Complementary Healthcare

​​​​Complementary Healthcare are part of an integrated approach to health and healthcare. The challenge for complementary therapists and mainstream medical service providers is to work together to produce better outcomes for patients and clients.

The BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University involves study in three bodywork modalities: holistic massage; clinical aromatherapy; and reflexology. A professional standard of bodywork is ensured by three professional bodies: the Massage Training Institute (MTI); the Association of Reflexologists (AoR); the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA). All three professional bodies are recognised as key in their field.

There is also a strong emphasis on developing research skills and contributing to research capacity within the complementary healthcare field. To encourage undergraduates on the programme a prize is awarded to the final year student with the best undergraduate dissertation.




The Complementary Healthcare Clinic at Cardiff Metropolitan University is fully equipped to provide treatments in massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. The Clinic is arranged into 2 suites; one with massage tables and portable massage chairs, linen and related equipment for the massage and aromatherapy teaching, and the other with reflexology chairs. Areas are divided into separate treatment cubicles for clinics with members of the public. The clinic forms part of the Wales Centre for Occupational Health and Well Being which seeks to offer therapies and health measurement to corporate clients across Wales.

A range of teaching aids are used for anatomy and physiology instruction, including a skeleton, other models and charts. Sixty essential oils and a wide range of base oils are provided for practical use in the aromatherapy modules.

Learning groups on the bodywork modules normally have a maximum of twelve students so that each student receives considerable individual instruction in acquiring practical skills and adapting them to a range of clients.

Our students provide an on-site therapy service for staff at Cardiff Met. This has the dual effect of providing work experience for our students, and contributing to preventative health strategies for Cardiff Metropolitan staff. There are also a variety of portable massage tables for hire by students for home use.

Massage, aromatherapy and reflexology is offered throughout the teaching terms, and the clinic is open to the public in the evenings and out of term time.

Take a look at our Complementary Healthcare clinic leaflet. Complementary Therapies Clinic Leaflet 10 14 (5).pdf


The Complementary Healthcare department at Cardiff Metropolitan University provides on site clinics which are open to the public and provide a therapy service for University staff. The clinic is staffed by both students and graduates of the programme. A graduate clinic operates on Fridays througout the year ( for further information or to book contact Megan on 02920 416202​). Student clinics operate during term time (September to March) and offer massage, aromatherapy or reflexology at a reduced rate. 


Research​ has shown that massage, aromatherapy, and reflexology are some of the most frequently used complementary Healthcare in the UK, t​hey are also some of the least well researched. Our students are trained in research methods and statistics and are required to apply these to complementary healthcare​. In 2012, Cardiff Metropolitan hosted CAMSTRAND, the UK's premier conference into developing research in complementary and alternative medicine.

During their study, our students develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate published research and the knowledge needed to conduct a research project, enabling graduates to undertake post-graduate studies in research (MPhil/PhD).  Previous undergraduate research projects have included clinic evaluations and investigations into the use of reflexology in reducing arm lymphodema after breast cancer surgery.


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