After an awesome visit last September I am delighted to be returning to Dublin in 2018 to teach the deep tissue massage courses. The massage training courses in Dublin will be held at the Commercial Rowing Club, based in Dublin 8 with it’s truly stunning views over the river Liffey.
I will be offering both the Raynor Massage Certificate and Diploma Course. Let me tell you more about the these courses and our style of teaching massage. Our training really is hands-on. We don’t believe that massage is best taught with students memorising information from books. Instead, we use traditional methods of teaching where you will get to watch massage demonstrations and then get to try it yourself. We feel it’s really important to also get to feel the massage too. So every day you will be watching massage, receiving massage and of course giving massage. There is no requirement at all for students to study in-depth Anatomy and Physiology in order to learn how to massage safely to a highly professional standard.
All our courses are suitable for complete beginners. There is no need for any prior qualifications and there are no written exams. Instead you will be assessed and given feedback throughout the course. The course schedule has been carefully designed in a way that really helps build students confidence each day. We use revolutionary training methods that ensure you get to practise every day all the new techniques whilst repeating what you have learned on the precious days of the training course.
Dave Taylor will be teaching both the Certificate and Diploma course at the Commercial Rowing Club in Dublin. Dave was a student of these courses back in 2010. He came with no prior experience of massage and upon graduating promptly set up his own clinic in Sutton, Surrey. Dave now has two other therapists working with him in his clinic and is usually booked up months in advance with regular clients who really appreciate this particular style of deep tissue massage. Dave is not just some person who teaches massage. He is a working massage therapist and brings to you his day to day experience of treating clients using this amazing therapy. Not only that, but he is passionate about the business side of things teaches not only how to be a skilled massage therapist, but how to make it work financially so you can make this a brand new career.
It’s easy to get to the rowing club. By car it’s a direct route from Dublin City Centre that will only take 15 to 20 minutes. There is parking spaces available at the club. Many buses stop right outside the clubhouse. You can get the 25/26, 66/66A/66B and 67 all the way to the clubhouse getting off at stop number 2193.
We will be using the Riverview Function Room, which is ideally situated with gorgeous views over the river Liffey and weir at Islandbridge. Teas and coffees will be available throughout the day. There is a kitchen facility available with microwave and fridge with everything you need to store and prepare your packed lunch.
Massage Diploma Course
Nov 19-23, 2018
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The 5 day Certificate course is ideal for those looking for an introduction to deep tissue massage. This hands-on approach to learning will give you good practical experience of deep tissue massage using the Raynor technique. The Certificate that you gain is recognised by the leading insurance companies. This means that all graduates will be able to get full professional indemnity cover with this qualification. Once you are covered by insurance then you can start massaging professionally. The Certificate course is also the ideal solution for those already familiar with body work, for example, Personal Trainers/Yoga Instructors and just need to formalise existing skills with a recognised qualification in massage.
Here is a day by day breakdown of each day of the Certificate course…
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The morning session of Day 1 of the Raynor Massage Certificate course covers the following areas:
Dave Taylor will then do a demonstration of various massage techniques on a volunteer student from the class. This demo will concentrate on the back, hands and arms.
During the afternoon session the students get paired up and start practicing massage on each other. Dave is always close-by supervising everyone. Each student will spend half the afternoon session giving a massage and the other half, receiving massage.
During the morning session we will discuss:
Dave will demonstrate further massage techniques, going over what was shown on Day One with the addition of the shoulders, back of the legs & sacrum
A good student will learn a lot from receiving a massage as well as from giving one, which is why so much emphasis is placed on all students receiving massages in class as well as providing them. You will experience how working at different depths feels and the powerful feeling that happens when tension is released that your clients will have.
As you progress the previous day’s work will be revised and refined. Your teacher will discuss the how toxins are released in the body. The term “the healing crisis” will be covered and what it means in natural forms of therapy and how it applies to the practice of Raynor Massage.
The morning session will start with a group workshop demonstrating massaging the neck, head and face.
There will then be another massage demonstration on one of the students showing everything from the previous days and including the front of the legs, neck head and face.
After lunch the students will once again pair up and swap massage trying out all the techniques taught so far.
During the morning session we will discuss:
The morning workshop will be a demonstration of gentle stomach massage. It is very common for people to have emotional tension built up in their bellies. Think about the many times you’ve heard someone say “I got knots in my stomach from that” or “I felt like I’d been kicked in the gut”.
Certain abdominal conditions, such as ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, menstrual problems, and even Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be helped with Raynor Massage Techniques. The release of emotional tension that had been held in the abdominal area, along with proper breathing practices can make a huge difference in the health and wellbeing of your clients.
There will then be a longer demonstration putting everything we have learnt previously to show a full body massage.
After lunch the students will then get to massage the course tutor, Dave Taylor and receive some individual feedback.
This day will be dedicated to the students doing timed full body massage swaps under assessment.
At the end of the day if you have shown that you fully understood the concepts, have successfully demonstrated the techniques and have satisfied all the professional conduct requirements of the Brandon Raynor School of Massage and Natural Therapies, then you will be awarded your Raynor Massage Certificate.
Completion of the course - Earning your Certificate will allow you to begin practicing massage professionally in most areas of the world including:
The majority of students who have earned their Raynor Massage Certificate decide to continue on and enrol in the Raynor Massage Diploma Course to further develop their massage skills. This also allows them to provide additional treatments like aromatherapy on their clients. Some decide to take this course immediately after earning their Certificate, as the Diploma Course will often be scheduled for the following week. Others decide to gain some practical experience first and return at a later date to take the Raynor Massage Diploma Course.
For those of you wishing to work full time as a massage therapist then I’d recommend that you train further to Diploma level. This deep tissue massage Diploma course has everything that you need to work as a massage therapist. We really expand on the training covered in the Certificate course and show you more advanced techniques. For those of you wishing to offer Sports Massage then you will find the section that teaches you stretches and adjustments really useful. The Diploma course also covers Pregnancy Massage and includes and introduction to Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Dave also goes through all the tips he learned when setting up his own clinic as a massage therapist during a class dedicated to the business side of things.
Here is a day by day breakdown of each day of the Diploma course…
Commercial Rowing Club of Dublin, Ireland has a professional affiliation with Rowing Ireland and welcomes both males and females as members. The sports club promotes Junior rowing competitions for kids under 18 as well as Adult competitions in the various classifications of Novice, Intermediate, Senior and Veteran. The club’s colours are white, azure blue and myrtle green.
As the name suggests, Commercial Rowing Club’s facilities are dedicated to rowing. Their boathouse can be found at Islandbridge, the perfect location because it allows for year-round rowing in the upper Liffey’s protected waters. The Dublin, Ireland club also has shared access to a boathouse located on Blessington Lake in Wicklow.
As one of Ireland’s largest and longest-running rowing clubs, Commercial has been achieving success for more than 150 years in both National and International men’s and women’s competitions. With brand new state-of-the-art equipment at its facilities on the River Liffey’s banks at Islandbridge, the club offers lessons, coaching, and competitive rowing to members of all ages. Commercial Rowing Club is eager for rowing enthusiasts to join in as new members.
On the first day of the Massage Diploma Course we will first of all have a student introduction. We will discuss areas of the massage technique from each student that they would like addressed so that this can be incorporated into the rest of the week. Then the teacher, Dave Taylor, will give a full demonstration and show you how to work the side of the body, including the hips. In the afternoon the students will be paired off to swap treatments.
There will also be an exploration of massage during pregnancy. Many schools of massage consider pregnancy a contraindication for massage, but at the Brandon Raynor School of Natural Therapies we disagree. We believe that massage during pregnancy is beneficial and in fact it has been a normal part of anti-natal care for millennia. You will learn how to give a therapeutic massage to a pregnant woman.
You will also be taught various stretches that you use on your clients whilst they are on the table. These are really effective for those looking to work as Sports Massage Therapists as they can help to improve performance of athletes as well as dealing with sports-related injuries.
On the third day of class you will begin learning about reflexology. You will be taught about the various reflexology areas on the feet as well as the hands. You will gain an understanding of the significance of feet and hands in massage therapy and how treating the feet and hands can benefit the entire massage treatment.
You will learn about the Zone Theory of Reflexology and how to use reflexology charts in your practice. You will then provide a reflexology treatment and have one given to you so that you fully grasp how powerful and relaxing a reflexology massage can be.
In the afternoon will begin teaching about the various aromatherapy oils and how they impact a massage. The properties of the different oils will be discussed and some of the more common oils will be used. The instructor will teach you how to determine which oils would be suitable for certain types of clients as well as specific contraindications for each oil.
You will be taught how to blend the various oils in the proper ratios so they can be most effective in promoting the process of healing. You will begin using them while you practice both light massage techniques and deep tissue techniques. You will learn how to mix the oils to fit the needs and the nose of the fellow students you are massaging.
On the fourth day of class the focus will be on getting direct feedback from your teacher. Each student will get a chance to massage Dave and get instant, direct feedback.
The last day of the Raynor Massage Diploma course will provide all students with an opportunity to make any final revisions on their techniques.
There will be a final and very detailed assessment by the instructor who will be grading students on these qualities:
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:
At the end of the last day, after passing your assessment, you will receive your Raynor Massage Therapy Diploma.
Commercial Rowing Club of Dublin, Ireland was originally founded in 1856, which makes it one of the oldest clubs in all of Ireland. The name “Commercial” dates back to a distant time when all but university clubs were identified as “commercial.” Its first members were drawn from Dublin’s commercial district and were made up of shopkeepers, bankers and tailors along Grafton Street and Henry Street. Many of the original members worked at Clerys, which was founded in 1853 (only three years earlier). In the early 1880s, the Amateur Rowing Association was established and Commercial was part of the group that formed it. Unfortunately, the Association didn’t last long.
The boathouse at that time was in Ringsend. Commercial Rowing Clubs were also organized in Belfast and Galway, drawing their membership from similar sources. The club’s membership continued to be primarily made up of bankers, shopkeepers and tailors, until things started changing in the 1950s.
Commercial Rowing Club began having difficulties as the 20th Century began, most likely due to Ringsend being so isolated. Other clubs were moving inland, leaving Commercial behind and out of touch. To avoid dealing with the changing tides as well as bustling port traffic, in 1942 the club moved upstream to Islandbridge where the waters were much more peaceful. The Dublin, Ireland club had an opportunity to move into the premises of what had been the Dublin Rowing Club after it became insolvent. Today Commercial Rowing Club is a vibrant and influential part of the worldwide rowing community.
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