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Certificate Course 1

Introductory massage certificate course

First steps toward a massage career

This course material is open to students taking this course in person, by correspondence or who have Opal membership. If you'd like to do this certified course or study from this manual, register here. You will be invoiced and access granted after payment has been received.

The course is presented as a table massage, however for home use, it can be done on an bed or padded floor, if this is your situation, you will also have to study from massage course 1 in conjunction with this section.

As your hands stroke over the skin of the person's body, follow the contours of the body, feel the texture of the skin and the contours or shapes of the underlying muscles and bones. The art of massage is to be able to distinguish the underlying muscles and treat them with the techniques you are learning.

To use this manual:

Before commencing, please ensure you have read the pages and those listed under them:

  1. Basic theory pages
  2. Health & Safety
  3. Basic Theory
  4. Draping
  5. Tutorial Guide if learning by correspondence
  6. Interview
  7. A good portion of the public massage information under Massage info section

The summary page lists the sequence of techniques. It is your main reference with links to detailed pages describing the application of massage techniques which open in a new tab.

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