The first Monday back after half-term saw another fully booked session at Girls’ Night. Places were once again limited and there was another waiting list as pupils were keen to take part in a workshop on Massage Therapy. The session was led by our very own Dr. Cook from the Science department who is a professional massage therapist in addition to being a teacher!
Dr. Cook began the session by explaining what qualifications would be needed to become a massage therapist and we learnt that it requires completing a course which can be done at a college. There is no need to have other qualifications but having Biology GCSE and A-Level would be useful as of course it involves having an awareness of how the body works. She also explained the differences between a relaxation massage and a sports massage. After this, she began with a demonstration, using Miss Raindi as a volunteer, on the different techniques that one would use to begin a relaxation massage. However, just before Miss Raindi could get relaxed, we were interrupted by Mr Harris, our Headteacher, who took over as the eager volunteer and enjoyed the back massage whilst the girls observed the various techniques that could be used. The girls were then encouraged to try out the techniques on each other. After some hesitancy and a bit of giggling, it was clear to see how much everyone was enjoying the session. At various intervals Dr. Cook taught us some new techniques and by the end of the session we were doing massages that involved a range of techniques and were very long and relaxing.
The session ended with a short Question and Answer session where we learnt more about the skills and qualities that would be useful to become a masseuse. If anyone is interested in this further. then please ask Miss Raindi or Dr. Cook for more details.
Thank you to Dr. Cook for giving up her time to lead this excellent and interesting session.
The ’empower’ team.