Introduction to Complementary Therapies

Ref: C2525455

Introduction to Complementary Therapies. Complementary therapies or also known as holistic therapies include a range of treatments such as massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, acupuncture and yoga. These treatments can be used as a standalone treatment or alongside orthodox medicine to aid relaxation, reduce stress, improve sleep and improve general wellbeing. On this course we will look at the uses and benefits of Indian head massage and reflexology as well as learning how to carryout these treatments for family and friends. This is a non accredited course and will not allow you to work in a salon.

Additional information about this course

Women only course who are members of WHIST. For more information please contact Susan at or 07899065285

Course aim

To learn how to provide Indian head massage and reflexology to friends and family

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • This course gives you the opportunity to learn how to give an Indian head massage and reflexology treatment (working on the feet/hands) to family and friends. To learn the appropriate skills, you will need to work on fellow students in the classroom.

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

  • Explain the difference between complementary and alternative therapies and why it is important to be aware of the difference.
  • Describe the generic benefits of complementary therapies and how they can help to increase general well-being
  • Explain what a contra-indication is and identify contra-indications which will prevent a treatment being carried out
  • Have an awareness of underpinning knowledge to support the practical work
  • Perform an Indian head massage and reflexology treatment on family members and friends.

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 maybe asked to practise or learn your routine at home 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
  • There will be two routines for the practical work. Each week you will learn a new part of the routine, and will build on it until you can perform the full routine. You will be given guidance and tutor support to encourage you to develop your practial skill and complete the routi

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful for the practical sessions if you could wear a T-shirt or a loose fitting top for Indian head massage and loose comfortable clothing for reflexology;

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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Introduction to Complementary Therapies

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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