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Massage - Beginners

Day of week:
Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
10:00 - 12:00
10 weeks

This full-body massage introduction course will take place in Canterbury Adult Education Centre.

In this course students will learn a massage routine covering main parts of the body, using aromatherapy massage oils. The course will also cover the health and safety aspects of massage, including contraindications to massage. Each lesson will involve pair work and some undressing of the upper body. Students will have the opportunity to practise massage routines on themselves and others and will be made aware of the benefits of massage for stress and tension relief.

By the end of the course students should:

Be able to perform a basic massage routine safely
Be able to name a number of benefits of massage for mind and body
Be able to identify and explain the main contraindications of massage

How will I be taught?

Some undressing is involved which is handled sensitively protecting students' modesty. Treatment may be given over clothes in which case a cotton T-shirt (up to the neck) is appropriate.
Your tutor will use a variety of teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles and ensure that you achieve your full potential. The course will be taught in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, where there will be opportunities to practise practical skills and ask questions throughout.

If you have a disability and think it may affect your learning in the classroom, or using any of our other services, please speak to us in confidence as soon as possible. We will discuss opotions with you and do our best to provide the support you would like.

You will be given 1:1 feedback throughout the day.

What do I need to bring with me?

Students will need to bring;
• a small cushion for head
• a large bath towel or a sarong
• a hair band
• Notebook and pen

Short nails help to perform massage movements.
It will be necessary to remove earrings, chains and large rings. Please do not buy anything for the course.

What can I do next?

Students may be interested in joining other short introductory courses available in other complementary therapies or accredited courses in anatomy and physiology, holistic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and of course Indian Head Massage. Enrol early as places cannot be guaranteed. Please visit our website
During your course your tutor will offer guidance in relation to your personal progression route. Courses are designed to progress you to further study or into employment. In addition some of our courses support access to Further and Higher Education opportunities. KAE web site has information about these courses and developing your own business. Please speak with your tutor if you have an interest in self-employment or an interest in developing a career. We can also help you access the National Careers service.

What do I need to join the course

There are no pre requisites for this course. Anyone interested in complementary therapies or in learning these massage skills to use on family and friends are welcome. Students and therapists with some experience of other therapies who wish to learn new techniques may also find the course useful.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/131481/N/PF.