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Massage day and careers fair - Thursday 16 May 2019

Story added 18th Apr 2019

As part of the City Lit centenary celebrations, Health and Wellbeing are holding a Careers Fair and Massage Day at City Lit on Thursday 16 May 2019, 10:30-17:00 to celebrate over 30 years of providing courses and training in Complementary Therapies.  The event is also to promote the importance of Complementary Therapy training providers in Adult Education and the valuable service we provide for the local and wider communities and for individual personal development of learners.  As part of our celebrations, we have invited our partner Organisations and Charities to join us, who provide volunteer and employment opportunities to our learners and a valuable service within those local and wider communities. 

The Careers Fair is aimed at our graduate learners and new comers who are either looking for voluntary and employment opportunities, further learning and upskilling or considering a new career in Complementary Therapies.

Massage Day at City Lit is aimed at anyone who has an interest in Complementary Therapies and / or would like to get advice about our courses, meet the tutors or receive a FREE Complementary Therapy treatment

Come and join us on 16th May, we have a great range of exhibition stands, free treatments, workshops and talks. Admission is free - Health and Lifestyle welcome all visitors to the college. For more information please see the programme below or email

The Main Event takes place in John Lyon's Theatre, where we will have a fantastic range of activities and partner organisations stands. To book a place on a free workshop, please register at the John Lyon's Theatre reception desk from 10am - sessions are sold out for pre-bookings but places are available on the day, first-come, first-served).

Scroll down to see the full programme of events.


We will host a number of partnership organisations that the City Lit Health and Wellbeing department work with across London.  These organisations will be promoting their services and promoting Voluntary and Employment opportunities for Complementary Therapies who are looking for employment, volunteer placement and self-employment opportunities. We will also host industry related organisations such as our Qualification Awarding Body: ITEC (International Therapy Examination Counsil)


We have a large range of free treatments available during the event.  Treatment will last approximately 30mins, drop-in. Subjects include Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Facial cleanse, Deep Tissue, Japanese Facial. To book a place for a free treatment please go to the treatment reception in John Lyons Theatre 


All workshops listed below are also free and will be available to book via Eventbrite, places are first-come first served but some will also be available to book on the day.


14:30 – 15:30  Essenian Healing 
Discover this ancient form of Spiritual-Energy Healing. Recently rediscovered by the therapist and writer Anne Givaudan, these ancient therapies are effective in bringing balance to the whole human system. By harmonising the Auric and subtle bodies with accurate movements and techniques, Essenian Healing offers an opportunity to embrace our higher self, and to reconnect with our life purpose by releasing old patterns and beliefs.
Tutor: Antonello Brunetti, Book >

14:00-15:30 On-site Massage – Taster
Experience some simple chair based massage techniques that can be practised anywhere. The massage is performed through clothes. We will be locating some acupressure points to relieve stress in the neck, shoulders and arms. No oil will be used.  City Lit may add ITEC Level 3 Certificate in On-Site Massage to their programme depending on interest
Tutor: Oge Okoh, (Sold out but places available on the day, first-come, first-served)

15:45-16:45 - Indian Head Massage - Taster
Introduction to concept of Indian Head Massage, its benefits and use in therapy.  You will learn some basic techniques used in Indian Head Massage.  This workshop can lead on to our ITEC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage.
Tutor: Ameena Rahman, (Sold out but places available on the day, first-come, first-served)

11:45 – 13:00 Magic Hands – Hand Massage
A fun and practical hand massage workshop. Learn some simple and effective techniques to give a therapeutic hand massage. Including reflex points for stress management and self-care.
Tutor: Farrah Idris, Book >


10:30-10:55 - The Mulberry Centre
Complementary Therapies at the Centre and opportunities for Therapists. Presenter: Nisha Jani, Senior Therapist. (Sold out but places available on the day, first-come, first-served)

11:00-11:45 - Dimbleby Cancer Care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
The charity was set up in 1966 following the untimely death at 52, from cancer, of Richard Dimbleby, one of Britain’s best loved broadcasters.  Dimbleby Cancer Care exists to offer care and support to people affected by cancer – the patients, their families and carers. Dimbleby Cancer Care services provide a range of Complementary Therapy treatments that includes aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, relaxation and stress management, and advice on nutrition and healthy eating.  Complementary therapy can be used to relieve pain and many of the side effects associated with cancer treatment such as anxiety, swelling, pain and discomfort. Presenter: Camilla Weijburg, Complementary Therapies Co-ordinator (Sold out but places available on the day, first-come, first-served)

13:30-13:55 - Barts Health NHS Trust, Complementary Therapies Service.
Neil Browne, Clinical Lead Therapist of Barts Health Complementary Therapies Service, gives a presentation on this valuable service and how its general aim is to improve patient experience and ‘quality of life’ through the promotion of wellbeing. Barts Health NHS Trust offer complementary therapists who are willing to volunteer their time, placements as an Honorary Complementary Therapist within the NHS. The posts offered are voluntary, however, in exchange for working outpatient and inpatient clinics you… 

  • Gain extensive experience of working with NHS patients
  • Gain experience working with an NHS multi-disciplinary team
  • Full access to certificated CPD and other training free of charge.
  • In-house supervision via case conferences

Presenter: Neil Browne – Clinical Lead Therapist, (Sold out but places available on the day, first-come, first-served)


10:00-12:00 - Integrated Neuro-muscular Inhibition Technique – INIT
Trigger Points and Myo-fascial syndromes are extremely difficult to treat, MET and standard strain/counter strain techniques may be effective in the short term but these points seem to reoccur and conditions worsen nevertheless. With a deeper understanding of how these points and symptoms arise and are maintained we can more effectively treat them. INIT is an extremely useful tool to bring chronic myofascial dysfunction to an end.  You will learn to identify common TrP’s and their characteristics and identify when  INIT would be the preferred treatment mode for presenting symptoms. In this workshop you will be able to perform an INIT protocol to treat TrP’s effectively.
Tutor: Did Cooper, Book >

12:15-13:45 - Japanese facial rejuvenation
This Facial Massage technique is a powerful, yet gentle facial rejuvenation treatment. Combining Eastern medical concepts and traditional Japanese facial massage techniques it releases tension and stimulates the circulation, lymphatic and nervous systems of the face.  This workshop leads on to our Japanese facial rejuvenation: a CPD workshop.
Tutor: Doe Warnes, (Sold out but places available on the day, first-come, first-served)

14:00-16:00 - Massage tips and tricks
This hands on workshop will introduce you to a variety of simple but effective techniques including hands free massage, which you can integrate into your massage routine. During this workshop, you will:  

  • Consider working biomechanically with your client
  • Perform hands free massage with forearms on the back, neck and shoulders.
  • Consider working with the client in side lying and seated positioning.
  • Apply articulatory techniques to the back neck and shoulders.
  • Identify follow on training at City Lit that will expand upon these skills.

Tutor: Trevor England, (Sold out but places available on the day, first-come, first-served)

14:45-15:45 - Nutritional tips and advice for your client
An introduction to Diet and Nutrition for the Complementary Therapists. This workshop will provide therapist with basic healthy eating advice for their clients whom they already treat for another therapy for the purpose of improving health and lifestyle.  Therapist can go on to attain a Level 3 Award in Healthy Eating and Wellbeing for the Complementary Therapy Client – find out how here! Tutor: Ellie Holly, Book >

Massage day and careers fair


Browse stalls and chat to friendly staff from our partners and staff and tutors from the Health and Wellbeing team at City Lit.

Professional Bodies

  • ITEC/VTCT – Qualifications Awarding Body
  • Complementary Therapies Association

Charities and Businesses:

Industry Supplies/equipment

  • Physique
    Massage couches, Couch Transporter, Couch Covers, Oil Holsters & Pump Bottles, Sanitising Gel, Couch Rolls, Massage Kits, Base/ Massage/Essential Oils and lotions, Reflexology Wax and much more


Health and Wellbeing Course Advice

  • Introduction Courses
  • Professional Courses
  • Healing (Theta, Essenian, Reiki)

City Lit Accredited Courses

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies, ITEC Level 3 Diploma Sports Massage, ITEC Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage, ITEC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage, ITEC Level 2 Award in Facial Skin Care, ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology and ITEC Level 3 Diploma IN Aromatherapy 

Student Services

  • Finance Advice
  • Advanced Learning Loan Advice
  • Student Support

Business Enterprise

Course Advice and Guidance

  • Going freelance: setting up as a sole trader
  • Developing a successful business plan
  • Developing and managing your brand
  • Brand identity
  • Is self-employment for me?
  • Create your elevator pitch
  • Grow in confidence with networking - for work and business
  • Build a website in a day with WordPress
  • Social media: getting started

Complementary / Massage Therapists receive a ‘Certificate of Attendance’ for attending the event.

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