Massage and Complementary Therapies
Here’s what our students have to say…
“It’s a really good course but it can be tough going if you’re not prepared. It’s brilliant in terms of what it teaches you – it makes you learn how to use your body and hands properly to ensure you don’t damage yourself through straining or injury, as well as offering optimum support for VI. A&P (Anatomy and Physiology) is taught really well, we use actual skeletons so we’re able to feel what the bones are like and how they all connect. The course has helped prepare me for future employment and it’s definitely made me more confident. You’re also taught about other complementary therapies, not just the units you’re studying so you’re aware of what’s out there for future training and where you can refer your clients if necessary. The best thing is that I’ve gained so much experience and had lots of opportunities to massage different people. Laura Tyler.
ITEC Level 3
Duration of programme
There are no formal entry requirements, however an interest in people, your own health and personal growth are essential along with self-motivation, good communication skills, a caring nature and good fitness levels. Good basic computer skills are needed for this course.
There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level for this course and your individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
Mandatory Units are;
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Holistic Massage
There are also optional disciplines which you can choose to study depending on your abilities and interests;
- Indian Head
- On-site Chair
Therapies are taught in small groups which promote independent working. Internal and external clinics are all supervised.
There is a mixture of theory and practical work which will include early interaction with a range of different clients.
Students will be expected to work with a certain number of clients per module and write up detailed notes as case studies.
Work Based Learning
You will have weekly practical experience, providing massages to members of the public during open clinics and sessions by appointment.
You will also have the opportunity to attend a range of open events to have experience of massaging a range of people. Events include running and cycling races, pamper day for carers’ associations, corporate clinics and working with various charities including strokes and Parkinson’s etc.
Students will have formal combined exams, for which you will gain practice from a series of mock exams.
Students take part in several supervised clinics which require written case studies, collated in a portfolio of evidence.
Many of our students go into employment/self-employment as massage therapists.