FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO THESE COURSES MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT.
Yes, as follows:
Indian Head Massage training and Indian Foot Massage training combined. (32 Hours)
Indian Head Massage Training (24 hours)
Natural Therapeutic Facelift Massage Training (32 hours)
Please read this following link to learn more about this funding and how to apply for it.
CAN I ATTEND ONLY 2 DAYS OF THE 3 DAY COURSE FOR INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE?
Students must attend each day in full of each course in full to receive a certificate. Because this is an immersion style of learning students cannot come or leave earlier than the posted timelines for each course. This holds true for all 3 courses offer by CTC.
CAN THE COURSES BE SHORTENED FOR A PRIVATE TRAINING?
The courses cannot be shrunk into shorter training timelines For e.g. Indian Head Massage cannot be done in 2 days versus 3 days. The courses can be taught over a different periods of time. For eg. For Natural Face Lift Massage Training can be taught 2 days one week and 2 days the next week. Indian Head Massage has in the past been taught over a 3 week period on the same day each week and been very successful.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE THESE COURSES?
Policewomen, Engineers, Teachers, Registered Massage Therapists, Reflexologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Doctors, Vice Principals, Special Needs Teachers, Hair Stylists, Stay at Home Moms, Bookkeepers, Yoga Instructors, Musicians, Makeup Artists, Nurses, Dental Assistants, Aestheticians B & B Owners, Spa Owners, Pilates Instructors, Holistic Practitioners, Geologists, Dental Assistants, Administrators,Chefs, Welders and many others...
HOW HARD ARE EACH OF THESE TRAININGS AND IF I AM PLANNING ON TAKING ALL 3 COURSES WHICH IS THE BEST ONE TO START WITH?
All 3 courses are an immersion style of training with both theory and hands-on training in the class setting. Practices (not optional) are required each night of the training. As long as you have a desire to learn, are well rested and keen you will have no problem learning any of these. The best course to start with as new person is the Foot Massage, then Head Massage and then Natural Face Lift Massage. You will likely find yourself exhausted at the end of each day during the training but many students who take this training are brand new to this type of training and do very well. The most important part is to have a keen desire to work on the body. Many people discover this is a very valuable and fulfilling way to create income. Plan to have a good 1-hour recovery each day after the course but also be prepared to practice on someone each evening of the training program. That helps immensely with memorizing the steps. It is good line people up in advance of the training to be your practice people. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY THOSE WITH AESTHETIC TRAINING OR 2 YEARS OF WORKING WITH THE FACE, REFLEXOLOGY, OR AN RMT CAN TAKE THE NATURAL FACE LIFT MASSAGE TRAINING. THIS IS EFFECTIVE MAY 4TH 2022.
DO NOT TAKE NATURAL FACE LIFT MASSAGE UNLESS YOU HAVE KEEN INTEREST IN WORKING ON THE FACE. THIS IS A VERY FULL 4 DAY TRAINING COURSE. IF YOUR ONLY AIM IS TO TAKE THIS TRAINING TO EARN CREDITS PLEASE RECONSIDER THIS. THAT SAID, IT IS A GREAT TREATMENT FOR RMT'S TO IMPLEMENT AS IT IS LESS TAXING ON THE BODY THAN REGULAR MASSAGE IS AND THE NET RESULTS ARE NOT JUST ON THE FACE BUT ALSO WITH THE BODY.
WHERE IS THE TRAINING USUALLY OFFERED? Primarily the three courses are all offered in Calgary ongoing (typically several dates during the fall, winter and spring months - no summer dates) Indian Foot and Head Massage are also offered at least once a year in Edmonton and Saskatoon. Additionally, Vancouver for Face Lift Massage. Please see the training dates page for all the current listings that are available. Please refrain from emailing only to ask if other courses will be offered other than what is on the site unless you have a group of six committed participants who want to create a class in your area.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO OFFER TRAINING IN OTHER AREAS?
CTC is willing to come to train in other locations where there are 10 (8 for NTFLM) or more ( up to 12 but not more) students who wish to take the training. If this location is in Alberta that my be achievable without incurring other charges if an adequate training facility is provided. If the training location is outside of Alberta; travel, accommodation and an appropriate training facility would have to be provided by the host of the course.
Each Student completing the course receives certificate of completion if they have met the proficiency level of the moves that are required by the end of the training. If not, the training can be completed again at a fee of 50% within a 1 year timeline.
With this certificate and with completion of practicums insurance can be purchased to offer these treatment(s) ( please see below regarding insurance ). In some cases the certificate will allow students to get credits with their associations. Please see the credits page on the website. An optional advanced certification is offered for both Indian Head Massage and Natural Face Lift Massage. These are both discussed in class and are not necessary for Continuing Education Credits but with some some associations will allow you to get additional credits. These are not a required part to do for the insurance coverage.
ONCE I AM TRAINED DO I NEED A BUSINESS LICENSE AND INSURANCE TO OFFER THESE TREATMENTS?
Yes you will require insurance to offer any of these treatments to the general public and likely a business license (unless you offer these services within another business as employee. As a self operating contractor you will need own business license). If offering in your own space at home or otherwise you will need a review of your space by Alberta Health Services and that inspection would be part of the business license requirement. Please contact your local town/city office to learn what you need to do to operate as your own business as I don't have access to all the right answers for each area. Please do operate ethically and within the guidelines of the regulatory bodies you will be held accountable to.
WILL I BE ABLE TO OFFER THESE TREATMENTS IF I AM NOT AN REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST?
Yes, you will be able to offer all three of these treatments with adequate insurance and licensing. You will not receive an association number that will allow clients to claim these treatments on their insurance. That said, many insurance companies offer a health spending account so as long you can provide your clients with proof of services (a receipt) they may be able to claim the services.
AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY IN ORDER TO TAKE THESE COURSES?
It is helpful if you do have this training already but we do discuss the muscle groups you will be working on during the classes and you are given a few videos to watch and some materials to read before class. These courses are not Anatomy & Physiology training courses. What is offered is more of an quick review and introductory of A & P and primarily in the areas of the body we are working on.
For a greater understanding of the musculoskeletal system please see the Anatomy Colouring Book 9th Edition. ( Most College Bookstores carry this and it can found at many Chapters and Indigo bookstores )
For Indian Head Massage - review the superficial upper back, shoulder, upper arms, neck, head and face.
For Indian Foot Massage - review the the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot.
For Natural Face Lift Massage - review the superficial upper upper back, shoulder and neck. Review in detail the facial muscles.
It is not a requirement to memorize this beforehand or to even be able to say the names of the muscles but please have some familiarity. If you plan to work in this capacity it is to your benefit to take additional A & P training and there are many ways to do this. Through your own local colleges is often best.
WHAT DO I NEED TO RECEIVE MY CERTIFICATE TO GIVE TO MY ASSOCIATION?
(This is only for those who are already members of a particular association) Pay and complete the course of your choice. Each association has a point system. The credits you will be given depend upon the course length, content and whether the association recognizes this course for a CEC or CEE. Many Associations will give minimal credits either way. It is always good to check with your own association first to find out what value of credits can be given. I cannot answer that for everyone. If you don't belong to an association you will not be able to collect credits.
WHAT WILL I BE REQUIRED TO BRING TO THE COURSE(S)
Each Student for each course is asked to bring their own pens, a water bottle, to go cup (for warm drinks) and their own lunches. (Filtered drinking water, a good assortment of teas and hot water is supplied)
ONLY if you are a serious note taker bring a small notebook. There is plenty of room in the manual to note take.
FOR INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE:
Just be sure to a wear 100% (or close to this) cotton crew neck T-shirt (long or short sleeves is fine)
and bring a hair clip to put longer hair up on the top of the head. Clean hair daily please.
FOR INDIAN FOOT MASSAGE AND NATURAL FACE LIFT MASSAGE:
There are specific items that must be brought into each of these courses.
For Indian Foot Massage - YOU WILL EACH NEED TO BRING 2 HAND TOWELS AND 2 STANDARD SIZE TOWELS.
You may be asked to bring a massage table, pillows, sheets or a blanket. Each person will be asked to bring specific items. Please indicate on your registration form what you can bring. Telecaster chairs must roll, be adjustable up and down and be arms free - can be with or without a back.
For Natural Face Lift Massage - You may be asked to bring a massage table or sheets/pillow, blanket or a telecaster chair.
Telecaster chairs must roll, be adjustable up and down and be arms free - can be with or without a back. Please indicate on your registration form what you can bring.
WHAT DOES ROI MEAN FOR EACH OF THESE TRAININGS?
It is the return on your investment (what you paid) to take this training and how many treatments you need to do to pay for the training.
For Indian Head Massage - 5 to 6 treatments
For Indian Foot Massage - 3 to 5 treatments
For Natural Therapeutic Face Lift Massage - 6 to 8 treatments
FEES TYPICALLY CHARGED FOR THESE TREATMENTS IN CITIES/SPAS - OUTLYING AREAS 20 to 25% LESS.
For Indian Head Massage - $75 to $120
For Indian Foot Massage - $85 to $120
For Natural Therapeutic Face Lift Massage $140 to $185
WHO WILL MY CLIENTS BE AFTER I TAKE THIS TRAINING?
This will vary for everyone but it is likely you will have both women and men for your treatments if you do your marketing in a comprehensive and proactive way. We do discuss this in class and some marketing materials are offered to further assist your reach in getting new clients. The reach with these treatments can be quite broad because the clients can remain clothed during the treatments. Young to old can receive these as long as they are in relatively good health. Some of these treatments are not suitable for certain health conditions which is detailed and discussed in class.
Indian Head Massage is a mobile so there is endless possibilities for offering this in a number of locations (with permission) - indoors and outdoors.
WHY IS THERE A REVIEW CLASS?
There is every chance after taking the training you might not have time to do all the additional learning and practices. Because each course, especially Indian Head Massage and Natural Face Lift Massage require several practices immediately after the training to memorize it is possible you will find it necessary then to do a review course.
There are 2 types of review course offered.
1) 1 Day - To hone skills and are done within 3 months to 6 months of initially taking the training.
2) Full Days - A full repeat of the original training taken in a scheduled class within 2 years of taking the original training. The fee is 50% of the original fees charged.
CAN I CHARGE PEOPLE WHEN I AM STILL LEARNING AND DOING THE INITIAL PRACTICE TREATMENTS?
Ethically you should not be charging clients until your post training practises are completed and you no longer require the guide books or flow charts to follow during the treatment.
For Indian Foot Massage - minimum of 12 to 15 practises
For Indian Head Massage - minimum of 20 to 25 practises depending on your previous working experiences.
For Natural Face Lift Massage - minimum of 15 to 20 practices depending on your past working experiences.
Only after these are completed should you consider charging.
Ethics matter greatly in all services rendered and especially in the area of health and wellness.
WHERE CAN I BUY INSURANCE FOR ALL 3 MODALITIES?
Lackner McLennan Insurance
Toll Free: 1-800-265-2625
The Complementary Health liability insurance is a policy we offer where we insure over 365 modalities, with the majority free of charge, for example Reiki, Yoga, and Reflexology, to name a few. Please be advised we do provide coverage for Indian Head Massage, Indian Foot Massage and the Face Lift Massage. We are pleased to advise you that this is not a location based policy and will follow you wherever you practice within Canada, as an individual practitioner.
This Complementary Health policy includes both Professional as well as Commercial Liability. RATES HERE> https://ineedapolicy.com/modalities/apply/