What does it mean to pass?

What does it mean to pass?

I’ve been reflecting recently on the effect passing or gaining a qualification has on our work. Often we aim for that one passing grade – but is this all we need? Quite a few years ago now, the decision to change my career and study at the Northern Institute of Massage fitted in with having a new…

Life changing moments

Life changing moments

Our son was born in the summer of 1989, and 11 weeks later I was knocked off my bike and sustained a severe head injury. It took me several months to get over this injury. I think anyone who’s ever had a significant trauma to the head will know how I felt. Over the next…

The work we do on ourselves

The work we do on ourselves

Before psychiatrists or psychologists are allowed to work with patients, they have to undertake personal therapy to ensure they’re in the best mind to help. As physical therapists, we don’t technically have to do this. We’re just treating the body, not the mind, aren’t we? I think anyone who works in clinic knows this isn’t…

Creating space: Mental Health Awareness Week

Creating space: Mental Health Awareness Week

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” —Viktor Frankl This quote appeared in Brene Brown’s feeds this week and it got me thinking, along with the stories I’ve been seeing around Mental Health Awareness week.  In…

Why use METs and how to make them your own

Why use METs and how to make them your own

When I first came across METs I was studying for my Higher Diploma from the Northern institute of Massage; it was an essential requirement to learn this technique. As therapists gathered round to watch demo after demo, I, being a questioner (see Gretchen Rubin, The Four Tendencies), was soon asking “how come”,  “isn’t that a big…

Why I Love Treating Long Term Pain and How to Solve It

Why I Love Treating Long Term Pain and How to Solve It

So you’ve probably experienced this before. When you’re working with someone and you just can’t clear that long standing hip pain, back pain headaches and jaw pain. When you have done the testing and assessing, and you still can’t find just what is causing the problem. When the pain is moving around the body. When…

Patience and Practice go together

Patience and Practice go together

This can be hard in a world where most of our needs are met in an instance, or the next day. Take away food that is delivered to our door, clothing books, you name it, it can get to us super quick. We have this vast range of Tv that is at our finger’s tips….

I Love These Folks……long term pain states

I Love These Folks……long term pain states

When you can’t clear that long standing hip pain, back pain headaches and jaw pain. When you have done the testing and assessing, you can’t find just what is causing the problem! When the pain is moving around the body. When the patient in front of you has tried Physio, acupuncture, multi body work techniques…

True Meaning of Healing

True Meaning of Healing

Healing comes from the Old English hælan, meaning “cure; save; make whole, sound and well.” This information was shared with me at a recent workshop with anatomist John Sharky, whose work on understanding of fascia and biotensegrity is immense. I sat there thinking this sounds like something we should aim for more than ‘being healed’. Maybe…

What is the Hendrickson Method

What is the Hendrickson Method

Hendrickson Method is an advanced system of massage and manual therapy that combines a remarkable new method of massage called wave mobilization® with joint mobilization and muscle energy technique. It is profoundly relaxing to receive, effortless to perform, and an efficient and effective way to treat acute and chronic pain while promoting optimum health. Therapy that improves…

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