The Diploma Course – Tutor led Modules

Module 1

The Principles of Massage Theory & Best Business Practice

  • The History of Massage and a Holistic approach
  • Benefits of Holistic Massage
  • The Massage working environment
  • Massage research and using research resources
  • Body use, self-awareness and practitioner posture
  • Reflective practice
  • Indications and contraindications to massage
  • Client consultation
  • Researching a range of pathologies & illnesses that may impact the massage
  • Understanding a range of complementary therapies
  • Communication skills
  • Ethical and legal skills
  • Business Planning and Development
  • First Aid Training

Working at Southbank Centre during their Philautia Experience weekend

Module 2

The Principles of Massage Practice

  • Client assessment
  • Massage techniques including: effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, passive joint mobilisation
    the range of motion testing, neuromuscular reflexes & stretches and neuromuscular therapy.
  • Practical massage skills to cover ALL areas of the body. 
  • Decision on which techniques to use for which condition, including health, age and physical well-being
      The emphasis is on exploring technique through an evidenced based practice model.
  • Massage Effectiveness
  • Application of Massage for different populations and conditions
  • Towel techniques: oils, waxes, lubricants and supports
  • Human energy fields
  • Practitioner posture and body use
  • Indications and contraindications to massage
  • Client consultation and record keeping
  • Planning a massage treatment
  • Client education
  • Aftercare advice
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Collation of information and pulling a treatment together

Demo at The Back Pain Show

Demo at The Back Pain Show

Module 3

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (A,P&P)

  • Anatomical terms and positions
  • Anatomy as a language
  • Cytology and Histology – cells and tissue
  • The Anatomical Systems
  1. Skeletal System
  2. Muscular System
  3. Nervous System
  4. Respiratory System
  5. Integumentary System
  6. Digestive System
  7. Urinary System
  8. Reproductive System
  9. Endocrine System
  10. Cardiovascular System
  11. Lymphatic System
  12. Immune System
For each system students are expected to:

  • Describe structure
  • Explain function
  • Describe interrelationships with other systems
  • Evaluate the physiological effects of massage on the system
  • Describe common pathologies affecting the system
  • Evaluate and demonstrate appropriate treatment planning
  • The Physiological effects of stress and relaxation on Human Health
Clinic Days   During the course we organise two supervised clinic days, where students have their first experience of being part of a busy working practice – and the opportunity to work with a variety of guest clients. All performed in a safe and supportive environment.
Emergency First Aid   To practise as a therapist you must have an emergency first aid certificate. We arrange your first one. Emergency First Aid certificates are valid for three years.
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