What is the course about?
A simple and effective back massage with infused herbal oils, using ancient Native American techniques, to help the body to detoxify and rejuvenate.
What will we cover?
• A brief introduction to the spiritual and historical background of massage in Native Americanculture.
• The properties and benefits of the herbs used such as Sage, Mullein, Hawthorn, etc.
• Native American massage techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Perform a herbal back massage on friends and family
• Recognise the benefits of the different herbs
• Have an insight into the history of herbal massage
• Prepare your own massage blend your own - choosing from a selections of herb oils.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory level - you are required to follow verbal instructions and extract information from handouts.
Students are required to give and receive massage.
PLEASE SEE THE PRE-BODYWORK CHECK LIST BELOW:
Use these guidelines when deciding whether you wish to undertake a course in body work. Our aim is to
protect the health and safety of students in training and those they practise on, whilst providing the widest
possible access. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a GP whether it is
suitable for you to undertake this course and bring a referral letter from your GP to the Health and
Movement Studies Advice and Guidance session for a validation stamp. If you have not checked, or if it is
not suitable, please do not participate in a bodywork class/course.
- An untreated medical condition
- Spinal injuries
- A recent operation
- Severe skin disorders
- Severe mental illness
- On medication
- Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, severe varicose veins, heart problems, thrombosis)
- Bone or joint disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis)
- Pregnancy (or post natal)
- Endocrine disorders
- Knee Problems
Is there anything else we should know about your health before you enrol for a course? If so, 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. It is, for instance, not suitable to work on another student if you are taking medication that affects your
concentration or if you have uncontrolled fits which could cause a danger to others during a relevant activity.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is mainly a practical course where students work in pairs massaging each other. No work outside of class is required other than reading through the given hand-outs, and practising your newly learnt skills on friends and family.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• 1 large bath sheet and 2 hand towels
• Baby wet wipes or Antiseptic hand gel
• Box of tissues
• 1 small bowl for the massage oil
• Please wear comfortable loose clothing and flat shoes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
ITEC Holistic Massage Diploma or ITEC Diploma in Complementary Therapies and other massage based courses e.g. Introductions to Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Indian Head Massage etc.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details