Modules in Study Order
In this first module, you will start by exploring the history and origins of massage from ancient times through to the present day. You will then study the benefits of massage on the body, mind and emotions and the effect that massage has on each of the body's systems. Next you will learn about the classifications of massage movements and how to adapt these movements to suit each of your client's needs. You will cover in depth the contraindications and cautions to massage, so you know when you cannot treat someone at all or when you need to adapt a treatment to avoid an issue that is contraindicated. You will discover detailed information on the base oils used in massage; skin types and the effects these vegetable oils have on the skin. There are other lotions, waxes and powders used in massage and therefore you will also learn about these and how and when to use them for the benefit of your client.
In the second module, you will start to organise your case study treatments and as part of this you will study equipment, towel management, aftercare advice and contra-actions to treatment. Some of your clients may benefit from guidance on the use of self-massage techniques and hot and cold treatments so you will learn about these too. You will receive the massage routine at your first weekend practical workshop, but in addition this module looks at the components of the routine and the effects of massage on the body's energy systems.
As a therapist it is important to look after yourself so in this module we focus initially on fitness and your posture. You will also study muscles in depth: attachments, actions, fatigue, tone, conditioning, stretching and strengthening. You will learn about massage and inflammation, the effects of trauma and exercise on body systems and the effect of massage on the neuroendocrine system. Finally you will learn how to adapt your massage techniques to work with children, pregnant women, elderly, terminally ill and disabled clients.