Massage Therapies

Ref: C2523541

The course looks in depth at Indian Head Massage and Swedish Massage, teaching you about the history, benefits and effects of each type of therapy, and when to use it. The course will also cover anatomy and physiology, with regards to the structure and functions of the skin, bones and muscles, blood flow and lymphatic drainage. You will learn how to use a range of techniques effectively to perform an effective massage treatment. Differing types of oils that can be used during a massage are explained, including the benefits of each. You will also learn how the massage balances the body, mind and spirit as it relaxes the muscles, realigns the joints, improves blood and energy flow throughout the body and eliminates toxins. This course provides you with the opportunity to practice and develop the techniques giving you the skills to perform both the Indian Head Massage and Swedish Massage.

Additional information about this course

Women only course. Must be a WHIST member. For more information please contact Susan Heptinstall on 07899065285 or

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the physical and psychological benefits of complementary therapies of Indian Head Massage and Swedish Massage.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how Indian Head Massage and Swedish Massage can help to improve general health and well-being.
  • Gain an understanding of the history and development of massage.
  • Explain the benefits and effects of massage.
  • Have knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to carry out treatments safely and effectively.
  • Demonstrate techniques and perform massage treatments.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Massage Therapies


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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