Akiko Yagi

Diploma of Remedial Massage

Akiko Yagi

I came to Melbourne in 2008 on a working holiday visa. After one year, I wanted to learn something useful in English and found massage therapy interesting. Since I had been suffering from stiff shoulders for many years, I thought it would be great if I study about the body mechanism and how to maintain my body healthy.

I wanted to take up the Diploma of remedial massage course to study more professional contents. Endeavour offered affordable and shorter course than the other schools, and it had a good reputation of high quality massage education. In addition, the location of the school is too good to pass up! Endeavour Melbourne campus is in the centre of Melbourne and has good access to public transportation as well as nice restaurants and fashion shops are just around the corner.

I enjoyed the classes that we learned massage techniques the most. Sometimes I fell asleep while we paired up and practiced on one another because it was just too good to keep myself awake! Dealing with real clients in a real clinic situation was quite interesting and challenging. All clients have different reasons why they come in for a massage so that we had to make a plan and massage as appropriate according to clients’ condition and needs. It was the most difficult part of my study however I could manage by great helps from the experienced-teachers!

Teachers are very supportive and considerate of the international students. Especially the Senior Lecturer of Remedial Massage was a one of the greatest teachers. She always asked us how our study was going on to make sure whether we keep up with classes and if there is a problem she sorted it out straightaway! If she had not helped me, I could not have been able to complete my course for sure.

I was lucky as I had kept in touch with the Senior Lecturer even after I graduated, she offered me jobs as a massage therapist when Endeavour held events and as a tutor to help and supervise students when they were in the clinic. When the big tsunami and earthquake hit Japan in March 2011, I immediately contacted her to borrow some massage chairs and other necessary equipment for a charity massage event to raise funds. Endeavour also allowed us to hold charity massage events at the teaching clinic and we raised quite a lot of funds.

I had worked in the graduate clinic which was open for people who recently graduated from courses at Endeavour for 2 years. It was an absolutely great start to build up my career within a familiar environment. Unfortunately the graduate clinic is now closed but now I have work in a clinic in a busy fitness club and also treat clients at my place.

The course included several practical and useful techniques, such as lymphatic drainage massage, pregnancy massage, MFR, MET, PRT... thus I can provide appropriate techniques according to client’s needs. I still use the lecture notes to brush up my skills and knowledge quite often.