RNC students help Network Rail employees stay on track!

Charlie is bending down in front of a massage chair; sitting on the chair is a site engineer from Network Rail wearing a bright orange fluorescent boiler polo shirt.

At RNC (The Royal National College for the Blind), we are firm believers that learning does not just take place in the classroom, as our massage students are finding out… This week they have been out and about in Newport, hosting a massage clinic for employees of Network Rail and ABC Electrification as they promote health and wellbeing amongst their staff.


Tom stands behind a massage chair, there is a lady sitting with her head in the cushion hole, as Tom massages her shoulder.

Tom Rogers performing a shoulder massage

19 year old Tom Rogers from Crawley started the massage course in September 2015 and says “You really get thrown in at the deep end and are pretty much massaging straight away. I was so nervous to begin with but it’s second nature to me now, it’s just like a natural sequence that I don’t even have to think about.” Massage students get very ‘hands on’ from the beginning, fitting in as much practical experience as they can either on the road, through in house clinics or during theory lessons in the classroom.


Lloyd Davies, 22 from Llanelli, also started the course in September 2015 and has been able to practice his skills at a recent work placement with Scarlets rugby club. “Being at the College has given me hope for the future, seeing ex-students coming back has made me realise that massage is a realistic employment aim for me and all the practical experience I am gaining here has given me a great starting point to forge a career within sports massage.” In the last year alone, students have hosted massage clinics at cycling, hockey, polo and running events as well as clinics with the Veterans, Parkinsons, MS Society, stroke clinics and special needs schools, among others.


Aga is sitting with her eyes closed as Lloyd stands behind her massaging her head

Lloyd Davies performing an Indian head massage for Aga

After enjoying an Indian head massage Aga Szajnowska, health and wellbeing champion at ABC Electrification said “The topic of this month is stress and the massage clinic from RNC fits in perfectly with this – I feel so relaxed! It’s amazing what Lloyd can do in just 15 minutes, applying pressure using the proper technique. We have 50 people booked into time slots today, from directors to the onsite engineers.”


Teacher in Charge of Massage, Jane Crabtree MBE, says “It’s all about providing real life experience to prepare them for employment when they leave us.” Tom adds “I’ve been able to work with a wide variety of different people with different cultures and abilities from elite athletes to those with severe physical and mental impairment; I want to provide a great customer experience for them all.”


If you want to find out more about studying massage at RNC, call our student enquiries team on 01432 376 621.


If you are interested in having RNC hosting a massage clinic at your work place, email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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