Massage - an Introduction
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About this course

Are you interested in learning the art of Massage and being able to apply these techniques to family members?

If so, our introductory course will be just what you need to help you to help your loved ones to dispel the strains and stresses of daily life. The benefits of this treatment include stress reduction and muscle relaxation and will help to develop better sleep patterns.

What will I learn?

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a background knowledge of the history of massage
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the theory of massage movements
  • Perform massage techniques and movements safely on yourself and others to enhance self-healing
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the benefits of the treatment and its effects.

The following topics will be covered during the course:  

  • The Effects and Benefits of Massage
  • Health and Safety issues in performing massage correctly 
  • Overview of Massage Techniques (tutor demonstration of a full treatment)
  • Doing it Yourself - practising in pairs to acquire the skills required for a relaxing back massage.



Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course - you don't need any previous experience to learn this relaxing therapy.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes, and will be undertaken regularly with you throughout the day by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

In all therapies it is advisable to wear loose comfortable clothing and comfortable footwear to gain maximum benefit.

Please bring 3 large towels, 1 hand towel and a pillow or cushion with you for your use during the practical sessions. It is also useful to bring water to drink after treatment.

We recommend that you bring a pen, pencil and a notebook to enable you to make your own notes throughout the day.

You should also bring a packed lunch and if you wish small change for tea/coffee.

Certain health conditions are contraindicated for massage and holistic therapies; if you have a medical problem and are unsure about your suitability for this course please contact the college prior to enrolling.

What could I do next?

You may be interested in furthering you knowledge and skills with Indian Head Massage  - an Introduction or Meditation, details of which can be found in the college's Part Time Course Directory.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.