Saturday, 22 March 2008

Osteopathy progress in print

I've kept in touch with the massage school that first taught me, the Midlands School of Massage, ever since I finished my courses there and recently sent them my thoughts and reflections after the first semester at Oxford Brookes. They included it in their March newsletter so I thought I'd include it here too:

As a graduate of the Remedial Massage and Manipulative Therapy courses at MSM, I thought I’d give a little bit of feedback as I begin the second semester of my first year on the part-time BSc Osteopathy degree at Oxford Brookes University.

The course is a very even mix of classroom-based physiology, anatomy and professional studies lectures running alongside practical sessions. These mostly focus on observation and assessment at this stage but we’re also learning some basic treatment techniques as we go. No HVTs yet, but there’s plenty of time for all that!

The course is really flying along and a lot of material has been covered but we’re all keeping up so far. Well, just about anyway…! We’ve already had one set of exams but there’s a lot more to learn before the main exams in June. Next up is the first of the two five day residential weeks so I anticipate that we’re going to cover a lot of material in that time.

In all honesty, it’s very hard work, not least in terms of going down to Oxford every other weekend but also in terms of the amount of work that needs to be done in between taught sessions. It is really rewarding though and if the MSM courses have left you wanting more, the degree course is the next logical step.

Above anything else I must say that the courses at MSM have been an amazing foundation for the study here. Not just in terms of the content but also in the way that the material is taught and the, dare I say it, “osteopathic” approach taken throughout. My thanks go out to Michael, Andrew and everyone at MSM for preparing me for the course and giving me the knowledge that I have so far.

I’ll be writing more on my website as the course progresses, so if you’re interested in hearing the inside track of what it’s like at Oxford Brookes, please have a look.

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