Health and Fitness

Bachelor of Sciencein Health and Leisure with Massage

What is in Health and Leisure with Massage

While this programme shares core modules with Health and Leisure (TL771) it has significant massage knowledge content and practical techniques for registration and practice as a massage therapist. The uniqueness of this course lies in the development of massage processes and the appropriate range of interventions essential for safe and effective practice including theory related to holism, ethics, interpersonal communication, management, information technology, therapeutic and orthopaedic massage, backed up with holistic and massage theory, pathology, clinical environment, evidence base of practice, health studies, exercise science and disability studies. The programme emphasises community engagement, relevant massage practice, wellness education, and the importance of a broad skill set.

Students can expect to become more confident in professional skills, life skills and in communicating the theoretical basis for concepts in health and leisure. Graduates will have QQI qualifications, massage therapist registration and may also be eligible for professional fitness instructor registration.


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Why study in Health and Leisure with Massage at IT, Tralee

The Health and Leisure with Massage programme was the first BSc programme in Ireland with significant massage content. The programme emphasises community engagement, relevant massage practice, wellness education, and the importance of a broad skills set. Students can expect to become more confident in professional skills, life skills and in communicating the theoretical basis for concepts in health and leisure. Graduates will have HETAC qualifications, massage therapist registration and may also be eligible for professional fitness instructor registration.

What are my career opportunities

Graduates will be wellness educators with a specialist knowledge and practice in massage therapy. The sharing with Health and Leisure contributes to the graduate developing a broad knowledge and skill base in all six pillars mentioned above such that the graduate may work in a multitude of areas with a specialist knowledge  of health studies (health in a health and leisure context, lifestyle, wellness and leisure, population health and lifestyle programme planning, philosophy, psychology and sociology of health) exercise science (anatomy, injury management and human physiology, exercise physiology, research methods, kinesiology and posture cultivation, science of movement and exercise rehabilitation), activity leadership (special populations, personal training, exercise programming, group fitness, gym instruction and athletic development, performance training), physical education, youth development studies, coaching, leisure marketing, disability studies and human resource development.

Graduates will be equipped to work in a variety of settings such as health and leisure centres, health promotion, spa/wellness centres, hotels, mainstream and special-needs schools, community centres, clinical settings, work places and in the private/entrepreneurial area, being competent to specialise in activity leadership, and in hands-on relaxation massage techniques, therapeutic, remedial and orthopaedic massage. Graduates will operate within a positive strengths approach to promote wellness and optimal functioning through the use of: massage/body work; exercise programming; posture cultivation; stress management; physical activity and fitness testing.

Other Requirements

Please note that this programme involves participation in rigorous physical activities on a daily basis. Eligible candidates will be asked to obtain medical clearance.

Garda Vetting is mandatory for this course

Progression

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Leisure with Massage (+1 Year)





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