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Health and Fitness

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) 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 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 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 course 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.

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.


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 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. 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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