Diploma in Holistic Massage

Accrediting Body: ITEC
QCF Level 3 UK Accreditation: QAN 600/5503/0


The foundation course for complementary therapy. This course provides students with a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology of the body so that they have a complete knowledge of the structure and functions of each area on which they are working. The course includes holistic massage incorporating the classical movements treating the whole body

The course will cover:

Unit 380 Provide Body Massage for Complementary Therapies

  • Massage Theory and Practice
  • History & development of Massage
  • Massage Benefits
  • Principles of holistic Body Massage
  • How to develop a massage routine for each client
  • How to develop a holistic approach – mind, body heart and soul
  • Holistic Massage techniques
  • Massage contraindications
  • Awareness of muscles / bones on human body
  • Unit 384 Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies

Unit 384 – Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies
Assignment Guidance Form
Identify and explain the origins and principles of complementary therapies –
for any four of the following:
• Acupressure
• Acupuncture
• Alexander Technique
• Aromatherapy
• Ayurvedic Medicine
• Bach Flower Remedies/Flower Remedies
• Body work (massage therapies)
• Bowen Technique
• Chiropractic
• Colour therapy
• Crystal therapy
• Ear Candling
• Herbalism
• Homeopathy
• Hypnotherapy
• Indian Head Massage
• Iridology
• Kinesiology
• Lymphatic drainage massage
• Meditation
• Naturopathy
• Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP)
• Osteopathy
• Physiotherapy
• Reflexology
• Reiki/Spiritual Healing
• Shiatsu
• Stone therapy
• Subtle energy/vibrational medicine
• Therapeutic Touch
• Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
• Yoga
To include:
• Concept, origins and development
• Therapy objectives
• Regulations and legal obligations
• Training required
• Key aspects of good clinical practice to include the client assessment and referral
process, and effective communication skills
This assignment may be presented in any of the following formats and may include some
• Written report
• Chart
• Spider diagram
• Other pictorial presentation

Unit 385 Business Practice for Complementary Therapies

This unit offers you a complete insight into working for you your self

You will need to prepare an appropriate business plan for a potential complementary therapy practice

This must include the following:
• Mission statement
• Market research
• Competitor analysis
• Premises and location
• Corporate image and design
– Marketing and publicity material
– Business stationery
• Products, services and prices
• Fixed and variable costs
• Staffing requirements and employment opportunities
• SWOT analysis
• Risk analysis
• Marketing and publicity
• Finance – start up and running costs
• Additional professional services
• Legal requirements
• Security and data protection
• Customer Service and communication
This assignment may be presented in any of the following formats and may include some ICT:
• Written report
• Written survey
• Chart
• Spider diagram
• Graph

Unit 383 Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies

Once you have completed the qualification, you may:

  •    Start your own full time / part time therapy business offering Massage
  •    Help friends and family by providing treatments
  •    Study further ITEC courses in Massage, Indian Head Massage, Beauty Therapy, On-Site massage,Sports Massage Thai Massage

Professional Membership
ITEC qualifications are internationally recognised.  You will be able to obtain professional indemnity insurance and professional membership of any Therapy body such as FHT, CthA, CNHC, BMC, etc.

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