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Health and Fitness

While the Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure with Massage course 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 massage 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. 

The  massage degree course is backed up with holistic and massage theory, pathology, clinical environment, evidence base of practice, health studies, exercise science and disability studies. The Health and Leisure with Massage course emphasises community engagement, relevant massage practice, wellness education, and the importance of a broad skill set.

The Health and Leisure with Massage course was the first BSc programme in Ireland with significant massage content. The massage degree course 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. Massage course graduates will have a bachelor of science degree, massage therapist registration and may also be eligible for professional fitness instructor registration in group exercise, gym instruction and personal training.

On graduation, you will be a health and fitness professional, a wellness educator with a specialist knowledge and practice in massage therapy. You will be equipped to work in a variety of settings, including health and leisure centres, health promotion, spa/wellness centres, hotels, mainstream and special-needs schools, community centres, clinical settings, workplaces. And also in the private/entrepreneurial area being competent to specialise in hands on relaxation and clinical massage techniques, aquatic therapy, activity leadership, remedial and orthopaedic massage. Massage course graduates can take up employment opportunities in the areas of sports development/coaching, sports massage and rehabilitation, health and wellbeing promotion, in the area of physical education with young and older adult groups and in adapted physical activity education.


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