October 2006 Newsletter

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October 2006 Newsletter

9th October 2006 in

e-mail: fozzy@fosterclinic.co.uk

LOGO Design:

Thank you to all those who completed and returned the questionnaire regarding the possible redesign of the LCSP Register Logo. There appears to be a complete cross section of opinion with some people, quite rightly, saying we are an old established organisation with the history and tradition that comes with 85+ years and as such we should leave well alone. There are likewise a few at the other end suggesting a complete re-branding for the Register. Certainly at the present time there appears to be a majority taking a mid-course and proposing an ‘updated’ version of the present Logo, so we retain the connections and acknowledge our past history but endeavour to bring a more modern public face and presence for the benefit of the members.

Resignation from Council:

After serving the members for 16 years, Joe Gillow has resigned from the LCSP Register Council. Joe’s tireless work for the Register in general and as Chair of the Disciplinary committee cannot be understated. He has always been totally committed to the LCSP and whilst he admits himself he will miss the hands on involvement in the Registers future, he will not miss the 800+ miles journey to attend meetings. His expertise will not however, be lost to the Register, as he has agreed to serve as Chair on the Disciplinary Appeals Committee.
The resignation of Joe Gillow has created a vacancy on the Council and I am very pleased to say that Sue Oliver has agreed to co-option to fill this place. I feel certain that Sue will be an asset to the Council and the Register.
Mel Eyres has subsequently taken the role of Disciplinary committee Chair.


A meeting took place in London on 21 st September attended by Mel Eyres and myself. Results of the Consultation as to the future structure of the GCMT were announced at the end of September (after we had gone to print). Details should be available on the new updated GCMT website on www.gcmt.org.uk


The next newsletter will be in Jan ’07, can’t actually bring myself to type that word yet! But you know what I mean when I say have a ‘happy one’, keep healthy and safe, and I will bore you with more Fozzy ramblings next year!


Next years Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn in Stratford-Upon-Avon , on the 19 th to 21 st May 2007.

This will be an opportunity to partake in a three day practical based training event featuring the International Lecturer James Waslaski from Dallas , Texas .

This is a unique opportunity to improve your treatment protocols and give you a fresh approach to dealing with shoulder and hip joint conditions.

Orthopaedic Massage involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of locomotor soft tissues to reduce pain and dysfunction.
A unique approach is utilised to restore structural balance throughout the body which will allow you to focus on prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and chronic pain.
Primary modalities taught include functional assessment, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue mobilisation techniques, neuromuscular re-education, PNF stretching, strengthening, and specific patient home care protocols.

This seminar is predominately ‘hands on’ practical training, which will enable you to leave the weekend competent in applying the techniques shown on the course. There is likewise a very comprehensive workbook included with the course.

The Annual General Meeting of the LCSP Register will take place on the Friday evening (18 th ) prior to the weekend course at the same venue followed by a light supper.

This event is being advertised both nationally and internationally, however, LCSP Register members do have priority early booking access now. Due to the practical nature of this course, numbers will be restricted to allow maximum contact time. It is therefore advisable that you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. As from 1 st February 2007 bookings will be open to non LCSP members and we do presently have a list of waiting attendees.


It is with sadness and regret that we report the death of Christopher Finch of Warrington , Cheshire , on the 1 st July. Chris had been a member of the Register and respected therapist since 1983. We extend our condolences to his family and friends knowing he will be sadly missed.

Stan Duncombe 1927 – 2006

A Tribute and Memorial 

We mentioned the sad news of the death of Stan Duncombe in the last newsletter. Stan was inspirational to many of us and I am sure that there are many ‘Stan stories’ that can be recalled from the good old days of 15 plus years ago when he paced the lecture rooms of Blackpool, London and beyond. There’s a lot us who can still feel the ‘therapeutic discomfort’ of Stans’ steel tipped fingers demonstrating his neuro-muscular techniques and who like me can remember the excitement of Stan with his ‘Osmo-Therapy’ experiments, what became of that?

People like Stan are irreplaceable, he was a larger than life figure with his own opinion and he would never shy away from any situation to defend it. He was a genuinely warm and generous individual who was always the first to assist in a crisis. Another great light in our profession shines no more.

The following are just two tributes from many and come from Stans’ old colleagues Abe Reimer from Canada , and Tom Janes in America .

“How do you say good-bye to an old friend without reminiscing? I clearly remember our first meeting when I introduced Stan at a doctor’s seminar in Kansas City , Missouri . I, like others, was impressed by his knowledge concerning Manipulative Therapy. It was inevitable that he would become a teacher’s teacher. He with others forged the Northern Institute into a first-class international school of learning at that time.

Stan was President of the LCSP between 1969-71 and 1995-97. This honour was bestowed upon him due to his years of diligence and hard work. Again, we saw his dedication to a cause when Stan conceived the idea of a special clinic to help disabled children. Stan, being Stan, rolled up his sleeves and went to work to bring his dream into reality. Today the ‘Tiny Tim Centre’ stands as a living memorial to a man who had a vision.

Stan will be sorely missed by friends and associates. Our sympathy goes out to his sons and daughter. They have lost not just a father, but like us a friend and teacher.” Tom Janes

“Stan was a very special person to me. He was one of my instructors in Massage Therapy both in Blackpool and when he came to Canada , which he did many times. I called him ‘The Evangelist’ because he ran back and forth on the lecture room floor like a minister going after his flock.

Stan was a very intelligent instructor; he knew his anatomy better than anybody else I’ve ever listened to. His memory was like a computer and he was able to just rattle off information, when Stan took the floor, everybody better pay attention!

Stan was a very hospitable man. Adeline and I stayed at their home many times. Val, his wife, passed away when she was quite young, that was very hard on Stan. They have three great children – two sons and a daughter who I got to know very early in their lives, and watching Stan trying his best to make them behave well when company was present was hilarious.

Stan with Ken Woodward was very instrumental in bringing the Northern Institute to Canada , and they both came many times for courses. All the Canadians who took those courses thank you and will remember you.

Stan was also the driving force behind the ‘Tiny Tim Centre’ which is still going strong in his memory.

Stan was also a good chef, who made great tasting lamb chops!

Stan I miss you and will always remember you.” Abe Reimer.


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