Courses
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit."
Aristotle
"Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations."
Norman Cousins
"Grants for producing data are abundant but there are hardly any awards for standing back in contemplation of the deeper things."
John Maddox
"Socrates, you will remember, asked all the important questions but he never answered any of them."
Dickinson W Richards
"The object of education is to rouse the mind and let it make acquaintance with its own powers and inclinations, so that it may judge of its own natural fitness what it is able to do the best."
Peter Mere Lantham
"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too."
Lord Fisher
"It is through the experience of this network that we are able to contact the full reach, range and potential of our kinesthetic experience."
James Oschman (albeit talking about meridians!)
"There are pauses amidst study, and even pauses of seeming idleness, in which a process goes on which may be likened to the digestion of food. In those seasons of repose, the powers are gathering their strength for new efforts."
J. W. Alexander
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
George Bernard Shaw
"Study the situation thoroughly, go over in your imagination the various courses of action possible to you and the consequences which can and may follow from each course. Pick out the course which gives the most promise and go ahead."
Dr. Maxwell Maltz
"Education is . . . hanging around until you've caught on."
John Ruskin
"Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them."
Lord Chesterfield
"We often think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two, because 'two' is 'one and one.' We forget that we have still to make of a study of 'and.'"
Sir Arthur Eddington
"Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack."
Henry Miller
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
Aristotle
"Science is to see what everyone else has seen but think what no one else has thought."
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
"Half of what you are taught as medical students will in 10 years time have been shown to be wrong. The trouble is none of your teachers know which half."
C Sidney Burwell
"There is no art yet known which may not contribute somewhat to the improvement of medicine."
John Morgan

Aims & Promise

Our AIM

Simple really. It’s to:

  • provide excellent training in anatomy, physiology and pathology for CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) and other practicing therapists;
  • provide more excellent training with new courses, ongoing activities and opportunities to review courses for reduced rates;
  • keep you up to date, remembering and inspired enough to keep adding more;
  • to play a small part in assisting anyone working in CAM to use this understanding and, at the end of the day (or course!), to become better practitioners.

Just like many other professions, complementary health practitioners of many modalities are required to keep updating both their practical and theoretical knowledge and skills. CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and has become a bit of a buzz word in the complementary and alternative medicine fields. Our courses are accepted by a number of the overseeing bodies that require CPD (see a bit more on this below).

When we love what we do there is a natural desire to find out more, hone our skills, add more to the pot and be the best we can be. As you will have gathered by now, we focus on a small chunk of this ongoing development as we believe that good and regular doses of A&P helps us become better practitioners,

Why? Because then:

  • WE CAN be more accurate in our treatments - whatever our method of working with the body, the more we understand it, the more accurately we can direct our hands and our intention
  • WE CAN be clearer about when we can treat and when to refer - credibility in any profession is built by people doing their job well, yet knowing their limits
  • WE CAN communicate better with clients and other health professionals - about what we are doing as well as the effects our work may be having. When we need to work alongside doctors or other professionals we can talk in their language and continue to build up positive relationships
  • WE CAN be evermore integrated and holistic by not leaving the body out of our energetic and other work (or our energetic and other work out of the body science understanding!)

Our PROMISE

To keep trying to get better and better at what we do, so:

  • WE WIILL do everything we can think of to make your learning as easy, fun and engaging as possible
  • WE WILL continue to develop post graduate training that serves the needs of practicing therapists
  • WE WILL aim to ensure that these answer the questions that naturally occur after you've been practicing a while and help build your knowledge step by step
  • WE WILL offer information about research and practice to capture your attention and interest
  • WE WILL give practical application to as much of the theory as possible
  • WE WILL NEVER FORGET the emotions, mind and spirit and their importance in all contributions to 'BODY SCIENCE'

What people have said about their experience of College of Body Science courses includes:

  • Our courses make the A&P relevant
  • Our courses make your life easier
  • We teach as innovatively as possible, presenting information in various ways and repeating and reviewing it in different fashions, so facts, names and implications stay with you
  • Our courses inspire you to know more
  • You get great CPD!
  • Our students enjoy making the connections between the theory and their practice
  • They say that putting everything into place aids their memory recall and retention dramatically

Aims & Promises In The CAM World At Large

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine world, apart from anything else, is GROWING. More and more people are training, practicing and most importantly USING these approaches. It is estimated that there are around 40,000 practitioners in the many disciplines that are termed Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). There are 36,000 GPs. While it is fair to say that most CAM practitioners do not see as many patients as GPs, hundreds of thousands of people visit some form of CAM practitioners every year - it seems we are here to stay!

But, there is a huge difference in the length and depth of trainings about which the public may not have enough information to ask the right questions. So many therapy groups are starting to self regulate - the most important reason for this? To safeguard the public so they know that a practitioner has an acceptable level of training, knowledge and safety.

Many training and overseeing bodies have now developed or are in the process of developing programmes to support this process of self-regulation for a number of specific therapies. The government is also keen for this to happen. It will gradually affect everyone working as an alternative or complementary therapist. Firm recommendations have been given that suggest:

  • training courses should become standardised, accredited and validated
  • continuing professional development should be a core requirement
  • therapists should have a clear understanding of the principles of evidence based medicine and healthcare
  • disciplines should be clear about their limits of competence

When we started nine years ago this process was only just beginning, but many steps are been taken in roughly the right direction! So more and more of us are being called to be accountable and responsible. Why again? For the safety of the public. Those we are wanting to assist. So let's get our training houses in as good an order as we can!

This is the other reason we do what we do. It is one way of our ways of contributing to the field. Hopefully it helps practitioners become better and better too, and as we said, WE LOVE IT!

Click here for an article on the Importance of CPD