Holistic Body Massage (Level 3)

This is a level 3 practitioner diploma in Body Massage. This is the starting level of Massage in order to treat clients. 

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology course can be provided separately, if required.

Course Details

What is Massage?

Massage therapy is an ancient form of healing, used for thousands of years. Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and nurturing process of touch and response with each treatment adapted to the client's unique needs, physical characteristics and personality. For more information on Massage as a treatment, see our Massage Page.

Prerequisites - None , but you must be aged 18 or over

Duration - 6 months (8 classes)  Time: 9am-4:00pm

Sunday or Wednesday course options available.

Small in-class learning - max 8 students 

(Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology course provided separately if required), FHT Approved)

Cost  £760.00 (instalment options available after deposit is paid) includes exam fees. Please note, your place on this course is confirmed once a deposit of £330.00 is paid. Excludes A&P course - information here.

Accreditation - FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) accredited 

This course content follows the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the Core Curriculum (CC) for Reflexology.

Assessments/Exams: There are ongoing assessments in class and case studies. Final written and practical exams on the theory and practice of Massage assessed by an external FHT assessor. 

Course Materials - all course materials are provided, including a hard copy manual, extra hand outs, couches, towels, oils.

What you need to bring to class - therapist tunic/uniform or comfortable clothing, lunch and a willingness to learn!

Dates for 2024/25

Weekend Dates (Sundays)Weekday Dates (Wednesdays) 
Sunday 21st July 2024Wednesday 24th July 2024
Sunday 28th July 2024Wednesday 31st July 2024
Sunday 11th August 2024Wednesday 14th August 2024
Sunday 25th August 2024Wednesday 28th August 2024
Sunday 29th September 2024Wednesday 18th September 2024
Sunday 27th October 2024Wednesday 16th October 2024
Sunday 24th November 2024Wednesday 20th November 2024
Sunday 15th December 2024 (Revision)Wednesday 18th December 2024 (Revision)
Sunday 19th January 2025 (Exam) To be confirmedSunday 19th January 2025 (Exam) To be confirmed 
Course Tutor
Enquiries and registration: e: info@airmidacademy.com t: 07708382931
An experienced therapist, running her own busy complementary therapy business for over 12 years.
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Course Location
Airmid Academy, Newry, 27 Newtown Road, Cloughogue, Newry, Co. Down

All costs include:
  • Practical and theory classes
  • Course manual, extra course worksheets & consultation forms
  • Assessment and marking of case studies
  • FHT exam fees
  • Class materials – oils, waxes, couch roll, towels, couches, pillows, blankets 
  • Pre assessments and any additional classes, if required
  • Ongoing (email or phone) student support and supervision throughout the course
  • Any external speakers/experts 
Please Note: 
  • You must hold a certificate in Anatomy and Physiology (level 3) in order to qualify as a body massage therapist 
  • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology (AP&P) will be offered separately, before or along side this course (FHT Approved)
  • AP&P information here


Level 3 Holistic Body Massage Course Syllabus


Course Objective


Body Mechanics / Therapists Posture

History of Massage

What is Holistic Massage

Benefits of Holistic Massage

The meridian System

Understanding Energy Imbalance

Working Holistically

Other Complementary Therapies

The Stress Response


Carrier Oils

Massage Movements

How to preform Holistic Massage Techniques

Soft Tissue Abnormalities

Neuromuscular Technique (NMT)

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

Joint/Muscle ROM

Muscle Stretching



Client Consultation

Aftercare Advice

Consultation Form

GP Referral Letter



Preparing your Work Area

Health & Safety


Professional Ethics


GDPR/Data Protection/Client Confidentiality



Case Studies


Marketing & Business Marketing Advice

Different types of marketing and their pros and cons

Business Advice

Options after qualifying

Market Research

Business Help & Advice


Full Body Holistic Massage Routine (including seated)


Training on Manual Handling Techniques (by external clinician/OT) 

Joint Protection for Therapists Hands (by external clinician/OT)


Recommended Reading

Additional Resources List

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Co. Down
BT35 8NN
N. Ireland
"I've had Reflexology with Anne-Marie before. Thought I'd try Reiki and so I got a combo treatment of both. It was amazing, another level of relaxation. Plus they are a great way to try other treatm..."
Emma - Newry

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