Foundation Level Certificate in
Holistic Massage Therapy
This course is equivalent to a standard Level 4 course and will give you the skills and experience to work with patients with muscle and movement dysfunction arising from postural abnormalities or non-acute injuries or for patients who want maintenance treatments as part of injury prevention. To be able to make informed decisions on whether a patient is within your scope of practice you need conduct patient consultations that include taking a medical history and performing a basic postural and movement assessment. From this you will be able to plan your treatments, provide massage using a range of basic and advanced soft tissue manipulation techniques and where appropriate, discuss a self management plan with your patient to reduce any negative lifestyle factors impacting on their presenting condition or recovery and give general yet basic advice on healthy eating, exercise and stretching techniques.
In additional to providing clinical based treatments, a holistic massage therapist is also able to take these skills to sports and outdoor activity events or on-site within business premises. Learning how to adapt patient assessment and treatment techniques to use for pre, inter and post sports treatment is a valuable skill included in the Foundation Level course.
Now let’s add some more unique, yet subtle skills to this, in practical ability but also in self development.
We can listen to what our patient says but as importantly, we can listen to what their tissues tell us as we treat them - and it’s not always the same thing being said. Being able to ‘read’ the tissues brings what you do in line with what the body needs. The patient may be saying, “that feels really tight and could do with you really getting in there and loosening it off” but as you begin to work the area you can ‘feel’ the tissues resisting your efforts. What do you do?
It would be easy to say to yourself ‘I can fix this, loosen this off and the patient will feel I’ve done what they needed.’
Much of that line of thought comes from our needs rather than the patients; wanting to please the patient, be recognised for being capable of making a difference, not failing to achieve the results the patient wants, retaining the patient for future treatments ….. Recognising all of this helps us work on any issues we may have with personal confidence and self belief, brings our ego (that is always trying to look after us) into check and allows us to see what is genuinely possible. What we definitely can do is help the body heal itself. We are the facilitators of healing, nothing more. And what a privilege it is to be able to help others.
And now we are learning more about ourselves.
We are learning how to listen with more than just our ears, extending that skill by developing ‘listening hands’, as well as using our other senses to gain a fuller picture of what is happening and working with the body, not against it, which creates much better and longer lasting results. We are learning to respect the needs and limitations of the body, no longer pushing for results but being able to confidently address any unrealistic expectations a patient may have because we ourselves are no longer under any illusion that we can ‘make things better’. When we experience resistance or frustration from the patient, we will have a deeper understanding of where this can come from and be able to support the patient in having patience with themselves by educating them on how to listen to and support their own needs.
Now we are no longer personally involved, we have instead developed a professional distance that allows us compassion and understanding, gives the patient a safe, non-judgemental space to be in and to know that this in itself is a powerful healing tool.
This is remedial massage therapy, the holistic way.
Module contents and course structure
At the conclusion of each module you can arrange a private tutorial to discuss your submitted work and gain advice and guidance to help you master your practical skills.
Module 1: Preparing for treatments
- Complementary Health
- Professional practice
- Preparing the clinical environment
- Contraindications and scope of practice
- Anatomy and Physiology; Cells and tissues
- Anatomy and Physiology;The skin
- Working holistically with patients; Part 1
- Module 1; Conclusion
Module 2: Consultation skills
- Communication skills
- Assessing and screening patients
- Prescribing self care
- Anatomy and Physiology; The cardiovascular system
- Anatomy and Physiology; The respiratory system
- Anatomy and Physiology; The lymphatic system
- Anatomy and Physiology; The endocrine system
- Working holistically with patients; Part 2
- Module 2: Conclusion
Module 3: Basic treatment techniques and application
- Posture, application and contexts
- Techniques; Effleurage
- Techniques; Petrissage
- Anatomy and Physiology; The skeletal system
- Anatomy and Physiology; The muscular system
- Anatomy and Physiology; Joints
- Working holistically with patients; Part 3
You now need to attend your first 2 day skills workshop. The workshop will help you turn the basic movements into effective treatments and give you experience in conducting consultations and patient case studies which contribute towards your qualification.
Module 4: Joint anatomy and musculature
- Introducing joint anatomy and musculature
- Anatomy and physiology of the shoulder
- Anatomy and physiology of the spine
- Anatomy and physiology of the hip
- Anatomy and physiology of the knee
- Anatomy and physiology of the lower leg, ankle & foot
- Anatomy and physiology of the elbow, wrist & hand
- Working holistically with patients; Part 4
- Module 4: Conclusion
Module 5: Deep tissue massage and stretching techniques
- Techniques; Tapotement and passive stretching
- Advanced techniques; Soft tissue release, Musculo-energy techniques, Trigger point release, Frictions
- Anatomy and Physiology; The nervous system
- Anatomy and Physiology; The digestive system
- Anatomy and Physiology; The urinary system
- Patient case studies
- Working holistically with patients; Part 5
- Module 5: Conclusion
You now need to attend your final 2 day skills workshop to complete your practical studies and assessments for your qualification.
At any time you can request addition practical tuition if you feel you need more than the standard workshops provide. This is something that is discussed in your initial course interview as we also offer alternative attendance opportunities to fit around you if needed, so additional tuition and the fees for this is also discussed at this time.