The Jag Reeves School of Massage & Healing

Diploma In Swedish (Holistic) Massage

This is a very practical training. The emphasis is on learning through guided, direct experience. While some practical theory will be included when necessary, such as musculo-skeletal anatomy and dealing with specific conditions, students will be required to study the background to, and theory of massage outside of tuition time.

The course will not include an Anatomy & Physiology qualification. Students will be notified that this must be taken separately and that this qualification will be needed if they wish to practice professionally.

Recognised certificates in A & P can be taken online, cheaply and at ones convenience.

Minimum tuition hours – 18

Training is offered in a flexible, modular fashion. It will also be given in small classes of no more than 4 students at a time. This allows tailoring the class material to the needs of those present.

Training will give students a good grounding in the following areas –

Touch as Communication
  • The transmission of the practitioner’s thoughts and feelings through their hands and energy field

  • Exercises in communicating different states through touch

  • Introduction to non-verbal communication

  • A need for a clear mind and heart when massaging another. Massage as healing and blessing

  • Connecting with oneself before the start of massage, then making connection with client

  • Working with the breath – client’s and practitioner’s

  • The importance of a personal practice for the practitioner to maintain energy levels, health and awareness

  • Being an inspiration to the client

  • Attuning to one’s self and the client during the session. Empathy and expanding awareness

  • Maintaining presence during the session and counteracting a wandering mind

  • Giving the session as a blessing to both parties

Consultation With Client
  • Listening & observation skills, clear practitioner communication and boundaries. Professionalism

  • Establishing trust, rapport, making sure client is at ease, open and receptive

  • Taking medical history and becoming clear on any client medical conditions

  • Note taking, consultation forms and receiving client consent (verbal and written) for treatment

  • Creating a client lifestyle profile. The holistic overview to treatment. Confidentiality

  • Keeping and storing client details and treatment records. Confidentiality with records

Contra-indications & Working With Common Conditions
  • Using the consultation to establish any contra-indications. The nature of contra-indications

  • Total contra-indiactions, local contra-indiactions and other conditions requiring close attention and adaptations to treatment

  • Client medications & parallel treatment with other practitioners. Referrals

  • Situations requiring doctors consent/notification involving certain client medical conditions

Client’s Needs and Session Structure
  • Client care, communication of proposed session to client. Planning the massage session

  • Undressing and maintaining client modesty

  • Maintaining hygiene. Sanitation. Clean towels and working environment. Couch roll. Removal of jewellery when working

  • Need for short nails and management of long hair

  • Possible adaptations to the massage couch to support client’s needs

The Massage Techniques
  • Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Percussion or Tapotement and Vibration

  • Use of pressure, tempo and rhythm to produce different effects

  • Application of massage techniques with different parts of body e.g. hands, fingers, forearms

Applying & Adapting the Techniques​
  • Practical working anatomy/physiology will be taught with the application of techniques

  • Palpatory skills, feeling the condition of the different tissues, muscle tension, misalignment etc.

  • Towel technique, maintaining client modesty during treatment, moving from prone to supine

  • Carrier oils for use during massage. Different oils. Working with the different skin types

  • Possible reactions during/after massage e.g. skin redness, itchiness, pain, coldness, tiredness

  • Each part of the body – back, back of legs, front of legs, abdomen, arms, chest, neck and face, head – will be worked with in turn, applying each technique and working with different body shapes

Working posture & Body positioning
  • Creating pain and stress free working posture for the practitioner, and fluidity of movement

  • Optimum table height, using the table to support the practitioner, working with centre of gravity

  • Basic bio-mechanics of practitioner’s working body

  • Positioning of the client’s limbs and of the practitioner in relation to the client’s body, for maximum efficiency and application of techniques, in each position

Home Care Advice Following Treatment​
  • Dealing with unlikely emergency situation such as client passing out with low blood sugar

  • General lifestyle suggestions for improvement with exercise, rest and relaxation, diet etc.

  • Limitations of massage and recommendations for other therapies when appropriate

  • Possible ‘healing crisis’ symptoms following treatment. Advising client’s on dealing with these and the need for rest and fluids/rehydration after massage in order to help cleanse the body

Home Study
  • Students will be required to study the history of Swedish/Holistic massage

  • Study of the techniques, and experimenting with other techniques. This includes book study and practical application with study partners. Study of contra-indications, medical conditions and general aspects of the client practitioner relationship

  • Students will be encouraged to take an Anatomy & Physiology qualification alongside the course to enhance their understanding and practical learning

Suggested Reading
  • Body Massage for Holistic Therapists by Francesca Gould

  • Continuous assessment of the students progress will be employed

  • After the minimum hours required tuition, additional tuition may be suggested or requested if necessary. Students will then be required to complete a number of case studies – 3 massages given to 5 people with a brief written report of each session and client. Students will be advised on taking case study notes, to include client profile, treatment plan, the session & conclusion/reflections

  • Once case studies are completed and submitted, a practical exam will be given in which each student will be required to massage me (Jag Reeves). Feedback and encouragement will be given

Professional Practice Requirements
  • The need for insurance when studying and practicing. Suggested professional bodies and insurers

  • Possible licensing need with local authorities to practice

  • The use of having a First Aid certificate or knowledge of this to deal with emergencies

  • Need for referrals to GP’s, other practitioners etc.

Shamanic Energy Healing by

Jag Lysander Reeves

London, Eastbourne, UK & Worldwide

+447958 561 467

Skype - jag.reeves

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