Cambridge University Massage Society


General Information

The Cambridge University Massage Society offers its members three courses: Foundations, Intermediates, and Professional.

Foundations (£35)

The Foundations course provides an introduction to basic techniques in Swedish Massage. You will cover a different part of the body in each of the classes, giving you ample opportunity to work on your technique.

At each class there will be an initial demonstration given by the instructor and then students pair up to practice. Classes typically last one and a half to two hours and are likely to follow the schedule outlined below:

  1. Session 1 — Introduction to Massage, Contra-indications, Hands & Feet
  2. Session 2 — Arms & Stomach
  3. Session 3 — Legs
  4. Session 4 — Back
  5. Session 5 — Neck, Face, Scalp
  6. Session 6 — Seated Shoulder (through clothes)

You will receive a bottle of massage oil at the first class. Please note that the class handout should only be used in conjunction with our classes and the society takes no liability whatsoever regarding the use of techniques described in the handout without previous training.

The classes are taught by experienced members of the society, often those who have passed the professional course we run.

After attending Foundations it will usually be possible for you to take an assessment. Passing the assessment makes you eligible to represent the society at the events in June.

Intermediates (£30)

This course is taught entirely by qualified masseurs, some of them with years of experience in their profession, and covers a wide range of massage styles. A typical course could include Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Facial Massage, Pulsing, etc.

The purpose of Intermediates is to give you an introduction to five to seven distinct types of massage.

Having taken our Foundations course is not an essential prerequisite, but would certainly be useful.

Professional (£500–£1000)

Every two years, the society is able to offer a Professional Course in Holistic Massage (ITEC Level 3) in liaison with Jade College -

- that is heavily subsidised for those who are both students at the university and members of the society. If you complete the course successfully, you will be a fully qualified masseur and able to charge people money for a massage.

In the past, the course has been taught in its entirety over five weekends (Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm)! Classes are held in Cambridge during Michaelmas and Lent Terms and the final exams are typically in February / March.

The professional course ran last year. It is not likely to run in the 2014/15 academic year. More information about the availability of the course in a given year can be obtained from the President.

The syllabus for the course can be found here: Syllabus site.

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