Holistic and Sports Massage Course Level 3

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage
ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

This exciting new course teaches Holistic Massage incorporating the classical movements of effleurage, petrissage, tapotment, friction and vibration which enables the therapist to provide relaxing full body Holistic massage.

The Sports Massage portion of this course will develop the massage therapist’s understanding from relaxation massage to being able to provide Pre-event ‘warm up’ and Post-event ‘cool down’ sports massage and Deep Tissue conditioning Myofascial massage. Advanced techniques are used to free up knots and restrictions in muscles by releasing myofascial adhesion, restoring normal resting tone and re-establish joint Range Of Motion.

Approximately 60% of course time is devoted to practical techniques and 40% is thery providing you with the essential underpinning knowledge.

The theory component includes:
Unit 1 – Anatomy and physiology
Unit 22 – Professional conduct and business awareness.
Unit 451 Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
Unit 452 Principles of Health and Fitness
Unit 453 Professional Practice in Sports Massage
Unit 454 Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Unit 455 Sports Massage Treatments

Swords Starting Date: Wednesday 30th March 2016

Harolds Cross Starting Date: Saturday 17th September 2016

Course Fee: €1800

Holistic Massage Exam Fee: €110
Sports Massage Exam Fee: €110

Holistic and Sports Massage Syllabus:

    Holistic Massage:

  • History of Massage
  • Preparation / Equipment for Massage
  • Definition of the strokes of Massage [including effleurage, petrissage, tapotment, friction and vibration]
  • Sequence of strokes [Full body, Facial, Scalp and Foot massage]
  • Effects and Benefits of Massage [mechanical; physiological; reflex effects; psychological and energetic effects]
  • Cautions, Contra-indications and Endangerment sites to consider when applying massage techniques.
  • Nutrition – understanding the effects of stress on the client’s nutritional status
  • Care of the therapist – posture, safe application of techniques, body mechanics
  • Care of the client – record keeping, confidentiality, professionalism
  • Business awareness / professionalism – how to establish & promote your massage business
  • First Aid
  • Relaxation – simple techniques for real relaxation. Learn how to contact the healing energy in the body and how to use it when doing massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology:

  • The Cell and tissue types
  • Integumentary system, the skin and nails
  • Directional terminology
  • Planes of dissection
  • Joint mobility and range of movement
  • Skeletal system – location, structure and function including bony prominences for muscle attachments
  • Muscular system – muscle properties, muscle function, muscle tone, muscle fatigue
  • Study of muscles (myology) – Including origin, insertion and action of the muscles that move the body
  • Cardiovascular system – systemic and pulmonary circulation
  • Lymphatic system – structure and functions of the lymphatic system
  • Digestive system – location, structure and function of organs and glands of the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Nervous system – structure and function of nerves, C.N.S and peripheral nervous system
  • Endocrine and Reproductive Systems – location , structure and function of the endrocrine glands and reproductive cycle
  • Respiratory system – internal and external respiration
  • Urinary system – components i.e. kidney, ureter and bladder
  • Pathologies associated with each system

      Sports Massage:

    • Pre-event massage (10 minute full body treatment)
    • Between event massage
    • Post-event massage
    • Preventative / conditioning massage
    • Basic corrective massage
  • Sequence of strokes (Full body pre, post and conditioning massage)

    Cautions, Contra-indications and Endangerment sites to consider when applying massage techniques.

    Nutrition – understanding the effects of exercise and stress on the client’s nutritional status

    Signs and symptoms of inflammation

  • Degree of swelling
  • Variation in tissue temperatures
  • Muscle tone and bulk
  • Adhesions
    Record Keeping

  • Taking a case history
  • Monitoring treatment outcomes
  • Home care
  • Effects and benefits of stretching
  • Advantages of Active Isolated Stretching
  • Restoring muscle balance
    Effects and benefits of Sports Massage

  • Methods of application
  • Contraindications
  • Palpation and physical assessment
  • Care of the therapist – posture, safe application of techniques, body mechanics
  • Care of the Client – Home care and rehabilitation exercises
  • Contra indications to Sports Massage

Examinations and Certification


ITEC level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage
ITEC level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage

Examination

Holistic Massage Theory examination:
a) Theory of Holistic Massage 1hr multiple choice questions
b) Anatomy & Physiology 1hr multiple choice questions
c) Professional Conduct and Business Awareness 1hr multiple choice questions

20 case studies
Practical exam: 1 hour

Unit 451 Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage
30 minutes, 25 Multiple Choice Questions
Unit 452 Principles of Health and Fitness
Assignment: explain the principles and components of an active, healthy lifestyle
Unit 453 Professional Practice in Sports Massage
Assignment: explain the significance of maintaining a professional practice in Sports Massage
Unit 454 Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Assignment: Explain the principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction

Unit 455 Sports Massage Treatments
Treatment evidence – 9 Treatments to include:
Consultation including medical history, treatment details, including pre-event, post-event & maintenance, after/home-care advice, candidates and client signature and treatment date.
Practical exam: 1 hour

Holistic College Dublin results in Holistic Massage exams

The diploma issued by ITEC lists the student’s overall grade in terms of a pass, credit or distinction. An average of the theory and practical marks is combined to obtain the final grade.

A pass grade is between 60% – 74%, A credit is between 75% – 89% and a distinction is between 90% – 100%.

Percentage of our students achieving each grade to date

Fail Pass Credit Distinction

0% 6% 5o% 44%

Each Student Requires

  • 2 Pillows
  • 2 Pillow Cases
  • 2 Towels
  • A uniform is required for the practical examination:
    • Black tunic
    • Black trousers
    • Black footwear

Required Books

  • An Introductory Guide to Massage By Louise Tucker
  • An Introductory Guide to Anatomy and Physiology (new edition) By Louise Tucker

Times & Dates for Swords Evening Course

Times: Wednesday evening, from 7pm – 10pm

March April May June July September
30th 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 6th, 13th, 20th 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
October November December January February March
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 7th, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 7th, 14th 4th, 11th,18th, 25th 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd 1st, 8th

Final exams will be held in April 2017

Times & Dates for Harolds Cross weekend course

Times: Approximately two Saturdays per month, from 10am – 6pm

September 2016 October November December January 2017
17th 1st, 15th 5th, 19th 3rd, 17th 7th, 21st
February March April May June July
4th, 18th 4th, 18th 1st 6th, 20th 17th 1st, 15th

Final exams will be held in September 2017

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