"I can't thank everyone at Q Academy enough for the opportunity to have attended the massage and remedial massage courses at your college. I have now just finished my third year of studying Osteopathic Medicine and the knowledge I gained from your massage course has been integral not only to my treatments, but also to my studies at university. The depth of content (including an extensive range of anatomy, physiology, patient assessment tools and treatment techniques) applied within your course in such a short time still assists me with my current studies. I am sure the amount of fun that I had at Q Academy helped the learning process greatly, together with a very high level of teaching skills and practical instruction. Q Academy has been able to create a learning environment with a good mix of enjoyable atmosphere, high quality course content and delivery. The managers, administration and course coaches who deliver such an outstanding experience do so with support and dedication. I fully recommend Q Academy as the best choice for learning any of the courses they make available, especially for those who aim to make the most difference with their treatments, and may wish to further their career at a later stage."
I really enjoyed the online Certificate IV massage therapy course. I loved how it allowed me the flexibility to study from anywhere. I was able to continue studying even when I visited my family back in the United States for a few weeks. Following the instructors in the videos made it easy to learn new massage techniques, and I was never short on volunteers from friends and family. I felt like the course content was very thorough and informative from both a scientific and holistic approach. I believe the online course as well as the team at Q Academy helped prepare me for work in the massage industry.
Prior to starting the course I was working in marketing and sales. I wanted to get into massage as I had previously studied human movement. I'm a keen sporting person and was interested in getting into the health and fitness industry - however in something a little more interesting where I could help people.
When I was looking for a college, it was important for me that I would enjoy the training and that it was professional. It had to be science based and of a comprehensive depth, I didn't want an airy fairy course. It was also important that it have full time hours as I wanted to make the career change quickly. The main thing that interested me with Q Academy was student for life and interactive learning techniques.
My initial goal was to setup a business in my local suburb. I now work 2 blocks from where I live. This course gave the power and choices to setup where I wanted. I intended on setting up by myself and building a client base before expanding my clinic further to employ another person. That has now grown to employing a 2nd person, an acupuncturist who is a yoga therapist. I also have plans to setup a gym within my clinic for muscle strengthening and reconditioning exercises for my clients.
Ever since doing the course and achieving my dream job everything has gone great and is just falling into place.
I never wrote down why exactly I decided to do a Diploma of Remedial Massage! Looking back I see that having abandoned full-time work, I was at one of Life's crossroads. So I probably primed myself with ideas, and then tried on some occupations for size. I thought I'd recognise a good fit that filled me with enough enthusiasm to carry me along.
I needed to work with people doing something that makes them feel better. Needed to have fun. Needed a path opening up to new horizons. Perhaps something really hands-on as a contrast to various seriously sedentary jobs of the last twenty years or so?
No doubt about it, the Q A information pack attracted me on all levels. All I needed was to invest my superannuation - in Me!
Why Q Academy?
The pictures in the brochure hit me - you can't fake enjoyment and enthusiasm. And a visit to the college decided me: Committed people in charge, with professional attitudes, and most importantly I could feel the enthusiasm for massage.
I did compare QA briefly with other institutions offering massage courses. But QA offered the most, was most up-to-date in its adoption of effective learning principles: keeping active; having fun; being creative, even outrageous at times; working in small groups. The whole effect was that whatever it took to get the information across was On. Drawing on bodies? - of course!
In addition, there were attractive conditions: You could keep coming back if you missed part of the course or needed more time to complete it to the required standard; The course was full-time and accelerated - highly desirable to me; the all-in cost including all kinds of freebies, not the least being a massage table, First Aid courses and annual updates.
What I found The course was as anticipated from the pictures - all that and more. The subject matter was well organised and presented. My knowledge of, and respect for, the human body has grown enormously. I have to admit that at times the sheer volume of learning was a challenge for me, but I was not alone. We all had to cope with it in our own ways. But we were encouraged to, and did, access help from the staff as required. I tested the patience of the coaches unmercifully by my questions. Perhaps for people like me understanding has to be the key. Let there be no doubt about it, the commitment and unwavering enthusiasm of the coaches for what they were teaching was essential to our success.
And, also importantly, there appears to be a core value of the management of the Academy: ask for feedback, take stock of what is happening. and aim for improvement. That must be a winning attitude.
What next for me?
There seem to be a number of options for me: Working part-time from home is certainly one but first I need to build up a reputation. So I may try for mobile massage work in a retirement estate or find a clinic.
Garran - A Big thanks to the team at Q Academy for providing such a fun learning experience! Shout outs to the to dogs, Chris, Jeff (aka J-Funnz) , Sarah, Neil, Sandra and Kat for their Knowledge , support and for helping us be the best massage therapists in the world :)
Catherine C - Thanks to everyone at Q Academy for making this course enjoyable. The online components i did were easy to understand. I had great support when i needed it. Loved the clinic and the great staff on campus who made the learning so much fun.
Holly - thank you all at Q Academy for this experience. Each of the coaches have all been amazing, being able to teach different skills and always available for help if needed. You all made coming here (early) each day enjoyable. See you again soon.
Eddy - :)
Nikki - Thanks very much Q Academy. All teachers for teaching me knowledge. Thanks for my class mates help me my English and massage to improve :)
Daniel - Amazing supportive staff have made learning with Q Academy pleasurable and a great experience. Peers equally as friendly and amazing.
Mattison - Thank you everyone at Q Academy, it has been a wonderful experience and i have loved every minute of studying at Q Academy. The course coaches are lovely. Will love coming back and doing the diploma. Thank you.
Katie - Thank you Q ACADEMY, i have thoroughly enjoyed the course. The coaches have been great, they are all very knowledgeable and deliver the content in a way that is interesting and enjoyable. I have loved every minute and made some great friends. I can't wait to begin the Diploma :)
Stacey - A massive thank you to Q Academy team. You guys are awesome! I enjoyed every minute of my time here and have made some great friends throughout the Cert IV course and i can't wait to get started with the Diploma :)
Kishiyo: Great school, very helpful. Anyone want to study massage, come to Q Academy.
Shane: Great staff/coaches with real world hands on experience who want to see students succeed with the knowledge they pass on. Wouldn't go anywhere else, best choice I ever made.
Tom: Q Academy offers a hands on learning approach in a laid-back and friendly environment with specific content that is easy to follow, this course was exactly what I wanted. Highly recommend doing the full time Cert IV to all!
Sam: Great hands on experience, loved the course content!
Hisato: I really enjoyed the lesson here. Thanks.
Casey: Q Academy has an excellent structure, the Course Coaches are amazing, Particularly Ferran! But the best part is, I felt supported and if ever I had a question, they were always very helpful. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Gayle: Great to have so much hands-on learning. Staff extremely helpful with any questions/ problems.