“Touch therapists” should have good hands, a caring disposition and the willingness to serve. They also need to know how to assess a client's needs in order to give the right type of massage. More importantly, they build trust, maintain client confidentiality and observe good hygiene.
Subjects such as anatomy, physiology, musculoskeletal anatomy and Whole Health Pathology are important to prepare the therapist to be professionally and clinically qualified.
Those wishing to take the first step towards professional training in massage can sign up for a practical modular course in Singapore at Aroma BodyScience, an affiliate of the Australian School of Awareness (ASA), a leading school in bodyworks and aromatherapy in Australia.
The course is structured in such a way that students spend six days on hands-on practical work, with sufficient time allocated for case studies.
Theory papers on anatomy and physiology and musculoskeletal anatomy are done via e-learning with guided study materials sent on a scheduled basis from Australia. One-to-one tutorials are done with a medical doctor.
There will also be assignments in between modules to allow students time for research and guided home study. Pathology is done through a face-to-face tutorial with the ASA principal.
Upon passing the modular exams, the student gets two certificates – the ASA Certificate in Relaxation Massage and the ASA Certificate in Bodyworks.
Those who want to work in healthcare settings can progress on to the ASA Holistic Aromatherapy Diploma and the practitioner's course in ASA Clinical Holistic Aromatherapy Diploma.
A prerequisite of 1,000 clinical hours is required for entry into the postgraduate Clinical Diploma course. Students can also specialise in various areas.
All courses are conducted in English. For enquiries, call Aroma BodyScience at 02-6846 1123 or 02-9855 4022, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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