July 2010 Newsletter – Part 2

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July 2010 Newsletter – Part 2

9th July 2010 in

First UK Qualified Hendrickson Method Therapists.

The LCSP now have the first UK qualified Hendrickson Method Therapists.
Twenty six therapists held firm, through the UK Border Agency new regulations, purchasing licences, visas to enter, certificate to work, not forgetting volcanic ash!!

112hrs equalled 16 days spent in class, 12days with Tom, 4 days with Sue practical training, a 2hr 15mins written paper and a practical assessment.

It was an amazing experience for all those involved, as the Method challenges our knowledge of anatomy, pushing us to a greater understanding, slower pace of working, working with the patient, as opposed to the patient expectation that they take no part in their recovery process.
As we moved forward with our massage therapy we have to become more accountable, through treatment plans, our chosen protocol, yet still hold on to the reason for most of us why we came in to the work.
Dennis Donnelly sums this up rather well in a testimonial he wrote:



The Hendrickson method is a unique comprehensive system of soft-tissue manipulation derived by Tom Hendrickson a US based Chiropractor over the last twenty years. His method combines the latest research in energy medicine with a form of low impact massage stroke derived from Tai Chi called Wave Mobilization (WM) and very specific Muscle Energy Techniques (METs).
Hendrickson soft-tissue manipulation (STM) is grounded in cell biology, postural dynamics, tensegrity models, and neuro-muscular theory, and it enables massage therapists to work confidently and effectively with a broad range of chronic and acute musculo-skeletal conditions, often getting results with the difficult to treat or slow responding clients.  .
The technique helps position massage therapy as a frontline healthcare service, and as it is very gentle to both give and receive is very useful for delicate or vulnerable clients who might have been exposed to more robust or challenging form of physical modalities. The technique minimises the risk of RSI for practitioners and therefore is very useful for the therapist who wants a long and active career in massage therapy.
In Sue Bennett, the UK has a presenter and interpreter of the Hendrickson who combines the technical knowledge of the work with clarity, care and flair. Sue manages to capture the spirit of the work with the sense of exploration and joy that we all share when we experience something that really works well for ourselves and our patients.
We are very fortunate to have Sue in the Country as a local resource to both introduce us to this method and guide the future development of professional training in this method in the UK. This development will surely help massage therapy to take it’s rightful place within UK systems of Healthcare.
The method also has a lot to offer for those who work with a mind-body awareness and wish to work holistically with their clients. The method provides a range of interesting, innovative and safe tools to explore psychogenic physical disease processes. On a personal level I can say that it has transformed my practice, and my wish now is to use it whenever I can with my clients because of the match I see between the client’s conditions needs and the relevance of the Method to their needs.
Dennis Donnelly, Registered Osteopath, Remedial Massage Therapist and Body-Psychotherapist. Liverpool UK

July 2010 Newsletter

9th July 2010 in

Fozzys’ Forum 2010

Annual General Meeting: this was held on the 11th June at the Tickled Trout Hotel in Preston, were the President Mr V.S. Pugh was re-elected for another year as President. Mr Pugh thanked the membership for the vote of confidence shown in him and expressed his pride in the honour bestowed upon him. Ms S. Oliver and Mrs B.B. Harper were both elected to serve on the Council for another term. The other resolutions placed before the members were all carried. The President thanked those members that attended the meeting and reiterated his commitment to the LCSP Register and its members.

Regional Meetings:  The next regional meeting will be held on Friday 8th October at the George Hotel in Edinburgh commencing at 7.00pm Full presentation details are available on the members Forum of our website or direct from the admin office. These are FREE events for members and certificates of attendance for CPD are issued.
Friday 4th February 2011 will see a regional meeting being held in London.
The President, members of Council and myself will be in attendance at these meetings and we look forward to meeting as many of the members as possible, this is an excellent opportunity enabling us to network together for the mutual benefit of the Register and indeed as individuals.

Additional Classification:  Due to requests from several members the LCSP Register will from 2011 extend its classification of therapies to include ‘Sports Therapy’.  We feel that this move will meet with approval from the very many members who have undergone additional training in Sports Therapy and those that have clinics based around treating sports related conditions and injuries. This classification will extend to the members on-line directory and other promotional materials of the Register to promote the services of our membership to the general public.

Congratulations: to Cathy Harland of Whitby, N. Yorks who has just recently moved into much larger premises due to expanding her business. Previously Cathy worked from home but such is the demand for her services that a move to a larger clinic was called for. Cathy has been an LCSP member since 1993 and says the good fundamental grounding in anatomy and physiology  combined with the CPD opportunities through the LCSP have led her to the position she now enjoys with local GP referrals and a very full appointment diary. Cathy clearly demonstrates that providing a professional remedial service for musculo-skeletal conditions will always be in demand regardless of economic or financial difficulties.  We all wish Cathy continued success and a very bright future.

Should you be a full member of the Register?  According to our database there are many members who could apply for transfer to Full membership of the Register and have not done so. The change from Associate membership (LCSP (Assoc)) to Full membership (LCSP (Phys)) is not an automatic process but does need to be applied for. The criterion for change is that a practitioner needs to have been in full time practice for a period of 3 years or part time practice for a period of 5 years.  If you meet these criteria and wish to transfer then please send a letter of request to the office, there is no fee for this and the membership fee is also the same.

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