Course Preparation

General Course Preparations

As all course participants will be both massaging and being massaged, it is advisable not to drink alcohol the night before the course and to get plenty of rest.

TOWELS: You will be required to bring the relevent towels stated with you to each session of your course or you will not be allowed to carry out practical training. Your towels must be good quality and large enough to cover and keep clients warm. Old or thread-bare towels are not acceptable.

Introduction Courses, Workshops & Master Classes

  • Loose clothes ie sweat pants and T shirt are ideal
  • Essential for each course you MUST bring with you:
  • 2 x LARGE BATH sheets + 2 x HAND towels
  • Note pad & pen
  • Optional: Lunch although lunch can be bought on-site
  • NB: For Hot Stones please bring an extra 2 HAND towels

VTCT SPORTS MASSAGE

  • Polo Shirt, track suit bottoms or plain stretch trousers (black) & Trainers (white is OK)
  • Empty A4 Lever Arch file (this will be used to set up your Assessment Portfolio on day 1 of your course)
  • Clean Towels: 2 x LARGE BATH sheets + up to 5 x HAND towels
  • Note pad & pen
  • Optional: Lunch although lunch can be bought on-site
  • You will need to approach local sports clubs/groups (eg football, rugby, swimming, cycling, etc including youth groups) to organise some case study work, we can assist with this. We also provide a letter of introduction. As part of the course we arrange attendance at a local sports club or event for an assessment session.

ALL OTHER VTCT COURSES

  • Comfortable trousers & therapist & tunic (can be white, black or navy) must be worn for assessments, black T shirt and trousesr are OK for beginning of the course.
  • An empty A4 Lever Arch file (this will be used to set up your Assessment Portfolio on day 1 of your course)
  • Note pad & pen
  • Optional: Lunch although lunch can be bought on-site

Towels which are essential for each day of your course:

  • For Swedish & Aromatherapy: 2 x LARGE BATH sheets + 2 x HAND towels
  • For Reflexology : 1 x LARGE BATH sheet (to cover legs) and 2 x BATH towels (1 to wrap foot and 1 to support foot)
  • For Indian Head Massage: 1 x PILLOW with pillowcase and 1 x BATH sheet

Oils for Aromatherapy:
As part of this qualification you have mandatory oils which must be used practically either at college during your practice or during assessments or case studies.
MANDATORY CARRIER OILS:  Almond, Peach kernel, Grapeseed, Macadamia, Avocado, Evening Primrose, Wheatgerm, Jojoba
MANDATORY ESSENTIAL OILS: Lavender,  Clary sage, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint, Basil, Patchouli, Neroli, Petitgrain, Bergamot, Chamomile (German & Roman), Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Geranium, Pepper, black, Fennel, Rose, damask, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Benzoin, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vetivert, Cedarwood, Atlas, Cypress

Insurance

For your case studies you will need to arrange student insurance. We would suggest either:

How to prepare:

  • Shower prior to arrival and apply deodrant (please bring a deodrant with you to college)
  • No jewellery to be worn – only excptable are a wedding band & stud earrings
  • Short clean nails with no nail polish – nails are too long for therapy your tutor may ask you to cut them
  • NO FALSE NAILS
  • Long hair to be tied back at all times

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