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Everything You Need to Know
Frequently Asked Questions
Starting a new course or embarking on a new career can be nerve-wracking, here are some of the questions we have either been frequently asked or at some time we have asked ourselves. If you have questions that are not answered here, please just use the contact us box to ask, and we would be happy to get back to you.
How can I learn so much in a short space of time?
Our courses are very practical; every day you will be both giving and receiving a massage. Your instructor will be demonstrating a different part of the massage each day and will also be refreshing what you have learnt the previous day.
As the course goes on, the massages will get longer as you add that day’s learning to what you have learnt on previous days. As you repeat the massage, you will become more confident in what you are feeling and finding as you work.
I don’t know much about the body, how will I get up to speed?
If you have never studied Anatomy and Physiology before, then your course with us will start with an online A&P course. You can do this in your own time in the comfort of your own home, and you can repeat sections as many times as you need to. Each section of the course is assessed as you go. The practical training then applies this knowledge as you are taught to find, track, and then clear muscular tension from the body.
Can I legally work as a massage therapist after the course?
Yes. We only teach in countries where you can legally work as a massage therapist on completion of the course.
What are the joining requirements?
There are no set academic joining requirements. Some people who train in massage have no formal qualifications; others will be graduates.
The A&P course is designed to help you through the topics, and the practical training is based on teaching you to feel for tension within the body and then on using a range of techniques to effectively get rid of that tension. All we ask is that you come to the course with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a respect for your fellow learners.
I already have a qualification in Anatomy and Physiology, do I need to do it again?
If you already have the equivalent to a level 3 qualification in A&P or higher, then we can exempt you from this part of the course.
What will be the additional set up costs to set up in business as a massage therapist?
The most expensive additional cost to set up as a massage practitioner is your massage table. These can range from £100 – £400 for a standard portable table (we will speak on the course about what to look for in a table) but you can also buy those much cheaper secondhand ones.
Other than that, you will need to budget for insurance (around £65 pa), professional membership (around £60 if you want to do this), massage oils, towels, and cleaning equipment. You will need a place to work. Some people will set up from home; others will go into partnerships or rent rooms from other practitioners. You may opt to work mobile.
Most practitioners will have business cards but these are very inexpensive, as can various forms of advertising.
What if I am anxious about my body and being undressed in front of others on the course?
We are very particular about correct draping at Fusion Massage Training®. You will be covered by towels, fleece blankets, or sarongs (depending on the climate in the country you train in) at all times with only the part of the body that is being worked on exposed. We also run women-only courses in the North of England. If you have any concerns, please contact us in advance of booking and we will be happy to discuss this with you.
I am already a massage practitioner or have already done another course, will I still learn a lot on the course?
Yes, you will. Fusion Massage is so different from many of the other massages available and looks at how tension in one part of the body can cause pain in another area. Also because of our focus on the hands, feet, and head as an integral part of the massage, you will find that this will challenge existing ways of working and will allow you to offer a wider range of treatments to your clients.
If your current work is more focused on gentle relaxation massage, adding Fusion Massage into your portfolio will allow you to treat clients remedially and effectively treat a wide range of conditions. All we ask is that you come with a willingness to learn a different way of working.
Am I too old to join the course?
Absolutely not! Most of our students are ‘mature students’ (as are quite a few of our teachers!) so please don’t be put off. The range and diversity of students, their ages, body types, and life experiences are always further enrichments to the courses.
Do I need a license to practice massage?
You do not need a license to practice massage in any of the countries that we teach in. Some local councils in the UK, notably in London and some parts of Birmingham, require you to have a business license to operate a business from home, and this will be an additional cost. Please enquire with your local council.
What will I need to bring with me on the course?
You will need to bring your lunch, a bottle of water (tap water will always be available on courses), and towels or fleece blankets / sarongs for hot climates for you to use when you are receiving a massage. We provide the massage tables, oils, cleaning equipment, hot drinks, and all course materials.
What is the dress code for the course?
We ask you to wear loose and comfortable clothing and flat footwear (or you may prefer to work with bare feet). Please don’t wear clothing with logos that others may find offensive.
What happens after the course?
After you have completed the practical course you are then asked to complete 15 hours of case studies. Full guidance is given on this during the course, and these are submitted by email. We will read and comment on these within a week of receiving them, and your certificate will be mailed out to you within 5 working days, these having been successfully completed and assessed.
You can take up to 6 months to complete your case studies, but you can also do them in 1-2 weeks if you are keen to get up and running. If you are focused on getting your case studies to us, then you can be all set to start your new business within a month of completing the practical course.
Contact us at Fusion Massage Training to learn more!