Introducing Complementary Therapy; Understanding the Body

Ref: C3128003

I have been a complementary therapists and educator for over 20 years and worked with patients with life changing illness and worked very closely with patients effected by Parkinsons disease. This course will explain further and expand your knowledge on how complementary therapies work within the body. We shall work together on how aromatherapy works, looking at the anatomy around the sense of smell and scientific chemical structures of oils. Massage works on a variety of systems including the circulatory and muscular and we will discuss blood pressure and the structure of the heart and work together practically doing a massage on our arms and hands. Using relaxing breathing techniques and the positive effect, looking at the transport system and joining in practical workshops. Together we will look at hormones, those chemical messengers that can cause us some problems, what are they and the main glands and the use of hand reflexology to bring about a sense of well being.

Course aim

This course will look at complementary therapies and how they work within the body using a variety of learning resources and practical work. I have trained therapists to University level to work within NHS trusts and hospices.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Have knowledge and understanding of the olfactory system, how our sense of smell works and an understanding of the basic chemistry of essential oils. Be able to carry out a self massage.
  • Through massage there will be a knowledge and understanding on what blood pressure is, the main bones of the skeleton and information about muscles. You will understand the structure of the heart and how it works and be able to carry out a self massage to the arm and hand.
  • There will be an understanding about what is a hormone and where the main glands are located within the body and their purpose. You will be able to carry out a reflexology hand treatment that works on these areas
  • Through a practical workshop you will be guided in relaxing breathing that you can do at home and have knowledge and understanding of the transport system. What happens when we breath in and out?
  • There will be knowledge and understanding of the development of complementary therapies within healthcare and how to research published clinical trials and further information that gives the learner areas for development.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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 a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • All materials will be provided
  • You will require some oil for the practical work whatever you have at home either grapeseed, sunflower, olive oil or if you prefer a cream such as E45

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Useful web sites will be provided on Canvas

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Introducing Complementary Therapy; Understanding the Body

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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