PHTY20090 Introduction to Massage

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is an elective module for all students with an interest in general wellness massage, sports massage and basic human anatomy. This will mainly be a small group teaching based module. It focuses on two main areas (i) the basic principles and application of a range of general soft tissue massage techniques (ii) the basic principles and application of a range of soft tissue massage techniques relating to sport. Students will be introduced to basic functional anatomy in preparation for an improved understanding of wellness massage.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should:

1. Have an understanding of the physical and psychological effects of wellness massage.

2. Have a basic knowledge of functional anatomy related to wellness massage

3. Have an understanding of the effects of wellness massage on the various systems in the body: nervous, skeletal, digestive, respiratory

4. Be able to explain the indications and contraindications to wellness massage techniques to ensure persons safety at all times

5. Be able to design an overall safe treatment plan for the person: be aware of ethical requirements and obtain informed consent, be able to select and safely perform appropriate techniques for a soft tissue wellness massage, be able to modify the treatment as appropriate, and reassess following treatment

6. Demonstrate professional behaviour in relation to massage within the scope of the module including communicating with the person, interpreting what they are saying, and at all times recognising cultural and linguistic diversity

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module includes both lectures and weekly practical classes. A range of wellness massage techniques are taught through demonstration with the students then practicing the techniques with on-going feedback given from the class tutor 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Practical Examination: Practical examination Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: MCQ Unspecified No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

MCQ and practical exam - feedback offered individually to students in 1:1 meetings if requested

Name Role
Ms Orla Flynn Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 14:00 - 15:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 16:00 - 17:50