Presentations and talks
Nicolle spoke at our Talk Dementia event in the week of Dementia Action week. The topic of the use of massage in dementia would have been new to the majority of the attendees. The talk was aimed at the right level, the presentation especially a youtube video Nicolle showed was extremely moving, but also thought provoking. The presentation had different techniques to meet all the different types of learning styles we have. It was interesting, gave us ideas we could use in every day practice and made us all compelled to learn more about the subject.
Feedback on my one to one training
Feedback on my training days
A very thorough, insightful guide into the world of someone living with dementia, relevant and extremely valuable to anyone who has contact with people with the condition whether they work with massage or not.
The comfortable space, calming music and tea combined with a great model of care and very professional therapists – makes each visit a great experience and has helped me begin to feel better.
Accessible & professional, very fresh & engaging. Responded sensitively to questions & to the energy of the group. It has been a really enjoyable & inspiring day.
Feedback from past students who have unlocked their skills and confidence
My practice is doing well thank you. Particularly the two days I work with dementia clients - I absolutely love it. My practice is not just about massage and aromatherapy nowadays. It's become much more. The relatives view my work as respite for themselves. Quite a few relatives have said they don't worry about their mum/dad on the days that I go in and I've had lots of feedback re: positive changes in behaviour and well being. I can't claim to do anything spectacular, just lots of TLC and one-to-one. Like you, I have 'props'...usually to do with taste, touch, sound and sight...sometimes smell...not all my clients have lost their sense of smell.
Since joining you for your excellent course Massage for Dementia, I now work in 3 care homes on a weekly basis. I largely work with clients living with dementia or Alzheimer's, but also massage clients with life limiting conditions such as Parkinson's, MS, Paralysis following a stroke, as well as some end of life care.
I consider working with such vulnerable individuals a real privilege and continue to be completely blown away by the comfort, peace and calm that caring touch massage can bring. When dementia steals away the vital interaction of close family and friends, it is a joy to bring a little comfort into their world through massage.
Thank you for helping me and inspiring me on my massage journey.
Feedback from students
All of it was useful - made me reflect on my practice. The massage practice was wonderful!
Just a huge 'thank you'. I tried a bit of effleurage last night and got a kiss for my efforts and a big sleepy smile-brilliant! I think folk must miss the touch of loved ones - this is a lovely way to bring that back into their lives. Thank you Nicky, I had a really good day - lots to take in and lots of hope for the future.
Since the course, I have noticed how I have changed when approaching and chatting to the residents in the Home.
I have just started offering massages at a Day Centre and, although, the elderly people don't have Dementia, I have realised it is so important to "make them feel special" and listen listen listen. Some of them have really had a rotten time of it recently and spending half an hour with them, massaging their aching backs, legs or shoulders - it is just to lovely to see them relax.
Feedback from seminars
I attended the lectures/workshops in relation to dementia to assist me with my mum. And certainly Nicolle Mitchell absolutely delivered. Her extensive knowledge & delivery of these courses/workshops both prepared & assisted me to combat any situations I may encounter.
Brilliant - realistic to the problems of dementia - I feel inspired to do more and find out more. Made it a more positive experience.
Explained well, friendly and informative. Learnt new massage technique (Massaging People Who Have Dementia) I like Nicolle's sense of humour and down to earth approach. We did a good routine to be used with clients. I would like to learn more.
Nicolle's sense of humour lightened the topic and made good points which I could use in my practice and family. Very good information.
I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. It was excellent. The presenter was extremely knowledgable and the content and delivery was comprehensive and well placed. Was the best seminar I have attended. It was the main reason for my visit to the show and it did not disappoint and I hope to attend training with Nicole in September.