Massaging people who have dementia


Massaging People who have Dementia is an innovative, award winning course which aims to give you the skills and knowledge so that you can confidently enter the world of someone who lives with dementia, on their terms to enable them to feel comfortable about receiving nurturing touch and massage.

 Course date: Saturday 8th September 2018
Course Length 1 day
Course Location Brighton
Course Price £150
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Course Outline

The day will explode common myths, push your empathy buttons and create an opportunity to explore:

  • Dementia as a whole
  • How dementia affects the brain and the person
  • Appropriate legislation
  • Permission and touch
  • Benefits of massage for Dementia
  • Importance of Client History
  • Positioning, Posture and Protection
  • Top Tips on your approach
  • Specialist Massage Techniques to suit your client

The aim of this course is to give you the confidence to develop your practice in this field and further explore a fascinating and rewarding area of therapy. The specialist massage techniques have been developed, adapted and sourced specifically for people who live with dementia.

Overall, this is a profound, fun and inspiring day that has helped many therapists improve their practice and widen their scope to offer nurturing touch and massage, safely to people who most need it but are the least likely to ask.

Pre requisites

Therapists must hold a suitable qualification in bodywork therapy, e.g. ITEC, VCHT, physiotherapy, occupational health to gain CPD points with their professional body.

Course Details

Body work therapists who complete the course successfully will gain a certificate of successfully passing the course which will contribute towards their CPD points and portfolio.

Other students will receive a certificate of attendance for their portfolios.

Nicolle Mitchel
Nicolle Mitchell, has been a holistic massage practitioner since 1998. As well as running her general practice, Nicolle specialises in treating people with special needs & people who have varying forms of dementia.
Having realised there was no training on how to massage people who live with dementia, Nicolle combined her compassion, experience, knowledge and research, and completed developing a training course in 2009: Massaging People who have Dementia
In October 2012, Nicolle was presented with an award for Excellence in Practice ~ Innovation for the development & delivery of this course by the FHT in London.
Nicolle uses many training styles to appeal to a wide range of students and will accommodate any needs people have to ensure everyone enjoys their day and gets the most out of it. Nicolle likes to use sensitivity and humour to deliver her course, but also likes to deliver a powerful message about how it feels to be a client, using experiential learning to maximise the impact of learning and so improving your practice on a holistic level.


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Purple Turtle Wellbeing
Barrack Yard, North Road
Brighton, East Sussex