Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage (Up to 90% funding by SDF)

This diploma aims to equip you with an understanding of systems of a human body, the origins of and benefits of Holistic Massage and other complementary therapies, performing a full body massage within industry time limit and marketing strategies.

It also aims to teach you how to groom yourself as a professional therapist, maintain workplace health and safety and exhibit your professionalism in your conduct and image as a therapist.

About International Therapy Examination Council

  • ITEC is a leading international specialist examination board, providing quality qualifications in Beauty & Spa Therapy, Hairdressing, Complementary Therapies, Sports & Fitness Training and Customer Service.
  • ITEC is approved as an Awarding Organisation (AO) in the UK. As such all QCF qualifications are approved on the Qualifications Credit Framework.

Course Duration

Full time: 3 months (3-hour lessons/day, 5 days/week)
Part time: 6 months (3-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week)

Course Structure

There are a total of 3 units to be completed and passed for the award of the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage.

Course Module and Synopsis

Anatomy & Physiology
This module is to understand and explain:

  • The functions of the skeletal system
  • The structure and function of the different types of muscle
  • The position and function of the parts of the skin
  • The structure of the cell and their function
  • Circulatory System
  • Lymphatic System
  • Neurological System
  • Endocrine System
  • Respiratory System
  • Urinary System
  • Reproductive System

Holistic Massage
This module is to understand, explain/demonstrate:

  • The Holistic approach
  • The history of the development of Swedish (classical) massage
  • The term integral biology
  • The appropriate legislation applicable to massage treatment
  • The issues surrounding ‘consent’ to treatment
  • The importance of massage for clients and families receiving palliative or social care
  • The methods of consultation
  • The common ailments and contraindications to massage
  • The appropriate client care
  • The correct hygiene procedures
  • The classical massage movements and their physiological and psychological effects
  • The structures they are working over and their function
  • The importance of referral procedures
  • The importance of giving appropriate home care advice after treatment
  • To deal with First Aid emergencies in the clinic
  • The possible reactions to treatment
  • Complementary therapies and the ways in which they are performed
  • The appropriate medium for the treatment and client’s skin type and evaluate and review the massage treatment/programme

Professional Conduct & Business Awareness
This module is to understand and explain:

  • The points of professionalism related to Beauty/complementary or sports therapy and appearance of the therapist.
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with other students/therapist.
  • Why it is necessary to build up a rapport with the medical profession.
  • Why it is necessary to build up a rapport with other therapists.
  • The meaning of contraindications related to the treatment.
  • The impact of advertising, whilst accepting the legal implications of the relevant laws.
  • The necessity of having professional indemnity insurance.
  • The need to ensure strict client confidentiality at all times other than with the consent of the client or when reporting treatments/clinical findings to a fellow therapist/medical practitioner.
  • The need for consent.
  • The contents of a First Aid Box
  • Why it is necessary to have an accident book
  • To complete an accident book
  • How to administer first aid
  • Demonstrate how to put a client into the recovery position
  • When and how to call for medical assistance
  • How to supervise an evacuation of themselves and their clients in the case of a fire alarm
  • The types of fire-fighting equipment required in a salon
  • Demonstrate how to carry out basic safety checks for electrical equipment
  • The importance of professionally checking electrical equipment on an annual basis
  • The hygienic terms
  • Briefly the types of inflection
  • The methods of sterilisation/sanitisation available relevant to the treatment
  • The advantage and disadvantages of Chemicals, Autoclave, Glass bead, Ultra violet, Steam cabinets
  • The reasons why personal hygiene is vital for the therapist
  • Salon hygiene methods
  • All aspects of waste disposal for the salon
  • The importance of being aware of blood transmitted diseases
  • Design a consultation card relevant to the treatment
  • Why conversation should be ethical and client led
  • The contraindications relevant to each treatment
  • The terms of Client Modesty, Towel management and Client care
  • The importance of keeping accurate client records
  • Why effective client communication is vital
  • How to deal with negative feedback
  • Demonstrate effective questioning techniques
  • Demonstrate appropriate body language at all times
  • Demonstrate the importance of completing each treatment in a commercially acceptable time
  • The importance of maintaining good working relationships
  • The concept of a ‘Code of Ethics’ and its importance
  • The term continual professional development
  • Demonstrate how to plan the interior of a treatment room
  • The accounting systems required when running a business, including income and expenditure
  • The important of developing and maintain a good stock control system
  • The importance of providing a retail service
  • The basic principles of selling
  • The role of the receptionist
  • The main forms of advertising
  • Demonstrate how to plan a talk/demonstration
  • How to cost a treatment
  • The benefits of offering courses of treatments
  • To basic security implications of the establishment

Course Learning Objectives

  • To provide skills at Level 3 in the National Qualification Framework for those interested in the Complementary Therapy/Care Industry.
  • To provide opportunities for staff in the Complementary Therapy/Care Industry to gain a level 3 qualification.
  • To qualify candidates as Massage Specialists at Level 3 in the Complementary Therapy/Care Industry.
  • To sustain the interest of Candidates wanting to work in the Complementary Therapy/Care Industry.
  • To encourage knowledge and understanding for the Complementary Therapy/Care Industry at Level 3.
  • To provide opportunities for Candidates to focus on the development of the major key skills and the wider key skills in a Therapy context such as communicating with clients, working with others and problem solving.
  • To provide opportunities for candidates to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment as a Massage Specialist.

Delivery Mode

Classroom-based lecturers and practical sessions.

Course Commencement

Jan, April, July, Sept

Assessment Methodology

Assessments/Exams are conducted after every module.

Formative and Summative Assessments

Graduation Requirements and Awards

To graduate, you need to successfully complete three case studies and pass examinations marked by ITEC. Upon meeting all graduation requirements, you will be conferred Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage by ITEC International.

Local students must achieve an attendance of 75% and international students must achieve an attendance of 90% in any month of the course.

Career Opportunities

Spa Therapist

Entry Requirement

N Levels or equivalent

English Requirement

IELTS 4.0 or equivalent

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

International student: S$600 (before GST)
Local student: S$50 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

For local students: S$ 2,300 (before GST)*
(Singapore/PRs can obtain up to 95% funding by SDF)
For International students: S$ 3,300 (before GST)*

S$100(before GST) massage oil and S$50 (before GST) towels to be used in practice in class.

Insurance Fees

  • Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate
  • Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.
****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.

Note:

  • Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.
  • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Local students

Step 1 – Fill up the following online forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd

Step 2 – Attached the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity for foreigners with valid pass) / NRIC (For Singaporean / PRs)
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • A copy of resume
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post.

Step 5: Payment of Programme Fees
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment.

International Students

Step 1 – Fill up the following forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
  • ICA Form 16 and Form V36 (complete in English and duly signed by applicant)

Step 2 – Attach the following documents:

 

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity)
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • Resume or Letter from employer certifying period of employment (if applicable)
  • Bank balance to show a minimum of S$30,000 for students from visa-required countries (China, India etc)
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post. Alternatively, you may also submit the documents to CSM Academy’s recruitment partner in your country.

Step 5: Application of Student Pass
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, CSM Academy will proceed to submit your Student’s Pass application via SOLAR+ to Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You will know of the outcome within 1 – 2 months.

Step 6: Payment of Programme Fees
Once your Student Pass application is approved-in-principle by ICA, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment. Do contact our Student & Industry Outreach Executive if you require student services on arrival such as airport pick-up, accommodation, medical check-up and more.

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