What a wonderful day! It was so special to welcome nearly 40 members of our Indian Head Massage Community at our annual CPD seminar held at Purple Turtle Therapy in Brighton on 19th October 2019.
The venue was perfect – The Grand Studio at Purple Turtle Therapy, a well-equipped and spacious training room in the centre of Brighton, just a short walk away from the railway station and close to cafes and shops. Thank you to Amy Taylor, co-founder of the Indian Head Massage Community for sharing her beautiful premises so generously with us. (Please note that our next seminar is planned for Saturday 17th October 2020, also in Brighton. More details to follow but do put the date in your diary.)
The theme for the day was enhancing and empowering our Indian Head Massage practice. The positive comments at the end of the day reflected the success of the presentations and practical sessions. And above all, they highlighted the joy of coming together with other therapists and feeling proud of our profession.
The day was so informative and enjoyable. I loved the interactive demonstrations.
I loved the sense of being part of a community where we can get on-going support and ideas.
I had the best day! I loved all of it! I am looking forward to introducing the new moves to my clients.
It was good to hear from top experts who were able to answer our questions.
Expert Guest Speakers
Sadly, Giuliana Wheater was unable to attend as was recovering from a bout of ill-health. She sent everyone her best wishes – and she was much missed.
Mary Atkinson – Positive Touch for Fun!
Mary began the day with a warm-up using a couple of massage stories written for the day! More information on the Story Massage Programme can be found on the website: Story Massage for Children.
Lesley Hart – Advanced Indian Head Massage Techniques
Lesley Hart, an experienced therapist and owner of Hands On Training, is co-author with Mary Dalgleish of Indian Head Massage – The Essential Guide and Ear Candling – The Essential Guide. Lesley demonstrated some effective advanced techniques including working with the forearm and using massage tools. There was a real buzz in the room as everyone tried some of the techniques and discussed how they would be a wonderful addition to their current Indian Head Massage sessions. We discussed the importance of having a range of different techniques so each session can be tailored to the individual needs of the client on the day.
Mary Dalgleish – Marma Points
Working with Marma Points was top of the wish list after our seminar last year. So we were delighted that Mary Dalgleish agreed to talk us through the benefits and application of the main Marma Points on the head. Mary is a highly regarded therapist and owner of Head2Toe Massage – a therapy centre and training school. We practiced these powerful energy points on ourselves and agreed that they were a valuable part of any self-help routine. These points are covered in Mary and Lesley’s book: Indian Head Massage – An Essential Guide. If you would like to study in more detail then Mary recommended Ayurveda and Marma Therapy by Dr David Frawley. We will be sharing some videos of Marma Points on our Indian Head Massage Community Page.
Amy Taylor – Top Tips for Events
Promoting your business at events is one of Amy Taylor’s areas of special interest. As owner of the highly successful Well-Being Centre and Training Academy in Brighton – Purple Turtle Therapy, she knows how events can be a brilliant way to increase bookings and raise awareness. But they can also be a waste of time and effort! Amy shared the do’s and don’ts with a wonderful mix of detailed information and humour. Amy also shared a 10 minute Indian Head Massage routine suitable for using at events – and we tried the moves on each other. Amy emphasised the need for positive posture not only to protect the therapist from injury but also increase the benefits of the therapy. It was a very helpful reminder for us all.
Question Time with the Experts
There was a great deal of discussion and sharing of ideas in our Expert Panel sessions with questions including: how to adapt a massage session for people with cancer, working with people with dementia, how to adapt your therapy on a couch and the benefits of Indian Head Massage for mental health.
Our Next Indian Head Massage Community CPD Seminar
The event was such a success that we are planning another one for Saturday 17th October 2020 – also in Brighton. Do check out our Indian Head Massage Community Page for updates. In the meantime you can enjoy a flavour of the conference on this video: