Become a professional massage therapist

Start and finish when it suits you. We offer a flexible blended approach which allows you to study at your own pace without compromising quality. The 10 week zoom guided sessions are run 3 times a year and you can attend as many as you need as part of our life-long learning pledge to you. In additiona you need to attend a minimum of 2 practiccal skills development days to gain your professional insurance certificate.

  • Start today - access to all the learning resources you need

  • Join the WhatsApp group for immediate support & guidance

  • Private Facebook group for extra input

  • 2-day group practical workshop included in the cost

  • Extra 1-1 skills development can be purchased

  • Professional practice insurance certificate

  • Pre requisite for City & Guilds qualifications

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • What you will learn

    • Scheme requirements

    • Scheme requirements

    • Additional items

  • 2

    PRE LEARNING- What is massage

    • What is body massage

    • The effect of massage on the body

    • When would you not massage?

  • 3

    Session 1 - Preparation for massage

    • Preparing for massage

    • Preparation of the environment for massage

    • Workplace health, safety and welfare. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

    • Preparing the working area

    • How to chose a massage table

    • Saving your body

    • Stretching exercises

    • Preparing yourself to provide massage treatments

    • How to provide facial support on the massage table

    • Contraindications - Activity

    • Massage mediums

    • Additional links & resources

    • Contra-indications and cautions relating to massage therapy

  • 4

    Session 2-Effleurage techniques

    • Effleurage techniques

    • Effleurage & stroking to the back of the leg

    • Effleurage & stroking to the back

    • Effleurage & stroking to the abdomen

  • 5

    Session 3 - Petrissage

    • Petrissage techniques

    • Single, double & reinforced palmer kneading

    • Forearm kneading

    • Knuckling & thumb compressions

    • Finger kneading

    • Picking-up to the back

    • Picking up posterior lower leg

    • Picking up posterior upper leg

    • Single-hand picking up to the neck

    • Skin rolling

    • Wringing to the back

  • 6

    Session 4 - Tapotement & Percussion techniques

    • Tapotement & Percussion techniques

  • 7

    Session 5 - Friction & compression techniques

    • Friction & compression techniques

    • Vibration techniques

    • Passive joint movement techniques (PJM)

  • 8

    Session 6 - Pre-warming techniques

    • Pre warming

    • Infrared warming techniques

    • Mechanical massage techniques

    • G5-Proceedure

  • 9

    Session 7 - Consultation

    • Consultation techniques

    • Body types

    • Posture analysis

    • Figure faults

    • Skin & fat types

    • Skin conditions & disorders

    • Skin conditions & disorders transcript

    • Treatment plan

    • Example of completed treatment plan

    • Massage intake forms

    • Body Massage client questionnaire

  • 10

    Session 8 - After care

    • Why give aftercare?

    • Why give aftercare?

    • Types of aftercare

    • Example of an aftercare leaflet

  • 11

    Session 9 - Treatment management

    • Treatment management

  • 12

    Suggested routines

    • Back massage

    • Back massage routine

    • Posterior leg

    • Turning the client from prone to supine

    • Decollete, neck, arms & hands

    • Decollete, neck, arms & hands muscles and massage routine

    • Abdominal massage routine

    • Anterior thorax muscles & massage routine

    • Anterior lower limb massage routine

    • Abdominal massage and the Vegas nerve.

    • Anterior lower limb muscles & massage routine

  • 13

    Session 10 - Creating a massage practice


  • 14


    • YouTube channels to subscribe to

    • Rebel Massage -Rounded Shoulders! Massage Tutorial

  • 15


    • Review questions

    • Assignment guidance

    • Task 1a- The treatment

    • Task 1b- Techniques

    • Task 1c - Legal requirements

    • Task 1d - Conditions preventing treatment

  • 16

    City & Guilds requirements

    • Assignment guidance

    • Assignment 305 Provide body massage

    • Practical assessment

    • Practical performance guidance

    • Candidatelogbook-1552219745416

  • 17

    Contra-indications and cautions for massage therapy

    • General Council for Massage Therapy - Contras and cautions

Included in this course

To ensure you have all the resources you need to achieve the City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Massage

  • Advanced Anatomy & physiology for therapists

    13 units broken down into bite-sized learning lessons covering all the knowledge you need to know.

  • Principles & practices for therapists

    This covers hygiene in the workplace, microorganisms, hazards & risks, legislation, codes of ethics & standards.

  • Essential guide to business

    This guide will tell you what you need to know when considering setting up a business in the holistic or beauty Industry.


Complementary therapies specialist

Michelle Andreou

I love to teach! To impart my skills and knowledge into creating well-rounded, professional therapists gives me a buzz. I believe that when we learn as adults we bring a wealth of life-skills to the learning journey and I use this experience and build on it. My style of teaching is to make students think…. And find their own answer. I facilitate - guiding students to come to their own conclusions to empower their learning. My lessons are fun and very interactive. Students are encouraged to contribute their own thoughts and ideas as, in that way, we can learn from each other. When learning a new skill, there are guidelines but I encourage and positively applaud students having a personal take on a skill, finding their own way of doing something that will make them stand out. I believe at the end of their journey with me students will be able to go out into the world as well-rounded, skilled, professional therapists and establish a well-being business.


5 star rating

Diverse learning, fun and capturing!

Patrycja Brojacz

I have completed the Massage Master Course in February 2020. During my online learning I was using laptop, tablet and sometimes my phone. The course is very ...

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I have completed the Massage Master Course in February 2020. During my online learning I was using laptop, tablet and sometimes my phone. The course is very well thought through and designed to suit every learning style. The audio recordings aligned with text and pictures make this combination a fantastic tool to gain knowledge and understanding easier than any other course I have done thus far. On top of that every module has number of exercises and tests to solidify every topic before the final assessment. If you are looking for a diverse learning resources that are fun and capturing rather than boring and unmotivating, this is a perfect course for you.

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Why become a massage therapist?

We call this the 'Martini' course - any time, any place, anywhere.... Massage is a universally recognised profession.

  • Flexibility

    Flexibility is something that many other career choices lack. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to get stuck working the mundane 9-5, massage can be a great solution. Once you qualify, you can find very flexible work as a massage therapist. There is a wide variety of places to work and scheduling possibilities as a massage therapist. It can be a great career choice for people who want to make a living while still having time to do other things that they love.

  • Environment

    Many people have experienced working in a less than ideal environment. With massage therapy, this can be much less of a concern. One of the main goals of massage therapy is to take people from the high stress of daily life to an atmosphere where they can relax and release tension. Imagine working in an atmosphere where the main goal is to reduce stress and increase relaxation. That’s what massage therapists do every day!

  • Helping

    Whether it’s relaxation or healing, massage therapy can help people feel better. Massage can help increase overall health and balance within the body and as a massage therapist, you can be an instrument in this process. Knowing that you are playing a role in helping people release stress and feeling better about their health can be extremely rewarding. If you’re the type of person who enjoys helping others, massage therapy may be a great fit.

Pricing options

We understand that everyone has different objectives and our flexibility extends to the payment options too.