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Massage is the practice of manipulating body tissue systematic use of classical massage and other soft tissue techniques to improve physical health and emotional wellbeing. lotion. Massage is a rewarding career, especially for those who would like flexible working hours on a self-employed basis.
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to carry out professional massage therapy.
You will develop communication skills, organisation skills, the ability to work unsupervised, how to adapt techniques according to the situation, the ability to plan and promote services and advice on aftercare.
The knowledge you will gain will enable you to understand how the related body systems work, the effect massage treatments can have on each of these systems and the theory behind each technique performed.
The training includes:
The history, philosophy and role of massage; preparation of self, client and work area; factors to consider in consultation; materials & equipment needed; Physiological & psychological effects; cautions; referrals & Employer’s and employee’s health, safety and security responsibilities out case studies to include reflective practice and client involvement in own health and wellbeing
Techniques learnt include: Effleurage (superficial through to deep, stroking, feathering, draining), petrissage (kneading, wringing, pulling, circling, knuckling, pressures), tapotement (hacking, cupping, pummelling, tapping), friction, vibration (shaking, fine vibration), passive joint movement, muscle stretching
Much learning is through practical application, discussion, exploration with treatments performed on each other until safe correct techniques have been mastered. You will then progress to working on clients and will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatments and complete task work quickly during the course.
It is essential that you have a clear pathway for learning and understand the requirements for professional practice – massage can be accredited at different levels, however if you wish to join one of the regulated registers, you will also need to complete the following courses: Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies, Business Practice for Complementary Therapies & Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies and have completed or have made arrangements to attend a first aid course.
There is no specific academic prerequisite, however it is a very time consuming course and it is essential that you have the desire to excel and a professional mature attitude. You will need to complete research and produce assignments so access to a laptop and printer is essential.