Never ceases to amaze me that when you are really ready for things they somehow just show up.
We had been looking for alternative business accommodation as we had been bursting at the seams in the home office for quite a while now and getting closer and closer to a possible 'pop'. Yet our requirements were a little unusual as, on top of office space, what we really needed is a space to teach from into which we can fit a good number of tables, that is light and sunny, has a good feel (you know, that really important thing that is so hard to explain to your average estate agent!) and that is accessible to planes, trains and automobiles…
Then one day I noticed a new property on one of the local websites and thought it was worth a look. The current owner/occupier arranged to meet me there the next day and as we walked into a bright, sunny, largish (instant calculations reckon on being about to fit 8 tables in – that’ll do for starters!) room, I just knew….
It has been used as an art studio and as she asked what we wanted it for (nervously I found out later) I explained what we do. Her face broke into a smile and she sighed with relief! She apparently has studied massage and initially had ideas to use the venue as some sort of complementary medicine centre before her art had taken her in a different direction. So she was really pleased that it would be used for something along similar lines. We may even see her on a CST1 one day!
So here we are. We have our own office, plus a venue for all of the Foundation classes where all the skeletons, props, teaching aids and books are here in one place. We can run classes of up to 16 students so we can have the earlier ones a bit more frequently. But don't worry, we will still keep all the other classes round the country going! And the more advanced classes like the Brain Speaks, Paeds, Immune Response etc will still need to be in bigger venues. We can also now house other smaller classes and training opportunities like the Foundtaion trainging, the Introductory Course Leaders course, Clinical Applications classes or even some of the Developing Confidence workshops and review classes without having to fit into other venues date requirements.
Would anyone like to join in setting up an every other month free / donation only kids clinic? Those of us who have done any of the Paeds curriculum will know how magical the energy can be in the room when we treat a group of kids at the same time–we could get together to do that and practice and share on a more regular basis. I am planning to start this after our March 2015 Paeds class…
Following on from the talk Caro, Gabor and I gave on research at the CSS AGM we will set up some specific research days both to treat groups of people and to help us in writing up case studies and start to move this effort along.
It has always been a part of my dream that there could be a space where we can come and study and practice, supporting each other's learning and growth and then just hanging out (great pub in the village!).
So this move represents another step towards more of that and whatever else we all want to create. I am so conscious that I am not doing this alone but as part of a wonderful group of dedicated therapists and people desiring to make changes in the world from a place of unconditional acceptance and love. I am honoured to be a part of this community and I cannot wait to see what else we can build in support of this amazing work.
I dedicate this incarnation of The Studio, Wrington to Dr Upledger and to continuing to share the essence of his work and look forward to seeing you there soon!