Frequently asked questions...
What are the first year costs and when do I have to pay?
The cost each year are currently £3200 if paid in full. We offer an option of instalments. 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:
- All of the year's Amatsu course material (an invaluable resource) in electronic format
- Tuition fees for 24 days per year
- Examination fees
- And all drinks and tea break refreshments
- Mentoring throughout and between the teaching days.
- Course content complies with National Occupational Standards for Soft Tissue Therapy and Massage Therapy
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 all achieved 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 January 2019. Have a look at our dates here .
This will be the last practitioner course we offer so book now to avoid disappointment.
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 muscle testing, orthopaedic testing and Amatsu Soft Tissue Therapy assessment techniques and Sundays are devoted to Amatsu Soft Tissue Therapy 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 unpractised in techniques.
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 4-5 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, Fascia and Research Techniques. Jane Langston & Gina Lilley have also completed the PTLLS course, with Mark Evans completing the CTLLS course. Andras Handler also helps with the delivery of year 1 and 2 Amatsu. Have a look at their biographies on the Meet the Team page.
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?
Fiona Parker and Stephan Grabner, fellow practitioners, will be taking part in the Teacher Training Programme and will be helping in the practical sessions as a Trainee Teachers. Gill Bough is our ever helpful classroom assistant, and provides guidance in practical sessions, tea and coffee in the breaks and a hug when needed!
How do you support learners?
All learners are given the Amatsu text books in electronic format. We hope to be able to give all students copies of these in hard-backed book format soon.
Our set text book is The Trail Guide to the Human Body 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 Application Form and return it to me with the deposit cheque, payable to Amatsu Training School Ltd or make payment by bank transfer or via PayPal. This will secure your place, and you will receive text books and a starter pack. Once I have several deposits, with your permission 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?
What else do I need to buy?
- You will need to purchase a portable treatment couch and couch covers 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