Advanced Hands Free Massage Training in Bristol, Essex, Sheffield – 8 days

This 8 days training is designed to save your fingers, thumbs and wrists (the commonest areas of strain for massage practitioners) while applying firm pressure.

The aim is to expand your repertoire and freshen your approach, to help you be more effective when applying pressure, and thereby to help you to maintain your career.

The course assumes and builds upon a developed feeling for pacing and fluidity in massage, and monitoring and adapting to the client’s build, comfort and responses.

Give your hands a holiday and save your career

Who is this course for

CPD Workshop for Qualified Massage Practitioners, Aromatherapists etc

Course duration

4 sessions of 2 days each, over several months.

6 hours per day contact time = 48 hours.

The Extensive Hands Free Massage Training covers

  • the soft forearm (the fleshy inner forearm) for applying widespread general pressure – this is firmer and uses less effort than using your palm
  •  the hard forearm (the ulna) and the bony areas around the elbow for applying focused pressure in an appropriate, skillful way in order to save your fingers, thumb and knuckles
  • the whole forearm for mobilising parts of the body and for applying stretches
  • all of these tools for both oil and non-oil massage
  • a range of forearm and elbow techniques that can substitute for and extend ‘classic’ massage techniques for varied pressures
  • how and where to best use them
  • how to moderate the pressure applied
  • how to adapt them to different client builds, tensions and responses
  • how to blend them smoothly into massage sessions
  • how to support this with good bodyuse, rather than working too hard with your arms and shoulders

Dates and booking

Please see the calendar for dates and booking information.

Course Content

This course focuses on forearm and elbow techniques which can be blended into a ‘normal’ oil massage with the client on the usual height massage table, and with the client either seated in an ordinary chair or a portable massage chair. In each weekend, there will training on:

  • using the forearm/elbow skillfully to be most effective with least strain
  • dynamic bodyuse to support the work of your forearm/elbow
  • learning to feel with these massage ‘tools’
  • monitoring and adapting to the client’s responses
  • blending Hands Free techniques smoothly into massage treatments

Part 1 – Soft Forearm

Day 1
Introduction to H-F Massage
Body dynamics/bodyuse
Soft Forearm on the back

Day 2
Soft Forearm on the limbs

Part 2 – Hard Forearm (long ulna) and Mid-length Ulna

Day 3
Revision of day 1 and 2
Hard Forearm: Stationary and Sliding Pressure

Day 4
Hard Forearm: Cross-fibre stretches
Mid-length Ulna – work on Specific Muscles & Areas of Tension

Part 3 – Precision Hands Free tools

Day 5
Revisions of learning to date, including body dynamics
Seated (non oil) introduction to precision tools – Short Ulna, Point & Back of elbow
Hands Free self massage

Day 6
Fine tuning the precision tools for very specific work on ‘knots’/points of tension –  seated (non-oil) and table work (with oil)

Part 4 – Stretches & Mobilisations, Side lying, Clinic

Day 7
Revision of seated (non-oil) and table work (with oil)
Stretches and mobilisations
Brief demo only – ‘Minor’ Hands Free tools and working on the table with no oil

Day 8
Client side-lying with and without oil (including stretches and mobilisations)
Clinic (45 minute client session)
Course review

Dates and booking

Please see the calendar for dates and booking information.

Course fees

£830

If you have previously done a 1 or 2 day workshop with Darien Pritchard, you may not need to attend the beginning of the course. This will be discussed with your tutor, on a case by case basis  and you will need to provide your training certificate.

Course Fees include:

  • All tuition and exam fees
  • Practical Manuals
  • On-going student support and supervision throughout the course
  • Access to online videos

Formal assessment and Accreditation

Students on this course can choose do a written and practical examination to receive formal course accreditation, if you wish to gain full certification. If you choose not to, you will only receive a CPD certificate.

This  course is accredited with FHT (Federation of Holistic Massage Therapists), and is in the process of being accredited with MTI (Massage Training Institute).

Formal Assessment (following the course)

Practical examination (2-3 months after the end of the course) – one treatment session, assessed by an external assessor, using the practical examination criteria form.

Written assignment (handed in two weeks before practical exam) in two parts

  1. Clinical Report: Five treatments written up, describing use of material from the course.
  2. Student Development Report: Summary, under three headings (chosen from list) of development of practitioner’s understanding, and application of knowledge from the course.

Other information

  • Demonstrations: We will try to finish each with a short demonstration to review and show variations of the material covered, and how to integrate it into a massage session.
  • Checking in: Days 3, 5 & 7 will begin with a check-in from students on their practice since the last teaching session. The morning session on these days includes time to review and consolidate the material from the previous two-day block, and to introduce some new techniques on the themes previously covered.
  • No ‘gung-ho’ manner: These are strong, powerful tools, which can deliver bruising pressure to clients if they are used without care. Therefore, using them skillfully and learning how to adapt each technique to a range of builds, tolerances and reactions is a core part of the training. The tutors reserve the right to dismiss students from the course who consistently use these tools in an unnecessarily ‘gung-ho’ manner.
  • This course does NOT cover: using the knees, legs and feet, because these work best when the  client is lying on a low table or a futon on the floor (as is done in many Eastern massage traditions).
  • Class size: This will vary depending on the location you choose. Participants receive satisfactory individual instruction, and also have a range of fellow students to practice on under supervision.  Average class size is 6-8 students.
  • Class times: In general, each training day is from 10am- 5pm (which might vary depending on location) with morning and afternoon tea breaks and 1 hour for lunch.

Dates and booking

Please see the calendar for dates and booking information.