NO HANDS Masters have completed the full journey from zero strain bodywork, through potent and transactional bodywork to being able to offer truly Transformational Touch Therapy. Master Sam Beckett became a Master in 2014 and works in Walton on Thames.
In her own words…
I first went to a Massage Therapist when I was around 24 and experiencing terrible shoulder pain. I was miserable in my job as an Advertising Sales Executive, work which was increasingly making me physically ill. The phrase fish out of water springs to mind! Anyway, I remember saying to my Therapist that I wish I could do work that would positively impact people’s lives as her work had done for me. She said I could retrain as a Massage Therapist; I enrolled with the Middlesex School of Complementary Therapy that afternoon and qualified in 1998.
Although I qualified in 1998 I didn’t start my NO HANDS training until 2011.A leaflet came through my front door every summer for about 5 years. I had just started getting a small niggle in my right wrist and I thought ‘Well, they’re clearly not a fly-by-night company, the dates work, what have I got to lose??!”
On seeing Gerry’s live treatment on the first morning of my TRANSFORMING TOUCH course in Heathrow, I wondered what on earth I’d signed up for! I didn’t like the look of it at all. You see, NO HANDS has been a long journey for me, even though I travelled it quite quickly. Back then, I remember thinking it all looked way too “intimate”. However, once I’d felt the power of the Slump, I was curious. By day 3, I was hooked and signed up for Immersion immediately. Looking back, I think I wanted to find out why a NO HANDS Massage touched me on such an emotional level. I didn’t know what it was, but there was something about the work that I wanted to give to my clients.
I started my practice in 1999 at a Chiropractic clinic so my clients mainly came to me for structural issues. When my eldest son was born in 2004, I decided I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum and so I worked at the clinic on Saturday mornings only. After I completed my first NO HANDS course (TRANSFORMING TOUCH), I went back into clinic and converted my entire client base to NO HANDS. I lost one client, however, many more increased their treatments and one said “Now that’s what I call a Massage!”
By the time I had the confidence to introduce the NO HANDS music (I said it was a long journey for me!), a client said to me “There’s Massage Therapy and there’s Therapy Massage – that was Therapy Massage.” When my youngest son started school, I decided there was only so much exercise, cleaning and coffee mornings I could do – I wanted to work more. However, the clinic is an hour away so it wasn’t time-effective to take on more hours there. I began with mobile work, but became busy very quickly and lugging a table around was not exactly zero-strain for me! In order to sustain a full practice, I needed to work from home so with the support of my husband, I now have a purpose-built clinic in my back garden. It’s a warm and quiet space for clients and I also run Master Support Sessions here.
When I first became a Master I felt a significant quietening of those internal, critical voices. I suppose I felt validated by a group of Masters whose opinions I respect and trust. Then I found I wanted to “give back” and became a Supervising Master and an Examining Master, aspects of being a Master that I absolutely love. Being a Master means not shying away from shining my light, resisting the temptation to play small. NO HANDS continues to be instrumental in my own self-healing.
My NO HANDS journey has challenged me on many levels and is helping me be the best version of myself. And it’s a quote from Shakespeare that sums it up for me:
“This above all: to thine own self be true”