Holistic Massage Diploma


I’m so glad I chose the Holistic Massage Diploma at BCMB. The emotional and educational depth and breadth of the course is far reaching, and my time here will always stay with me as one of the richest and most special experiences of my life. This is in no small part due to the amazing teaching, which has suited me better than anywhere. It’s not easy to teach intuition, but BCMB more than deliver.

Roisin, Holistic Massage Graduate 2020

63769_3527_1_M019Led by our highly experienced teams of tutors, this course leads to an MTI Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage.
Creative, comprehensive, fluent and dynamic, this qualification will give you all the skills and experience needed to start practising massage professionally.

The course consists of 27 teaching days spread over 10 months and costs £2,845.

What is Holistic Massage?

The giving and receiving of nurturing touch is a fundamental human need. Holistic massage draws techniques from many traditions, combining them with natural sensitivity to meet the needs of each individual as a whole.

Physically, this can relax tight muscles and improve circulation, nervous function and joint mobility. This increases the body’s fluidity and can ease many short and long term ailments such as back pain, arthritis and insomnia.

At an emotional level, massage can provide the caring, non-intrusive touch we have longed for. This soothes the busy mind, reduces stress and makes us feel loved again. At a deeper level, massage can release the personal history we have stored in our body tissues. This can lead to powerful changes in our energy and provide a vital alchemical ingredient in each person’s process of growth.

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Course Information

Our aim is to lay a strong foundation in the principles and practice of holistic massage, to a high professional standard.  We also aim to have fun!

Students will be empowered with strategies for exploring their fascination with the human body.  By investigating the 4 principles of awareness, touch, rapport and movement, we can make discoveries and develop our own massage style.

This living, vibrant style of massage practice and theory will include:

  • Detailed massage techniques for the whole body
  • Stretches and mobilisations
  • Body image and body reading
  • Subtle energy, including the aura and chakras
  • Professionalism, ethics and first aid
  • Client handling, practice management and business skills

Other features special to this course are:

  • Grounding, meditation and self-awareness work
  • Exploring issues of consent, roles of giver and receiver
  • Students’ personal development throughout the course
  • Emphasis on students’ own body use, enabling us to develop safe, dynamic and rhythmical expression at the massage table
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology taught in a practical, hands-on way and always closely related to massage practice
  • Three sessions of supervised clinical experience
  • Appointed Person’s Course in First Aid
  • Close supervision and support throughout the course
  • Maximum group size is 24 with two assistants alongside the Course Tutor

The course comprises 27 training days organised in eleven weekend workshops spread over ten months. The course is held in Bristol.

During the workshops, students work with one another. Most of the massage work will use oils and be on a table although other treatment possibilities, such as through clothing or in a chair, will also be explored.

Students should anticipate at least 6-8 hours per week for study and practice whilst the course is in progress.

Students will be required to keep a diary of 50 hours of massage practice (including 10 hours received) throughout the course. This will include the study of a client group specified by the student. There will also be a journal of personal reflections, including notes on homework exercises.

Students should anticipate at least 6-8 hours per week for study and practice whilst the course is in progress.

The examination requirements are:

Within Course:

  • Full body massage
  • Journal
  • Diary of 50 hours practice


  • Individual practical with unknown client and external examiner
  • 3 hour written Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology examination
This course leads to the Level 4 Holistic Massage Diploma from the Massage Training Institute (MTI), a national organisation of well-established schools and tutors.

I just want to say that doing the course with you absolutely changed my life in ways that I could not have imagined, and so too I have transformed many lives. I think we all agreed that that group of 24 students beautifully guided by all of you was so inspiring and special. There are probably other groups that followed that had their own special sparkle. Anyway I’ve been working all over the world doing massage since then and the feedback has been incredibly positive; which on many levels I choose to put down to your brilliance as teachers and an organisation – compassionate, sensitive, knowledgeable and then some. I’ve been in Sinai, Egypt for the bulk of the last 11years, but most recently in Asia (Nepal and Thailand). I’m back in Europe now, Austria actually, looking to do some winter work here and learn German. And so it goes onwards and upwards. I cannot recommend BCMB enough. – Mike

I have loved every second of this course, I have acquired life-changing skills, I don’t want it to end.  The learning experience has been enriching, supportive, wonderful – Elly

This has been so much more than a massage course.  I’ve learnt a new vocation, grown in confidence and become a more fulfilled human being – I wholeheartedly recommend this course – Sarah

A fantastic well thought out course – with a sense of fun & “self finding”.  Not all about the massage.  There are so many aspects that have been fulfilled – personally.  Great friendships & unlikely friendships made.  Loved every minute of it – Clare

A very enriching and fulfilling course.  It’s helped me find myself again and know that I can love a job in life! – Amber

So glad I found this course it’s been an amazing journey and loved every minute of it.  So professional throughout and the support and help during the weekends and weeks in between course dates is amazing – Sam

What a wonderful course – amazing, thoughtful staff, calming space and a multitude of practical and theoretical learning experiences.  This course has been life changing! – Cara

A brilliantly structures and comprehensive course that has the potential to change lives.  I learned so much more than I ever expected while being supported by a great teaching team. A wonderful place and space to grow and be inspired, to make friends, and discover an invaluable and beneficial skill. If you’re in any doubt – just go for it.  – Julie

Dates, Venues, Fees

Our course involves 11 teaching weekends over a 10 month period.

We run two courses each year in Bristol, with new student intakes starting in February and September.


Bristol September 2024 – accepting applications now

September 2024 Teaching Dates 

  • 28/29 September 2024
  • 19/20 October
  • 9/10 November
  • 7/8 December
  • 10/11/12 January 2025
  • 7/8/9 February
  • 21/22/23 March
  • 25/26/27 April
  • 23/24/25 May
  • 20*/21/22 June *Theory Exam
  • 5/6 July** ** Practical Exams
  • 19/20 July

Bristol February 2025 – accepting applications now

February 2025 Teaching Dates

  • 15/16 February 2025
  • 15/16 March 2025
  • 5th/6th April
  • 3rd/4th May
  • 30/31 May/1st June
  • 27/28/29 June
  • 25/26/27 July
  • 12/13/14 September
  • 10/11/12 October
  • 14*/15/16 November *Theory Exam
  • 29th/30th November** ** Practical Exams
  • 20th/21st December


Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork
Lower Ground Floor
109 Pembroke Road
Bristol BS8 3EU


10am – 5.30pm on Fridays
10am – 6pm on Saturdays
9.30am – 4.30pm on Sundays

Total fees are £2,845, paid in one of the following 3 ways;

  1. Full Advanced Payment £2,645 (including a double discount of £200) if paid in an early bird lump sum; £445 non returnable deposit, once accepted onto the course, then an additional £2200 paid 2 months before the course start date
  2. Full Advanced Payment £2,745 (including a £100 discount) if paid in a lump sum; £445 non returnable deposit, once accepted onto the course, then an additional £2,300 paid before the course start date.
  3. Monthly Instalments.  Alternatively the fees may be paid as monthly instalments throughout the course; £445 non-returnable deposit, once accepted onto the course, then 8 payments of £300 each, the 1st of each month starting March (February intake) or October (September intake).

Important note: By joining this course you are committing to pay the full fee applicable to the payment option you choose, even if you leave the course early.

Course fee includes:

  • All tuition and exam fees
  • Student membership of the MTI Practitioners’ Association
  • First Aid Training and Certificate
  • Extensive practical manuals
  • MTI Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology text book
  • On-going student support and supervision throughout the course.

Additional Course Costs:

  • Insurance. Insurance is obligatory for student undertaking trainings at BCMB. If you are already insured for a different form of bodywork then please contact your insurers to arrange adding Student Massage Practitioner to your policy. For students without insurance, it is available through the MTI Block Insurance scheme with Balens insurers at a discounted student rate.  This is approximately £15pa.
  • Enhanced DBS Check – this is strongly recommended and which is done via the Post Office
  • Massage Table
  • Books
  • Oils
  • Drapes
Type of payment
Payments can be made by Bank Transfer, Debit/Credit Card and cash.

Apply Now

There are no formal prerequisites for entry to the Holistic Massage Diploma course. The course is open to all genders and those who identify as non-binary/ungendered. Students are considered on their interest, enthusiasm, background and sensitivity. Students must also be able to express themselves clearly and understand the nuances of the English language. Previous massage experience is not essential, though students often find it valuable to attend an Introductory Workshop before starting their Professional Training. As per the guidelines given to us by the Massage Training Institute, all students must be 18 years of age by the time the course starts.
Once your application has been received, you will be contacted to arrange an interview within 2 weeks. Students accepted for the course can then reserve their place by paying a non-refundable deposit. Students are required to sign a Learning Contract with the College, which sets out their mutual responsibilities and professional standards. Inappropriate conduct will lead to dismissal from the course.
Apply now using our online application form.  Alternatively, if you would prefer to use pen and paper, please download our paper application form and send it to the address on the bottom of the form.

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