Nothing’s more rewarding than helping people with their aches, pains and the nagging problems that they face on a daily basis. From giving amazing body massages and assisting others with learning difficulties to helping people with psychological problems, therapy courses cover a wide area of subjects. Depending on your interests and passion, we’ve got full and part time courses, workshops and full degrees available, all taught by trained professionals.
Massage in healthcare
All those massage pictures with lovely coloured petals scattered on the bed, happy contented faces and promise of a more relaxed body are a delirious concoction to the soul, but there’s more to massage than that. Massage therapy is so effective than even researchers and doctors highly recommend it to patients. Medical conditions like asthma, rheumatoid, arthritis and burns can be improved through massage therapy. As a trained massage therapist, you’ll find a lot of job opportunities in hospitals as they incorporate massage regimens to treat post surgery and help accelerate patients’ recovery process.
Popular massage therapies
There are so many different types of massage. Thai massage focuses on pressing techniques that help prepare muscles for stretching. It’s believed that lack mobility of the joints result in muscles shortening, creating aches and tension. If you’d like to perform deep pressure techniques and spectacular manipulations on clients, Thai massage is a suitable choice. Or, if you like the idea of expelling negative energies, then the Indian head massage is a great therapy. You’ll learn to dissolve knots, relax muscles in the head, shoulders and upper arms, encourage better circulation and even sometimes perform gentle face massage. Even Japan has its very own Shiatsu massage, which doesn’t only work on the body physically, but also psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. Alternatively, learn Swedish massage to help stimulate the skin and nervous system. Help reduce your clients’ emotional and physical stress through kneading movements, circular pressures, oscillatory movements and gliding strokes.
Inspired by the King’s Speech?
If learning massage therapy doesn’t really appeal, speech therapy courses train you to work closely with infants, children and adults who face speech problems. Taught by highly experienced speech specialists, there are day time and evening courses, and short workshops. You’ll be taught stammering management, cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling skills, work with people suffering from aphasia/dysphasia and people with learning disabilities. A career as a speech therapist is very rewarding and job opportunities are abundant.
If you’d like to follow a non-traditional route as a therapist, there are a lot of options for you to choose from. The most common is hypnotherapy, which could see you helping make significant positive changes to others’ lives. Long gone are the days of waving watches – you’ll learn to assist people with psychological, emotional and physical disorders. You’ll also learn to shorten the delivery stages of labour, ease the suffering of those facing terminal illnesses and helping to overcome addictions.
Did you know?
· Specialised massage improves the flow of lymph through the body, relieving aches, pains, and flu-like symptoms.
· Touch and massage stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
· A 60 minute massage is about the same as 7-8 hours of sleep to your body.
· Massage is the oldest form of medical care. Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged.
· There are about 75 common massage modalities used today.
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