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Indian Head Massage with Practical Training Including Anatomy and Physiology

Course Code: OSC1049
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Explore everything you need to know about Indian head massage and learn how you can apply a treatment with a one day practical!

This course includes 1.5 days practical training which will be accredited by the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) who set the standards for training for the UK.

This course will enable you to:

  • Apply an Indian head massage in a one day practical
  • Understand and learn the various techniques on different areas of the body
  • Know what chakras are and how they are used for the treatment
  • Explore the oils that are traditionally used for the treatment

This course will allow you to study in the comfort of your own home and provides you with a one day practical. Please note that the Anatomy and Physiology Theory section to this course is to be studied online only with half a day attendance in classroom.

You decide when and where you learn, at your own pace. So fitting studying around your other commitments is easy and hassle-free.

Start your journey and develop your skills join over 60,000 students that already have!

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Course Content

  •  Indian Head Massage  Level 3:


    Unit 1: Essential Anatomy and Physiology
    • Bone classification
    • Bones of the head, face, neck and shoulders
    • Joints
    • Muscles
    • Structure of the skin and hair
    Unit 2: What is Indian Head Massage?
    • The origins of Indian head massage (IHM)
    • The benefits of IHM
    • Equipment
    • Towels
    • Essential oils
    Unit 3: Contraindications to Therapy
    • What are contraindications?
    • Local and total contraindications
    • Pregnancy
    • Modifications to massage
    Unit 4: Client Consultation
    • Assessing the client
    • What information should I use?
    • Client history forms
    • Pain assessment
    • Case studies
    Unit 5: Indian Head Massage Techniques
    • Before you begin
    • Adhesions
    • Effleurage
    • Stroking
    • Palpation
    • Petrissage
    • Friction
    • Tapotement
    Unit 6: Massage Application
    • Massage environment
    • Massage positions and sequence
    • Stroke variations
    • Trapezius
    • Shoulders
    • Upper arms
    • Neck
    • Scalp
    • Face
    • Hygiene
    • Health and safety
    • Massage stance
  •  Anatomy and  Physiology Level 3:


    Unit 1: Introduction to the Human Body
    • Homeostasis
    • Anatomical regions and planes
    • Directional terminology
    • Cell structure, function and division
    • Types of tissue found in the body
    Unit 2: Musculoskeletal and Nervous Systems
    • Structure and function of the skeleton
    • Different muscle types in the body
    • Actions of different muscles
    • Structure and function of the nervous system
    Unit 3: Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems
    • Function and structure of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
    • Function of blood in the body
    • Process of gas exchange in internal and external respiration
    • Function of the heart
    Unit 4: Digestive and Endocrine
    • Main structures and function of the digestive system
    • How food is processed by the digestive system
    • Main structures and function of the endocrine system
    • Function of hormones in the body
    Unit 5: Integumentary and Immune Systems
    • Structure and function of the skin
    • Structure and function of the nails and hair
    • Main structures and function of the immune system
    • How the lymphatic system fights pathogens
    Unit 6: Renal and Reproductive Systems 
    • Key structures and functions of the male and female reproductive systems
    • Journey of an egg from the ovary to fertilisation or menstruation
    • Main structure and functions of the renal system
    • The three stages of filtration in the kidneys


     Practical Day:

    6 Hours Training

    • Massage techniques
    • Techniques to the face
    • Techniques to the neck
    • Techniques to the scalp
    • Techniques to the shoulder girdle upper back
    • Techniques to the Arms
    • Chakras
    • Mama points
    • Acupressure techniques
    • Oils that are traditionally used for the treatment


    Gti Anatomy and Physiology Theory:

    Before you go onto your practical day you will need to have completed the Gti Anatomy & Physiology Theory part of the course with half a day classroom attendance. This is essential for your practical training day. This will cover all of the anatomy and physiology required for the Level 2 and 3 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for beauty, nails and holistic therapy treatments. 

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which will be sent and marked by your tutor. Your coursework must be completed before you can proceed onto the practical day. You must also progress onto the Gti anatomy and physiology theory work with a half day attendance in the classroom. All modules and examinations for this are completed online with full online support. 

    Course Duration

    You may start at any time and have two years  to complete your studies. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines. Your practical day will last 6 hours.

  • Study Method

    The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work and you will receive your course materials online and by post. You will also need to attend a practical training day in which you have a choice of a variety of centres to choose from throughout the UK.

    Course Outcome

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

    The Anatomy and Physiology theory part of this course will be accredited by The Guild of Beauty Therapists. Guild Accredited courses are recognised throughout the industry for their content and delivery. Once completing this practical day you will be able to obtain insurance and membership from the Guild which will enable you to carry out and charge for treatments on members of the public.

    You will also receive a Certificate of Completion from Salon Services. 

course questions & answers

What are the requirements for this course?

There are no requirements needed to enrol onto this course.

In order to progress onto your practical days you will have needed to complete the GTi Anatomy and Physiology Theory and half a day attendance.

However please note that the online GTi test for the Anatomy and Physiology theory, currently do not run on some mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads and are not compatible with Google Chrome browsers. If in doubt, please contact us for advice. 

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have two years to complete your studies. This course is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

How do I arrange my practical days?

Once you have passed your written assignments, you may book your practical day. You have the choice of 3 centres to choose from to take your practical training day these include: Birmingham, Coventry and Leicester. Simply call us whenever you're ready and we'll arrange this for you.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • One day practical training and half day classrooom learning
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
Do I have to sit an exam?

You will have to take an online exam for the anatomy and physiology theory part of this course.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in this course.

How will I get my work assessed?

Once we receive your work, we will mark it and return it to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your certificate proving your success in Indian Head Massage.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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