Holistic Massage



A&P, Holistic Massage, Professional Conduct and Business Awareness

*Course fees will be charged per module


  1. To have the fundamental knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology
  2. To guide students towards holistic approach in life and beware of integral biology
  3. To understand the appropriate legislation applicable to massage, issues surrounding ‘concent’ totreatment and importance of massage for clients and families receiving palliative or social care
  4. To provide correct consultation method and how the programme will be evaluated and review process
  5. To recongnise common ailments and contraindications to massage
  6. To provide client handling technique, how to give proper advice to clients after treatment and home care
  7. To observe and practice hygiene
  8. To acquire massage techniques and understand the structure to be worked over and their function
  9. To have the basic knowledge of complementary therapies and first aid
  10. To understand types of business, acts and legal entities, finance and costing, advertising and promotion
  11. To practice professionalism, ethics, hygiene and health & safety

Course Syllabus:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology
  2. Concept & History – holistic approach and integral biology, the development of Swedish (classic) massage
  3. Legislation & Consent – the appropriate legislation applicable to massage, issues surrounding ‘concent’ to treatment and importance of massage for clients and families receiving palliative or social care
  4. Consultation – methods of consultation to determine the nature and extent of the client’s needs, evaluation and review process of treatment
  5. Contraindication – common ailments and contraindication to massge
  6. Client care – the professional way of handling clients, protect the client’s modesty at all time
  7. Hygiene – the correct hygiene procedures for massage treatment
  8. Massage – select medium for the treatment according to client’s skin type, the classical massage movements and their physiological and psychological effects, evaluate and review massage treatment/programme
  9. Aftercare/Homecare – importance of telling the client about the possible reactions to the treatment, giving appropriate home care advice after treatment
  10. Complementary therapies
  11. First Aid – how to deal with First Aid emergencies

Business Awareness

  • types of business, advantages and disadvantages of each type of business,
  • acts and legal entities, all types of regulations in relation to health and safety, data protection act, supply of goods and services act, consumer protection act, trades description act, disability discrimination act, how to carry out a risk assessment, licensing laws involved with establishing a business, purpose of a contract, the basic security implications of the establishment relating to
  • Finance and costing, the accounting systems required when running a business, advantages and disadvantages of employing staff, the importance of developing and maintaining a good stock control system, the basic principle of selling, how to cost a treatment, benefits of offering courses of treatments
  • Advertising and promotion, how to plan the interior of a treatment room, importance of maintaining good working relationships, importance of providing a retail service, basic principle of selling, the role of the receptionist, the main forms of advertising and advantages and disadvantages of each method, how to plan a talk/demonstration, the benefits of offering courses of treatments

Professional Conduct

  • Professionalism – points related to beauty/complementary or sport therapy, the appropriate professional appearance of the therapist
  • Importance of keeping accurate client records, effective client communication, how to deal with negative feedback, effective questioning techniques, appropriate body language, importance of completing each treatment in a commercially acceptable time, ‘statutory regulation’ and its effects on a practicing therapist
  • Ethics – maintain a professional working relationship with other student/therapist, build up a rapport with other therapist, necessity of having professional indemnity insurance, the need to ensure strict client confidentiality at all time, reason why conversation should be ethical and client led, concept of a ‘code of ethics’ and its importance
  • Consultation and contraindications – design a consultation card relevant to the treatment, list contraindications relevant to each treatment in the appropriate unit, keeping accurate client records
  • Health & safety – contents of a First Aid box, accident book, how to administrate First Aid for various conditions eg fainting, bleeding, burns etc; demonstrate how to put client into the recovery position, when and how to call for medical assistance, how to supervise an evacuation, types of fire-fighting equipment required in a salon and how to carry out basic safety checks for electrical equipment
  • Hygiene – types of infection, methods of sterilisation/sanitisation available relevant to the treatment, advantages and disadvantage of each, importance of personal hygiene, salon hygiene methods, all aspects of waste disposal for salon, importance of being aware of blood transmitted diseases