Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy

This course will give you the skills and experience to work with patients who have muscle and movement dysfunction arising from postural abnormalities or non-acute injuries or provide maintenance treatments as part of injury prevention.


  • conduct patient consultations
  • perform postural and movement assessments
  • plan short, medium and long term treatment programmes
  • provide basic and advanced soft tissue manipulation treatments
  • design self management plans with your patient


You can take these skills to sports and outdoor activity events or on-site to homes or business premises.

Training in pre and post sport treatments and Chair Massage are included in this Diploma course.



The holistic approach

Holistic health care focuses on the health of the whole person, body and mind, not just the body in parts.


To have a holistic approach we need to:

  • Listen to the words of the patient, to the language of the body and through our hands, the response of the tissues when we give treatment. 

Respecting the needs and limitations of the body, not pushing for results the patient may think are possible but being able to confidently address any unrealistic expectations  are key skills.

  • Understand the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind, each capable of holding the other in a negative or positive state.  

When we experience resistance or frustration from a patient or apparent lack of progress in recovery, we will have a deeper understanding of where this can come from and what is needed to support, educate and advise the patient.

  • Create a safe, non-judgemental healing space for the patient to be in and to know this in itself is a powerful healing tool.

We are the facilitators of healing. All that we do in a healing space, whether simply listening or treating tight or painful muscles, we bring greater overall balance, comfort, confidence and ability to each patient.


This is massage therapy, the holistic way.

Module contents and course structure


At the conclusion of each module you can arrange a private tutorial to discuss your submitted work and gain advice and guidance to help you master your practical skills.


Module 1: Preparing for treatments

  • Complementary Health
  • Professional practice
  • Preparing the clinical environment
  • Contraindications and scope of practice
  • Anatomy and Physiology; Cells and tissues
  • Anatomy and Physiology;The skin
  • Working holistically with patients; Part 1
  • Module 1; Conclusion

Module 2: Consultation skills

  • Communication skills
  • Assessing and screening patients
  • Prescribing self care
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The cardiovascular system
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The respiratory system
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The lymphatic system
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The endocrine system
  • Working holistically with patients; Part 2
  • Module 2: Conclusion

Module 3: Basic treatment techniques and application

  • Posture, application and contexts
  • Techniques; Effleurage
  • Techniques; Petrissage
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The skeletal system
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The muscular system
  • Anatomy and Physiology; Joints
  • Working holistically with patients; Part 3

You now need to attend your first 2 day skills workshop or online equivalent. The workshop will help you turn the basic movements into effective treatments and give you experience in conducting consultations and patient case studies which contribute towards your qualification.

Module 4: Joint anatomy and musculature

  • Introducing joint anatomy and musculature
  • Anatomy and physiology of the shoulder
  • Anatomy and physiology of the spine
  • Anatomy and physiology of the hip
  • Anatomy and physiology of the knee
  • Anatomy and physiology of the lower leg, ankle & foot
  • Anatomy and physiology of the elbow, wrist & hand
  • Working holistically with patients; Part 4
  • Module 4: Conclusion

Module 5: Deep tissue massage and stretching techniques

  • Techniques; Tapotement and passive stretching
  • Advanced techniques; Soft tissue release, Musculo-energy techniques, Trigger point release, Frictions
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The nervous system
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The digestive system
  • Anatomy and Physiology; The urinary system
  • Patient case studies
  • Working holistically with patients; Part 5
  • Module 5: Conclusion


You now need to attend your final 2 day skills workshop to complete your practical studies and assessments for your qualification. This is also available in an online format.  


At any time you can request addition practical tuition if you feel you need more than the standard workshops provide. This is something that is discussed in your initial course interview as we also offer alternative attendance opportunities to fit around you if needed, so additional tuition and the fees for this is also discussed at this time.



Course fee: £1,795

Payment plans (depending on circumstances) are available.