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Pregnancy Massage

Don't have previous massage training? See the end of the page for a basic course including A&P and Swedish Massage to get you going!

Please note - students MUST have done a practical massage training in order to do this course. Online only courses are not an acceptable level of learning.

Many clients enjoy regular massage and want to carry on having treatments when they are pregnant. Other women find that pregnancy brings extra stress and strain, aches and pains and want to see whether massage will help support them through this exciting but demanding time in their lives.

Our Pregnancy Massage Course will teach you safe techniques to enable you to offer massage to clients during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. During the theory part of the course, you will learn about the changes which take place in the mother's body during each trimester of pregnancy, and how these may affect her wellbeing.

This is a practical course you will learn how to get your client comfortable on the couch, using pillows and other ways to support her. The massage techniques you will learn involve gentle manipulation of the muscles, and ways to help to relieve and ease tension and stress in the client's body. This aids the physical and mental well-being of mother and baby.

Self-massage is a wonderful way for new mothers to help themselves at home with the discomfort of pregnancy, and we teach you techniques to share with clients. This gives you something extra to offer your clients, and they will enjoy bonding with their growing baby and keeping themselves comfortable and relaxed using self-massage between appointments with you.

The course includes a detailed manual including all the information taught on the course. Advice and information about the use of essential oils is included, along with a special section on Ayurveda and Pregnancy Massage! Great for yogis, helpful for everyone.

The course is assessed by observation throughout the day, along with a written test and practical assessment at the end of the course.

After being awarded this qualification you will be able to obtain insurance with or Westminster Indemnity and work with pregnant clients.

Course Content

  • Hygiene, health and safety
  • Review of anatomy and physiology relating to pregnancy
  • The three trimesters and the changes which come with each of them
  • Positioning of client for comfort and support
  • Massage techniques to support the client
  • Carrier oils for use in pregnancy massage
  • Practical and written assessments

    Before enrolling for this course, you will need to have an Anatomy & Physiology qualification at NOS level 3 along with a full body massage qualification. If you are a midwife, nurse or other healthcare professional, contact us as you may not need to do A&P.

    If you DON'T have A&P, we can put together a discounted package for you - we offer online A&P along with our own 1-day Swedish Massage or 2-day Holistic Massage Diploma.

  • Deep Tissue Massage Course

    BEFORE you start the course, you will need a training in full body massage including A&P. READ on for ways we can help you build your training package!

    EITHER the Holistic Massage course or the Aromatherapy Body Massage PLUS online A&P would be suitable as foundation skills for this course. You can do the online A&P through us - contact me for details. Online only massage courses are not acceptable as foundation training - you MUST have done a practical massage training.

    Deep Tissue Massage relieves severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissues. It works on the second and deeper layers of muscles and is a deeper, more focussed treatment.

    When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement and inflammation.

    Deep tissue massage works by breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. Elbows and forearms are often used to apply pressure and manipulate muscle tissue rather than the fingers and thumbs.

    Who are the clients for this treatment?

  • Athletes
  • Clients with muscle and soft tissue strains and sprains
  • Clients with fatigue in certain areas – IT consultants, lorry drivers, builders, etc.
    Deep tissue techniques are focused on areas with problems whilst firm Holistic Massage is used in other areas of the body. Deep Tissue/Sports techniques are not used on the entire body in one session as this is not necessary and involves too much pain! This is counter-productive as healing requires relaxation.

    The course includes:

  • Deep Tissue – what is the difference between this treatment and Holistic/Swedish Massage?
  • Body Types
  • Deep Tissue Techniques – what they are and when to use them
  • Cautions and Contra-indications
  • Physical Assessment
  • Palpation and how to find the problem(s)
  • Using hands-free techniques
  • Working deeper, working safely and comfortably
  • How to incorporate the techniques into existing routines
  • Full body treatments
  • Use of carrier lotions and oils

    This is an insurable course for practising therapists. See our brokers Westminster Indemnity or join for great membership benefits including insurance. When you are ready to book, email to confirm your date then secure your place by paying your deposit.

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    Thai Hot Herbal Massage

    Thai Hot Herbal Compress Massage is part of the ancient traditions of Thai Massage. It combines massage with oils, herbs and heat to produce a deeply relaxing treatment which improves energy flow and brings about a sense of wellbeing.

    The Thai compresses are actually donuts of Thai herbs wrapped in cotton, and tied ingeniously to form a handle to help the massage therapist apply appropriate pressure. They are soaked in water, then heated in a special steamer to a comfortable temperature for massage.

    Thai massage is part of the ayurvedic tradition, and the massage techniques used help remove blockages in the flow of lom or vital energy to restore the natural balance of the person in mind, body and spirit. Thai healing uses the ayurvedic ideas of the doshas or types, and recognises that we are all a unique combination of the tridoshas, the three types. The oils for your massage are chosen to suit your type, and are an important element in the treatment. The herbs are a combination selected and made into the donuts by expert Thai herbalists.

    The treatment works on a physical level to relax the muscles and stimulate the flow of blood, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the them. Thai Hot Herbal Massage is an excellent treatment for sportspeople or gardeners with stiff, sore muscles. It is relaxing and so is a good way of helping stress or anxiety, and can bring relief for people with general aches and pains. The herbs in the compress are carefully chosen to help relax and soothe tiredness and tension, in the Thai traditions of herbal massage.

    The oils and herbs used in the massage will help desquamate and remove old, dead skin cells, nourishing the skin and helping its condition.

    Our Thai Hot Herbal Compress Massage Diploma is suitable for therapists who already have Anatomy & Physiology and Body or Holistic or Swedish Massage training. You may also take the course if you have completed our Ayurveda Indian Body Massage Diploma course plus online A&P. Contact me if you need to do A&P as we can arrange it.

    If you need to do a massage course, then we offer a package which includes A&P and Professional Standards modules online with one day of intensive Body Massage training plus the Thai Hot Herbal Massage course - contact me for details.

    To join a professional body which supports holistic therapists, go to or to go direct to a broker contact Westminster Indemnity who offer a special deal to our students or approach your existing insurer. Prices and dates for all courses are on the Home Page.

    When you are ready to book your course, email us to arrange a date and pay your deposit.

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    Swedish Massage for Beginners

    Need an introductory massage course? We offer a one-day full Body (or Swedish) Massage course which is accredited by the the Beauty Guild and for membership and insurance. You can also insure through our broker Westminster Indemnity.

    You complete the Anatomy & Physiology NOS Level 3 course online along with the Professional Standards course. These are done in your own time and the assessment is online - you do a test at the end of each part of the course and it is straightforward. You will receive two certificates from the Guild's GTi organisation, and the awards are written to fulfil National Occupational Standards.

    You then come to the one-day practical course with me to learn the full body massage routine with carrier oils, lotion and other luxury products. The course can also be completed over two evenings. The full cost of the package is £440.

    This is a good opportunity to add full body massage to your beauty therapist skills and offer one of the most popular treatments to your clients.

    Once you have taken this course, you can go on to do any of our specialist courses - all you do is book onto the practical days.

    When you are ready to book, email to confirm we have a place and arrange to pay your deposit.

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