This course has concessions available

Introduction To Massage

On this enjoyable and relaxed practical course you will learn how to massage a different part of the body each week. By the end of the course you will be able to give a full body massage. You will also learn about which oils are best for massage and how to ensure your treatments are safe and relaxing. Ideal for anyone wanting to learn massage to practice on friends or family or for those planning to do a professional massage diploma. Please bring a large towel, some massage oil and a small bowl for your oil. No previous experience needed.

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Who is this course for

This is an introductory massage course ideal for those wishing to massage family and friends. It is also an excellent starting point for those wishing to go on to study a professional massage diploma. Topics covered include:
- Practical massage techniques for the whole body: hands and arms, back, neck and shoulders, feet and legs, face and head.
- A simple seated massage routine
- When it is safe to give massage
- The advantages and disadvantages of different massage oils
- The benefits of massage to the body
- Basic anatomy of the skeletal and muscular systems
- How to create a comfortable and relaxing environment for massage at home

What does this course cover

During the course you will learn about:
- massage techniques for the back, neck, shoulders, head, face, hands and arms, legs and feet
- a brief history of massage
- which oils to use for massage
- basic anatomy of the underlying structures of the body
- contraindications to massage i.e. when it is not safe to give a massage in terms of you or the recipients health

What will it be like

The lessons are mostly practical with some theory to support the massage skills and techniques.
The tutor will use hand outs, class discussion, pair work and group work during the lesson.
In the practical part of the lesson the tutor will start by demonstrating massage strokes and then you will be working in pairs giving and receiving specific massage strokes under the direction of your tutor. The tutor will give you feedback on your progress by observing your practical work and discussing it with you. You will also be encouraged to give your partner feedback during the practical sessions.

What else do you need to buy or do

Please come in loose, comfortable clothes with short clean nails and flat shoes. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Bring a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes, although information sheets and diagrams will be given out during the course.
Bring with you-
2 medium/large towels
Small bowel for mixing oil
Massage base oil 100ml. Unfragranced such as Sweet Almond Oil or Grapeseed oil, this can be bought from health shops or larger boots stores, Body Shop etc.
Antiseptic gel or wet wipes.

What this course could lead to

ITEC diploma in holistic massage, Massage: Further techniques (which builds directly on knowledge gained in this course) or other introductory courses such as Indian head massage, Aromatherapy, Herbal back massage, Diet and Nutrition, Alexander Technique.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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