Hi, Does anyone know of any massage therapy schools, preferably that teach in English. If anyone knows of anything please let me know. Best wishes Salvia salvia
In France, only registered kinésithérapeutes may perform massage, by law, as it is regarded as a medical procedure. The training is part of the (lengthy) kinésithérapeute education. The practice of modelage, which may make no medical or therapeutic claims and which is restricted to "aesthetic ends" can be practiced by qualified esthéticien(ne)s, who also receive the training as part of their (less lengthy, but still sustantial) education.
There are 2 french guys teaching massage in the area. I wouldn't recommend either of them, I know one is in Grasse now and the other don't know exactly where he teaches. As Mike said the diploma isn't valid or recognized to practise in this country.
There are English diploma therapists in the area - but they aren't recognised by the French 'Kinestherapeutes', who in spite of the fact they massage very little hold the monopoly of that word.
In answer to Salvia02's original question - there is a 'School' listed on the ITEC site, however the link is defunk and I would therefore assume that as ITEC qualifications are not recognised in France there was no call for it and may have closed. It was based in Nyons, if you need the details go to http://www.itecworld.co.uk/ .
From personal experience it is impossible to practice in France even if you have qualifications that are recognised in most Countries as it is a requirement to also have professional Liabilities Insurance (Even in the UK) and you just cannot get it without being a registered kinésithérapeutes as Mike pointed out. I am ITEC qualified and would just not risk even offering it to friends free for this reason.
Unfortunately there are people offering 'Massage' services in France who are either not qualified or have qualifications and are not insured. I made the mistake of having a massage done by someone who was neither qualified or insured and spent two weeks in agony a few years back.