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Whether you are currently studying one of our courses or thinking of doing so, we hope the following feedback and information gives you inspiration when deciding on your future study plans.
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Welcome to our new website

Hello, and welcome to BSY – the distance learning college with more than 70 years’ experience of delivering courses that change people’s lives.
We have just launched our new-look website, and do hope you enjoy taking some time to look around. With more than 300 courses available, BSY can help you to start your New Year off on the right note. Whether you are looking to change careers, gain new skills or study for personal interest, BSY offers an array of courses for students from all backgrounds.

The beauty of our home-study courses is there are no deadlines. Once you enrol with BSY, you will be sent your first set of course materials with your first assignment.

You can take your time to study this first part of the course when it suits you and once you have completed and submitted your first assignment to us, you will receive the next set of course materials along with feedback and encouragement from BSY’s team of dedicated, expert tutors.
We are here to help throughout your studies. At any time, if you feel you need tutor support, you can be assured we are just the other end of the phone.
What’s more, learning with BSY is excellent value for money – affordable and achievable.

So whatever your area of interest, enrol today and benefit from studying with an accredited college with a passion for helping you achieve your ambitions.
Please note, our office will be closed over the festive period, from December 24, returning 9am on Wednesday, January 2. During this time you will still be able to enrol on courses on our new website and you can message us via the contact page. We will endeavour to respond to any queries as soon as possible on our return in the New Year.

All at BSY wish our students old and new a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019.

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Massage news

Massage in its various forms continues to be a popular complementary therapy and therefore attracts a large research interest.

A study by Sefton in 2012 looked at the effects of massage on balance and systemic function in older people. The aim of the study was to look at whether massage reduced the amount of age related falls and general physical mobility and mental wellbeing.

Massage in its various forms continues to be a popular complementary therapy and therefore attracts a large research interest.

A study by Sefton in 2012 looked at the effects of massage on balance and systemic function in older people. The aim of the study was to look at whether massage reduced the amount of age related falls and general physical mobility and mental wellbeing.

The study considered whether massage could restore muscle balance and function and it was conducted under laboratory conditions where variables could be controlled; 35 adults between the ages of 50 and 69 years were recruited and all were free from diagnosed chronic conditions and none were on medication at the time of study. A randomised control group were selected from the participant cohort to ensure validity of findings and the treatment group were given six weekly 60 minute full body massages, whilst the control group sat in a quiet room for 60 minutes each week.

Short term effects were reported as increased postural stability compared with the control group and the long term effects after week seven (so one week free of massage) showed significant improved balance in the treatment cohort.

This research study continues to influence current massage research providing valuable information for therapists who can incorporate specific objectives into programmes for older clients who have problems with balance and muscle function.

Categories: Complementary Therapies


Avoid stress related illness this winter

Winter is a time that we all associated with colds and flu; and sometimes it is difficult to stay healthy during the winter months. Stress pays a major part in how resistant and susceptible we are to picking up infections and ailments so tackling stress before the cold and flu ‘season’ is upon us will help avoid days off work and lost time feeling unwell.

Winter is a time that we all associated with colds and flu; and sometimes it is difficult to stay healthy during the winter months. Stress pays a major part in how resistant and susceptible we are to picking up infections and ailments so tackling stress before the cold and flu ‘season’ is upon us will help avoid days off work and lost time feeling unwell.

Effective stress management techniques form part of many therapeutic programmes and they include reducing the stress hormone cortisol and so increase the efficiency of our immune systems; making healthy lifestyle choices which is difficult during dark winter months, so getting enough sleep, eating healthily and most importantly getting fresh air and exercise. Avoiding stressful situations will help and also practising stress management techniques such as physical activities, relaxation and meditation, and interacting with other people.

Stress continues to be a significant problem and according to research in the UK, work related stress is responsible for major loss of productivity because of lost days sickness or absence. So if you want to stay healthy, boost your immune system, and maintain good levels of wellbeing during the winter then reduce stress levels and make sure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Categories: Counselling & Stress Management, Health Care