Exams come around a few times a year here at Quantum Metta School of Massage. Mainly in June, November and January. For the students there are always a few nerves to cope with on the big exam day. Nerves of course are natural on such occasions. We need a certain amount of stress and pressure to motivate us to do stuff but we don’t need too much that it stops us in our tracks and prevents us from doing what we want to do.
One thing that’s essential is to practise, practise, practise before your exam. Get together with some of your classmates and practise some more. It’ll make you feel more confident about what you’re doing.
Here are more tips that’ll help you make the most of your practical massage exam day.
10 top tips to get practical massage exam ready
1. Be prepared
Get everything ready the night before – have a checklist that you can tick off as you go. Pop some Rescue Remedy in your bag too. And go to bed early.
2. Allow plenty of time to get there
Check that your transport is running ok. Leave home extra early so you arrive at the venue with time to spare to set up your massage table and work area. Then you’ll have time to get yourself ‘in role’ and relax a bit before the exam starts.
3. Practise positive self-talk
Focus on positive self-talk and avoid the negative thoughts that creep into your head. Say ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I passed…’, ‘I’m ready for this…’, ‘I’ve done my revision, it’s time to show what I know…’, ‘It’ll be exciting to receive my diploma..’.
4. Stay in your own zone
Once your work area is set up, stay in your own zone. Don’t get distracted by other people’s stress. Sit quietly, focus and belly breathe – loooong and sloooow. Perhaps practise Chi Kung forms to relax your mind and get your body ready.
5. Set your intention
What do you want to achieve from today’s exam? How would you love your exam to go?
6. Focus on your client
If you’re doing that, you can’t focus on ‘I’m nervous’ at the same time. If you find yourself in an ‘I’m nervous’ space, notice it and switch your attention back to the client again.
7. Smile inside and out
Wouldn’t it be great if you enjoyed the experience? Visualise yourself enjoying giving the massage and doing really well in your exam.
8. Remember your why
Why did you get started on this wonderful journey in the first place. You’re pretty much there. On the very brink of achieving your goal. How exciting is that?
9. It’s an opportunity
Look at it as an opportunity to demonstrate the result of all the hours and energy you’ve put into your training and your coursework.
10. Posture and body movement
Before starting the practical massage exam, ground yourself and then work from your centre. During the massage itself be mindful of your posture and alignment, remember to include body movement and relax your shoulders.
At QM we say that the exam is a strategy and a performance…here’s the script, learn it, know how to adapt it, perform it and then pick up your Oscar. After all those hours of practise, you’re ready.
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