Jing’s Hands, Head, Heart Response to the Refugee Crisis
Escape is a good novel, a gripping movie, a holiday – not something I can imagine being forced into. I am used to thinking of travel as an escape from security and predictability and stability, not a journey in search of these things. I am used to thinking of home as something that gets left behind at the start of a journey, not something you might be travelling perilously towards.
– Adele Dumont
Come to Jing for a soul nurturing morning of massage, meditation, movement and heart connection led by Jing Directors, Meghan Mari and Rachel Fairweather.
This is a donation-based workshop. The minimum donation is £35
By clicking the link below, you will book this workshop for free through the Jing website. You will then need to make your donation through the link sent out in your confirmation email.
All proceeds go directly to the three charities.
From 2pm – 10pm we’ll be opening the doors of Jing to members of the public and inviting them to experience a Jing Method massage as part of our fundraising efforts.
We’re looking for therapists to donate 4 hours of their time, their hands, their hearts and participate in what will no doubt be a magical afternoon and evening.
What you need to do:
1) Choose your chosen time slot:
a. 2-5.45pm (3 clients, 1 hr 15 min per client)
b. 6-9.45pm (3 clients, 1 hr 15 min per client)
CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER AS A THERAPIST ON THE DAY OR CALL LISA ON 07508 728 000
- Clients will receive a massage with comfortable clothing on.
- You will receive some suggestions for a clothed protocol including Amma fusion, MFR, advanced stretching and upper and lower body techniques.
- You can use some oils on hands/neck.
- You will treat 2 or 3 people, back to back, depending on the slot you choose.
- A clinical hour will be about 45 minutes on the table.
- You can do a 10 minute intake and a 5 minute after care.
- You are expected to arrive at the latest 15 minutes prior to your starting time.
- We will provide a massage table and face cradle, blankets, pillows, yoga mats and music. Please bring your own linens (2 large draping towels, 1 face cradle cover and a massage couch cover).
- Bring your own intake form.
- Bring your own oils if you wish to use them.
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- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment, so we can ensure smooth changeovers.
- Please wear comfortable clothes such as: t-shirt, loose fitting sports trousers or leggings (NO JEANS!)
- There is a changing room available but please remember that this is a community clinic, so more people are being treated at the same time in the same room.
- This is a fundraiser so once you have paid the funds for the massage, it goes into the big campaign pot and we cannot give you the money back.
- If you can’t come for the massage, you can either send a friend, or let us know as soon as you can and latest 48 hours in advance, so we can open the slot to somebody else.
Jing therapists live far and wide and we are asking that you all reach out to your local communities between January and March to help us with our fundraising efforts.
Here is what you can do:
- Decide on a day/half day that you will offer massage for donation (alternatively have a donation box at work – even if you send funds from one massage, it will help tremendously!)
- Download the poster below and put it up around your clinic advertising your voluntary massages for donations
- Check out our top tips and advice by joining our Facebook group
- Recruit some willing clients!
- Transfer your collections to Jing Just Give
Inspirational student testimony! Spreading the love from home!
Thank you – Hilda Harvey, Warwickshire
“For me the marathon effort has come at just the right time. I have been concerned by the difficulties faced by refugees, immigrants and homeless people to the extent that I struggle to read or watch the news and I am fearful of the divisions that I am seeing appearing in our world. So I am very pleased to put my shoulder to the collective wheel; it matters to know that you have done something to help.
To help from home I am doing a day of Hot Stone Massage on the 20th February. I have printed off a number of posters, filled in the blanks and added bits. I’m doing about 45 minutes for £50 each. I don’t do Hot Stones very much nowadays so it will bring some freshness to me and will be interesting to my patients. I am sending the posters to people who have been to me in the past but not for some time and I have chosen people such as an acupuncturist, tai chi teacher, pilates instructor, my website guy and a mindfulness coach. I have put a hand-written note in with each flyer asking if they can share the information as well as having a treatment themselves. I am going to give one to my dental hygienist and even my hairdresser!
I am feeling very positive vibes about the whole project; it’s got me motivated and excited by the challenge and my work will see the benefit in many ways. I think it will be easy to get posters put up in all kinds of places and even get into local paper. From a business point of view, there will not be enough places in the one day for everyone who phones so maybe it’ll generate paid work another time. It’s good for business and will be fun!”
If you’d like to contribute but can’t make it on the day, then JUST GIVE your donation via our JUST GIVING page
Donations will go to:
- The Hummingbird Project, Solidarity and aid for Calais and Dunkirk
Amazing group of local Brightonians offering Medical aid, Building skills and Art support to the refugees in the camps in Calais and Dunkirk. Now the camp being dismantled they are still busy trying to help and support the thousands of children.
- The Flying Seagulls Project
‘We are only after your laughter’ is their slogan. A group of clowns, dancers, musicians and performers who travel since years to different parts of the world to make children laugh out loud and spread happiness. Since last year, almost permanently in the refugee camps in Greece.
- Brighton Voices in Exile
Support network for replaced refugees that offers legal and administrative advice.
An humanitarian crisis
Over the past year, all of us who teach and work at Jing have become increasingly distressed by the plight of the millions of refugees who are fleeing from war and violence.
Our fellow human beings are risking their lives in an attempt to reach countries that will be able to offer a better life for their families and children.
Thousands are dying in the process.
The largest group are Syrian refugees, fleeing violence at home. More than 4.8 million people have fled Syria during the country’s ongoing civil war, seeking safety in mostly neighbouring countries. Other refugees come from war torn countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, amongst many others.
Refugees embark on dangerous journeys across the sea or deserts, handing all their money over to smugglers in the hope of reaching safety. Many of those who survived have been left in limbo, waiting for governments to process their applications so they can move on.
About 65.3 million people have fled their homes in 2015, from which 21.3 million have fled their countries and are now scattered around the world. From these, 10 million people are stateless and more than 60% are women and children.
These numbers represent a record high in nearly two decades. Of those more than 60 percent are women and children.
This is a situation that demands a response from our hearts and our humanity.
Helping from the heart
Amidst the crisis there have been beautiful initiatives to help the refugees. Independent grass root volunteers have organised themselves locally, often without government funding. They have acted from the heart and driven up to Calais, or spent months in Greek refugee camps, bringing food and clothes, organising community kitchens and playtimes for the kids.
Jing has a deep-rooted empathy for all people, and that is why we feel it is necessary to organise our massage therapist community and send our love to those who need it most.
We have connected with some amazing charities and will divide the donations between them to keep doing what they are doing.
The Big Day
Thursday 2nd March 2017 @ Jing HQ in Brighton
We are planning a fun packed day of activities for therapists and members of the public alike:
- Therapist workshop: Mindfulness and Myofascial Release for Trauma and Chronic Pain
- Massage Marathon: Volunteer your time or book a massage!
- Knowledge is power: Talks / Documentaries / Photography from people who are working with refugees
If you feel able to share our social media posts and emails to others who might also contribute we would love that!