Relaxing massages at the hands of RNC students

Image shows two students – Lois and Matt, they are both standing behind massage chairs with two men on. Lois and Matt are delivering an on site massage to each of them.

Students from RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) gained invaluable work experience when they attended a carer’s pamper day at a local community centre in Hereford.


Jane Crabtree, Teacher in Charge of Massage and Complementary Therapies, says “Rather than just learning the skills in the classroom, we take our students out as much as we can so they have realistic experience which is required for their course and they are also learning social skills and how to deal with other people, which will be important when working in this field when they leave RNC.”


Nicky Stevens, Centre Coordinator, who arranged the pamper day says “The day went so well – the RNC students were so professional. I had a massage from Anes and he was absolutely amazing, I’ve had back problems in the past and he knew exactly what to do.”


20 year old RNC student Anes Saleh, from Birmingham, adds “I definitely feel like getting this kind of experience is really useful and I am hoping to start my own massage business when I leave College.” RNC Principal Mark Fisher adds “Massage is one of our most popular vocational courses and a lot of our students move into self-employment. As well as the massage course itself our students also have business lessons to learn the basics of turning massage into a realistic career.”


Second year Lois Turner, 20 from London, says “This was my first event as a massage student and I was so nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. It’s been such a busy day and I was able to massage a variety of different people of mixed ages, disabilities etc. The massage course is a lot of hard work but I am putting the work in and my aim is to go to uni to study sports therapy. Being able to come out of college to events like this shows us what opportunities are available for future employment.”


Jane Crabtree goes on to say “It’s amazing how much effort goes into setting up these events, even transporting and setting up the equipment requires a real team effort. It’s important for our students to meet different people from all walks of life and in some ways I think that when they meet people with more severe disabilities than them it does teach them empathy and an ability to relate to others.”

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As well as pamper days, students attend various open days for different sports clubs and community events and they also hold open clinics at the College. If you are interested in attending an RNC massage clinic, or you have an event coming up where you would like the services of the RNC massage team, please email or call 01432 376 330.


If you are a young person with visual impairment and would like to find out more information on how we can help you prepare for your future, come to the RNC Open Day on 8 December


You can call our student enquiries team on 01432 376 621 or email if you have any questions.

Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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