We now offer our massage courses in a spectacular Devon retreat tucked away in the rolling countryside. This format allows you to learn massage away from all of life's usual distractions in a stress-free environment allowing you to take time and truly focus on yourself. Dave Taylor has teamed up with Lucy & Oliver from “A Couple Of Healers” combining their passion for learning and living holistically to create this massage retreat.
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Students are invited to arrive at Natsley Farm from 6pm where a warm welcome and light supper awaits you. This allows you to get settled in ready for the training to commence the next morning.
Your training begins and on the first morning we cover the following:
After lunch Dave Taylor will then demonstrate the Raynor Massage Technique on a volunteer student concentrating on the hands, arms and back.
Then the students will pair up and begin practising what they have been shown so far on each other, then swapping over. This means that all students will both give and receive massage. Dave will be on hand to guide you through this process.
In the morning we will address:
After lunch there will be a further massage demonstration. Dave will go over everything from Day One and will also include new areas including the sacrum, back of legs, hips and gluteus.
There will be a group workshop showing how to massage the neck, face, jaw and scalp.
The main massage demonstration by Dave will include the front of the legs and also include the neck and head areas.
After lunch there will be time for a much longer massage swap where the students will have plenty of time to really piece everything together to give their first full-body massage.
In the morning we will discuss:
The morning workshop will be a demonstration of gentle stomach massage.
In the afternoon the students will get a chance to massage Dave and receive some individual feedback.
Dave will demonstrate working the side of the body with a lot of focus on releasing tension from the hips. There will also be an relaxed and calm one-way massage swap (so 4 students giving the massage whilst the other 4 receive)
In the morning we discuss pregnancy massage and how the techniques you have been taught can be adapted to safely massage someone through their pregnancy. We cover in great detail all the contraindications associated with pregnancy massage.
You will also be shown a series of stretches that you can use on your client whilst they are on the massage table. These stretches cover the full body and are particularly useful for those of you wishing to deal with sports injuries.
In the afternoon there will be another calm and relaxed one-way massage swap with students who did the massaging the day before now getting all the attention!
This will be a rather chilled day. In the morning we discuss reflexology and the theories behind it. You will then be given a demonstration of reflexology and chance to work on each other.
The afternoon is all about aromatherapy, You will be introduced to a range of essential oils, learn about their individual properties and how to blend them correctly,
Student Clinic Day
On this last day of class members of the public will be invited in to receive a therapeutic massage. You will be assessed based on how well you understand:
(unspoken communication, making a client feel comfortable, developing trust)
Focus and Attention (practitioner maintained focus throughout the treatment, acknowledged and addressed concerns of the client)
(client-centred care, confidentiality, proper draping, dress code, no inappropriate jokes or comments)
(short nails, appropriate washing of hands, clean towels and table, being aware of own body parts & perspiration/odour)
(worked within the client’s breathing/pain threshold, appropriate pressure for the client while still being effective, did not overwork an area)
(applied Raynor Naturopathic Massage correctly)
Rhythm and Flow
(consistent and predictable movements, treatment was well integrated, did not feel rushed, finished massage on time)
(explained the importance of the breath in massage, ensured client was deep breathing throughout the treatment)
(courteous, appropriate questions, informative explanation of what the practitioner is trying to achieve, limited unnecessary talk)
(the massage provided benefit or relief to client)
At the end of the last day, after passing your assessment, you will receive your Raynor Massage Therapy Diploma.
Our retreats are the perfect environment to try something new. Whether you're a flexy yogi, a slinky soul sister or a little bit stiff and locked up, Natsley Farm is the place to quite literally 'unwind.' Yoga flushes your organs and detoxifies your whole body, improving your flexibility and posture.
Yoga increases blood flow, it helps protects your spine, prevents joint and cartilage breakdown, betters bone health, drains your lymphs, boost immunity and this is just to name a few benefits. So please join us for morning yoga and see what all the fuss is about.
The course being taught at the residential massage retreat in Devon is the full Raynor Massage Diploma. Normally this would be a 10 day course (with the first 5 days being the Certificate). However, with the luxury of longer days that the retreat environment offers it allows us to compress the training to 8 action packed hands-on days of learning. This qualification is fully accredited and will enable you to immediately get the necessary insurance required to work as a massage therapist.
The massage training is held in Natsley Farm, a working farmhouse set within Exmoor National Park in Devon. The accommodation is fully equipped and finished to a high standard in a warm and homely way. Oliver from “A Couple of Healers” will be your Chef, preparing all the meals from fresh offering an exciting, nutritious menu. The bedrooms are both comfortable and spacious with no more than two students per room. After a day of learning you can take full advantage of the farmhouse’s facilities, maybe taking a leisurely dip in the outdoor pool, relaxing in the log fuelled hot tub or playing pool.
There are different transport options to get to Natsley Farm. The National Express Coach stops at neighbouring town, South Molton. You can also get the train to Barnstaple, which is a short taxi ride away. There are also plenty of parking spaces if you prefer to drive.
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Lucy took the training for Raynor Massage back home in Australia, continuing her studies in New Zealand and graduated in 2011. Upon graduating she bought a one-way ticket and moved to the island of Ibiza, taking along her massage table. That’s where she met Oliver for the first time and together they ultimately started A Couple of Healers, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful locations in the entire Mediterranean.
Combining their passions and massage skills they created some very unique retreats for people to come for healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. This is the perfect environment for gaining health and well-being, and for people to experience Raynor Massage for themselves.
Lucy and Oliver have now returned to London and are running spontaneous dining events. Oliver’s produces these events, working as a Chef and performing as a DJ, while Lucy does double-duty, working as a model as well as organising the events. Both continue to work as Massage Therapists in their own therapy rooms located at The Refinery E9.
They live holistically and are constantly striving to maintain a healthy balance in their lives. Their circle of friends and associates are people who are also determined to follow their dreams in life and believe in sharing their passions and knowledge with others. Lucy and Oliver continue to create retreats with the kind of atmospheres that can inspire and restore one’s soul.
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If you really 'are what you eat,' then inspiring students to explore healthier options and enjoy authentic, restorative, home-made meals, is certainly our priority.
Modern day living leaves us spoilt for choice and we are bombarded with quick-fix, highly processed foods that make us sluggish and often compromise our bodies most important but fragile systems. With a background in pop-up restaurants and coming from a family of head chefs, Oliver Walkers' passion for real food is infectious. Using local produce wherever possible and favouring super fresh, organic food, is a great way to pack a meal full of nutrients. Asked to share his secrets he says "Making home made meals from scratch and adopting a healthy love of 'whole foods' is an approach that your bodies and souls thank you for.
Obviously life is BUSY and sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to get creative in the kitchen again and to learn some quick tips and tricks to help you prepare ahead. Our retreats detox, re-charge and re-vitalise our students and even the vegan desserts are lovingly made by hand. Lend us your tastebuds and rejuvenate your souls in the stunning, peaceful, countryside of Exmoor National Park. Such a fantastic space to learn a new skill and embark upon a new career.
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