What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
Massage is one of the most immediate, accessible and pleasurable complementary therapies, especially when applied using pre-blended aromatherapy oils. The pre-blended oils contain properties that can have added healing effects and benefits, such as: relaxation, uplifting, stimulation or creating a sense of well-being for your client.
The emphasis of this course is towards practical development of massage techniques using pre-blended oils, and initially you will practice on your fellow students in the group.
There is theory work which will include knowledge of a range of pre-blended aromatherapy oils, and the relevant safety precautions associated with their use and application. You will explore how to select appropriate products and oils, to suit a variety of different client needs and how to evaluate their effectiveness.
In addition you will study the structure and functions of the body systems in relation to pre-blended massage treatments. As a Massage Therapist the highest standards of personal presentation are required and you will also develop your communication skills and personal professionalism.
Once a level of competence is reached, clients are to be used for practical observation assessments.
You will develop a portfolio of evidence and will be assessed practically, theoretically and orally in all areas.
Completed portfolios are verified and should include: Assessment books, case studies, assignments and theoretical papers/on line tests as applicable.
You will study this programme through a range of activities, discussions and practical tasks that will cover the following areas:
- Health and Safety working practices
- Consultation techniques
Benefits of aromatherapy techniques using pre-blended oils
- Application techniques to include: classical massage movements, lymphatic drainage, and neuromuscular
- Knowledge of essential oils and carrier oils
- Safety precautions, including contra-indications and contra-actions
- Structure and function of body systems
- Methods of evaluating the treatment and giving aftercare advice