24th April 2012, 10:01 PM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Peoples Republic of Cornwall
Yes distant learning in CAM therapies it is a false economy.
Yes there is 100's of threads on HP.
Accreditation for many of these DL courses is B_S_. They make up silly titles and letters after your name to sound impressive, but they don't have formal recognition within the CAM industry. The larger registers/professional associations won't accept DL, especially for core therapies.
That doesn't mean that DL is useless. It is a useful a modality, but you cannot learn hands-on skills using this mode of learning.
These DL courses are run by "diploma mills". Companies that set up to flog the public things that they may wish to learn with at least effort as possible. They offer easy payment schemes and use BS terms like "There is a great need for such or such therapy". And they know they will get customers because of feeding into their ego, whims and fancies.
To be a good, competant, successful therapist, IHM or otherwise, takes time, energy, study, practice, practice and more practice!!
If you truly wish to have a career (it's more of a vocation in reality) in therapies, you would be best to study body massage with anatomy and physiology first, then see where you wish to take it. Taking this route is the foundation to additional studies and can open (hopefully) many doors. The better qualifications to go for are ITEC, VTCT, C&G, BTEC etc etc at level 3. Level 2 should be avoided as it's as useful as a chocolate teapot.
I hope I don't come across as harsh, but don't waste your money on DL courses. Some people do them for personal interest, which is dandy, but you can learn the same info out of a book from waterstones.