What is the course about?
Learn about the impact of scar tissue and adhesions and some simple new scar massage skills. Gain an insight into how specialised scar massage techniques can promote emotional and physical healing through touch. An excellent introduction for those of you wishing to develop new skills or expand your existing knowledge.
What will we cover?
This course will introduce you to the therapeutic benefits of scar massage, an introduction to a simple scar massage routine, the value of therapeutic touch after trauma. Other topics will include:
- Basic understanding of the impact to fascia after surgery or accidents cause trauma to the tissues
- Contra-indications to scar massage
- Scar healing timelines
- Self-care tips for clients with scars.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Name contra-indications and contra-actions to scar massage
- List the benefits of scar massage
- Describe how fascia may be impacted after a surgery or accident leaves fibrotic tissue or internal adhesions
- Perform a basic scar massage routine
-Give some home care tips to clients after a surgery or accidents has left them with a scar.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course for those who already hold a professional anatomy & physiology and massage, or other full body physical therapy qualification.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake a bodywork course and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in a bodywork class/course:
An untreated medical condition
A recent operation
Severe skin disorders
Severe mental illness
Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, severe varicose veins, heart problems, thrombosis)
Bone or joint disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis)
Pregnancy (or post natal)
Knee problems (for Shiatsu, Thai massage and introductory massage courses only).
Is there anything else we should know about your health before you enrol for a course? If there is, please let the Health & Lifestyle Studies team know.
If accepted onto a course, a student could be given alternative practical tasks and adjustments may be made where reasonable. However, a student could be asked to leave the course if any situation were to arise which could endanger the well being of that student, or any other student.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be guided through the course by way of lectures, small group and pair work. You will be able to work with a variety of fellow participants of varying ages, backgrounds, gender and abilities. The emphasis will be on practical application. Students will be working with each other giving and receiving scar massage, and if the student has not got any scars, they will be doing so on healthy tissue. Massage couches will be provided by the College. There will be no written assignment.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring with you to class the following items:
- Pen and paper
- Three large bath sheets/ towels (one to lie on, two to cover)
- One hand towel
- Antiseptic hand gel (for cleaning hands)
- Massage wax (Massage wax allows more grip than massage oil). Please choose a massage wax that is suitable for your skin type and one that you are happy to have applied to your body. If you are allergic to nuts choose a wax that is suitable.
When I've finished, what.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- Other Health and Lifestyle courses at City Lit. You can choose from a wide range of CPD courses including: Deep Tissue Techniques, 'No Hands Massage' Advanced Sports Techniques etc. Please see our website and prospectus for more details.