About the Course
The Level 3 Diploma in Performance Massage course is an industry recognised qualification and provides you with the knowledge and skills to provide massage for preparation and recovery from physical activity and exercise on non-pathological/ non-injured soft tissue perhaps in conjunction with personal training.
Scope of practice is restricted to working on non-pathological soft tissue and excludes working with injuries or pre-existing conditions. This qualification is the pre-requisite to the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy (Soft Tissue Dysfunction) course where you can work with both uninjured and injured tissue and treat someone a lot closer to the acute phase.
This qualification awards 10 CIMSPA points and upon successful completion, you will be eligible to take out insurance as a massage therapist and apply for a membership with a professional body such as The Association of Soft Tissue Therapists or The Sports Therapy Association.
Not sure if sports massage is for you? Book on Day One of our next course for £80. This fee will be discounted from the full course fee should you wish to continue with the full qualification.
"Great course! I couldn't believe how much I'd learned from the first day to the assessment. There was a lot of ground to cover, but I never felt under pressure and felt really well supported. My fellow students were brilliant and the number on the course was perfect! I found that the attendance days were really well structured with loads of practical time and plenty of time for individual questions. The location was ideal with parking close by. Thanks for your patience Michelle! I look forward to booking Level 4 with you!"
To make your qualification more affordable, we offer a payment plan where you pay a non-refundable £125 deposit and choose to repay the balance, interest-free over 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.
All about the course
The Level 3 Diploma in Performance Massage is a LIVE course, which involves both distance learning and attendance to course dates.
This LIVE course includes some distance learning plus six mandatory course attendance dates held on a Wednesday over a minimum period of 3 months. All assessments can be completed on the course dates, but theory exams can be deferred to a later date if you wish or even completed prior the the course dates should you enrol early enough.
How long does it take to complete the course?
You have up to 12 months from when you enrol, but it is often completed much sooner than that. As long as you complete the distance learning wither before or during the course dates, and you complete the theory exams and practical assessments during the course, you can expect to be complete by the last attendance date (subject to any re-assessments if required).
What will I learn on the Level 3 Performance Massage Diploma?
At Fit4Training, we take a modern approach to soft tissue therapy. Thoughts about sports massage have changed considerably over the years and it is now understood that the effects of massage is largely due to neurological responses via our contact with receptors in the skin rather than actually stretching and lengthening soft tissue.
What topics are covered on this course?
Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomical terminology and planes of movement.
Structure and functions of the skeletal system, joints, muscular system, nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and digestive system.
Further Anatomy & Physiology for Performance Massage
Structural organisation of the human body.
Structure and functions of the skin, lymphatic system, and urinary system.
Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
Promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Importance of healthy eating.
Supporting clients to adhere to exercise and physical activity.
Massage Professional Practice
Legislation in the massage therapt industry.
Scope of practice when providing massage therapy.
The standards of the massage profession.
The principles of professional practice.
Producing, maintaining and storing client records.
Assessing Clients And Treatment Planning
The effects of performance massage on the body systems.
The principles of performance massage treatments include the benefits, and different contexts such as pre- and post-event.
Establishing treatment goals including carrying out subjective and objective assessments.
Conducting client assessments.
Designing performance massage treatment plans.
Application of Performance Massage
The fundamentals of performance massage treatments including different techniques, client and therapist positioning.
Preparing for, and performing performance massage in different settings.
The Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Understanding soft tissue dysfunction and injury.
The process of soft tissue repair.
Providing Post-Treatmetn Care Advice
Evaluating performance massage treatments.
How the lifestyle of the client can affect the effectiveness of the treatment.
Importance of healthy eating.
Principles of post-treatment advice.
Evaluating performance massage treatments.
What are the course units and how are each assessed?
Unit 1 - Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology - assessed via completion of an online workbook.
Unit 2 - Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness - assessed via completion of an online workbook.
Unit 3 - Further Anatomy & Physiology for Performance Massage - assessed via a written worksheet.
Unit 4 - Massage Professional Practice - assessed via a written worksheet.
Unit 5 - The Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction - assessed via a written worksheet.
Unit 6 - Assessing Clients And Treatment Planning - assessed via a written worksheet and observation of performance a massage treatment (x2).
Unit 7 - Application of Performance Massage - assessed via a written worksheet and observation of performance a massage treatment (x2).
Unit 8 - Providing Post-Treatmetn Care Advice - assessed via a written worksheet and observation of performance a massage treatment (x2).
What is the entry requirements for this course?
Applicants must be at least 16 years old, be fit enough to perform massage, have a passion for helping people, good communication skills, IT skills, an interest in learning about the body and the motivation to learn and practice outside of course dates.
What can I do after completing this qualification?
You can work as a qualified performance massage therapist working with non-injured clients in an exercise, sporting or clinic setting.
In order to work with clients who are managing an acute, sub-acute or chronic injury, and utilise advanced methods of sports massage therapy, the Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy qualification is required.
Next Course Dates
Dates: 1st, 15th, 29th November,13th December 2023, 10th, 24th January 2024
Venue: Fit4Training, Telford
After initially working up through the ranks in the fitness industry from gym instructor, group exercise instructor to Fitness Manager for a large health and fitness operator, Michelle diversified into both teaching and Sports Therapy studying a Diploma in Sports Therapy with Professor Graham Smith, current President of the Society of Sports Therapists. Over the past 13 years, Michelle has worked with a range of clients from sports teams, individual sports enthusiasts and competitors and now primarily specialises in working with active women, and women through pregnancy, postnatal, Motherhood and menopause. When it comes to massage therapy, Michelle takes a modern, evidence-based approach and works very mindfully with the biopsychosocial model and advances in pain science. She is passionate about educating other massage therapists, sharing her experiences and advocating modern approaches and research that show that we cannot change the structure of someone's body with our hands and we can't treat pain with pain!