Is a career as a massage or holistic therapist really for you?

Have you been dreaming about becoming a massage or holistic therapist?  Maybe you are bored in your current job and fancy a change…Or you wish you were doing work that helped others. You could just be fed up with being stuck at a desk all day. Whatever your reason for wanting to become a  therapist, a career in massage or holistics can be a wonderful thing. You are your own boss. You set your own hours and work when you want to. You are making a living doing something you love – bringing relaxation to appreciative people and helping them out of pain. It’s rewarding and fulfilling work. However, it can also be frustrating and can feel very lonely when the bills are piling up and you aren’t getting any clients in. You can feel overwhelmed and wonder if you should just give up. Here at Orchid Massage Academy, we want our students to sign up to our professional diploma courses for the right reasons. So if you think you’d like to become a therapist, here are some things to think about before you start: Money Many people are attracted to the idea of a career in massage by a calculation that goes something like this: A massage therapist is charging £40 an hour for a treatment. £40 x 7 is £280. £280 per day!! Multiplied by 5 is £1,400 (a week!) multiplied by 4 is £5,600 (a month!) multiplied by 12 is £67,200 (a year!). Wow. Sorry to disappoint, but in reality, this is not how it goes. As a self-employed massage or holistic therapist it’s practically impossible...

Career opportunities for Massage Therapists

There is one question I get asked again and again by people interested in learning massage or holistic therapies: “what are the career opportunities?” “Will I be able to find work?” “How much work is there in the North West? Would I be better moving to London? Or would I have to go and do massage abroad?” Many of our students at Orchid Massage Academy have given up their jobs to become massage or holistic therapists. Many more would like to give up their jobs, but haven’t yet found the courage or the finances. So how easy is it to find work once you have qualified? I have been a holistic therapist since 1999 and I have to say it is a lot easier to find work now than it was when I first qualified back then, massage and holistic therapies are so much more accepted by the mainstream. However, even all those years ago, I didn’t really struggle to find people that wanted treatments. It was just a case of knowing where to look… Throughout my career as a therapist I have worked with a huge variety of different clients –  people recovering from sports injuries, adults with severe disabilities  those overcoming substance abuse. I have treated professional footballers, the homeless, soap stars, refugees, sex-workers, office workers I have worked in many locations: top-class spas, physiotherapy clinics, community centres, nursing homes, a centre for people with MS, back stage at a music gig, at a hen do, in a field at a music festival, in a prison, I’ve given massages in: a church in a retirement home in...
Why VTCT level 3 courses?

Why VTCT level 3 courses?

    We often get asked, “What is the difference between your Diploma course and that of other schools? ” The answer lies in the following: the title of the course, the length of the course, the accrediting body, what you need your qualification for. The Course Title: There are many courses entitled “Diploma”, so it can be a bit confusing as to what “Diploma” actually means. Many private schools give a “diploma” for attending one of their courses. This is an in-house certificate which can be of varying lengths and could be given for varying levels/difficulty of course. The qualification offered by Orchid Massage Academy is called a VTCT level 3 Diploma. A VTCT Diploma is nationally and internationally recognised qualification of a required standard. The “Level 3” part shows that the diploma is recognised to be equivalent to an “A” level. This is the standard qualification needed in many salons and spas, to train at a professional level. These diplomas are awarded after the successful completion of a period of study through the awarding body, involving assignments, case studies, practical assessments and examinations. A set minimum number of hours is also required. (For more information on this see: https://www.ncfe.org.uk/learners/qualifications-explained/) A VTCT Diploma is regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation – A non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications in England) Accrediting Bodies: Be careful to do your research when choosing a course. Check who is the accrediting body. The accrediting body for our courses is VTCT. This is a charity and a Government approved Awarding Body offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). It is the major...
Pumpkin Overload?

Pumpkin Overload?

When I was young we used to cut our hands to shreds trying to hollow out a swede for Halloween, Today the pumpkin seems to have firmly overtaken the swede as the vegetable of choice for the jacko’lantern. (unsurprisingly – it is much easier to carve!) There are so many pumpkins around this Halloween; It made me wonder what British people do with all the pumpkin flesh left over. Do we make it into pumpkin pies and soups like our American counterparts? Or is it just thrown away? Well, according to the Independent, “18,000 tons of perfectly edible squash is tipped straight into the bin every Halloween – weighing the same as 1,500 double decker buses.” So what can you do with your pumpkin if you’re not big on pumpkin soup? Well, did you know that pumpkin is also a wonderful skin-care ingredient? I thought I’d do my bit for the environment and give you some Healthy tips on how to incorporate your left-over pumpkin into your beauty regime.     Pumpkin is a wonderful skin-care ingredient as it’s rich in antioxidents, enzymes and vitamins – all of which will benefit your skin in a multitude of ways; the essential fatty acids are anti-aging: the fruit enzymes help to get rid of dry flaky skin, Vitamin A and Sodium hyaluronate hydrate, plump and soften, while Vitamin C boosts collagen productions. Pumpkin is also full of copper which can help to fadebrown spots and pigmentation. The antioxidents protect the skin against environmental toxins, preventing wrinkles and other damage. Not only is pumpkin packed with disease-fighting and wrinkle-fighting ingredients, but it...
Traditional Indonesian Massage Courses

Traditional Indonesian Massage Courses

NEW COURSES FOR THE AUTUMN Introducing…Pijat Bali and Micet Madura… Otherwise known as Balinese Massage and Maduranese Massage!                 We’re very excited to be adding two new courses to our CPD menu for massage therapists: From the beautiful islands of Indonesia, come these two very distinct yet equally lovely treatments. Our Lead Tutor, Nikki, has spent the summer in Indonesia perfecting these techniques to bring back to Orchid Massage Academy.  Pijat Bali (Balinese massage) is a beautiful, spa quality treatment which is more than just a massage – beginning with a delightful rose-water foot soak and ending with a special preparation of hot ginger tea to drink, this treatment brings a sense of wellbeing, calm and deep relaxation. Your clients will love it! Micet Madura, (or Maduranese massage)  is a classic healing ritual from the tiny island of Madura. Performed on both a floor mattress and a massage couch, this unique treatment involves strong foot pressure on the legs and back with muscle stretching to relieve muscle tension and improve blood circulation. Something for those clients who prefer a more intense treatment. These traditional massage treatments combine kneading, long strokes, stretching, acupressure and palm or thumb pressure to improve blood flow and enhance “Qi” or energy flow. Watch this space for course dates and more...
Skin Care and Candles by Buddha Beauty

Skin Care and Candles by Buddha Beauty

  We are delighted to announce the arrival at Orchid Massage Academy, of our new range of organic skin care products from The Buddha Beauty Company. These gorgeous oils, creams and candles are all lovingly hand-made with natural ingredients and pure essential oils. They smell and feel divine…and if a delectable product for yourself is not enough to tempt you, all the products can be used in your professional treatments too. We love adding the foot scrub and peppermint foot cream to our Reflexology treatments. Or how about a warm-oil massage using a delectably sented plant-wax candle? An Aromatherapy facial or massage using 100% organic essential oils? Your clients will be clamouring for more! Since its conception, the Buddha Beauty Company has developed an elegant range of skincare products and scented candles that are natural and authentic, effectual and delectably appealing. Each product brings together nature and tireless research to ensure that they are free from coarse chemicals like Sodium Laurel Sulphate and other Paraben preservatives. Made in Britain, this range is the perfect choice for Orchid Massage Academy and with its focus on holistic health and well-being, it beautifully complements our range of Holistic Therapy professional courses. If you want to use these fantastic products within your therapy business, or for more information about our new range; please call or email Nikki on: 07903 835898  or ...