Sarah Collins Reiki, Massage & Natural Beauty Therapy

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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.

    Himalayan Hot Salt Stone Therapy

    Our full body Himalayan Salt Stone & Crystal Therapy course is an exciting new treatment which combines the benefits of heated stones with the unique qualities of Himalayan salt.

    The warm Himalayan Salt Stones deeply relax the client and help balance the central nervous system. They are hand carved salt crystals from one of the most pristine environments in the world – salt caves deep below the Himalayan Mountains.

    The massage treatment combines Ayurvedic massage techniques, thermal therapy, salt therapy, marma point pressure work and the healing qualities of crystals and gemstones.

    The salt stones and hot rocks are warmed dry and are used to massage the client, and to lay on strategic points and in specific combinations to balance the body's energy pathways and electromagnetic field. This results in very deep relaxation and may improve sleep and reduce inflammation in addition to mild detoxification and exfoliation. The crystals are used in layouts to provide a layer of subtle and spiritual healing to the client.

    The heat from the hot stones penetrates to a deeper level than we can achieve with manual massage, bringing about physiological changes as well as influencing the body's internal energy flow (prana) – this brings about rebalance to the whole person.

    The Himalayan Salt stones can also be chilled and used cold, and this brings a different range of benefits. Cold stones are excellent to ease decongestion e.g. deep tissue inflammation or sinus problems. They assist the reduction of erythema (redness) and soothe irritation which may occur to sensitive skins during a hot stone treatment. They are delicious on a hot day, and one or two stones used at the end of a treatment will help a client come gently back to themselves.

    The crystals each have their own special qualities – Crystal Therapy is a speciality in its own right, and on this course we will look at how you can use a set of chakra stones and crystals to bring balance and add an extra layer of subtle healing to a massage session.
    Massage is a perfect way to nurture our bodies and ourselves. Incorporating stones and crystals into a treatment enhances the power of this contact.

    The course includes:
    Consultation and Client Recordkeeping
    Equipment required for the treatment
    Preparing to give the treatment – arranging your couch, stones, heater, crystals etc
    Selecting, clearing and using crystals and gemstones
    Properties of crystals and gemstones
    Layouts for crystals and gemstones
    Advice on insurance, marketing and sourcing supplies
    Health and Safety
    Benefits and contraindications
    History and Background of Himalayan Salt Stone & Crystal Therapy
    Introduction to Ayurveda and energetic healing
    Ayurvedic techniques used in Himalayan Salt Stone & Crystal Therapy
    Full Himalayan Salt Stone & Crystal Therapy routine for use with clients
    Adapting Himalayan Salt Stone & Crystal Therapy to suit your clients
    Carrier oils used in the treatment and their properties
    Using the Vulsini Hot Stone Heating Bag and other methods for heating and cooling the Himalayan Salt Stones
    Use of all oils, towels and other equipment on the course day

    PLEASE NOTE – students must have an Anatomy & Physiology qualification and a knowledge of Holistic or Swedish Massage before attending this course. We can offer online and short courses to help you fulfil this requirement.

    Hot Stone Massage Courses

    Hot Stone Therapy Diploma - one day (plus A&P Distance Learning if you don't already have it*)

    Our course is accredited for membership and insurance with Westminster Indemnity. You can also insure directly with the Beauty Guild , who offer a special deal for my students. Prices and dates for the course are on the Home Page.

    Hot Stone Massage is extremely popular with clients and it is priced at a significantly higher level than other therapies, making it a very worthwhile treatment to offer. I teach Japanese anma techniques which enable you to give a deep, relaxing massage with techniques designed for use with hot stones as this is part of the ancient Japanese tradition of massage.

    Hot Stone therapy has profound physiological effects as the state of deep relaxation achieved in massage encourages rejuvenation of the whole being. The warmth also encourages very deep relaxation, and has a calming effect on the client's mind. They say that one massage stroke performed with the stones is the same as three done with the hand! It is a powerful massage. Cold stones are used to balance the client at the end of the treatment.

    This course gives you a grounding in the way that stone therapy works on the energy systems of the whole body and also looks at the body meridian systems and how the massage assists with total health and well being. The focus is on using the hot and cold stones with Japanese Anma massage techniques to carry out a full body massage. You will learn how to manage the process of heating, cooling and caring for the magical volcanic and marble stones used in the therapy. We cover the use of both the traditional water heater and the Vulsini bag method on the course.

    You will need an anatomy & physiology qualification at Level 3 in order to carry out Hot Stone Therapy. We offer an online, distance learning course via the Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists. This is done in the comfort of your home with no stressful, public examinations. Once you have completed this A&P course you will be able to do any of our body massage courses.

    *If you already have a recognised massage or reflexology qualification or you are a yoga teacher then you have probably done enough A&P - contact us with any enquiries.

    Course content:
    o Hygiene, health and safety
    o Relevant anatomy and physiology
    o Products and equipment required
    o Consultation procedures
    o Contra-indications to treatment
    o Energising and care of stones - the nature of Ki
    o Massage sequence using traditional Japanese anma techniques
    o Yin & Yang Theory
    o The Twelve Meridians
    o The Five Elements
    o Client aftercare

    When you are ready to book, email us to arrange your place and pay your deposit.

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