Training In Therapeutic Massage Therapy
To practice Therapeutic Massage Therapy (TMT) in South Africa one is legally required to be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). It, therefore, follows that any training that is undertaken needs to be such as to permit registration.
Currently, training for 2010 / 2011 comprises a two-year diploma course in TMT, which includes subjects of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pathology, pathophysiology, theory of therapeutic massage, therapeutic massage practical as well as the additional subjects of business skills, nutrition, counselling and jurisprudence.
Registration With AHPCSA
Upon graduation and prior to the commencement of professional practice, registration with the AHPCSA is required.
For contact details of training institutions in South Africa, contact the AHPCSA.
It should be noted that it is not the name Therapeutic Massage Therapy that is registered but the practice of the profession. So, whether one calls it holistic massage therapy, relaxation massage therapy or sports massage therapy (to give just a few examples), they all fall under the umbrella of Therapeutic Massage Therapy and the legislation that governs a registered health profession. It should further be noted that Aromatherapy and Reflexology are not types of therapeutic massage therapy but registered health professions in their own right.
Short Courses, Workshops, etc
For information on short courses, workshops, etc please visit the Workshops section.