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Alice Tanner

I came across the Canine Massage Diploma when I attended one of Nat`s workshops and knew instantly that this was the course for me. As a McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapist already working in the field, I was only too aware of how the muscular system is intrinsically linked to the skeletal system and was at a point in my career where I felt that something was missing from my work. I had had several cases where I could not get to the bottom of the problem with my McTimoney-Corley training alone and was looking for a massage course that could provide me with the skills to `complete the picture` so to speak. Nat`s diploma has certainly given me that ability to say the least!

Having already done the McTimoney-Corley diploma, I wasn`t phased by the thought of more study, but I certainly wasn`t prepared for how in depth the written aspect of the course would be! The modules are very thorough and structured so that when you get to the practical`s you have a broad yet thorough background knowledge that is brought to life by Nat in her own unique way! Nat`s enthusiasm for her subject is endless and she is always available at the end of the phone or email if you ever have a question, problem or feel you can`t cope. I did the course whilst working full-time, which was challenging at times and a massive commitment, however I never got home after work and resented sitting down at my laptop until late in the evening, as I found the modules really interesting and knew that without this knowledge, I would struggle once the practical weekends started.

The practical weekends are great fun but also very long and tiring, with some days often not finishing until after 6pm. I always looked forward to them and found that as the weeks progressed my confidence grew and all the hard work put into the modules and case studies was worthwhile. From the first weekend Nat doesn`t put things into laymen`s, you are expected to know the technical terms (and how to pronounce them! – although she does do this with you!), which is so important once you qualify and start communicating with other professionals. On the practical weekends you are taught a vast number of different massage strokes and techniques covering 4 disciplines of Massage and Advanced Muscular Palpation skills, but Nat also covers clinician skills and business awareness, and it was this combination which for me, is what sets this course head and shoulders above the rest.

On completion of the diploma there is the chance to join the Guild. Whilst this isn`t obligatory, in my opinion it provides further credibility to your qualification and also allows you to have continued access to Nat`s knowledge and experience. Nat is passionate about making sure your business is a success and to kick-start your new career she allows the newly qualified practitioners the chance to work at Crufts – what better way to start your fledgling business!!

Alice Tanner