About the tutor/course
Darien Pritchard has been a bodyworker for over 30 years, including 25 training massage professionals, influenced by the study of Yoga, T'ai Chi, creative dance and the Feldenkrais Method® of movement awareness. He is a past co-director of the Massage Training Institute (MTI), for which he was the director of Anatomy and Physiology tuition for 6 years. He also served on the inaugural Executive of the General Council for Massage Therapy to which MTI is affiliated.
Darien established and ran the Massage Study Centre in South Australia (1981-89) and the Cardiff School of Massage, South Wales (1991 - 2002). He taught massage modules on a university degree course (2003-08) in Complementary Therapies. He is a guest teacher on the practitioner training course at the Royal National College for the Blind at Hereford.
Darien has run professional development workshops for massage practitioners for two decades. He pioneered a focus on good bodyuse as an integral part of massage training in the UK. He has also been a pioneer in 'Hands Free' Massage (the skillful and sensitive use of the elbow and forearm to save the practitioner's hands - adapted from other traditions for use in 'western' style massage), and was the first person to use the term 'Hands Free' Massage for this approach.
He co-authored the student textbook Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for the Massage Therapist with Su Fox, and wrote the career-maintenance reference book Dynamic Bodyuse for Effective, Strain-Free Massage.
Darien teaches a variety of post-graduate weekend courses in South Wales, Bristol, Birmingham, London, Sheffield, Stroud and other parts of England. These include 'Hands-Free' Massage (using the forearm and elbow to save the practitioner's hands); RhythmMobility® (rhythmical techniques for release, flexibility and energising); Working Easier, Working Stronger (dynamic bodyuse for delivering effective, strain-free massage); Seated Massage ('western' style massage on clothed clients - in an ordinary chair and in a portable massage chair); The SuppleSpine Programme for Back Care (combining back massage and stretches with guided exercises); and a series on Freeing the Shoulders, Releasing the Neck and Releasing the Lower Back and Hips.
One day courses include Massage without Oil (effective 'dry' massage - including through clothing); SubtleStretch (sensitively applied stretches for calming and muscle release); Creativity in Massage (refresh and enliven your massage sessions); and The Art of Touch (using touch skillfully for nurturing massage).
He teaches longer training courses in Bristol and Sheffield - Extensive RhythmMobility® training (5 weekends) and Extensive 'Hands Free' Massage training (4 weekends).
Tel: 029 2045 4506