RULES

  • Every effort is made to ensure that qualified judges are provided. Judges meet before the competition to ensure all judges have a comprehensive understanding of their responsibilities and the judging criteria. 
  • Judging sheets can be made available to competitors upon request, all efforts will be made to get these to you in a timely manner. 
  • The judging takes place in an open environment, judges will walk around and evaluate performance, professionalism, innovation, techniques, and ergonomics.
  • Every effort is made to ensure judges are experts in their assigned category.  We strive to have a mix of experts from around the world.
  • It is your responsibility to read all the rules and obtain clarification as needed. 
  • During the competition, if you receive a deduction due to a misinterpretation of a listed rule, it will stand as a deduction.
  • Judge’s decisions are final and all entries are judged on the same criteria. 
  • Have all your questions clarified before the competition to ensure a more satisfying experience.

General Competition Rules & Code of Conduct:

  •  No refunds of competition fees are given. Competition entrance fees are non-transferable.
  •  Competitions are open to qualified and professional therapists of all skill levels.
  •  The National Massage Championship reserves the right to refuse entry to any competitor.
  •  Competitors and models must be at least 16 years old.
  •  Competitors must specify the competition division they are entering at the time of registration.
  •  Once a competitor has registered they cannot change divisions.
  •  Competitors must enter the highest division they qualify for.
  •  Due to the large attendance of participants, The National Massage Championship is not responsible for verifying that each competitor enters the correct division. This is done on the honour system.
  •  If it’s found a competitor has registered in the wrong division, they will receive a 10-point deduction in their final score for each competition.
  •  Each competition will have one overall winner.
  •  A 1-60-point judging system will be used; – 1 being the lowest – 60 being flawless. Exceptions include when the point system is between 1-5, 1 being the lowest and 5 being flawless.
  •  Competitors must use and arrange for their own client / model for the event.
  •  If any competitor is entering more than one competition in one day, we advise bringing one client / model per category.
  •  Competitors who do not understand English must supply their own translator. The translator must be present during the competition briefing and stay just outside the competition floor in a designated area during the competition in the event they are needed for communication with the competitor. This must occur only by communicating via a floor judge.
  •  Rubbish bins are provided to all competitors.
  •  No eating allowed – only non-alcoholic drinks in the competition arena.
  • All products must be clearly labelled – hand-written labels are acceptable. Non-labelled products will be confiscated during the competition. 
  • Competitor numbers will be allocated on the competition arena via a coloured sticker.
  • All photos/video taken by The National Massage Championship personnel or contractors is the sole property of the organiser, to be used in whatever fashion deemed appropriate by the organiser without compensation to the competitors.
  • Professional filming/photography of the National Massage Championship is not allowed, unless approved by organisers. Filming and picture taking of participants, clients / models) must be approved by the organisers, lead judge and participant / model / client. 
  • After registration, you will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not receive this please check your email spam first, otherwise contact the organiser urgently as it means your registration has NOT been processed.

The Competition Floor:

  • Only competitors and their client / model may enter the competition arena. Any other person entering the arena must obtain permission from the organiser or floor judges.
  • Competitors will be allowed to set up their tools and products during the competition briefing. All kit boxes and bags (other than personal handbags that should be placed under the chairs) will be moved to the back wall of the arena. They will not be left at the bed.
  • Each competition will have a briefing, scheduled 20 minutes prior to the start of each event. 
  • Competitors and clients / models must be present for the briefing and remain at their tables until the conclusion of the competition.
  • Once the allotted time is up, competitors must immediately stop working (and stand with their client / model).
  • Any competitor found to still be working on their client / model after the close of the competition will be disqualified by a floor judge.
  • Massage therapists will be judged while performing treatment.

Finally to note… 

  • Any competitor not abiding by these rules will take whatever point deduction is allocated in the rules. For those rules not specifying a point deduction, there will be one warning with no point deduction, there will be a 5-point deduction for a second warning and disqualification for the third infringement.
  • The Judges’ decisions are final. Judging score overall sheets are made available to competitors after the awards ceremony with score breakdown and judges feedback (if available) and will be emailed to you within 2x weeks after the competition.
  • In the event of a draw the scores will be reviewed and a winner awarded by the judges.
  • Be kind to your model / client and make sure privacy is given when changing and your model / client is covered at all times and make sure they take a bathroom break before the competition. Keep your model / client fed and well hydrated throughout the competition day.
  • The National Massage Championship organisers will provide all competitors with a massage bed couch and couch cover.
  • Participants must provide their own tools and products including (towels or sheets: 1x large to cover table and 1-2x towels to cover model / client, blanket (optional), sanitiser, couch roll (optional) and your products to compete. 
  • The National Massage Championship Organisers DO NOT provide clients models.
  • All competitors should arrive promptly at the stated registrations time according to the competition schedule.
  • Competitors, models / clients will have to check-in and collect their badges to be allowed onto the competition area.
  • Competitors will be given 20 minutes to prepare.
  • Competitors are not allowed to start the massage treatment before the start announcement, but muscles can be warmed up. Judging will not start until the Lead Judge gives start time. 
  • Competitors must wear appropriate professional clothes and hair should be tied back during the competition.
  • An announcement will be made at the end of the competition. In order to prepare for the next round of the competitions, can you please stop work, lay tools down, clean workspace and leave the competition arena as soon as possible. 
  • Please be mindful of your fellow competitors if you are using any product that has a strong odour or invasive sound, you might be asked to remove it. 
  • All competitors across all divisions MUST be insured and spot checks will be made.

JUDGING CRITERIA: 

Total of 100 points, broken into the following categories:

Setting the environment (maximum 5 points) 

  • Have appropriate equipment: adequate towels, drapes, oils, wax, balms and bolsters.
  • Arrange equipment to be freely accessible
  • Set the right table/chair height
  • Area around table is clear and safe
  • Prepare model for treatment:
  • No Jewellery to be worn
  • Leave underwear on
  • Brief consultation regards Pathologies 

Personal preparation (maximum 5 points) 

  • Physically prepared for treatment. No colds or infectious diseases.
  • Therapist should display good personal hygiene, clean hands and short nails
  • Appearance: hair tied back, presentable appearance, no rings/bracelets
  • Clothing: T-shirts, Polo, tunic etc Therapists must cover all torso and shoulders (show sample), easy to move trousers, not too tight/loose

Using drapes, towels, cushion/bolsters for support (maximum 5 points) 

  • Provide appropriate bolsters in prone, supine or side lying
  • Ensure client comfort, warmth and decency at all times
  • Clear communication with client regards the placing of the supports
  • Ensure client comfort at all times

Use of draping:

  • Place drapes/towels on model / client so as to provide warmth, decency & comfort the body
  • Draping/towel techniques must be smooth and confidently administered
  • Moving towels to expose only the necessary body part worked on
  • Not exposing intimate body parts

The massage treatment (maximum 60 points) 

  • Therapists must administer a competent, confident and effective massage
  • Therapists will be expected to use some of the following techniques according to their category.
  • Effleurage, Petrissage, Ringing, Kneading, Compression, Friction, Transverse Friction, Cross fibre techniques, Trigger point work, Myofascial release techniques, Vibration, Percussion, Bending & Stretching, Acupressure.
  • Using massage techniques at an appropriate pace to enhance its effectiveness, whilst combining the above techniques ensuring rhythm and flow
  • Adapting the massage techniques to model’s needs by verbal and non verbal communication
  • Transition from techniques to technique must be smooth and considered.
  • Spending adequate time on a particular body part before moving to another
  • Adapting pressure of techniques to clients models verbal and non verbal feedback
  • Using a sufficient number of the above techniques, to ensure efficacy. Apply techniques (and) appropriately on the areas of the body chosen for treatment; adapting where necessary
  • Applying massage techniques considering human anatomy (muscle location, being mindful of muscle origin and insertion and therefore  massaging the entire muscle. Apply stretch where appropriate. Being mindful of how to appropriately hold or move limbs. (holding correct joint, etc)
  • Demonstrating palpation skills
  • Therapists must stay present and attentive during treatment
  • Innovation and originality of using and mixing massage technique

Body mechanics during treatment (maximum 20 points)

  • Therapist needs to use their body to prevent injury to self & enhances the effectiveness of the massage techniques
  • Therapists may want to use the power from their lower body, not rely only on arm, shoulders and upper body strength
  • Bend knees to enhance the treatment
  • Therapists to move around the client /model appropriately to prevent injury to self
  • Therapists hands are usually relaxed and responding to client / models body contour
  • Therapists hands are relaxed & responsive in order to palpate model’s body
  • Avoid using posture and positions that are uncomfortable
  • Breath in a relaxed, slow and regular way during treatment
  • Hands are aligned to movement direction
  • Do not overuse one body part (such as thumbs, wrist joint) whilst giving the massage treatment

Interaction with model / client during competition (maximum 5 points) 

    • Look for signs or ask model / client if they need extra covers for comfort and warmth
    • Communicate with model / client about moving their model / clients body part
    • Observe feedback, verbal and non-verbal, concerning comfort, pressure and pace speed of massage
  • Therapist must respond to verbal & non verbal feedback in an appropriate way
  • Appropriate amount of communication
  • Sensitivity to model’s needs and requirements

If you have any questions please email Laura.tarling@olympiabeauty.co.uk

The rules and regulations, judging criteria and entry levels for this competition are all copyright of The National Massage Championship, owned and organised by Olympia Beauty.

Covid-19. This competition will run in line with government guidelines