Massage Therapy Courses
It is important yet difficult to find a school to train in massage, reflexology or holistic therapies that suit everybody expectations and needs but no doubt it's possible.
First step get a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology. Once you know your subject upside down, you will be able to develop further in any bodywork therapy training.
I personally like ITEC, it is an international examination board, operating in many countries worldwide, offering a variety of qualifications in complementary therapies leading to practical qualifications.
It's actually more difficult to find a good school than to find a massage therapy course - The thing you must remember is that most schools are also centres that offer treatments so they can be competitive, looking for performance and lose track with the holistic approach.
Most schools I have attended are supportive of their students nevertheless it does no harm to ask for success rates before enrolling - You will also be encouraged to join an association or a professional body and adhere to a code of conduct - Refer also to your course provider should you experience a difficulty with the school you are attending.
My experience is that course providers do not necessarily merge with the training schools that deliver their courses, they do remain independant. Although they do not like to interfere don't be afraid to contact them directly and ask questions.
I had a wonderful, knowlegeable teacher when I first started my training in 2005 in Ireland, her name was Ann O'Leary. She was a patient and warm person, we all got our Anatomy and Physiology Diploma thanks to her, with credit for most of us.
After I passing the Diploma in Holistic Massage I decided to train as a Reflexologist - I attended an ITEC course again, the teacher was running the course in the comfort of her own home. She was a nurse originally. I loved it as we were only a small handful of 3 students so the teacher had time to give her undivided attention to each one of us. We all passed with credit! That's the kind of setting I prefer, it was a non competitive environment, we could study and be relaxed, still it was intense learning.
Most recently I did a course in Aromatherapy with Obus ltd at and I would not hesitate to recommend the school, it was the best training I did in Massage and Holistic Studies, my only regret is that I didn't know about it before.
Although I haven't find my ideal school yet, it's getting closer and closer. Too many schools try to over rule other schools to impose their unique technique, for students it's confusing. It would be better if they try to have a holistic approach to their students and help them develop their unique healing touch.
To avoid having to complete different massage therapy courses you could do a full-time course in Complementary Holistic Bodywork Therapies that would cover many different subjects like Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hot Stone to name a few.
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