Become a qualified Massage Therapist
How do I become a massage therapist?
There are four steps to becoming a qualified Massage Therapist:
Choose the length of time you would like to take to complete your qualification. - You have between 9 months and 2 years to complete your Certificate IV in Massage and another 18 months to 24 months to complete your Diploma of Remedial Massage part time.
Choose your payment plan.
Complete your OSCNT Enrolment form
Enrol into Massage Blocks 1 and 2 first or if you can't wait begin with Anatomy and Physiology I.Complete Massage Blocks 3, 4 & 5. Begin Student Practise Clinic and complete Anatomy and Physiology II and Functional Assessment. Complete your Practise Managment Modules
Practical Hands on Massage
Massage Blocks 1 and 2. (30hrs)
The key to the delivery of a relaxing massage is in the combination of rhythm, varied pressure, continuity and focused contact. This unit enables you to learn basic massage techniques and how to integrate these in a full body massage. You will also practice appropriate draping techniques and how to position clients comfortably on the table. As you discover the many benefits of massage therapy, the contraindications will also be discussed. Each class involves practicing new techniques on other students which enables you gain further appreciation of the therapeutic effect of massage by giving and receiving.
Massage Blocks 4 & 5
The therapeutic benefits of massage delivered by a trained therapist are well known throughout the health care industry. This unit explores the opportunities for integrating massage therapy into the care of people who need support to heal in body, mind or spirit. Techniques such as energy balancing and reflexology further enhance your massage skills and you will learn about essential oils for specific health conditions. You will develop treatment plans for stress and lifestyle related imbalances and conditions affecting special population groups, such as pregnant women and the elderly. There will be guest lecturers to inform you on Aromatherapy, Cancer Massage, Pregnancy Massage for the elderly and more.
Student Practise Clinic
This unit provides the opportunity to practice the delivery of a relaxation massage to a range of clientele while under supervision from a qualified massage therapist. The supervisor will provide feedback to you on the application of relaxation massage techniques, body posture, client interaction and many other aspects of clinic practice. Questioning, listening and observation skills will develop as will your ability to deliver a treatment within the set appointment time parameters.
Anatomy and Physiology Foundations
Anatomy & Physiology I
The musculoskeletal system enables us to maintain our posture and move efficiently during work and recreational pursuits. This unit explores the structure and function of this system and how muscles work together in a wide range of movement patterns. Your knowledge of surface anatomy will develop as you identify bone landmarks and attachment points for major muscle groups. Practical activities involve the skeleton and muscle models and you will apply your understanding of muscle actions to specific strengthening and stretching exercises. The prescribed text for this unit is ‘Human Anatomy and Physiology’ by Elaine Marieb.
Anatomy and Physiology II
Preparing for a career in massage therapy requires a broad understanding of body systems and their interaction with each other. This unit covers the cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, digestive, reproductive and nervous systems and enables you to understand the influence that emotion and stress has on the person as a whole. You will learn how massage therapy can positively impact on the functioning of the bodies systems and will gain a clearer understanding about other medical and complementary health treatments. The prescribed text for this unit is ‘Human Anatomy and Physiology’ by Elaine Marieb.
The purpose of this module is to expand your knowledge and understanding of pathological processes in the body, as well as our toxic environment, and to gain confidence in working with other health professionals.
The pathology module teaches an understanding of the language of pathology and how drugs work. How to recognize skin conditions, how skin pathology develops, and pathology of the spine and current choices of assessment and treatment. The disease states of the body e.g. cancer and how it spreads, heart disease, diabetes what pathology test results indicate. How the molecular biology of fascia effects hydration and water management of the body –why modalities like Bowen Therapy and Myofascial Release are so effective. The developing techniques to detect and manage pre disease states e.g. live blood analysis, magnetic imaging, and homeopathy. The immune system from the scientific ‘Molecules of Emotion’ and the natural perspective of energy management e.g. meditation and brain patterns.
Functional Assessment includes biomechanics which is the science of human movement and during this unit students will be exposed to the major biomechanical principles and their relationship to everyday sporting situations. The course starts with explaining the basic principles of motion (linear and angular), Newton’s laws, speed and velocity, acceleration and momentum. It then moves onto the more complex issues of looking at the relationships between the forces produced by the body’s muscles and tendons working against the external forces of gravity and its influence on subsequent human performance.
Practise Management Foundations
Massage Block 3 - Communication Success
This course will provide massage therapists with an awareness of the emotional as well as the physical needs of their client; to furnish students to basic listening and observation skills; to foster an awareness of the power imbalance between therapist and client; and to develop trust building skills.
The module will cover communication issues such as verbal and non-verbal communication and basic counseling skills including reflective listening, active listening and boundaries and limits. The course will then progress to address issues of trust and power in a helping relationship.
Practice Management aims to provide the student with a robust administrative and business management skill set. This Skill set includes:
Work Health and Safety and Infection Control
This module will incorporate the accreditation requirements and deliver a Work Cover approved course. The participants will be able to perform their own workplace assessments and be able to build an WH&S management system. Particular attention is paid to infection control.