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Professional Holistic Massage Training Course / Continuing Education Award in Holistic Massage

Course Content

The Cardiff Met Centre for Complementary Healthcare, offers 3 professionally accredited and recognised training pathways:

  • Holistic Massage
  • Clinical Reflexology
  • Clinical Aromatherapy

We are a centre of excellence for the provision of education and training in Complementary Healthcare. The Centre is fully equipped with audio visual and other teaching aides, the latest electric hydraulic massage couches, portable couches, massage chairs and 12 curtained cubicles.

In keeping with the House of Lords Select Committee Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2000, which highlighted the need to increase the evidence base for therapies, all our programmes have a strong focus on research-based theory. All students are encouraged and supported to be research aware.

All students have access to the Cardiff Met library and IT facilities to support their learning.

Holistic Massage

Taught as a stand-alone professional qualification, the course offers a broad perspective on massage as a health maintenance discipline and a grounding in a wide range of massage skills, principles and professional approaches. Students will learn the techniques to develop their own style of massage, underpinned by understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology; specific massage skills, self-care and body use for massage, and confidence in relating to clients, and building their own practice.

In addition to lectures, students are required to complete 60 hours of case studies for each pathway in their own time. The integration of research and therapy skills via the application of recognised data collection tools within these case studies is encouraged.

Alongside practical skills, students will study anatomy, physiology and pathology, introductory research skills and entrepreneurial skills for complementary therapists. There will also be an opportunity to work with clients within the University’s complementary healthcare clinic.

This suite of modules aims to develop in students the necessary knowledge, understanding and clinical skills for professional massage practice in accordance with the guidelines of the accrediting professional body: Massage Training Institute, so that they may operate professionally, effectively, ethically and reflectively in the local, national and global market.

For a more detailed overview of the content for each module, please contact Julie Duffy by email or book an online meeting.


  • Successful completion of the all modules will enable the student to practice as an MTI registered Massage Practitioner.
  • Following study of further credits at Levels 4 and 5, students may also apply to progress onto any of the Higher Education Pathways, including the BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status).

Entry Requirements

To discuss entry requirements please contact the programme leader under Contact Us.

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

To make an application please visit our online Self Service system. Guidance on making an application can be found here.

Contact Us

For course specific enquiries, please contact the diploma coordinator, Julie Duffy:
Tel: 029 2020 5612

Key Course Information

Accredited by:
Massage Training Institute (MTI)

Campus: Llandaff
School: Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
The course will run as follows:
14 weekends and 13 months of study.

Course Fees:
Please contact Julie Duffy (Programme Director) for details on current fees.

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting