Onsite Course
1 Sep, 2019 - 1 Sep, 2019
11am-5pm
Orchid Massage Academy, Rochdale Pilates Studio, 217 Bury Rd Rochdale OL11 4EE
2 Students Enrolled
(6 Available)
Price£95.00
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FAQ about our Massage Courses

I want to learn massage, where should I start?

If you’ve never done any massage before, you may like to attend our one-day Introduction to Massage course. You will learn all the techniques to give a full body massage to family and friends. If you are thinking about going on to learn massage professionally, this is a good opportunity to visit Orchid Massage Academy, meet the tutors and to see if massage is for you before committing to the Diploma course. The techniques you learn on the introduction course will also give you a good foundation for learning the more detailed aspects of massage that will be covered on the Diploma course.
The cost of the Introduction course is £85.00, with a £30 discount if you go on to do the Diploma course.

What course would enable me to practice massage Professionally?

If you want to start a career in massage, you would follow the Introduction course with the VTCT Level 3 Body Massage Diploma. Upon completion of this course you would be fully qualified, able to gain insurance and practice professionally as a Massage Therapist. The VTCT level 3 is internationally recognised and means you are qualified to work in spas, hotels etc and that, should you wish, you can go on to do more advanced massage courses.

Who are VTCT?

VTCT is a Government approved Awarding Body offering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) and other Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ’s). VTCT has been in existence for over forty years and has been at the forefront of developing the vocational system of qualifications in the United Kingdom. VTCT is the largest provider of qualifications in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology.

Are there any entry requirements?

There are no prerequisite qualifications to join the course, however, in order to complete the VTCT qualification, it is recommended that you are educated up to at least GCSE level. You will also need a good command of spoken and written English, along with good communication/social skills.
You need to ensure you have the time required to complete the necessary home study (3-5 hours a week)
You must be comfortable with giving and receiving body massage treatments as part of this course. Training sessions may be mixed sex; however, screens are used to ensure privacy.
You will need to arrange models to complete your coursework/assessments.
You will need to have access to a computer for typing assignments and will need an internet connection with your own email address to enable the distribution of course notes and the submission of assignments. You will also need access to a printer.
Massage is physical work. You need to have good general health. No back, wrist or knee disorders.

What is covered in the VTCT Massage Diploma?

This course is designed to meet the needs of individuals wishing to become a qualified massage therapist/complementary therapist.
Content covered in the course:

  • Principles and practice of complementary therapies,
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • Reflective practice for body massage
  • Client care
  • History of massage,
  • Benefits & effects, contra-indications,
  • Therapist & client preparation,
  • After care advice,
  • Posture & stance,
  • massage techniques including Effleurage, Frictions, Vibrations Neuromuscular/Passive Joint Movements
  • Full body massage routine,
  • Health & safety and salon/mobile professionalism,
  • Business & marketing.

What are the Career opportunities for a massage therapist with a VTCT level 3 Body Massage Diploma?

This qualification will confirm your competence for employment as a massage therapist. You will be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a massage therapist. Career opportunities as a massage therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial a complementary therapy clinic, beauty salon or spa.
  • Working in the NHS in a hospital or care home.
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings.
  • Working on cruise ships or working internationally.

How is the course structured?

Our Diploma courses are intensive courses. You have 7 full days at the Academy, learning the practical techniques and theory. These 7 days take place over 3 month period. There is then a 3 month break from class-room learning. During this time, you will complete the necessary home study of four written assignments and 30 case studies.

You then return to the Academy to hand in your finished portfolio and to complete one final practical assessment.

How is the course assessed?

You will be continually assessed throughout the course via the practical sessions where you work on other students and, if possible, the paying public.
You will also hand in a portfolio of written work. This is a record of supporting information to confirm that you have the skills required to complete the qualification. Your tutors will give you all the necessary guidance to help you complete your portfolio.

Are there any exams?

There are two external written papers from the VTCT which will assess your knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology

Are the courses insurable?

All VTCT courses are fully insurable by all the leading Holistic Therapy insurance companies. We recommend FHT, but can choose whoever you wish. Student insurance is also available, so you can start working on clients at home as you are learning.

How big are the classes?

In order to give the best individual attention to each student, we have a maximum of 6 students on each course. Our aim is to produce amazing therapists and small class sizes is one way to help achieve this.

What times do the classes run?

The teaching days run from 10.30am to 5.00pm.

What if I am not ready to take my assessments on the set date?

If you need longer, that’s fine, you can take as long as you need and simply join an assessment day when you are ready. We do have a 3 year time limit in which to complete the qualification. There may be a charge for attending a different assessment day.

What does the course cost include?

There are no hidden extras! The course cost covers class tuition, VTCT registration and Record of Assessment Book, learning resources, assessment fees, portfolio marking and certification. You will need to purchase the necessary equipment for carrying out a professional treatment. (see below) etc. You may also want to buy some of the recommended text books, but this is not compulsory.

What else will I need for the course?

You will need the following :
Clothing

  • For all assessments, a therapist tunic (NOT White – choose a dark colour – ie. black, brown or navy) with suitable, matching trousers. Shoes should be closed toe, clean and practical.
  • For class and general practical sessions, a smart, plain black or navy polo shirt or T.shirt with comfortable trousers is acceptable.

Stationary to set up your Assessment Portfolio

  • An empty A4 Lever Arch file A pack of A4 plastic wallets,
  • A pack of highlighter pens,
  • A pack of file dividers (at least 8)
  • Note pad & pen

Towels

  • 2 x large BATH SHEETS, 1 x Medium sized BATH TOWEL + 3 x HAND TOWELS

Equipment for delivering the therapy at home

  • A massage couch
  • Couch covers, cushions and blankets
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Hand sanitiser

What about more advanced massage courses?

Once you have the level 3 Body Massage Diploma, then you can go on to add any number of CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses in a range of subjects such as Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stones Massage, Pregnancy Massage etc. It is up to you to choose what kind of clients and what style of massage most appeals to you and do further massage courses to create the career you want for yourself.

Course Information

This introduction course offers a taster to Body Massage; allowing you to learn about the therapy and how to perform massage techniques for arms, legs and back. You can learn a simple massage routine to practise on family and friends, without having to commit yourself to a fully accredited course.

This course will, however, provide the ideal preparation should you wish to go onto the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Body Massage  or the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy. By the end of the course you will be able you to perform the basic massage techniques and will have a full body routine to take away so you can practice on your family and friends in a confident manner.

You will be awarded an Orchid Massage Academy Certificate of Attendance

There are no formal assessments on this course.

Who will benefit from this course?

This beginner’s Body (Swedish) Massage course is designed for anyone from complete novices to enthusiastic amateurs. The one day workshop offers an introduction to full body massage and all relevant theoretical underlying principles. The objective of the workshop is to allow you to be confident in your touch and understand the nature of what you are doing and by the end of day be confident to perform a basic full body massage for family and friends.

Entry requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this course.

What does the course include?

  • One day workshop including theory and practical
  • Limited class size to ensure each student has personalised training and the best possible learning experience.
  • Continuous email support throughout the course, from your tutor and the school principal.
  • Informal teaching style allowing course members to ask questions and make input.
  • Course notes regularly updated to include all related content.

What is the cost?

  • Course Fee: £95

What is the course content?

Section 1The history of Body/Swedish massage
Section 2Benefits & effects of massage
Section 3Contra-indications
Section 4Preparation for treatment
Section 5The 4 main types of massage movements/techniques: effluerage, pettrisage, tapotement & vibrations
Section 6After treatment care
Section 7Massage routine to take away including: the back, front & back of legs, shoulders and neck.