M D Therapies

Reflexology and Massage Ladbroke Grove,

near Kensal Green & Kensington, West London


VTCT Massage Courses

Maximum group size 4 - maximize learning

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FREE VTCT Level 2 Award in infection prevention with all VTCT massage courses

Instalment payments available on longer courses e.g. 8 week courses

Swedish Massage

Course start dates

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About This Qualification

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a Swedish massage therapist.


The following mandatory units are included:

  • UV30468 Client care and communication in beauty-related industries.
  • UV30491 Monitor and maintain health and safety practices in the salon.
  • UV30424 Provide body massage.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a massage therapist including, units covering the following: providing body massage, health and safety, anatomy and physiology and client care.

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Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and client care.


You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide relaxing massage treatments using classical Swedish massage movements. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.


This qualification will prepare you for employment as a Swedish massage therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a Swedish massage therapist.

VTCT is a government-approved awarding organization, regulated by national organizations such as the OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations).

Cost and availability

Prerequisite

There are no formal prerequisite qualifications that you must have before undertaking this qualification. It is recommended that you have a level of general education comparable to GCSEs. You should have a caring disposition and be committed to fulfilling both Practical and Theory: Learners will be required to work on each other. Classes can be mixed or women only (Please contact us if you have an enquiry about this)

Duration: This qualification can be completed in a minimum of 3 months.

Case Studies

You must carry out and document evidence for at least 20 treatments on a minimum of four clients to consolidate the learning and practice skills required. There must be a minimum of four treatments for at least two clients. Each case study must include a client questionnaire, lifestyle assessment, consent form, consultation record, treatment record, after-care advice and client feedback.


You will be required to sit on external and invigilated multiple choice exam papers.


Upon completion of both practical and theory elements, assessments and written papers a VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage will be awarded.

Additional Information

All necessary materials and equipment will be provided for use during the practical elements and final assessments however you will be required to ensure that you have the necessary materials and equipment to continue and complete this qualification.


Progression: On completion of this qualification you may choose to undertake further study; qualifications you could progress to include any of the other massage complimentary courses on offer.

Many therapists progress to the one-day Deep Tissue Massage course or VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy.

Sports Massage Levels 3

Upcoming course dates

Thursdays 10.30pm - 2.30pm 24th June 2022

10 sessions

About This Qualification

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements needed to work effectively and efficiently as a sports massage therapist. This includes anatomy and physiology, professional practice, an understanding of the principles of health and fitness and how to provide sports massage treatments. The level 3 sports massage therapist will be able to work safely and effectively on dysfunctional tissue in a range of contexts, including pre-event, post-event, intra-event and maintenance purposes.

The structure of the qualification is comprised of 5 units which are all mandatory.

  • Anatomy and physiology for a sports massage - USP41 - Unit ref: J/506/7220
  • Principles of health and fitness - USP42 - Unit ref: R/506/7222
  • Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction - USP43 - Unit ref: Y/506/7223
  • Professional practice in sports massage - USP44 - Unit ref: D/506/7224
  • Sports massage treatments - USP45 - Unit ref: T/506/7228


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What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as sports massage therapists.

To Book a place on our March course click here

One day per week, 8 Weeks

Day time 10.30am - 2.30pm

Evening 6.30pm - 9pm

£895

Case studies will need to be completed and there are 2 external exam papers for the qualification.

Home study is required

Progression

VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage

Assessment

This qualification will be delivered, assessed and assured in line with the:

  • CNHC code of conduct, ethics and performance
  • Skills for Health's QCF assessment principles
  • VTCT assessment guidance and evidence requirements

Support

  • Skills for Health
  • General council for massage therapy
  • CHNC

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a reflexologist.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a reflexologist including, mandatory units covering the following: knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice and business practice, anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies.

You will develop your understanding and practical skills to competently provide reflexology treatments.

Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and client care. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to use reflexology techniques for relaxation and to promote self-healing for your clients. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

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What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will confirm your competence for employment as a reflexologist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a reflexologist. Career opportunities as a reflexologist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial complementary therapy clinics
  • Working a commercial spa or salon
  • Working in the NHS in hospitals and care homes
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Cost & availability

10 weeks one day per week - £1125.00

Starts 7th May

Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage will prepare you to enter the beauty and complementary therapy sector as a specialist massage therapist, with the specific skill of providing Indian head massage treatments. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the role of a specialist massage therapist.

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Cost & availability

Saturday March 12th, 19th, 27th, 2nd April 2022

4 Weeks 10.30 am - 2.30 pm - £340

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What does this qualification cover?

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage is a vocationally related qualification that will prepare you to provide Indian head massage treatments to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to provide your services for clients.


This is a vocationally related qualification and includes all the required elements to develop your practical skills. The four mandatory units include the practical and theoretical knowledge required to provide Indian head services and monitor and maintain health and safety practices in the salon, to ensure all treatments are carried out with health and safety as a priority.

The two remaining mandatory units provide the wider skills required to be a successful therapist of client care and communication in beauty-related industries and promote and sell products and services.

Both of these units address the need for a successful therapist to understand the importance of retail and client care.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic or real working environment without the need for real paying clients.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification has been reviewed by The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) who have confirmed that this qualification is fit for purpose and will enable learners to undertake a specific job role with a hairdressing, beauty therapy or complementary therapy employer. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

Anatomy and physiology

Home study - start anytime and work at your own pace! you will need to come into the center to complete the exams, just book in advance. £320


The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies is a knowledge-based qualification that will provide you with a sound foundation to pursue a career as a complementary therapist.


This qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of the organization of the body, and the structure, function and pathologies of the skin, hair and nails.

You will also learn about the structure, function and pathologies of the human body systems including, the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

You will build a portfolio of pathologies of each system learnt which must be submitted for marking before commencing the exam papers.

Once payment is made you will receive your learning materials.

VTCT Level 2 Thermal Auricular Therapy

Hopi Ear Candling or Thermo-auricular Therapy was probably used in ancient times for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual level, but today it is known for its more physical benefits in treating ear and sinus problems.


The practice is safe, non-invasive and pleasant. The candle itself is made from natural ingredients - usually 100% beeswax, but sometimes with the addition of natural herbs or essential oils. The procedure is comfortable and soothing. Recipients of the treatment sometimes fall asleep, and it has a relaxing, calming effect on the whole body.


The candles work on a 'chimney principle, drawing up impurities from within the ear. The rising air also has the effect of giving the eardrum a gentle, but pleasant massage which, in turn, helps to regulate pressure. Locally applied heat also has the effect of stimulating blood circulation, which can strengthen the immune system and enhance lymph circulation.


The treatment can be completed with a gentle massage which helps to stimulate the acupoints and drain the sinuses.

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Cost & availability

Saturday March 16th, 23rd, 29th 2022

4 Weeks 10.30 am - 2.30 pm - £340

Subjects covered in the course are:

  • Health, Safety and Hygiene
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology relating to the treatment
  • Equipment
  • Set up the treatment room, trolley and client
  • Contra-Indications and Contra-Actions
  • Consultation and Record Cards
  • History and benefits of Ear Candling
  • Physical effects of the treatment
  • Performing Ear Candling treatment
  • Performing pressure point facial and scalp massage
  • Aftercare advise to your client

Thai Body Massage

This Thai Yoga massage course is designed to provide the foundations of this traditional massage system successfully integrating the Buddhist values into a Thai Massage treatment.


Thai Yoga Massage works to stimulate, open and balance the flow of energy through the "sen" lines to assist the body in its natural tendency towards self-healing. This is achieved through rhythmic manipulation of sen lines; joint mobilization; passive stretches and applied Yogic postures.

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Topics covered in this course

The following are a list of some of the topics which are covered in the course:

  • Ancient Thai Massage is a unique form of Body Therapy that incorporates Hata Yoga and Acupressure.
  • You will learn the complete Traditional set of Thai Massage in Front, Side, Back and Sitting positions
  • Yogic exercises to help your strength and flexibility
  • 134 positions, each one with diagrams, photographs and descriptions.
  • Stretching, Mobilization and Deep pressure techniques to release muscle tension and improve flexibility.
  • A background to Chinese Medicine and SEN theory.
  • Safe practice techniques.
  • Myofascial trigger points for each area of technique
  • Stretching; how to work with key muscle reflexes
  • Anatomy & Physiology - Covering the major systems of the body
  • All techniques on a futon with lightweight clothing are required to allow for flexible movement.

Course requirements/prerequisites

Course materials include a detailed folder containing a step-by-step guide to all practical techniques and notes for all theory lectures.

  • Open to all and no specific prerequisites are required.
  • Completion of 5 case studies (4 treatments each)
  • (up to 4 months completion time is allowed after the course)
  • a practical examination lasting two hours.
  • In-class assessment and examinations.
  • Home assignments

Successful completion

Following successful completion, our students have progressed to go on and:

  • Offer Thai Massage to employees in the workplace.
  • Offer Thai Massage as an additional service to existing and new patients.
  • Work on clients who feel more comfortable with clothing on
  • Develop their clinics as well as treat and consult a wider range of clients.
  • Develop their Continual Professional Development (CPD) portfolio
  • Study further courses such as Body Massage, Sports Massage, Lymphatic Massage or Deep Tissue Massage course


For dates please call email your query to: info@mdmassagetherapies.co.uk

Level 3 Stone Therapy

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a stone therapy massage specialist. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a stone therapy massage specialist.

Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a stone therapy massage specialist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a stone therapy massage specialist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty or complementary therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

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This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a stone therapy massage specialist including, three mandatory units covering the following: applying stone massage therapy, health and safety and client care.


Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and massage products. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare the body, use a stone heater and place stones and provide relaxing massage treatments using basalt stones and a variety of techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a stone therapy massage specialist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a stone therapy massage specialist. Career opportunities as a stone therapy massage specialist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial beauty salons
  • Working in a destination or day spa
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is the only VTCT qualification at level 3 which will qualify you to become a stone therapy massage specialist.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognized by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a stone therapy massage therapist.

Holders of this qualification are eligible to become professional members of BABTAC.

Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy

Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a beauty massage therapist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a beauty massage therapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.


This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty massage therapist including mandatory units covering the following: body massage, pre-blended aromatherapy, client care, stone therapy, health and safety, Indian head massage.

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What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a beauty massage therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a beauty massage therapist. Career opportunities as a beauty massage therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial beauty salons, destination spas and day spas
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings


This is one of two VTCT qualifications in beauty massage therapy at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications qualify you to become a beauty massage therapist, this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee-paying clients.


In contrast, the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Massage) has the purpose of confirming competence in a specific job role, rather than preparing you to enter the sector. The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Massage) also requires you to work in a commercial salon or spa environment whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

What does this qualification cover?

  • Explore the origins of massage and principles of complementary and alternative medicine
  • Provide body massage
  • Provide massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries


Apply stone therapy massage.

Monitor and maintain health and safety practices in the salon.

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognized by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a beauty massage therapist.

Holders of this qualification are eligible to become professional members of BABTAC.


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