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Are you thinking to learn massage, or perhaps wanting to update your massage skills? When considering massage courses, make sure the one you choose will deliver what it promises.

There are so many massage and other bodywork courses available these days, making all sorts of claims, it can be a minefield for the inexperienced person trying to find one that is good value and will leave you with great skills.

There are many things that should be standard content in any massage or bodywork course but none so important as knowing for sure before you start, that what is promised is what you get.

Most massage courses promise they’ll teach you how to treat dysfunction in the body and relieve pain. They suggest that there are special skills they can teach you for corporate massage, infant massage, shiatsu or sports massage, but in the end they teach you little more than different ways of rubbing or applying pressure to the muscles.

The reality is if you want to learn massage and be really good at it, able to confidently relieve pain, you need to also learn all about the body, especially the muscles. More than just different ways to rub a muscle, you need to understand what all the different textures and subtleties you will feel actually means and how every aspect of a persons lifestyle can influence these things.

Virtually every person that lies on a massage table whether they are coming for a remedial, shiatsu, deep tissue, sports, relaxing or lymphatic massage, should reasonably expect that the massage therapist can do two important things.

Not only should they provide a great full body treatment, based on a sound diagnosis, but but they should also be able to accurately advise on the best, food and exercise for a particular body type or if not, at least have a contact they can refer to for that advice.

It is always better if the massage therapist can do this themselves because coordinating everything with more than one therapist, perhaps with differing ideas and beliefs, can prove to be very confusing for someone in pain.

For this reason a massage course you consider should include subjects on what’s right and wrong in nutrition, exercise for rehab, exercise for strength, supplements, general health, stress and all things that influence it.

It is no good being an expert at just massaging the body if you want to provide any further benefit than just a feel good session.

In fact you can probably say over 90% of massage courses contain subjects totally focused on the physical body and if asked will say you can do these other extra courses in your own time.

Unfortunately the reality is, if a massage course doesn’t include this information as part of the study process and the way they teach you to treat a body, there is no way you’ll learn to connect the two. You need to recognise what you need to change about someone’s lifestyle to affect a change in the feel and response from their muscles.

One might expect that the reason a course doesn’t include this knowledge as part of their massage training is because they are not aware of it themselves and don’t use it in their own practice.

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