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Seated Upper Body Massage

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Seated Upper Body Massage
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Seated Upper Body Massage Practitioner

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This is a specific form of massage which is carried out on an individual who is clothed and is in a sitting position, usually in a special adjustable ergonomically designed massage chair or an adjustable desk top massage unit. As well as using many of the usual massage strokes the massage emphasises the importance of stretching and deep tissue work. It can be carried out in a wide variety of locations and is an ideal form of massage for anyone who has limited time or who has physical limitations that make using a massage couch difficult.


  • Lesson One
    • Seated Massage
      • History and Development
    • Seated Upper Body Massage
      • Roots
  • Lesson Two
    • The Advantages of Seated Upper Body Massage
      • Location
      • Time
      • For Clients
    • Contraindications to Seated Upper Body Massage
    • Consultation
      • Specimen Form
  • Lesson Three
    • Equipment
    • Enhancing the Treatment
  • Lesson Four
    • The Back
      • Massage Sequence
      • Aftercare
  • Lesson Five
    • The Neck
      • Massage Sequence
      • Aftercare
  • Lesson Six
    • The Shoulders
      • Massage Sequence
      • Aftercare
  • Lesson Seven
    • The Arms
      • Massage Sequence
      • Aftercare
    • The Hands
      • Massage Sequence
      • Aftercare
  • Lesson Eight
    • The Head and Scalp
      • Massage Sequence
      • Aftercare
    • The Face
      • Massage Sequence
      • Aftercare
    • Completing the Massage
  • Lesson Nine
    • Stretching Exercises
      • Introduction
      • The Rules of Stretching
      • The Lower Limbs
      • The Trunk
      • The Shoulders
      • The Neck
      • The Upper Limbs
      • Testing Muscle Flexibility
    • Japanese ‘Do-In’ Exercises
  • Lesson Ten
    • The Use of Supplemental Therapies
      • Massage of All Kinds
      • Shiatsu
      • Acupressure
      • Reflexology
      • Reiki
      • Auricular Therapy
      • Alexander Technique
      • Ayurvedic Medicine
      • Ear Candling
  • Lesson Eleven
    • Marketing the Therapy
      • Forward Planning
      • Costs
      • Income
    • Marketing Yourself
      • Professionalism
      • Flexibility
      • Ability to Work Under Stressful Conditions
    • The Corporate Market
      • Business Networking Groups
      • Health and Safety Executive Initiative
  • Lesson Twelve
    • The Corporate Market (Continued)
      • Exhibitions and Trade Shows
      • Product Launches
      • Conventions and Conferences
    • Other Markets
      • Sports Events
      • Shopping Centres and Department Stores
      • Music and Other Festivals
      • People and Groups with Disabilities

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.