One of the participants applying her holistic massage tecniques

One of the participants applying her holistic massage tecniques

Six Dominican students will graduate after successfully completing a 9 month International Therapists Examination Council (ITEC) course in Holistic Massage with Anatomy and Physiology.

The students were trained through a combination of on-site classes and online programs. They were also expected to complete extensive coursework and case studies.

At the end of June the candidates took a rigorous practical and a 3 hour written exam and submitted their coursework at UWI Open Campus with an ITEC external examiner from the United States.

Member of the Dominica Spa, Health and Wellness Association Terri Henry, spearheaded the training.

Henry partnered with Patricia Greenidge-Berry, Principal of the ‘Personal Body Health Care Clinic and School Of Holistic Therapies’ (PBHCCSHT) in Barbados.

The Dominica Spa, Health and Wellness Association’s President Martha Cuffy said “we need to equip the upcoming generation with a sustainable career path that gives them the confidence and skills of the highest calibre to excel in the rising wellness economy and to maintain Dominica’s place as a wellness destination. Now we have the right mix of human and natural resources to create unique wellness experiences. And on a humane level, the power of caring touch is one of the best medicines available”.

This initiative was sponsored by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), Anchorage Hotel, Fort Young Hotel, Castle Comfort Lodge, Cocoa Cottage, KHATTS and Guiyave Restaurant.

ITEC has been awarding high quality and respected industry qualifications since 1947. It is now one of the world’s leading and most successful awarding bodies specialising in Beauty and Complementary Therapy, Sport, Fitness and Hairdressing sectors.

ITEC awards over 38,000 certifications annually in almost 40 countries.

According to the Dominica Spa, Health and Wellness Association, plans to offer another ITEC massage diploma this October and other continuing education programs in the holistic healing field are dependent on sponsorship.

Those interested in  registering can visit www.itecmassagedominica.wordpress.com.