Massage has been used therapeutically for thousands of years and is now a popular treatment to reduce stress and anxiety, relax your body and help speed up muscle injuries.

It’s important when giving a massage treatment that you know the correct techniques and when and where to apply them. That’s why this course explains different types of strokes used including petrissage, effleurage, friction and goes into details about how these are carried out.

With over £5.2 billion spent on UK spa services and treatments, the massage industry is a perfect field to go into.  So, if you want to earn up to £40 an hour then kick-start your career with this home study course today.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Essential Anatomy and Physiology
    • Body systems
    • Nervous system
    • Muscular system
    • Muscle groups
    • The skeletal system
    • Joints
    • Tendons and Ligaments
    Unit 2: Understanding Massage
    • What is massage?
    • Types of massage
    • Massage suitability
    • How massage works
    • Benefits of massage
    • Equipment
    • Hygiene
    Unit 3: Contraindications and Special Populations
    • Special populations
    • Pregnancy and massage
    • Lymphatic drainage
    • Contraindications
    • Massage modifications
  • Unit 4: Client Consultation
    • Therapist safety
    • Client assessment
    • Care plan
    • Massage environment
    Unit 5: Massage Techniques and Components
    • Massage tools
    • Pressure
    • Direction
    • Duration
    • Speed
    • Massage techniques
    • Friction
    • Petrissage
    • Tapotement
    • Hacking
    • Prayer
    • Cupping
    • Tapping
    Unit 6: Massage Positions
    • Prone massages and techniques
    • Supine massages and techniques
    • Guidance for seated message

Other information

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the duration of this course you will be assessed by a range of tutor marked assignments. You will send your coursework via email or post, whichever is easier for you. Your personal tutor will then mark your work and send it back to you with feedback.

Course Duration

You have 12 months from the date of enrolment to complete your course. This gives you enough time to work at your own pace without any strict deadlines and timetables. This course will take you approximately 80 hours. Perfect if you have a busy lifestyle and want to study around your other commitments.

Study Method

Our Beauty Therapy Level 2 course allows you to study by distance learning. This means you control your learning, so you can study from home, on your commute or anywhere for that matter. You’ll also receive 12 months dedicated tutor support to help you progress with your studies. You’ll be able to contact your personal tutor by email, so help is only a click away.  Receiving your course materials is easy and hassle-free - they’ll be delivered straight to your door or via email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course itself has been designed by The College of Beauty Therapists to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means The College of Beauty Therapists have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

Course questions & answers

What are the requirements to study this course?

There are no requirements needed to study this course, so you can start at any time!

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start the course at any time and have 12 months to complete this course from the date of enrolment.  This course is flexible, so you can study at a time convenient to you.

What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
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  • * Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

You do no need to sit an exam for the completion of this course. This course is purely assessed on the coursework sent to your tutor.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no extra costs for your course. Everything that you need to pass this course are included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work over to you tutor to be marked. On successful completion, you will receive your Level 3 Massage Certificate.