many limiting beliefs and negative connotations surrounding special needs labels whereas in reality there are so many abilities, gifts, possiblities and positives. I’ve seen myths surrounding autism and ADHD be proved wrong countless times and the children I work with succeed and blossom. It’s all about nurturing the differences whilst easing the challenges and issues. It’s about joining voices and knowledge together so that these children and young adults are surrounded with belief and encouragement. Combining support and practical massage techniques in these workshops, all these aspects are drawn together and the whole family will start to benefit.
These monthly talks/workshops will be running from my training/therapy chat in West Somerset and will be covering the autistic spectrum, ADHD, dyslexia, learning difficulties,self harm, PTSD, eating disorders, mental health issues including depression ,anxiety and psychosis, OCD, insomnia, emotional trauma and behavioural challenges.
I look forward to sharing with you as a therapist, author and also a mother.
Cost £15 per person
*Dates for 2017*
25 January 7.30-9.30pm
22 February 7.30-9.30pm
22 March 7.30-9.30
19 April 7.30-9.30
17 May 7.30-9.30
14 June 7.30-9.30
19 July 7.30-9.30
16 August 7.30-9.30
20 September 7.30-9.30
18 October 7.30-9.30
22 November 7.30-9.30
13 December 7.30-9.30
** Please note that I am also available to run workshops for schools and academies**.
Please email me as usual at email@example.com for further details and bookings.
From February 2016 I began taking bookings on my indian head massage for special needs practical diploma courses ( based on my book ) for school and academy funded placements. With 48 hours these teachers and members of staff were taking their training into their respective schools – a dream come true for me as I long to introduce therapies into schools everywhere. With the huge short term and long term benefits that my therapy brings to students , this impacts very positively not just on themselves as people but on the whole classroom and learning environment .
I have also successfully trained parents and carers of children with autism, ADHD and other special needs and within the first day of the course they want to take the therapy into their children’s schools. So many people arrive on the courses with an expectation – but always leave with a journey . I absolutely love my job !!