Frequently Asked Questions

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Why choose the Oxford School of Massage?
Established in 1988 as a centre of excellence for massage training, we pride ourselves in being able to offer small classes in a friendly and caring environment. We offer a high level of personal attention to all our students in the pursuit of combining the technical skills needed for massage with the sensitivity and awareness of the subtle aspects of healing work. In addition our team of tutors bring a wealth of massage and teaching experience to support and guide you throughout your course.
 
What makes your Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma unique from any other courses in the area?
As well as following the guidelines laid down by the General Council for Massage Therapies and meeting the criteria for ITEC Holisitc Massage Diploma Level 3, our OSM diploma course teaches our students a style of massage only available through our school, intergrating the essential elements of Swedish massage enhanced by a unique method of holistic massage techniques and therapist self-care.
 
Is the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma recognised by the regulatory body for massage in the UK?
Yes. The diploma course fully complies with the guidelines laid down by the General Council for Massage Therapies, the regulatory body in the UK set up to ensure that students receive the quality of training necessary to meet the standards required to become professional therapists.The school is also a registered and fully accredited ITEC Centre.
 
Is the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma an accredited course? 
Yes. As part of our diploma course you will also take the ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage which is a recognised accredited course, this includes; practical massage, massage theory, business studies with professional conduct and anatomy and physiology.
 
Is your Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma good value for money?
If you take into account the expertise and knowledge of our teaching team, the number of contact and supervised hours on the diploma course together with the support you will receive outside of class hours and during your case studies, we believe that the course fees give very good value for money.
 
Will I be able to pay for the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma in instalments?
Yes. A deposit of £250.00 is required once you have been accepted onto the course. The remainder to be paid in 9 monthly instalments of £250.00 on commencement of the course.
 
Do I receive any discount if I pay the diploma course fees up front in full?
Yes. If you wish to pay for the diploma course in full, you will receive a discount of £150 off the course fees.
 
What other costs are involved in taking the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
Please click here to see what is included in the course fees.
 
How long is the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
Contact and supervised hours amount to approximately 160 spread over 18 months.
 
How often to you run the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
We start two new courses each year in September, one on a Thursday evening and the other during the day on Wednesday. 
 
How do I apply for the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
Please complete the form on the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma page of our website. Once we have received your completed application, it will be put before the school board for consideration.
 
Do I need any previous experience to take the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
No previous experience is necessary to take the diploma course. Our particular routine is unique to us and you will be taught it from scratch.
 
How large are the classes?
Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 16 to ensure that all students receive the individual time and attention they need.
 
I am a foreign student. Will I be able to take the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
Yes. But you will be asked to prove you have an adequate grasp of the English language before being accepted on the course.
 
Will I be able to contact my tutor outside of class hours?
Yes. All of our tutors are available to answer your questions and to go over any concerns you may have at any time during the diploma course.
 
Will course notes be provided?
Yes. Detailed course notes and core course text books are provided for all parts of the diploma course.
 
Will I receive regular feedback from my tutor?
Yes. Throughout the course, you will receive positive and constructive feedback as to how you are progressing. Our turors adopt a coaching and mentoring approach and offer a warm, friendly and open atmosphere in all our classes.
 
How much practice and home study am I expected to do for the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
As a rough guide you will need to set aside an extra 500 -600 hours in which to practice your massage routine and to undertake home study assignments. Roughly this amounts to 7-10 hours a week throughout the course.
 
Do I need to take out insurance when I am studying for the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?
Yes. In order to practice outside of the classroom you will need to have student insurance. The first year is included in your course fees. 
 
Will I be able to practice massage as a profession once I have qualified?
Yes. Our Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma enables you to obtain the insurance necessary for you to set yourself up in practice.
 
How much can I expect to make practicing massage as a profession?
You can charge an hourly rate for massage and it is best to research the current rates qualified threapists in your area are charging. If you base your hourly rate on £35-40p/h and to start with do four massages per week, you can be earning up to £8000 per year. This should be within the reach of all qualified practitioners.
 
Will I be able to join a professional organisation once I am qualified?
Yes. Once you have qualified you will be able to become a graduate member of the Complementary Therapist's Association (CthA), or other bodies such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
 
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