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Massage Practitioner - How You Can Become One

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Massage Therapy is becoming one of the booming enterprise in UK With improved specialist coaching many have managed to put up massage parlours and will be able to perform therapies in different work environments like saloons, fitness centres, hospices etc.

Many people are familiar with the positive effects of massage therapy. It’s likely that they have have been recipients of one in the past and have enjoyed the healing and relaxing properties it can offer. While many different types of massage therapies exist, the basic premise remains the same, proving it’s a skilful manipulation of muscles and tissues that works towards reducing tension and alleviating stress.

Here in the UK, it’s not very difficult to find a suitable masseuse or masseur when one knows what “healing” effect they’re after. The most popular types of massages can be neatly divided into two main categories, namely foreign disciplines and specialised therapy. The former relates to Swedish and Thai massage systems, while specialised therapy requires a deeper level of commitment towards understanding the mind and body. Sports massage and Structural Integration are examples of such therapy.

How To Become A Qualified Massage Therapist In The U.K.

For those that happen to possess hands of gold and are keen to become a therapist themselves, there are a number of routes that can be taken in order to gain the necessary qualifications. With plenty of room for progression, excellent opportunities exist that can offer a rewarding career and comfortable living earning up to £50 per hour.

It’s not difficult to get a foot in the door and with a set of GSCE’s under the belt that preferably have an element of Biology or Science in them (although this is not absolutely necessary), there is enough ground to build from. It’s important to remember that different therapies all require the basic understanding of physiology and the more specialised the treatment becomes, the scope of knowledge naturally increases.

NVQ:In the UK, a number of recognised bodies exist that facilitate learning in this particular sector. VTCT for example is a government accredited body that offer National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). You can easily achieve NVQ level 3 at The Carlton Institute or just train for one of their accredited diplomas (for insurance purposes). Established for the past 21 years it has acted as a key player in providing an unrivalled range of beauty courses and training in the UK. For massage training they offer NVQ and Elite NVQ (get NVQ trained in just 3 weeks) courses in Body Massage and diplomas in “Sports Massage Therapy” and “Indian Head Massage”. These diplomas will allow you to obtain your professional indemnity insurance. You will require this to charge clients if you want to become a self employed massage therapist.

CIBTAC:Another option is taking the CIBTAC route that leads to attaining a QCF qualification, with the benefit being that students can receive credits that enable further learning. This is how QCFs differ from the NVQs, which are based on qualifications only. The CIBTAC offers awards, qualifications and diplomas in massage therapy giving the student a broader scope and the opportunity to show their level of commitment.

ITEC:Finally the ITEC, focuses both on the UK market while offering the option to gain International qualifications that are recognised in 35 countries. This is certainly a sensible choice for those considering working abroad and wishing to keep their options open. The qualifications are divided into Level 2 and 3, with massage courses falling under “Complementary” and “Sports”.

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