Portobello InstituteHolistic & Aromatherapy Massage

Holistic & Aromatherapy Massage

Dublin City
Price: € 2499
Duration: 8-10 months
Further Education and PLC, QQI Level 5

Course description

Holistic Massage has been used for thousands of years as a simple and effective method of attaining & maintaining good health. Massage has been incorporated into many health systems and is the basis and foundation skills of any massage therapist.

The Holistic Massage course will give you all of the classical massage movements and also the underpinning knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology. If you are interested in becoming an Alternative or Complementary Therapist then we recommend that you commence with this course as it is often used as a prerequisite for many of the other complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, stone therapy & sports massage.

Successful participants of the Aromatherapy course will be able to carry out an Aromatherapy treatment for people, be able to evolve and blend appropriate essential oils for specific needs and conditions, understand the concepts inherent in complementary therapies and will be able to carry out a consultation with their client and an Aromatherapy massage. Once qualified Aromatherapists can find employment within the beauty or complementary industries or health sector and/or opt to work for themselves. Participants may decide to study other therapies to complement their Diploma or special in one aspect of Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is the study of essential oils, which are derived from plants. These oils are complex chemicals with unique fragrances and healing properties. They have being used for centuries to promote health and well being, treating both the mind and body.

Qualification Gained:

  • ITEC Level Three: Diploma in Aromatherapy
  • ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage

Course Content:


The concept & history of massage

You will find out about the physiological & psychological effects of massage whilst learning how to select the correct medium and treatment plan for a client

You will learn to master through guidance & practice the 10 classical massage movements that include effleurage, petrissage, kneading & frictions, hacking, cupping, beating, pounding, tapotement & vibrations

The Anatomy & Physiology section of this course gives you the underpinning knowledge for all further learning in the various therapies and includes the four major & four minor systems of the body


The History of Aromatherapy from ancient to modern times

The concept of Holistic treatments

The detailed study of over 40 Essential oils

Taxonomy and Plant Nomenclature

Refined oils or carriers

Blending essential oils in carriers e.g. vegetable oil, creams, butters, balms or ointments

Safety and chemistry of essential oils

Hydrolats (Flower waters) & their use in Aromatherapy

The completion of a full body Aromatherapy massage

The completion of case studies

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