Having spent the first three weeks of June down in beautiful Oxford, I am delighted to inform you that I only have one more workshop to attend before becoming the first person in Scotland to receive the Bodymaster Diploma from John Gibbons, an extremely well respected Osteopath, sports therapist, international lecturer and author based at Oxford University. He is the guest speaker at the Scottish Massage Schools annual conference in April 2019 where he will be running four days of Bodymaster technique workshops.

The three weeks in Oxford which was based at the University dedicated to Sport, consisted of intensive advanced training where therapists, including Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists as well as Sports therapist from not only the British Isles but also India, Switzerland and Portugal, to name but a few, travelled to the UK to attend. (Scotland doesn’t seem such a distance after all)!

The course covered just about every area of the body and was perfect for ensuring my skill set is absolutely up to date. This method approaches the body as a complex integrated unit, where one dysfunction may require more than one area of expertise and therefore provides you with the skills to manage this effectively.

The areas covered during the course were:

  • Spinal Manipulation and Mobilisation
  • The Pelvis, Sacroiliac Joint and Lumbar Spine
  • Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques
  • The Cervical Spine
  • The Knee, Hip and Groin
  • The Shoulder
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Glutes and Psoas
  • Kinesiology Taping

The techniques used during the treatments are very gentle on the whole, however can produce amazing results. It is the ability to understand and appreciate what to use and when that is the key. Often as sports therapists we assume, for the most part, that the issue is either with the muscle, tendon, ligament or joint, however we sometimes ignore the nerve that supplies the area of pain or weakness. By taking this into consideration in addition to the aforementioned we can achieve much more effective results.

The final workshop for me to attend will be Neurological Testing

Continuous professional development is extremely important to the team at Stirling Massage Clinic and we have all been undergoing various training courses over the past few months to ensure our skills are second to none. Ross will have completed John Gibbons Bodymaster Diploma by the middle of next year and Davy and Shelagh are now able to provide acupuncture. Both Shelagh and myself will have completed our advanced acupuncture through OMT training in November 2018.

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