Case studies, where the student completes consultations and practises the treatment on ‘clients’ before they qualify, are an important part of any reputable Indian Head Massage course. They provide an opportunity to perfect the techniques and carry out the treatment without referring to your notes before you begin to practise professionally. Written and practical tests are also important to ensure that you have a good understanding of the underpinning theory and can carry out the treatment in a satisfactory and professional manner.
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The professional Indian Head Massage course in my local college is a Level 3 course. Since I have no previous experience of Indian Head Massage will I have to do a Level 1 course first and progress to Level 3? Depending on your previous educational experience you may be able to start with a Level 3 course. An entry level (or Level 1) course is an introductory course and will be sufficient if you want to find out about Indian Head Massage and learn some techniques to use on family and friends. For these courses you may obtain a certificate of attendance. Professional courses in Indian Head Massage are usually at Level 3, which is equivalent to A level standard. For a Level 3 course in Indian Head Massage (e.g. ITEC or VTCT), at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C (or equivalent) are recommended. However, this is at the discretion of the college and your previous educational and work experience will be taken into account. You will need to have a Level 3 qualification in anatomy and physiology and should be sufficiently fluent in English to follow lectures, participate in class discussions and answer questions in the theory exam paper. As this treatment requires the therapist to stand, you should be able to stand comfortably for the duration of a treatment (about 35 minutes).
Can Indian Head Massage be combined with another therapy?
Although Indian Head Massage is a complete therapy in its own right, some practitioners combine it with another therapy such as body massage or reiki, or use some of the Indian Head Massage movements, particularly on the shoulders, to relax a client before a reflexology session. See Chapter 9 for a list of other therapies.