Holistic Massage

Qualify to offer full body holistic and relaxation massage to the general public. This course is accredited by the SMA (UK)

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Offer full body holistic and relaxation massage to the general public

Neuromuscular Therapy Course

Students will study the foundational concepts of massage including: posture, draping, positioning, hygiene and massage techniques.

This course has been scheduled to run one day per week for the intensive course or one evening per week for the evening course to facilitate the busy schedules of mums, dads, school leavers, allied health professionals, carers, or anybody seeking a career change.

Some participants may decide to do this course purely out of personal interest.

The course is fully accredited by the SMA, The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists.

This course is also fully recognised by the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), UK. CNHC were set up by the UK government to protect the public. They do this by providing an independent UK register of complementary healthcare practitioners. Protection of the public is their sole purpose.

They set the standards that practitioners need to meet to get onto and then stay on the register. All CNHC registrants have agreed to be bound by the highest standards of conduct and have registered voluntarily. All of them are professionally trained and fully insured to practise.

CNHC investigate complaints about alleged breaches of our Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance. They impose disciplinary sanctions that mirror those of the statutory healthcare regulators.

They make the case to UK government and a wide range of organisations for the use of complementary healthcare to enhance health and wellbeing. They raise awareness of complementary healthcare and seek to influence policy wherever possible to increase access to the disciplines they register.

CNHC is also the holder of an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.

Holistic Massage Course

Highly Respected

Graduates of the National Qualification in Holistic Massage are highly sought after experts in their field.

  • OVERVIEW
  • NTC has been delivering health fitness and bodywork training for over 30 years and our qualified tutors are experts in their individual fields. They will ensure that your time with NTC is enjoyable, informative and rewarding and you will have the opportunity to study with some of the finest tutors the massage world has to offer.

    If you are interested and would like to know more about this holistic massage training course, please call us now on 01 882 7777.

    For those who simply want to qualify to offer holistic and relaxation massage this is the only qualification you need, however if you are interested in progressing your education and advancing your skill set by learning to treat pain and injury there is a complete educational roadmap available from NTC:

    • National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy
    • Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy (H. Dip. NMT)
    • Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy (MSc. NMT)

    The National Qualification in Holistic Massage offers students an exciting and affordable route of entry into the profession and is entirely achievable through its part-time method of weekday timetabling.

  • CONTENT
  • This programme covers all relevant aspects of:

    • Classical Anatomy, Physiology of the bodily systems and Myology
    • Introduction to Anatomy for the 21st Century includes tensegrity principles, embryology and fascia science.
    • Foundations of Holistic Massage and Practical Applications
    • Massage for special populations
    • Nutrition, Lifestyle Health and Wellness
    • Health screening and the consultation process including face to face, TeleHealth, self evaluation and reflective practice
    • Health and Safety in the healthcare setting 
    • Professional practice, business and ethics
  • FEES
  • The cost of obtaining the National Qualification in Holistic Massage is €1,300.00. Places can be reserved by payment of a deposit of €350.00 with the balance of €950.00 due one week prior to the course start date.

    A discount of €150.00 is available to individuals paying fees of €1,150.00 in full one calendar month prior to course commencement date.

    The cost of the electronic programme manual and examinations is included within the course fee.

    Places on this programme are available on a first come first served basis.

  • eligibility
  • The National Qualification in Holistic Massage is a primary qualification and is open to everybody as there are no formal education requirements for participation on this course.

    Applicants should have a keen interest in learning about the human body and massage therapy in general. You will be expected to give and receive massage treatments during the course and this will mean using hands-on therapy with your fellow classmates.

  • syllabus
  • The National Qualification in Holistic Massage programme covers all relevant areas including:

    Unit 1 Antomy and Physiology

    • The cells and an overview of the skin
    • The skeletal system
    • The muscular system
    • The Circulatory and lymphatic system
    • The Respiratory system
    • The Nervous system
    • The endocrine system

     

    Unit 2 Lifestyle and healthy eating

    • Benefits of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity
    • Nutrition and digestion
    • Short / long term effects of a sedentary lifestyle and it’s influence on health
    • Making the right food choices

     

    Unit 3 Foundation of Massage

    • Theory History and benefits of massage therapy
    • Draping procedures
    • Contraindications and hygiene
    • Considerations for massage and special populations
    • Communication skills

     

    Unit 4 Techniques

    • Practical Full body massage techniques for the following areas;
      • leg
      • foot
      • back
      • shoulders
      • arms
      • hands
      • chest
      • abdomen
      • face
      • head and neck
      • Use of lubricants and bolsters
    • Positioning of client
    • Posture of massage therapist

     

    Unit 5 Ethics and professional development

    • Health Safety
    • Code of ethics and professional conduct
    • Business and self promotion
    • Professional responsibilities e. g insurance, taxes, ongoing CPD.

     

    Assessment

    • Theory Assessment (60 minutes)
    • Submission of learner workbook
    • Practical Assessment
  • support
  • Study is supported by full online documentation and demonstration videos (sample below) available to students of the course via the NTC Learning Portal .

NTC has been delivering health fitness and bodywork training for over 30 years and our qualified tutors are experts in their individual fields. They will ensure that your time with NTC is enjoyable, informative and rewarding and you will have the opportunity to study with some of the finest tutors the massage world has to offer.

If you are interested and would like to know more about this holistic massage training course, please call us now on 01 882 7777.

For those who simply want to qualify to offer holistic and relaxation massage this is the only qualification you need, however if you are interested in progressing your education and advancing your skill set by learning to treat pain and injury there is a complete educational roadmap available from NTC:

  • National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy (H. Dip. NMT)
  • Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy (MSc. NMT)

The National Qualification in Holistic Massage offers students an exciting and affordable route of entry into the profession and is entirely achievable through its part-time method of weekday timetabling.

This programme covers all relevant aspects of:

  • Classical Anatomy, Physiology of the bodily systems and Myology
  • Introduction to Anatomy for the 21st Century includes tensegrity principles, embryology and fascia science.
  • Foundations of Holistic Massage and Practical Applications
  • Massage for special populations
  • Nutrition, Lifestyle Health and Wellness
  • Health screening and the consultation process including face to face, TeleHealth, self evaluation and reflective practice
  • Health and Safety in the healthcare setting 
  • Professional practice, business and ethics

The cost of obtaining the National Qualification in Holistic Massage is €1,300.00. Places can be reserved by payment of a deposit of €350.00 with the balance of €950.00 due one week prior to the course start date.

A discount of €150.00 is available to individuals paying fees of €1,150.00 in full one calendar month prior to course commencement date.

The cost of the electronic programme manual and examinations is included within the course fee.

Places on this programme are available on a first come first served basis.

The National Qualification in Holistic Massage is a primary qualification and is open to everybody as there are no formal education requirements for participation on this course.

Applicants should have a keen interest in learning about the human body and massage therapy in general. You will be expected to give and receive massage treatments during the course and this will mean using hands-on therapy with your fellow classmates.

The National Qualification in Holistic Massage programme covers all relevant areas including:

Unit 1 Antomy and Physiology

  • The cells and an overview of the skin
  • The skeletal system
  • The muscular system
  • The Circulatory and lymphatic system
  • The Respiratory system
  • The Nervous system
  • The endocrine system

 

Unit 2 Lifestyle and healthy eating

  • Benefits of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • Short / long term effects of a sedentary lifestyle and it’s influence on health
  • Making the right food choices

 

Unit 3 Foundation of Massage

  • Theory History and benefits of massage therapy
  • Draping procedures
  • Contraindications and hygiene
  • Considerations for massage and special populations
  • Communication skills

 

Unit 4 Techniques

  • Practical Full body massage techniques for the following areas;
    • leg
    • foot
    • back
    • shoulders
    • arms
    • hands
    • chest
    • abdomen
    • face
    • head and neck
    • Use of lubricants and bolsters
  • Positioning of client
  • Posture of massage therapist

 

Unit 5 Ethics and professional development

  • Health Safety
  • Code of ethics and professional conduct
  • Business and self promotion
  • Professional responsibilities e. g insurance, taxes, ongoing CPD.

 

Assessment

  • Theory Assessment (60 minutes)
  • Submission of learner workbook
  • Practical Assessment

Study is supported by full online documentation and demonstration videos (sample below) available to students of the course via the NTC Learning Portal .

Funding for Fitness Professionals

Fitness Instructors who are members of REPS Ireland are eligible for 25% funding from Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet. For more information contact Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet.
Neuromuscular Therapy Course - LHF Skillnet and REPs

Schedules and Location

This course is available part-time as a morning course in Dublin at the National Training Centre in Dublin’s city centre.

Dublin
Evening Course
6 Months
Face To Face Learning
September 26, 2022
NTC, Dublin

Good Availability

Dublin
Intensive Course
11 Weeks
Face To Face Learning
September 26, 2022
NTC, Dublin

Good Availability

What our graduates say

The reviews and testimonials shown here are unsolicited and from NTC graduates.

Ismail Sina
” I will definitely recommend this course to a friend or a family member “

Thank you to John Sharkey and all the NTC tutors. The Advanced European Neuromuscular Therapy course has been an eye-opener for me because of my background in Personal Training and Sports Massage. I have learnt unique ways of treating pain and have been applying these techniques to my existing clients.

In particular, a long-term client of mine with knee chronic pain, after few hours of treatment her knee pain has reduced by 80 percent.

Once again thank you to all NTC tutors this would not have been possible without you. It is a shame the course has come to an end but I also can’t wait to treat people with chronic pain and do a diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy. I will definitely recommend this course to a friend or a family member.

Ismail Sina

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
Rob Date
” The education you have given me is truly going to develop me as a practitioner “

Thanks once again for an inspiring and enlightening weekend (although my wife’s upper trapezius muscles may disagree!). Learnt loads and I am very excited about the future of my practice.

Although already incredibly busy I find treating people with pain much more interesting and fulfilling than a runner with a tweaked calf. The education you have given me is truly going to develop me as a practitioner in such a dramatic way.

Thanks, John. Sad the course is coming to an end but will thoroughly recommend to others and will look to do the Masters in the future.

Rob Date

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” My experience at NTC was an enjoyable and positive one “

My experience at NTC was an enjoyable and positive one. This is where I realised my interest in Anatomy, Physiology and caring for people and is the main reason I’ve decided to go back to studying Nursing.

I met some fantastic people during my time at NTC and what I learned has played a huge part in me getting a place on Nursing studies.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and tutors for guiding me to where I am now.

Eamonn Maher

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” I really enjoyed the course and the highly engaged and motivated tutors “

I really enjoyed the course and the highly engaged and motivated tutors. I found the course very interesting and was fascinated by the individual components of NMT.

I would like to thank everybody involved for their highly valuable input, knowledge and support while studying.

Sabine Graef

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
Alan Devine
” Qualification that is recognised and accepted with high regard within the industry “

Can I pass on my sincerest gratitude to all the staff at NTC ? Once again you all have delivered another professional and enjoyable course that ensures a qualification that is recognised and accepted with high regard within the industry.

Alan Devine

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
Alan Devine
” You are a great team with wonderful tutors “

The good news is that I passed my Neuromuscular Therapy exams. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all the team in NTC for helping me in step one of a plan. You are a great team with wonderful tutors.

Liam Cotter

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
Alan Devine
” If it wasn’t for Larry I would have let my nerves get the best of me “

I have just sat my NMT exams and if it wasn’t for Larry, one of my tutors who helped me out, I would have let my nerves get the best of me. I also wish to thank the rest of the tutors and staff for all their help over the past 18 months.

Nicole Dunne

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
Alan Devine
” You will not be disappointed “

I have been in the Sports Massage and the treatment of occupational and sporting injuries profession for 26 years and have attended many courses to gain the necessary qualifications to give my very best to those in my care. I had read a book written by John Sharkey which was well written, extremely informative and an excellent reference source.

I subsequently had the pleasure of meeting John and went on to register for a Neuromuscular Therapy programme. It is an excellent course with lectures of the highest standard delivering essential information and first-rate techniques. Applying them in clinical practice I have seen very positive outcomes in patients of all ages. I highly recommend NTC for all therapists at any stage in their career. You will not be disappointed.

Steve Kirby

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
Alan Devine
” I had the privilege of treating Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team “

In April 2012 I completed the Certificate level Neuromuscular Therapy course. Since I completed the course I have had massive success and progression. I had several private clients that I attained from advertising in the gym that I was working in, and also worked on a referral basis with physiotherapist David Gardiner owner of Physiotherapyworks in Naas Co.Kildare.

In August 2012 I moved to Perth, Australia where I have enjoyed even more success. I spent 8 months working at Subiaco Sports Massage and while working in this clinic I had the privilege of treating several Olympic athletes including Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team and also Western Force rugby team of the super 15s competition.

I really enjoyed my time at the NTC – we really had a great group and we all keep in touch.

Colin Cassidy

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate

Our Holistic Massage team

Only fully qualified tutors deliver the National Qualification in Holistic Massage, with each tutor having recognised industry and educational experience in their individual fields.

John Sharkey, MSc
Larry Geraghty
Michelle O’Melia, MSc

FAQs

The answers to the most commonly asked questions from prospective students

No. The National Qualification in Holistic Massage course is open to all individuals.

On successful completion you will be able to offer Holistic massage sessions to the general public.

The average cost of a one hour relaxation massage session is approximately €60.

The number of sessions you decide to offer each week will be determined by your own commitment.

One of the best things about qualifying as a massage therapist is that you can decide how many hours a day you want to work and therefore regulate your own earning potential.

Holistic massage therapists generally offer treatment directly to the public or within fitness centres, spas or beauty centres.

It should be noted that as with all professional qualifications at all levels, individual success will be result driven and will be in proportion to the time, effort and dedication you are prepared to offer the profession. Many National Training Centre graduates have started their careers on a part-time basis and have seen this aspect of their professional life overtake their full time career to become their primary or only occupation and source of income.

The National Training Centre’s code of ethics insists that all NTC graduates who are actively working with the public, hold a professional indemnity insurance policy which covers the therapist against legal action taken by a client as a result of an injury which was received when receiving treatment. Therapists who are working on private premises may also need to hold public liability insurance if such cover is not held by the owners of the premises.

The National Training Centre have a customised insurance scheme with discounted rates available exclusively to those who have qualified with NTC. The policy is one of the broadest available including many important features that other policies may not offer.

The policy has been arranged through Balens Ltd and the insurer for the scheme is the Zurich and DAS Legal Expenses.

Balens are a very well established, fourth generation family-run business dedicated to looking after health professionals. They are built on solid roots going back to 1950 and are pioneers in the development of top quality cover for all types of health professionals with special rates and industry leading cover that has been developing and improving over 22 years in this speciality.

The scheme will cover thousands of other therapies/activities you may require cover for and many at no extra premium subject to suitable qualification held.

Some of the features covered in the policy consist of Medical Malpractice, Professional Indemnity, Public Liability, Product Liability, Loss of Reputation, Breach of Intellectual Property, Client Confidentiality Protection, Loss of Documents cover, First Aid cover as well as Good Samaritan Acts.

The indemnity limit is €4,000,000 per claim for the Republic of Ireland.

Unlike some other policies on the market, an unlimited number of claims may be made for any year and unlimited legal defence costs are also included.

Also included, at no extra charge, is retroactive cover to pick up any previous insured work.

Temporary cover abroad (excluding USA/Canada which is available on request) is available with no time restrictions and at no additional premium as long as you are a UK/Ireland resident.

If you cease to practice Balens include unlimited run off cover which means the policy will always be in place if a claim was made after you stop the policy running and this is also free of charge.

For further information or proposal form, please contact Balens directly on 00441684 580771 or e-mail- info@balens.co.uk

Yes. The course is accredited by the Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA) and is fully recognised by the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), UK.

CNHC were set up by the UK government to protect the public. They do this by providing an independent UK register of complementary healthcare practitioners. Protection of the public is their sole purpose.

They set the standards that practitioners need to meet to get onto and then stay on the register.

All CNHC registrants have agreed to be bound by the highest standards of conduct and have registered voluntarily. All of them are professionally trained and fully insured to practise.

CNHC investigate complaints about alleged breaches of our Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance. They impose disciplinary sanctions that mirror those of the statutory healthcare regulators.

They make the case to UK government and a wide range of organisations for the use of complementary healthcare to enhance health and wellbeing.

They raise awareness of complementary healthcare and seek to influence policy wherever possible to increase access to the disciplines they register.

CNHC is also the holder of an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.

Yes. Holistic massage therapists are free to offer their services worldwide. If you have a specific country in mind you should ensure that you check with the relevant authority in that country before embarking an any programme of education.

The National Qualification in Holistic Massage lasts approximately six months.

The course is available in Dublin, at the National Training Centre.

Students will have to participate in self directed learning outside of class.
 
This will involve study and practice. NTC recommend that students allocate approximately 6 hours per week for this. The course requires commitment, time and effort in order to be a successful, knowledgeable and competent Holistic Massage Therapist.
 
Students must also complete 50 logged hours of massage treatments, record and file documentation and submit evidence as part of the learner workbook on completion of the course. 

Learners are assessed formatively throughout the course and are summatively assessed at the end of term. Summative assessments includes:

  • Theory multiple choice Examination (Anatomy, Physiology and Massage) 60 Minutes
  • Observed summative practical assessment
  • Submission of Learner Workbook
  • Submission of 50 logged practice hours.
Students of all ages participate on the course. The minimum age for registration is 18 years old.

80% – to 90% of students participating on the course will successfully complete all of their final examinations on the first attempt. Of the remainder most will need to repeat one exam with a small number having to repeat more than one exam.

Every individual’s ability to succeed will be in direct proportion to the number of tutorials attended and the commitment and time and effort they are prepared to commit to their studies.

The cost of obtaining the National Qualification in Holistic Massage is €1,300.00. Places can be reserved by payment of a deposit of €350.00 with the balance of €950.00 due one week prior to the course start date.

A discount of €150.00 is available to individuals paying fees of €1,150.00 in full one calendar month prior to course commencement date.

The cost of the electronic programme manual and examinations is included within the course fee.

Places on this programme are available on a first come first served basis.

Students of the National Training Centre regularly receive part funding through the Department of Social Protection’s Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG) scheme.

Individual students will need to contact their Local Employment Services (LES) facilitator to establish their eligibility.

For assistance please contact the NTC office of administration on 01 882 7777.

No – there is no installment payment option for the National Qualification in Holistic Massage. Course fees must be fully paid by the course start date.

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