'M' Technique® in the U.K. and International

Learning The 'M' Technique

Learning The 'M' Technique

The 'M' Technique

Disclosure: Carol Scheidel, BSN, RN, CCAP, is the director of R.J. Buckle Associates, LLC - a continuing education company. R.J. Buckle Associates, LLC owns the 'M' Technique® registration mark and receives monetary compensation for education about the use of the ‘M’ Technique®, including this activity. Carol Scheidel agrees to deliver education content in a fair and unbiased manner. The following instructors teach the 'M' Technique® Practitioner Program and have declared no financial relationship other than honoraria for teaching the workshops: Debra Barrett, Mary Jo Brock, Barbara Cordell, Kathy Duffy, Janet Hamill, Maria Mazzer, Aurora Ocampo, Susan Raskin, Brenda Walters, Linda Weihbrecht, Joan Harovas, Karen Wexell, Sandra Merkel, Toyoko Yusui,

Anyone can learn the ‘M’ Technique® – it is suitable for caregivers, family members, volunteers, patient ambassadors and friends as well as nurses, massage therapists and other health professionals.

The ‘M’ Technique® is different from massage – it is more like a choreographed dance. Each simple sequence is done a set number of times at a set pressure. The full body ‘M’ Technique® (practitioner course) can be learned in 2 days – usually over a weekend. The  ‘M’ Technique® for Hospital course takes just 4 hours. Each course is taught by a certified RJ Buckle instructor.

For a list of instructors, please click here.
For details on the DVDs, please click here

'M' Technique® Approval and Continuing Educational Credit: UK

The The ‘M’ Technique® course is accredited by FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and CThA (Complementary Therapists Association) for CPD credit and is insured by Balens Ltd.

UK Insurance:

In the UK, Balens covers insurance for the ‘M’ Technique® as from May 2008. Click here for more information.


'M' Technique® Approval and Continuing Educational Credit: USA

Nurses:  The 'M' Technique® Practitioner Course:

This continuing nursing education activity (1058) was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation for 14 hours.

Approved through 11/13/2016.

Nurses:  The 'M' Technique® for Hospital

This continuing nursing education activity (1073) was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation for 4 hours.

Approved through 11/13/ 2016.

Approval for contact hours through the AHNA is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

Contact hours from The 'M' Technique® may be applied toward the continuing education requirements for the Holistic Nursing Certification examination and re-certification process. www.ahncc.org  

Massage Therapists:

R.J. Buckle Associates, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider. Provider Number 839132, thru 8/30/2019.

'M' Technique® Practitioner Course (Full Body)

The two-day course covers the full body ‘M’ Technique®. This course is suitable for health professionals (or a layperson caring for a loved one with a chronic illness).

This is a practical class working mainly in pairs. Parts of the body included are: head, face, hands, feet, legs, backs of legs, arms, stomach, back shoulders and neck. The ‘M’® can be given over thin clothing if you have cultural requirements that prevent you from disrobing. Students are required to bring two large towels with then to the course and to dress appropriately.

Practitioner status is only available to licensed health professionals, although every one completing the 2-day course will be given a certificate of attendance. A list of practitioner name, location and email will be listed on the website database as soon as possible. 

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Purpose of 'M' Technique® Practitioner Course

The purpose of the 'M' Technique® practitioner course is to enable nurses and other health providers to use touch for comfort and care, and to promote healing in any setting utilizing a touch technique that is suitable for frail and critically ill patients, as well as for healthy individuals of all ages. This touch technique is used with all types of health conditions: e.g stress management, pain control and anxiety.  Course objectives are listed below.

The course is also open to non-health professionals such as hospice volunteers, patient advocates or patient ambassadors and to relatives and friends of patients who may be critically ill or very fragile.

'M' Technique® Practitioner Course Objectives

Objectives:  At the end of this course students will be able to:
  • Discuss the difference between various touch modalities used in healthcare settings.
  • Demonstrate hand and foot 'M' Technique®
  • Demonstrate ‘M’ Technique® on face and head
  • Demonstrate 'M' Technique® on arm and leg
  • Demonstrate 'M' Technique® on back
  • Demonstrate 'M' Technique® on stomach
  • Demonstrate ‘M’ Technique® on back of legs
  • Demonstrate full body 'M' Technique® in proper sequence
  • Review 'M' Technique®
  • Demonstrate 'M' Technique® practical
  • Document the use of the 'M' Technique®
  • Complete multiple-choice test
  • Complete a course evaluation


A Certificate of Attendance is given to everyone. However, only health professionals such as nurses and doctors (or others that have a license to touch in their State such as massage therapists) can become ‘M’ Technique® Practitioners. 

For ‘M’ Technique® Practitioner certification, health professionals must attend all portions of both days and show competency by demonstrating the correct strokes. They will be required to complete a course evaluation and achieve a 75% or higher score on the multiple-choice test. They will also be required to practice the strokes while watching the ‘how to’ DVD at least 3 times before they complete and submit 2 case-studies in a set format within 6 months to their instructor. Once the case studies have been submitted, the student will be sent a Practitioner certificate plus a certificate with contact hours for nurses or massage therapists. Attendance will be verified with sign in sheets for attendance each day and by collecting evaluation forms at the end of the activity.

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"The ‘M’ Technique® is much lighter and more soothing than conventional massage. Patients relax quickly and deeply." —Sara Percival RN. St Helena’s Hospice, Colchester

"The ‘M’ Technique® seems like a hypnotic-like dance and I feel invigorated and nourished." —Fea Templeton, Massage Therapist, London

"The ‘M’ Technique® enabled me to do something lovely and soothing for my mother at the end of her life." —J Smith, London

"I use the 'M' Technique® in palliative and terminal care and I have found the effects to be magical. It is also very relaxing for the giver." —Amanda Richardson, RGN. Community Nurse, Bristol, UK

"I feel this is a valuable tool to be used within the health profession. I was overwhelmed with the immediate positive effects of the 'M' Technique®." —Keris Roberts, Senior Healthcare Assistant, Worcester Hospice

Worcester Hospice testimonial

"The 'M' Technique® comforts a loved one in all aspects of chronic illness, conveying a message of deep peace and hope, while empowering the giver. It calms the pain and stills the soul." —Hillary R Tenzing Tooth, Aromatherapist. Scotland

"I use the 'M' Technique® to relax and comfort babies and young children in our Intensive Care. It is a very valuable and helpful tool." —Marjan de Jong, RGN.Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Sophia Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

"My clients find the 'M' Technique® to be utter relaxation.  It allows them to melt into submission, allowing their mind to unwind and let go of inner turmoil.  After each treatment they feel rested yet refreshed, with the ability to think clearly and therefore deal with whatever life throws at them." —Michelle Farnsworth, Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist, Colchester, Essex

"At the hospice, we have found that using the 'M' Technique® has allowed us to contribute an additional positive health care experience to the end of life care that we offer to our patients and their families." —Kim Dolman,Complementary Therapy Co-ordinator, The Myton Hospices, Warwickshire

"The 'M' Technique® allows me to deliver care that is compassionate and healing. It is a superb tool to use in Critical Care nursing, often allowing a patient to achieve a deep relaxation not possible by other means." —Lori Mitchell, BSN. Critical Care, Kalispell, Montana, USA

"The 'M' Technique® is like a wonderful choreographed dance – a dance that combines mind, body and spirit." —Maria Mazzer, RN, HN-BC, The Valley Hospital, New Jersey, USA

"The 'M' Technique® is easy and effective and especially great for stress. I highly recommend it’s use by all health care professionals." —Woodson Merrill MD. Director, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, USA

"The 'M' Technique® reflects the very heart of patient care and enhances the quality of caring at a profound level." —Linda Scaz, PhD RN. Director, Mercy Hospice, Scranton, PA, USA

"The 'M' Technique® is one of the best stress-relieving gifts a non-professional can give another. This is a true gift is that the 'M' Technique® can be used by anyone on family members or friends. Anyone can offer this gift." —Marge Clarke, Madison, Tennessee, USA

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