Why choose Oxford School of Massage?

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 each of our students, and ensure that they are treated as an individual in their learning. 

We support 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 and teaching assistants 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?

We integrate the essential elements of Swedish massage, and enhance these with our unique method of holistic massage techniques and focus on therapist self-care. We ensure that we train you in a way that is sustainable for you as a career, and we go into learning about the business side of massage therapy as well, so that you are prepared to leave the course and start your career. 

We actively teach all aspects of the course, and go further than the requirements of ITEC, expecting our students to complete more in-depth case-studies and have a deeper understanding of why we massage the way we do. In contrast, many schools will teach the practical massage elements, but expect you to self-study the Anatomy & Physiology and business studies modules.

We do not offer fast-track courses, because so much of what makes a successful and competent massage therapist is experience, and the subsequent confidence that comes with it. The only way to get this is through practice and time, and so we guide our students through learning the techniques and then putting that knowledge into practice with their case studies.  

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 £220.00 is required once you have been accepted onto the course. The remainder to be paid in 12 monthly instalments

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 off 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 Friday evening and the other during the day on Wednesday. 

How do I apply for the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma?

Please apply for our Course Prospectus and application form on the Holistic & Therapeutic Massage Diploma page of our website. Once we have received your completed application, we will contact you to arrange a time to meet with you for an informal chat and discuss the offer of a place on our course.

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 12 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, though there are certain times that we may be unavailable.

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).