Massage Instruction for Beginners

Students practicing massage

Belfast massage therapist Maria Gail offers a hands-on workshop, "Massage for Beginners."  The instruction is geared for individuals who want to share massage with family or friends. Five 3-hour sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly, with a class size of 2 or 4 students. Contact Maria at 207 338-4628 for more information. Participants receive massage supplies, including loaner massage tables for use during the course. Students are required to register in teams of two--with a partner, family member or friend to ensure that they will have a person with whom to practice.  Contact Maria at 207 338-4628 for more information.

Session I
Introduction to massage, self-care, draping and contraindications
Massage for Neck and Head

Session II
Massage for Arms and Abdomen

Session III
Massage for Legs and Feet

Session IV
Massage for the Back

Session V
Body Drumming

The Details


  • Twin sheet set, pillowcase
  • Pillow for bolster
  • Towel
  • Blanket 
  • Short fingernails
  • Loaner massage table
  • Bottle apron
  • 2 pump bottles
  • 8 oz. oil
  • 8 oz lotion
  • Handouts
  • Bibliography and catalogs
Reserve your place with a non-refundable $50 deposit within one week of starting date. Class must be paid in full by date of first class. View and Print out the 24kb pdf registration form and send it along with deposit or full payment. (Opens with Acrobat Reader)

In the event that a class needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather, we will schedule additional Tuesday evenings. Check Maria's home answering machine for snow cancellations: 338-2886.

Some people's schedules may not allow time for a meal before class. Although we won't officially break for supper, participants may bring food with them.

"Draping", or using the top sheet to tuck and cover the massage recipient for modesty, will be taught and used in this class. Additionally, in this class everyone will be required to wear underpants.

Participants should be in reasonably good health. If you have doubts, ask. (Possible massage contraindications include such liver, kidney, spleen and circulatory problems as might be aggravated by increased circulation. )

Loaner massage tables must be returned at the Session V Body Drumming class.

This workshop is for individuals who want to share massage with family or friends. It is not intended as training to become licensed massage therapists. 

For more information, call Maria at home at 338-2886. Business phone 338-4628 reaches her appointment service.

If Tuesday evenings don't work for you, consider putting together your own group of six students and calling to arrange a different class schedule.

Maria Gail is a 1992 graduate of the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro, Maine. Her massage practice is located at Robertson Chiropractic in Belfast. She offers massage instruction to the public, both in class settings and private appointments. 


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