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About the Championship

Aim

It is an organization that concerns massage therapists, trainers, managers, suppliers, centres and educational institutions working in the spa, wellness, health, sport, natural and complementary therapies. The championship is to contribute positively to the development of the participants’ skills, to the training of qualified massage therapists and to the massage profession in terms of ethical values in a good, reliable and competitive environment. It aims to reach, maintain and develop the best in the sector.

In this context, the main objectives to be achieved are as follows:

  • To increase the professional quality
  • To promote vocational training
  • To promote vocational training
  • To protect professional ethical values
  • To increase awareness of the importance and dignity of massage
  • To increase the technical quality of massage with competition
  • To introduce the best massage therapists to the national and international community
  • To contribute to the increase of qualified massage therapists
  • To provide an opportunity for qualified, elite and professional massage therapists to introduce themselves and showcase their skills

Terms of Participation

PARTICIPATION TERMS AND CRITERIA

  1. Participants must provide proof of training in a massage program during the application and registration process. This criterion is not required for beginners and/or those in the student category.

  2. Participants apply for the competition by completing the required information on the “Application Form.”

  3. Participants can apply for one or more categories based on their massage education and experiences.

  4. Participants must adhere to suitable attire for massage, including appropriate uniforms or clothing (sports shoes, sports pants or yoga pants, t-shirts, etc.).

  5. Participants are allowed to wear personal sponsorship clothing or any National team attire that suits the category.

  6. Participants must bring their own materials suitable for the massage category they will compete in (towels, sheets, application tools, etc.).

  7. The responsibility of arranging the model for the application lies with the participant, and this responsibility continues until the end of the application. For those who cannot provide their models or partners, the organizing committee assists in providing partners.

  8. All participants must adhere to the specified competition duration (60 minutes) for the respective category. Short-term applications like facial massage last for 30-60 minutes, with the first 5 minutes allocated for participants to introduce themselves.

  9. For oily massages, the person receiving the massage should wear underwear, and (if female) the chest should be covered. Areas not being worked on or massaged should be covered.

  10. Everyone can participate in the massage competition without gender distinction. Any participant can perform a massage on any gender if they wish.

  11. Massage oil will be provided by the organization. Participants are not obligated to bring their own oil. However, if a participant prefers to use a specific oil for themselves (or their category), they are free to bring it.

  12. Chiropractic or osteopathic techniques are not allowed.

Competition Categories

Participants are free to select any massage method or category from the options provided below, with a maximum allowance of competing in 3 categories.

CategoryDescription
Sport MassageThe participant must declare whether the massage type is before or after sports. Performs sports massage techniques without using any materials.
Facial MassageThis category covers all facial treatment styles or a mixed specific technique, including facial care, facial massage and decollete (Kobido, manual buccal, classic facial massage, etc.)
Therapeutic MassageThe participant begins by stating the purpose of the application, the area and the appropriate application technique. For this purpose, all appropriate massage techniques (Classical/Swedish Massage, deep tissue, sports massage techniques, trigger points, stretching, mobilization, etc.) along with the necessary materials or auxiliary tools can be used.
Traditional Turkish MassageThis unique massage method, coming from the Traditional Turkish Hamam (Hammam) Culture, will be in the form of a foam massage in the Hamam atmosphere. The participant demonstrates all the techniques required for traditional foam massage. This massage will be in a Turkish Hamam determined by the organization.
SPA & Wellness CategoryThis category includes a variety of techniques and body care practices inspired by different application methods around the world. (Aromatherapy, Maderotherapy, Bamboo Massage, Stones, Tibetan bells/Sound/vibration, Body Care/Cellulite/Aesthetics/Body shaping, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, etc.) Appropriate auxiliary tools and materials can be used. However, electronic materials are not allowed.

It is important to make unique applications with unique skills and creativity.
Eastern (Asia) CategoryIt includes Asian style massage methods. Ayurveda, Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Tui-Na, Anma, Yumeiho, instrumental (wooden) reflexology, etc. Free Eastern Style: Includes combinations of different Asian massage techniques.
Western CategoryIt includes Western-style massage methods. Lomi Lomi, Classical/Swedish, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Reflexology etc. Free Western Style: It involves the combination of different Western massage techniques.
Students/BeginnersThis group is for massage practitioners, students and amateurs who are new to massage. Those with a maximum of 1 year of experience can compete in this category. Participants in this group can compete in any of the massage techniques mentioned above, but are judged as a single category. Participants are ranked (1st, 2nd, 3rd) according to the scores they received in a single category.

Competition Judges

COMPETITION JURY (JUDGES)

  1. The juries consist of individuals selected from the relevant departments of universities, massage associations and massage-related educational institutions.
  2. All of the juries are made up of the participants of the judge meeting or seminar related to the competition.
  3. Jury selection will be based on their qualifications, skills, experience and judging capacity for a particular massage category.
  4. The selected judge is assigned to evaluate only the categories appropriate to his qualifications, skills and evaluation experience.
  5. The selected judge will ideally have at least 5 years of experience and have worked in an educational setting. It can be domestic or foreign.
  6. The jury selected will be fair, honest, impartial and have the principle of equality.
  7. A jury cannot be its own student’s jury as it will be considered a party. If the jury becomes aware of such a situation, it shall immediately notify the authorities and the contestant in question will be directed to another jury or jury to evaluate another competitor.
  8. The jury, which is determined to be a party or match-fixing, will not be assigned in the next competitions.
  9. For the international competition, at least 2 judges who meet the judge criteria are invited from abroad.
  10. According to the category and number of applications, Jury reinforcements are made from the country or abroad when needed.

Scoring And Evaluation

The judge will evaluate the competitors in the following areas and give points:

  • Preparation: Preparation of the participant and the massage recipient for the session.
  • Tools and materials: The use of tools and support materials for massage is evaluated.
  • Techniques: Evaluates the correct display of necessary techniques suitable for the massage category.
  • Ergonomics: Evaluates correct use of body mechanics, posture and position.
  • Fluency/Flow: Evaluates the continuous and fluent application of techniques.
  • Innovative Approach: Evaluates innovation, innovation and the development of new techniques
  • Client/recipient communication: Ethical ethics with the therapist’s client/guest were evaluated within the framework of human relations and behaviour.
  • Feedback: The individual’s opinion on the massage therapist’s performance.
  • Overall Performance: The integrity of the message and the overall performance of the therapist are evaluated.
  • In order for the scoring to be as fair and impartial as possible, all decisions regarding scoring will be taken collectively within the Jury group of the relevant category.
  • The top three rows of each category will be determined. Certificates, medals and various surprise gifts will be given to the winners.

Participation Fee

Number of CategoryParticipation Fee (Euro)
1€ 100
2€ 150
3€ 200

Note: Each participant in the competition gains the right to participate in the symposium.

Awards

The winners are given certificates, plaques/medals and surprise gifts for each category (1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees).

1) First prize: To the person and team with the highest score in the competition

2) Second prize: To the second person and team with the highest score in the competition

3) Third prize: It is given to the third person and team with the highest score in the competition.

Special Jury or Encouragement Award: It is the award given to the person and team who came to the final competition but could not reach the place, but were deemed worthy of the award with their dedication. This is determined by the advisory and organizing committee.

Acommodation and City Transfer

Participants and visitors are responsible for arranging and booking accommodation, flights, and local transportation.

The organizing committee can do those who request accommodation and transfer services.

There will be a link on our website about accommodation opportunities and different options in the city.

Accommodation options

The Corner Park Hotel

Location : Konyaaltı / Antalya

Discount code: MC2024 (15% discount)

The discount code is valid only for reservations on 20-30 April.

Reservations are made on the hotel’s website. https://www.thecornerpark.com/



Hotel Lunay

Location : Konyaaltı / Antalya

SingleDoubleTripleQuadruple
1000 TL1300 TL1700 TL2000 TL
Breakfast included

Reservations are made via WhatsApp.



Blue Garden Hotel

Location : Konyaaltı / Antalya

Single RoomDouble RoomTriple Room
 TL 1800TL 3000TL
Phone : +90 554 783 9219

Organization Venue

The championship will be held in the Akdeniz University, Faculty of Sports Sciences Antalya / Turkiye

The place for the competition has conference and seminar halls, events areas, food and beverage areas (Restaurant, cafe, etc.) and shower facilities.

360° photo taken from drone

Daily Schedule

April 26, 2024
SPA & WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM
08:30…REGISTRATION (You can collect your name tags from the registration desk starting at 08:30 and throughout the event.)
09:00 – 13:30OPENING SPA & WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
12:30 – 13:30LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 18:00SPA & WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
April 27, 2024
MASSAGE COMPETITIONS
09:00 – 13:30Sports Massage – Facial Massage – Therapy Massage – Western Category – Eastern (Asian) Category – Traditional Turkish Massage – SPA & Wellness Category
12:30 – 13:30LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 15:00SYMPOSIUM: CONFERENCE-PANEL-DEMO
15:00 – 15:15TEA/COFFEE BREAK
15:15 – 18:00Sports Massage – Facial Massage – Therapy Massage – Western Category – Eastern (Asian) Category – Traditional Turkish Massage – SPA & Wellness Category
April 28, 2024
MASSAGE COMPETITIONS
09:00 – 13:30Sports Massage – Facial Massage – Therapy Massage – Western Category – Eastern (Asian) Category – Traditional Turkish Massage – SPA & Wellness Category
12:30 – 13:30LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 15:00SYMPOSIUM: CONFERENCE-PANEL-DEMO
15:00 – 15:15TEA/COFFEE BREAK
15:15 – 18:00FINAL COMPETITIONS
Sports Massage – Facial Massage – Therapy Massage – Western Category – Eastern (Asian) Category – Traditional Turkish Massage – SPA & Wellness Category
19:00…GALA AND AWARD CEREMONY

About the competition

Massage Championship is an international professional organization for massage therapists working in the fields of massage, complementary therapies, spa & wellness, sports, health and beauty. It was founded by experts from the world of education, the massage profession, business, and therapy, including subject matter experts, governing bodies and councils. This organization is supported by Think Three Hub, World SPA Organization, Health and Natural Therapies Association and some Massage Associations.

Massage Championship, which will be held for the first time in Turkiye, will be held together with SPA & Wellness: Conference, Panel and Workshop programs.

The organizing committee, under the leadership of Nihat Ayçeman, is working with enthusiasm to realize it successfully. We sincerely believe that with your participation, it will be more productive and enjoyable.

It would be great to combine competition, knowledge sharing and unique experience with a perfect vacation. The Campus of Akdeniz University, where the organization will be held, is one of the best campuses in Turkiye and is located in the heart of the city. Antalya is a holiday paradise, 27-29 April 2023 is a great time both for a holiday and for sharing experiences with experts.