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 theory providing you with the essential underpinning knowledge.
The theory component includes:
Unit 1 – Anatomy and physiology
Unit 22 – Professional conduct and business awareness.
Unit 417 – Applying Sports Massage Methods To Non-Pathological Tissue

Starting Date: Saturday 19th September 2015 – Exams 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


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 416 – Functional Anatomy, Physiology and Nutrition for Sports Therapies Theory examination:
30 minutes, 25 Multiple Choice Questions

Unit 417 – Applying Sports Massage Methods to Non-pathological Tissue

Treatment evidence – 15 Treatments to include:
Consultation including medical history, treatment details, after/home-care advice, candidates and client signature and treatment date.
Theory exam 30 minutes, 25 Multiple Choice Questions
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

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

September 2015 October November December January 2016
19th 3rd, 17th 7th, 21st 5th 9th, 23rd
February March April May June            July
6th, 20th 5th, 19th 2nd, 16th 7th, 21st 18th               2nd

Final exams will be held in September 2016

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