Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies

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Fully accredited VTCT Level 3 Diploma £2,495
in Worcestershire Wychbold

Accredited for insurance purposes by: Balens, FHT, Beauty Guild.

Secure a place on this course with only a £125 deposit.
 professional course

This popular course provides an excellent range of theory and practical modules enabling learners to gain suitable knowledge, understanding, confidence, practical skills and work experience to become a successful complementary therapist. Graduates can go on to practice body massage, aromatherapy (blending their own oils and using massage and non-massage applications) and hand and foot reflexology.

 

Theory subject studied include anatomy, physiology and pathology, business planning and principles and history of therapies. Practical subjects include a comprehensive range of reflexology, aromatherapy and massage.

Progression routes include Level 3 Nutrition, well-being and healthy eating, Level 4 Complementary Therapies, Level 4 Providing therapies for cancer care and other life limiting conditions, Level 4 Salon Management, Level 3 and 4 Sports Massage Therapy and level 2 and 3 First aid.

Employment may be sought working with all ages in hospitals, hospices, salons, clinics, private health insurance and on a mobile basis. Graduates are eligible for Federation of Holistic Therapist (FHT), British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) registration.

 

  • Quick Overview

  • Total cost: £2,495
    Deposit: £125
    Remaining balance paid to teacher: £2,370
    Total training days: 20 days
    Qualification: VTCT Level 3 Diploma
    Insurance: Balens, FHT, Beauty Guild.
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Course Modules

Business practice for complementary therapies

1. Understand the key business criteria required for complementary therapies
a. Explain the legal requirements for running a business
b. Explain how marketing and public relations are used in businesses
c. Describe the employment opportunities within the complementary therapy industry
d. Explain how to promote complementary therapy practices

2. Be able to research a business concept
a. Compare and contrast different business types
b. Research a potential business opportunity using a range of resources
c. Research potential premises, staff, products and resource requirements

3. Be able to prepare a business plan
a. Prepare a business plan for self-employment
b. Describe the professional services, staff and resources that may be required for a business plan


Principles and practice of complementary therapies

1. Understand the key historical factors and theoretical background for complementary therapies
a. Examine the history and origins of complementary therapies
b. Identify commonly available complementary therapies
c. Evaluate the theory of techniques used in commonly available complementary therapies

2. Understand the main influences on working within the complementary therapy industry
a. Summarise the legal obligations of working with clients and the general public
b. Explain the codes of practice and ethics relating to complementary therapies
c. Analyse the roles of professional organisations relating to complementary therapies
d. Evaluate the process of registration and regulation of complementary therapies

3. Understand the key aspects of good clinical practice
a. Identify the information required for assessment and treatment planning
b. Explain how to accurately record information, store records and ensure confidentiality
c. Evaluate appropriate referral procedures and protocols to use with clients and others involved in integrated healthcare
d. Identify effective communication skills when dealing with clients and colleagues in maintaining good practice


Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies

1. Understand the organisation of the body
2. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the skin, hair and nails
3. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the skeletal system
4. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the muscular system
5. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the nervous system
6. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the endocrine system
7. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the respiratory system
8. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the cardiovascular system
9. Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the lymphatic system
10.Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the digestive system
11.Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the urinary system
12.Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the reproductive system


Provide body massage for complementary therapies

1. Be able to prepare for body massage treatment
a. Prepare self, client and work area in accordance with current legislation and working practice requirements
b. Consult with clients to identify factors that may influence treatment objectives
c. Provide clear recommendations to the client based on the outcome of the consultation
d. Select materials and equipment to suit client treatment needs
e. Describe the requirements for preparing self, client and work area for body massage treatment
f. Describe the environmental conditions suitable for body massage treatment
g. Describe the objectives and possible benefits of body massage treatment
h. Explain the contra-indications that may prevent or restrict body massage treatment
i. Describe the influencing factors that need to be considered when carrying out a client consultation
j. Explain the reasons why the client may be referred to a healthcare practitioner
k. Describe the employer’s and employee’s health, safety and security responsibilities

2. Be able to provide body massage treatment
a. Communicate and behave in a professional manner
b. Position self and client throughout treatment to ensure privacy, comfort and wellbeing
c. Use working methods that meet professional, legal and organisational requirements
d. Identify skin types, characteristics, general body types and common postural faults
e. Perform and adapt body massage treatment using materials, equipment and techniques correctly and safely to meet the needs of the client
f. Locate underlying body structures during treatment
g. Complete treatment to the satisfaction of the client in a commercially acceptable time
h. Provide suitable aftercare and home care advice
i. Record treatment accurately and store information securely in line with current legislation
j. Evaluate the results of treatment
k. Describe the history, philosophy and role of Swedish massage and other massage traditions
l. Explain the uses of the classical massage movements and the possible psychological and physiological effects on the body systems
m. Explain how body massage techniques can be adapted to suit the individual characteristics of a client
n. Explain the uses of different media
o. Describe safe handling and use of products, materials, tools and equipment
p. Describe the importance of the correct maintenance and storage of products, materials, tools and equipment
q. Describe the contra-actions that may occur during and following treatment and how to respond
r. Explain the aftercare and home care advice that should be provided
s. Describe the methods of evaluating effectiveness of treatment

3. Be able to reflect upon body massage treatment
a. Reflect on own attitudes, beliefs, interests, priorities and values in relation to personal growth as a massage therapist
b. Evaluate own knowledge and practice of massage in relation to professional codes of conduct and current working practices
c. Identify own strengths and weaknesses in order to best serve self and client
d. Describe the basic elements of reflective practice
e. Describe how own self-awareness impacts on personal and professional life
f. Identify lifelong learning opportunities to plan for self-development
g. Describe how to record evidence of own knowledge and practical experience
h. Explain the importance of acting on own evaluation to improve body massage treatment

RANGES:
Met all the objectives: Relaxation, Reduction of muscle tension, Uplift/stimulation, Increased circulation, Stress relief, Improved skin condition

Used all the massage techniques: Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, Friction, Vibration, Neuromuscular, Passive joint movements

Treated all areas: Back, Abdomen, Legs and feet, Neck and shoulders (seated), Neck and shoulders (prone), Face, Full body

Given all the aftercare advice: Self-massage, Relaxation, Posture, Breathing, Products, Further treatments


Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies

1. Be able to prepare for aromatherapy treatment
a. Prepare self, client and work area in accordance with current legislation and working practice requirements
b. Consult with clients to identify factors that may influence treatment objectives
c. Provide clear recommendations to the client based on the outcome of the consultation
d. Select materials and equipment to suit client treatment needs
e. Describe the requirements for preparing self, client and work area for aromatherapy treatment
f. Describe the environmental conditions suitable for aromatherapy treatment
g. Describe the objectives and possible benefits of aromatherapy treatment
h. Explain the contra-indications that may prevent or restrict aromatherapy treatment
i. Describe the influencing factors that need to be considered when carrying out a client consultation
j. Explain the reasons why the client may be referred to a healthcare practitioner
k. Describe the employer’s and employee’s health, safety and security responsibilities

2. Be able to provide aromatherapy treatment
a. Communicate and behave in a professional manner
b. Position self and client throughout treatment to ensure privacy, comfort and wellbeing
c. Use working methods that meet professional, legal and organisational requirements
d. Carry out visual analysis
e. Perform and adapt aromatherapy treatment using materials, equipment and techniques correctly and safely to meet the needs of the client
f. Complete treatment to the satisfaction of the client in a commercially acceptable time
g. Apply correct legislative labelling requirements on blends created for clients*
h. Provide suitable aftercare and home care advice in line with current legislation
i. Record treatment accurately and store information securely in line with current legislation
j. Evaluate the results of treatment
k. Describe the history, philosophy and role of aromatherapy and other massage traditions
l. Explain how aromatherapy techniques can be adapted to suit the individual characteristics of a client
m. Explain the taxonomy, nomenclature, structure and function of plants in relation to the production of essences, fixed carrier oils and other media
n. Identify methods of extraction and sourcing of essences and fixed carrier oils
o. Identify significant chemical constituents of essences
p. Describe percentage dilutions and blending techniques
q. Describe the causes of degradation and spoilage of essential oils and methods of prevention
r. Explain the uses, application and origin of essences, fixed oils and other media
s. Describe the possible physiological and psychological effects of aromatherapy on the body systems
t. Describe safe handling and use of products, materials, tools and equipment
u. Describe the importance of the correct maintenance and storage of products, materials, tools and equipment
v. Describe the contra-actions that may occur during and following treatment and how to respond
w. Explain the aftercare and home care advice that should be provided in line with current legislation
x. Describe the methods of evaluating effectiveness of treatmen

3. Be able to reflect upon aromatherapy practice
a. Reflect on own attitudes, beliefs, interests, priorities and values in relation to personal growth as an aromatherapist
b. Evaluate own knowledge and practice of aromatherapy in relation to professional codes of conduct and current working practices
c. Identify own strengths and weaknesses in order to best serve self and client
d. Describe the basic elements of reflective practice
e. Describe how own self-awareness impacts on personal and professional life
f. Identify lifelong learning opportunities to plan for self-development
g. Describe how to record evidence of own knowledge and practical experience
h. Explain the importance of acting on own evaluation to improve aromatherapy treatment

RANGES:
Met all the objectives: Relaxation, Uplift/stimulation, Balancing, Stress relief
Carried out all applications: Compresses, Other media, Inhalation/vaporisation, Massage, Immersion
Range of carrier oils and essential oils


Provide reflexology for complementary therapies

1. Be able to prepare for reflexology treatment
a. Prepare self, client and work area in accordance with current legislation and working practice requirements
b. Consult with clients to identify factors which may influence treatment objectives
c. Provide clear recommendations to the client based on the outcome of the consultation
d. Select materials and equipment to suit client treatment needs
e. Describe the requirements for preparing self, client and work area for reflexology treatment
f. Describe the environmental conditions suitable for reflexology treatment
g. Describe the objectives and possible benefits of reflexology treatment
h. Explain the contra-indications that may prevent or restrict reflexology treatment
i. Describe the influencing factors that need to be considered when carrying out a client consultation
j. Explain the reasons why the client may be referred to a healthcare practitioner
k. Describe the employer’s and employee’s health, safety and security responsibilities

2. Be able to provide a reflexology treatment
a. Communicate and behave in a professional manner
b. Position self and client throughout treatment to ensure privacy, comfort and wellbeing
c. Use working methods that meet professional, legal and organisational requirements
d. Carry out visual analysis of the feet
e. Perform and adapt reflexology treatment using materials, equipment and techniques correctly and safely to meet the needs of the client
f. Locate underlying body structures during treatment
g. Locate reflex points on the hands and feet during treatment
h. Locate zones, transfer lines and cross reflexes on hands and feet during treatment
i. Complete treatment to the satisfaction of the client in a commercially acceptable time
j. Provide suitable aftercare and home care advice
k. Record treatment accurately and store information securely in line with current legislation
l. Evaluate the results of treatment
m. Describe the history, philosophy and role of reflexology
n. Explain the principles of reflexology theory
o. Explain how reflexology techniques can be adapted to suit the individual characteristics of a client
p. Explain the principles of all reflexology techniques
q. Describe the importance of the supporting hand
r. Explain the uses of different media
s. Describe safe handling and use of products, materials, tools and equipment
t. Describe the importance of the correct maintenance and storage of products, materials, tools and equipment
u. Describe the contra-actions that may occur during and following treatment, and how to respond
v. Explain the aftercare and home care advice that should be provided
w. Describe the methods of evaluating effectiveness of treatment

3. Be able to reflect upon reflexology treatment
a. Reflect on own attitudes, beliefs, interests, priorities and values in relation to personal growth as a reflexologist
b. Evaluate own knowledge and practice of reflexology in relation to professional codes of conduct and current working practices
c. Identify own strengths and weaknesses in order to best serve self and client
d. Describe the basic elements of reflective practice
e. Describe how own self-awareness impacts on personal and professional life
f. Identify lifelong learning opportunities to plan for self-development
g. Describe how to record evidence of own knowledge and practical experience
h. Explain the importance of acting on own evaluation to improve reflexology treatment

RANGES:
Met all the treatment objectives: Relaxation, Uplift/stimulation, Balancing, Stress relief
Carried out all types of assessment: Temperature, Colour, Skin texture, Corns and calluses, Nail conditions, Foot characteristics
Used all types of media: Oil, Cream/lotion, Powder
Treated hands and feet

Assessment is via two short multiple choice anatomy and physiology examinations, completion of case studies (at least 30 body massage, 36 aromatherapy and 100 reflexology - some completed in class) and building a portfolio of evidence from home study, classroom and work / work placement experiences.

Optional additional module can be purchased - Level 3 Award in Nutrition, Health Eating and Well-being.