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Page 1 - Centre & Pulse

Introductory massage certificate course

Starting your massage

You have prepared your room and we begin our massage by treating the back as this is a part of the body where people feel safe and comfortable being touched. The back is an area where stress is often stored and almost everyone loves a good back and shoulder rub.

Ideally if you are performing a full body massage, your client will be naked under the sheet or towel, see draping.


  • Cause no pain
  • The client must be comfortable in all positions or the pleasure and value of treatment is diminished.
  • Adjust your pressure and technique as requested.
  • From the first moment of touch, do not take your hand off them, of if you need something out of reach tell them that you will be back.
  • As a therapist always face your client. At times it is easy when doing the extremities to face away from the client, however this will disconnect you from their energy and they may feel abandoned.

Initially people may be a little nervous and if you do not know them well, its important to take your time to make them feel relaxed and cared for before you jump in with your hands on their skin. Taking time to establish your connection to the person demonstrates that you have a patient and caring attitude and this helps them to feel more at ease. On an energetic level centring helps to establish a subtle level of communication that will assist your intuition as to how the massage proceeds.

Centring is a process, like before diving into the pool or the ocean, you stop, take a breath and ensure the way is clear before diving in. This is the same concept as with massage except that here you rest your hands on the person and ideally you have one hand on the sacrum and the other over the heart.

Centring - Getting Connected

  1. Have your client comfortably laying face down on the table and draped as appropriate for the occasion.



  2. Stand beside the table in a position where you are comfortable, feet apart in a relaxed stance.
  3. Place your hands, one over the heart and one on the sacrum and please do not be shy about this, placing your hand in the hollow of the lower back is not good enough.
  4. Take 5 - 10 deep breaths and be aware of the person you are about to treat, feel their breathing and simply allow yourself to be present.  This helps you to get connected and feel the person as well as their body.

This is where idle chatter is left and any conversation is about or in context with the massage.


Here and without changing your hand positions, you are attempting to gently set the body rocking.

Pulsing is the rhythmic rocking movement applied to generate a wave-like motion through the body. People generally find that this feels comfortable, supportive and deeply relaxing.

If the client is tense, pulsing or gently rocking the body is a good way to start as it relaxes and helps their mind to settle.  Then pulse as illustrated to get your client relaxed a little before you start the massage. Pulsing is gently pushing away and catching so the clients body rocks to its own rhythm.

A unique feature of pulsing is that every body has its own natural rhythm that you are looking to connect with.

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