Holistic Massage Diploma Course

Train to be a fully qualified Massage Therapist

Are you new to massage?
Are you ready to take the first steps to a more meaningful career?
Are you interested in health, well-being and keen to know more?

Yes? This course is just right for you.

On our Holistic Massage Diploma course you’ll get both the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge, which will lead to you qualifying as a Massage Therapist.

Did we mention that we have high pass rates? We do, and can be confident that if you’re in class, do your coursework and revision, you too will pass with flying colours.


Why do this course? 

  • You’ll get a high level of massage therapy training from expert tutors
  • When you qualify you’ll be able to get insurance to practise massage as a professional
  • You’ll learn more advanced massage techniques than is normally taught on this type of course
  • You’ll get a high level of support with your learning
  • You’ll learn in a relaxed, supportive and fun atmosphere
  • Our students often say that the group is like a family
  • You’ll learn how to tailor your massage treatments to suit the client’s needs
  • You’ll benefit from a low student/tutor ratio
  • You get access to our Members Area where you’ll find videos, templates and info to help you learn
  • You’ll get a comprehensive course manual 
  • We provide massage tables, couch roll, bolsters, trolley and oils to use in class
  • The exam fee for one exam board is included (if you’d like to do both ITEC and MTI exams an additional exam fee is payable)
  • Learn massage in London
  • Our venues are very close to tube and train stations
  • We include Chi Kung practice to help with your body alignment, movement and posture


Check out what you’ll learn

  • Full body, head and face massage
  • Giving bespoke massage treatments to clients
  • Massage techniques including: effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, vibration, passive joint mobilisations
  • Massage techniques including: deep tissue/advanced massage/side position/NMT (Neuro-Muscular Technique), STR (Soft Tissue Release)
  • Postural Assessment: observe posture to find imbalances that will inform your client’s treatment plan
  • Clinic sessions where you’ll get the opportunity to massage real clients
  • Communication skills and the use of therapeutic language
  • Taking case histories, treatment planning and giving aftercare advice
  • Client care and hygiene
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Massage oils and their therapeutic uses
  • Benefits and contraindications of massage
  • History of massage
  • The human energy field, holism and mind, body, spirit links
  • Stress management and relaxation
  • Setting up a massage practice: starting out, marketing, financial and legal aspects of business
  • Chi kung practice is included to develop aligned posture, ease of movement and looking after yourself
  • Structure and functions all the systems of the body: skeletal, muscular, integumentary, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestion, urinary and reproductive
  • Pathologies and their relevance to massage
  • Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (valid for 3 years)

Who accredits our Holistic Massage Diploma course?

You can be safe in the knowledge that all of our diploma courses are professional, registered and accredited with recognised and reputable exam boards. This course is accredited by MTI (Massage Training Institute) Level 4 and ITEC (International Therapies Examination Council) Level 3. Read more about the difference between ITEC and MTI

You get to choose which exam you’d like to take: either MTI or ITEC; some students choose to do both set of exams. Regardless of which you choose you’ll get a level 4 training, which is higher than most massage schools offer.


Who are the teachers?

Meet us: Dympna O’Brien, Doreen Uzice and Karen Yarnell. Together we have donkeys’ years of experience in both massage practice and teaching. We love to share our skills, knowledge and enthusiasm with you. We’ve been where you are and know what you need to know. Check out student testimonials towards the bottom of this page and also here


Weekends or fast-track intensive course?

If you already know which type of course you’d like to, click on the enrol button on the right hand side of the page or the bottom of the page on mobile.

If you’d like more info on each on the weekend or fast-track course, click on the drop downs below.

If you’d like to ask any questions or to visit the school contact us.


What else?

  • You don’t need to have any previous knowledge to enrol
  • It’s fine if it’s been a while since you’ve studied
  • We start from the beginning and build up from there
  • Instalment plans are available to help you with the course fee
  • Try our intro course if you’d like a taster before enrolling on the diploma course. If you’re not able to make the date, 1-2-1 tutorials are possible. Contact us for more info
  • After you qualify we’re still happy to answer any questions that come up when you’re working as a Massage Therapist
  • We let you know about massage work opportunities that are sent to us by clinics, spas and massage agencies looking for massage therapists
  • We offer CPD workshops and other Diploma courses to help you further develop your skills
  • You can find answers to other questions on our FAQ page
Holistic Massage Diploma (weekends)

Accredited by MTI (Massage Training Institute) and ITEC (International Therapies Examination Council).

The MTI is the only accrediting board that specialises in Holistic Massage, and ITEC is the largest examining board in our industry.

How long is the course?

The Diploma is 22 days training over about 9 months, covering anatomy, physiology, pathology, first aid and the theory and practice of holistic massage.

About the coursework and exams…

  • The coursework is a mixture of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, massage theory, massage practice and case studies
  • Case studies and massage assignments are 40 given treatments and 10 hours received treatments
  • The MTI exam: there are 2 parts to the exam – the theory which is a 3 hour paper and consists of short answer questions, brief essays and labelling diagrams; the practical which is 45 minutes, consulting with a client, giving a massage relevant to their needs and aftercare/homecare advice
  • The ITEC exam: there are 2 parts to the exam – the theory which is a 1 hour multiple choice paper on anatomy/physiology/pathology; the practical exam which is 45 minutes
  • Students can choose whether to take the MTI or the ITEC exam, and it is possible to sit both (an additional exam fee is required for this)
Holistic Massage Diploma (weekdays/intensive fast-track course)


Accredited by ITEC (International Therapies Examination Council).  ITEC is the largest examining board in our industry.

This course is ideal for you if you want to qualify more quickly. It covers exactly the same course content as the weekend course.

How long is the course?
The Diploma is 22 days training over about 3 months, covering anatomy, physiology, pathology, first aid and the theory and practice of holistic massage. There are 2 modules of 11 days each with a gap in between the two modules.

About the coursework and exams…

  • The coursework is a mixture of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, massage theory, massage practice and case studies
  • Case studies and massage assignments are 40 given treatments and 10 hours received treatment
  • The ITEC exam: there are 2 parts to the exam – the theory which is a 1 hour multiple choice paper on anatomy/physiology/pathology; the practical exam which is 45 minutes




    N.B. this course is being run online until we’re all ok to be back in person.

    Module 1:
    Dates will be posted soon

    Module 2:
    Dates will be posted soon

    Investment: £2345
    Including £400 enrolment fee

    Venue: Ashlins Natural Health, 181 Hoe Street, E17 3AP

    Note: Weekdays only



    14 and 15 November
    5 and 6 December
    9 and 10 January 2021
    30 and 31 January
    20 and 21 February
    13 and 14 March
    10 and 11 April
    1 and 2 May
    22 and 23 May
    Two more weekends will be added soon

    Investment: £2345
    Including £400 enrolment fee

    Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre
    Regent’s Place, 201 Drummond Street,  NW1 3FE

    “Dympna and Doreen were amazing, supportive and knowledgeable and showed great care in feeding back in a sensitive way that helped my learning. Karen was amazing too, I really valued her sense of humour and expertise.”
    Jazmin Yanez, qualified Massage Therapist, Walthamstow

    “I knew from the moment I spoke to you on the phone that  I wanted to do my course with you. And every training session has reinforced to me that I made the right choice. Professional, informative and compassionate. I feel ready to begin my work as an Holistic Massage Therapist.”
    Richard Haslam, qualified Massage Therapist, Surrey

    “Fantastic course! Would recommend it to anyone in a flash. Tutors have a wealth of knowledge and kindness.”
    Janine Woodcroft, qualified Massage Therapist, Hackney

    “The Holistic Massage course has been absolutely life changing for me. It feels like I have been helped to discover that thing I was always meant to do. The teaching methods made learning really fun and I often felt that the questions were put in such a way that the answers came from us, without much effort. It is such a skill to enable students in that way. I felt that everyone was valued and no question ever felt too silly to ask. There was always a considered and knowledgeable answer, which truly demonstrated to me the enthusiasm and commitment of the tutors, who have obviously lots of experience and keep themselves updated and motivated. I knew that I could ask for help and it was always there. Email support was available and any niggly questions were responded to quickly, often with a smiley attached…what more could anyone ask for. A real positive vibe and energy was created throughout the course.”
    Janet O'Connell, qualified Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist, Essex

    “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the course and what I’ve learnt. It has taught me a lot in terms of my own self-development, and incorporating reflective practice in both my professional career and in my personal life. The tutors have been magnificent and it’s been a pleasure to have learnt so much.”
    Anthony Uzoka, qualified Massage Therapist, Acton

    “Learning massage with Quantum Metta School of Massage was one of the best decisions I made this year.”
    Diego Petkoff, qualified Massage Therapist, Blackheath

    “I studied my Holistic Massage Diploma at Quantum Metta and it was the best thing I ever did. The teachers were wonderful – so knowledgeable, caring and enthusiastic and they put so much effort into making not only the course material but the whole experience exceptional. I learnt so much, and not just about massage but life and wellbeing as well and I left the course fully equipped to practice as a professional massage therapist. I couldn’t recommend Quantum Metta or Dympna, Doreen and Karen enough.”
    Sarah Weeks, qualified Massage Therapist, Hackney

    “I am very satisfied with the training I have received from Quantum Metta School of Massage. The training process and planning proved to be very efficient for integrating massage theory and practice in all aspects. I am very grateful to the teaching team who supported us throughout the training  and trusted us to be good hollistic massage therapists.”
    Isabelle Drapeau, qualified Massage Therapist, Aldgate

    “Choosing to study holistic massage with you was my best choice.  Apart from the fact that I learned so much,  I also felt more complete.  This course has impacted me so positively.  I’d like to say a BIG thank you to the tutors for being so kind, caring and for such amazing teaching.”
    Catia Simoes, qualified Massage Therapist, Wimbledon

    “Thank you for everything! The three of you ooze knowledge and experience, so right from the start I knew I’d signed up to the right course. It’s been a fascinating topic to study and I’m over the moon to finally be a qualified Massage Therapist, something I’ve dreamt of for over 22 yars. I cried like a baby after you called to say I’d passed.
    Helen de Georgio, qualified Massage Therapist, Kent

    “Holistic course taught so beautifully by holistic teachers.”
    Suzane Pai, qualified Massage Therapist, Pinner

    “I am very happy to have chosen Quantum Metta School of Massage to enable me to qualify as a Massage Therapist. I’ll keep learning with them. They teach us in a very energetic and fun way. This is the best way to learn. Thank you.”
    Laura Garcia, qualified Massage Therapist, Hackney