Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
Validated by IPTI - (Independent Professional Therapists International) and widely accepted by most Professional Bodies

A person who is considered `mentally healthy` is someone who can cope with the normal stresses of life and carry out the usual activities they need to in order to look after themselves, can realise their potential, and make a contribution to their community. However, mental health or sense of `wellbeing` doesn`t always stay the same and can change in response to circumstances and stages of life.

Everyone will go through periods when they feel emotions such as stress and grief, but symptoms of mental illnesses last longer than normal and are often not a reaction to daily events. When these symptoms become severe enough to interfere with a person`s ability to function, they may be considered to have a significant psychological or mental illness.

Mental health disorders are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world. Experts say we all have the potential for suffering from mental health problems, no matter how old we are, whether we are male or female, rich or poor, or ethnic group we belong to.

• Around 25% of people in the UK will experience some form of mental health disorder in any given year with depression affecting a massive 20% of our population.
• It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem
• In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK
• Mixed anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain
• In the UK over one quarter of a million people are admitted into psychiatric hospitals each year
• UK statistics show than more than 4,000 people a year commit suicide.
• The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that within 20 years more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem, and depression will be the single biggest health burden on society both economically and sociologically.
• Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.

Massage therapy can help manage the overwhelming symptoms of anxiety and depression. Without doubt, as a massage therapist you will come across many clients presenting with mental health issues, but you need to be equipped to deal with it. If you are, the help and support you will be able to offer these clients will be invaluable. You can truly make a difference.

Join us on this useful mental health workshop where we will explore the nature of depression and anxiety and the way they complicate your massage clients’ lives and health, as well as how massage therapy can help manage the symptoms.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understand the difference between anxiety and depression

  • Reasons a massage therapist should understand anxiety and depression
  • The spectrum of anxiety and depression ranging from mild to very severe.
  • Learn about the role massage therapy can play
  • The power of touch
  • Understand the effects of massage on physical and psychological levels
  • Understand the profound effect of physical contact
  • The importance of providing a safe nurturing place for individuals to relax, refocus and find clarity
  • Improving listening skills
  • Respecting client confidentiality
  • Identifying clients’ needs
  • Creating a treatment plan with the client
  • The importance of creating a sense of hope
  • Recognise the limitations of massage therapy
  • Types of massage therapy techniques that offer relief to clients
  • Scientific research on the benefits of massage for depression and anxiety

Living with anxiety and depression is a painful and distressing experience where sufferers can withdraw from day to day social contact. Proper treatment is important and massage therapy can be of great benefit. Gentle massage offers help with no detrimental side effects. Mild benefit is often felt immediately and even greater benefit can come from a series of help them return to a successful and productive life.

Depression and anxiety can be very serious and massage therapy should not be a replacement for proper medical attention when it is needed. Clients and therapists alike should recognise its limitations. This course discriminates between what massage therapists may and may not be able to do for clients with mental health disorders.

The workshop will be largely practical in content and you will be required to wear appropriate clinic workwear for the duration of the course.

Course fees include:

All class tuition
A comprehensive course manual
An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
3 cpd points

Course details


3 hours

Wednesday (10am-1pm)27 Mar 19

Cost: £50.00 (+VAT)

Payable in full on booking

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Please note - all deposits and course fees are non-refundable.
All transfers are at the discretion of the school and would be subject to an administrative charge of £25.00 (+VAT)