Using their hands, elbows or feet, swedish body massage therapists on the body to help patients overcome a variety of physical and mental problems.
While there are no standard entry requirements for Swedish body massage courses, GCSEs in biology, anatomy or physiology would be helpful.
There are no legal qualification requirements to work as a Swedish body massage therapist, but several awarding bodies offer accredited courses within this field. It's important to be sure that any course you take is accredited, for several reasons:
Employers will look for it
Potential clients will look for accredited practitioners
You will need it to get liability insurance
Properly accredited courses lead to membership of professional bodies such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists, British Register of Complementary Practitioners or Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation. Check the relevant website for information on accreditation and membership.
A typical course runs at least 100 to 150 hours, and will include a combination of theoretical study, supervised clinical work, and a written exam. Most courses are offered via a series of training days or weekends, with home assignments to complete in between.
For information on courses contact the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) and the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC). You will find courses available at both colleges of further education, and private centres throughout the UK.
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