Hakomi Skills for Cultivating the Therapeutic Relationship
The therapeutic relationship is the context within which healing happens. The Cultivating the Therapeutic Relationship workshops ask and answer the questions: Who are you? How does who you are affect you and your clients in the work you do? And, how can you develop your personhood to make a positive difference?
Part 1: Self-Discovery
The Self-discovery workshop is about growing your capacity to find and sustain a compassionate and present-centred state of being while relating to yourself and others. Explore your internal world for implicit beliefs and discover the influence these are having in the work that you do, and in your life.
Part 2: The Art of Helping
The Art of Helping workshop is about developing your ability to be truly present to another person. Learn to recognise and respond appropriately to the non-verbal indicators of their present moment experience, see the story-teller beyond the story being told.
Two weekend workshops of Hakomi skills for those in the helping professions, including; Massage Practitioners, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Doctors, Yoga Teachers, Pilates Instructors, etc.
When & Where
21/22 August (Self-Discovery)
11/12 September (The Art of Helping)
21 Bristol Street,
I have known Mark for over two decades and it is an honour to recommend him to anyone who has an opportunity to attend something he offers. He has many years of bodywork, teaching and Hakomi experience, with a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to share, which he does, as with everything, with poise, integrity, skill, and creativity.
(Senior Hakomi Trainer & Legacy Holder)
the Art (& a little Science) of Muscle Energy Techniques
Part 1: Fundamentals of MET
An introduction to the core principles underpinning MET and the application of two key protocols, Post-Isometric-Relaxation (PIR) and Reciprocal Inhibition (RI) to the superficial tissues of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist and neck.
Part 2: Refining MET
Building on the fundamentals of MET, Refining MET considers deeper tissues, including those of the hip, shoulder, lumbar, thoracic and cervical. It introduces two new protocols, Pulsed MET and Slow Isotonic Eccentric Stretches of Agonist/Antagonist (SIESA).
Part 3: Integrating MET
A personalised workshop helping you find your own approach to working with MET, learn to fine-tune the method for meeting the needs of your specific client base.
A series of three weekend workshops for bodyworkers of all kinds, including; Massage Practitioners, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Yoga Teachers, Pilates Instructors, etc.
When & Where
Drawing as he does from his own background in Structural Integration, Mark has brought new insights to the therapeutic skills that he learned, applied and subsequently teaches. Having worked with him for almost ten years I have great confidence in Mark’s abilities to teach soft tissue manipulation theory and skills.
Leon Chaitow DO (2007)
A Person-Centred Approach
My approach to learning and teaching recognises and appreciates that each person brings with them personal qualities, experience, knowledge and skill that forms their true starting point. The way that we create and hold the space in a person-centred learning environment allows and actively encourages each individual to follow their personal path through the learning. The aim is to support you in reaching your potential by encouraging the discovery of new knowledge and skill through direct personal and shared experience.
This person-centred approach also provides an effective model for how we work with our clients. We need to create a therapeutic environment that recognises and works with the unique personal qualities, experience, knowledge and skills each of our clients brings. This requires that as therapists we have a variety of approaches to draw on and the awareness to use them to meet individual needs.
About Muscle Energy Technique (MET)?
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form of manual therapy with its origins in Osteopathy. Learn to address acute and chronic issues through a range of MET protocols using active client engagement of muscles in precise directions against the therapist’s counterforce.
About the Hakomi Method?
Hakomi is a mindfulness based method for self-study and self-discovery. It helps bring awareness to our habits of relating and offers a way to maximise the potential of our therapeutic relationships.
My bodywork journey started in 1991, with a 7 day introduction to Structural Integration at the Mana Retreat Centre in the Coromandel. I finished the 18 month Structural Integration training in 1993 and then headed off to Europe for a 6 month OE, I stayed for 22 years!
Based in London, I had a bodywork practice, got a Masters in Therapeutic Bodywork, became a certified Hakomi practitioner and trainer, and worked for 12 years at the University of Westminster’s School of Life Sciences in London where I was the Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer on a BSc(Hons) in Neuromuscular Therapy.
In 2015 I returned to New Zealand and began teaching at the New Zealand College of Massage on their Level 6 and Level 7 programmes.
Mark opened a way of being with clients that allows me to meet each individual where they are, to connect and work collaboratively, to truly meet their needs. When Mark taught me a technique I was encouraged and supported to explore and develop that skill with precision, curiosity and creativity in a way that the technique becomes my own.
(Director and co-founder The Centre for Resilience, University of Westminster)
My first experience of Mark was at university, it struck me how different his teaching style was compared to my other lecturers. Firstly, his passion and huge knowledge of the subject at hand but also, he has really thought about the learning experience and how to teach in a way that is very engaging and never dull. I’ve spent at least 7 years doing his courses, and would do more if he was on the same continent!
(Complementary Therapist, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London)
Mark is a wonderful teacher. His curiosity sparks yours, leading you into a deep understanding of the technique or process, and his kindness opens your heart to being in loving presence in the therapeutic relationship.
Mark is a patient teacher who would gently observe and encourage us in our work. He created a safe space for us to learn and grow in our practise. Mark’s guidance in mindfulness and knowledge of bodywork together created a base for me to become a curious and skilful therapist.
(Massage and Neuromuscular Therapist)
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mark since 2001, he is an inspiring and nurturing teacher, his generosity and humour are infectious and I believe his teachings in bodywork therapies has not only guided me in my work journey but also my life journey.
(Remedial Massage Therapist & Reflexologist, Sydney)