Massage qualification at the end of Year 1
There is an additional option of obtaining a qualification in massage during the summer between years 1 and 2 of the course that allows you to go into practice as a massage therapist at that point. This short top-up course is designed to build on what you have learned in the bodywork stream during your first year of study and refine your massage skills so that you can offer clients a full and accredited routine.This can be really helpful in generating an income during the remainder of your studies, and can give you the opportunity to build up a client base while you complete your acupuncture training. The course will be taught by the regular bodywork team and will consist of a full weekend’s attendance followed by an assessment day, with a workbook provided for home-study in between.
Bodywork tutor Ben Elliot
"I was initially a massage therapist and added acupuncture - training at the NCA. I now specialise in musculoskeletal conditions using a combination of bodywork techniques and acupuncture. When I am teaching I get a real buzz from seeing students, often starting with little or no experience, develop and explore the hands on approaches we offer. The massage qualification is going to be a real bonus for our students. Experience and practice is a huge part of development using hands on techniques. The qualification will allow students to treat real people during the final two years of the course allowing them to build up experience, and introduce Chinese medicine theory to their body work treatments, increasing skill in touch, palpation and communication along the way."