Frequently asked questions...
What are the first year costs and when do I have to pay?
The cost each year will be £3200 if paid in full. We offer an option of installments. These fees may be subject to an increase. The second year fee will be the same as the first (£600 non returnable deposit, then the balance paid according to the agreement).
What does the £600 deposit and the course fee cover?
Our course is great value! For your fee, will receive each year:
- Amatsu course modules in hard-back book format,
- All of the year's Amatsu course material (an invaluable resource) in electroinc format
- Tuition fees for 24 days per year
- Examination fees
- And all drinks and tea break refreshments.
We pride ourselves on teaching everyone to the best of our ability, and to the best of the students' ability. You will be mentored throughout and we will keep tabs on you in between the sessions so you are always supported in your learning. We will do our best to teach to your learning style, and we have an excellent track record with exam results. Last batch of students achieved 12 distinctions (>85%).
What venue do you use?
We generally use the peaceful surroundings of Loudwater Farm, in Loudwater, Rickmansworth, Herts. The ambience is conducive to learning, and gives us plenty of space. For smaller groups we sometimes use Amatsu Clinics UK, in Kings Langley, Herts. Both venues are accessible by public transport or by car as both are close to the M25 and Heathrow and Luton airports.
Other venues can be arranged if we have sufficient numbers of students, so do contact us if you have group of people wishing to learn Amatsu Therapy!
Can you give me the dates of the next course?
The next intake will be 2018. Have a look at our dates here .
Why is the course taught in four day blocks?
We have previously taught the course in a variety of different ways, and through our experience, we have found that the four day blocks are the most effective and supportive way of delivering the course. The Fridays are devoted to anatomy and function, Saturdays are all about assessment techniques, and Sundays are devoted to Amatsu correction techniques. Mondays are reserved for consolidating all the learning and practising the skills learned, allowing students to have a safe space to ask questions so they do not go home confused or unpracticed in techniques.
The northern school will deliver the classed as two day blocks to give an alternative for those who are unable to take annual leave from their day job. An identical syllabus will be used for both schools, but with slightly different lesson plans to accommodate the different days.
What is the average study time needed for homework practical and written?
Most people under-estimate this. I recommend that you spend a minimum of 10 hours a week on your Amatsu studies.
Distance learning in Anatomy & Physiology and Amatsu Theory is given, and homework is handed in every 4-6 weeks. This helps consolidate learning and helps to prepare for upcoming classes. Additionally case studies in the form of treatment protocols are completed each month. In the first year, 30 treatments are completed and marked, and in second year, a further 45 treatments are completed and marked.
How can I find out more about Amatsu training?
Ask us for a hard copy of our Application Pack, or download one here. Contact us to find out more, and we will put you in touch with current or past students who can tell you what it is like to learn with us.
What teaching qualifications do the teachers have?
Jane Langston has been trained to teach Amatsu by Stephen Bates and Dennis Bartram, the Principal Trainer of Amatsu Therapy Association, and regularly takes part in continuing professional development, particularly in Anatomy & Physiology, and Research Techniques. She has additionally taken the PTLLS course which allows me to be a Licensed Associate Teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Taz Faruqi and Gina Croft have also completed the PTLLS course, with Mark Evans completing the CTLLS course.
How many students in each intake?
There will be a maximum of 12 students. I have another 2 spaces per day for qualified practitioners for Continuing Professional Development.
Which assistants do you have helping you?
Andras Handler, a fellow practitioner, is taking part in the Teacher Training Programme and will be helping in the practical sessions as a Teaching Assistant.
How do you support learners?
All learners are given the Amatsu text books in both hard-backed book, and electronic format. The e-book has links to video clips of the Amatsu techniques. We often issue DVDs of the key moments of the class for you to keep. The Trail Guide book has a resource website, which has videos, PowerPoints and audio clips. This is useful for visual and auditory learners and makes an excellent revision tools.
All classes are delivered using a spectrum of teaching techniques. Learners are encouraged to activate their learning, and the emphasis is on fun! Hands-on learning at its best. Mentoring continues out of the classroom and staff are always available by email or phone to support where needed.
What do I do to secure a place?
You must complete the registration form on the website and return it to me with the deposit cheque, payable to Amatsu Training School Ltd. This will secure your place, and you will receive text books and a starter pack. Once I have several deposits, I will put you in touch with your fellow students, so you can correspond and allay any first day nerves.
Is the course affiliated to any governing body?
Yes, it is affiliated to Amatsu Therapy International (UK) which is on the General Council of Massage Therapies (GCMT) and Council for Soft Tissue Therapies.
What else do I need to buy?
You will need to purchase a portable treatment couch to bring to class, and to use at home for your case studies. You will also need to attend an emergency first aid at work course, if you do not have a current first aid certificate. Student insurance is required, and we advise that you use Balens Block scheme with Amatsu Therapy International UK. Certain text books are essential reading, and you will be given a list before the course commences. Student and associate membership of Amatsu Therapy International UK will be required in order to take the examinations, and to obtain insurance.
The Amatsu Training School Ltd - Registered address: 22 Little Green, Elmswell, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9FB. Company number 5844094 Registered in Cardiff June 2006