Health and Fitness

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Health and Leisure with Massage

What is Health and Leisure with Massage

The Honours Bachelors Degree in Health and Leisure with Massage course has many subject areas in common with the original Health and Leisure programmes but also involves significant training in Clinical Massage techniques. 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 professional practice, ethics, interpersonal communication, management, information technology, therapeutic and orthopaedic massage, supported by holistic and massage theory, pathology, clinical environment, evidence base of practice, health studies, exercise science and disability studies. The programme guides the students through the theoretical foundations and active training programmes underpinning the promotion of optimal body function and fitness through massage / bodywork, physical activity, stress management techniques, exercise programming and behaviour change.

Students also develop their communication, presentation, social, professional and research skills. The programme engages significantly with local and regional communities as client bases to ensure core skills are developed in authentic settings.

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Why study Health and Leisure with Massage at IT, Tralee

The Health and Leisure with Massage course was the first B.Sc. programme in Ireland with significant massage content. The programme covers basic massage techniques, through to therapeutic, remedial and orthopaedic massage techniques, as well as the theoretical foundations and applied skills of positive strengths approach to optimum body function. 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 of healthy lifestyle concepts. Graduates of this programme will hold an honours degree, massage therapist registration and may also have professional fitness instructor / personal training registration.


What are my career opportunities

Graduates will be able to operate within a positive strengths approach to promote wellness, and optimal functioning. Graduates will be wellness educators with a specialist knowledge and practice in massage therapy. They 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 hands-on relaxation massage techniques, aquatic therapy, activity leadership, 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; aquatic exercise therapy; exercise programming; posture cultivation, stress management, physical activity and fitness training. 

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. However, should a student sustain injuries such that they impact on physical engagement with the programme it may affect  progression. Upon registration for this programme, all students must be assessed for ability to swim. Garda Vetting is Mandatory for this course.