Thai Massage Diploma

BCMB_THAI-12Our Thai massage diploma is currently on hold and we do not at present have a confirmed date for when we will be able to offer it.  We will continue to run introductory workshops in Thai massage in the meantime.

BCMB offers a Level 4 Diploma in Thai Massage.  Thai Massage has both a physical and energetic foundation. This course provides an in-depth repertoire of skills to enable massage therapists and therapists from other bodywork disciplines to use Thai Massage to help with a number of common musculoskeletal problems

The course will last for 14 days over 5 months and costs £1,195.

What is Thai Massage?

Thai massage belongs to the discipline of Oriental bodywork, based on the philosophy that health and healing is dependent on the unrestricted flow of our innate energies along energy lines (within the body).

In Thai Massage the energy lines are called SEN lines and they allow lom (energy) to flow round the body. SEN are similar to the nadis in Indian philosophy and meridians of Chinese Acupuncture.  Our energy (chi, prana or ki) becomes compromised when there is muscular tension in the body, disrupting the flow of energy through the SEN lines.  Any of our muscles can become tight, over-contracted and painful most commonly through over-use, poor posture, injury and stress.  Thai Massage works to release this tension by addressing these acute/chronic patterns of stress in various ways:

  • With support provided by the practitioner, the receiver is guided through different techniques that strengthen joints, improve flexibility and maintain posture.  Different kinds of stretching are used to help mobilise specific muscles and return them to their normal length and range of movement.
  • Stretching is combined with deep pressure techniques, which are very effective for working with tight musculature and treating the deeper postural muscles often affected. Practitioners use palms, thumbs, elbows, knees and feet to help remove blockages and free the tension trapped inside knotted muscles.
  • The reflex points that lie along the SEN lines are called Acupoints and can be used as effective “trigger points” for treating soft tissue and joints as well as promoting a high level of fitness and well-being.
The treatment is fully-clothed on a futon (similar to Shiatsu), with light-weight clothing required to allow for flexible movement.  Treatments typically combine stretching, joint mobilisations and rhythmical pressure in a front, back, side and/or sitting position.

Course Information

The main aim of the course is to use Thai Massage to help with a number of common musculoskeletal problems. We cover a range of areas including:

  • Practice-based anatomy & physiology
  • Energy line theory and acupressure points
  • Practical muscle and soft-tissue palpation
  • Posture assessment
  • Case-history taking
  • Treatment planning, including clinical supervision

These skills underpin the Thai Massage techniques we teach so students feel able to treat individually rather than applying a “routine” to every client. All techniques are taught on a futon with light-weight clothing required to allow for flexible movement. These can be adapted for table-work.

  • Emphasis on practitioners’ own body use in practical technique, reinforcing good body mechanics and safe practice.
  • Close supervision and individual tutor support for each student throughout the course.
  • Maximum group size is 14 with two course tutors.

  • 14 teaching days, run over four 3-day blocks and an additional weekend spread over 5 months
  • Approximately 20% theory and 80% practical
  • Approximately 10 hours per week for study and practice whilst the course is in progress


Practical coursework is assessed by the course tutor.  Students will:

  • Complete 30 treatments in the form of case-studies
  • Receive 5 Thai Massage treatments, preferably from different practitioners, and submit a personal reflection for each treatment; this will inform the practice and give an opportunity to experience different ways of using techniques
  • Research a group client study using one of the issues presented by a case study and present their research to student group
  • Internal practical assessment – students will be assessed in a clinic setting, offering Thai Massage to an unknown client; this is good preparation for the external practical assessment

External Course Assessment

The final assessments takes place after the final teaching block and are externally marked by MTI assessors:

  • 2½ hour theory paper
  • Individual practical exam


Each student will be given a folder, in which they will keep all evidence of practical coursework and any additional home-study, which is guided throughout the course. This will be checked regularly by their personal tutor.

Students should allow for 10 hours per week for study and practice whilst the course is in progress.

The tutor team brings to the course a wide range of experience and skills, offering students the opportunity to learn from practicing therapists. Our tutor specialise in Thai Massage with a strong interest in helping people with musculoskeletal and postural problems.

BCMB is a great learning environment with dedicated, engaging teachers. I enjoyed every minute of the Thai Massage Diploma.

“I love Thai massage and was really looking forward to the course,  it was everything I expected and more.  The tutors Yvonne and Emilia were knowledgeable and supportive and the course has changed the way I work as a Therapist.  My clients are now benefiting from my new skills and it has brought noticeable results.”

I have felt very supported throughout the whole course as well as before and after, and I have learnt a lot. Excellent teaching. It was well worth it.

Dates, Venue & Fees


Due to staffing challenges, we are unable to run a Thai Diploma course in 2017. We hope to do so in 2018. We will continue to run introductory workshops in Thai massage in the meantime.


Bristol College of Massage & Bodywork
Lower Ground Floor
109 Pembroke Road


For the diploma beginning in January 2016, the first weekend will be taught on a Saturday-Sunday-Monday. Subsequent weekends will be taught on Friday-Saturday-Sunday. All days start promptly at 930 am and finish at 530 pm

The total fee for our Professional Training Course in Thai Massage is:


with discount options, as shown below.

Course fee includes:

  • All tuition and exam fees
  • Course manual with detailed teaching notes and material for all theoretical and practical parts of the course
  • On-going student support and supervision throughout the course
  • Student membership of the MTI Practitioner Association

Insurance is strongly recommended for students undertaking their case-studies. Students who already have insurance through the MTI Block Scheme with Balens can add Thai Massage to their policy at no extra cost. For students without insurance, it is available through the MTI Block Insurance scheme at a discounted student rate.

Payment options

1. Full Advanced Payment £1,095 (including a £100 discount) if paid in a lump sum; £195 non returnable deposit, once accepted onto the course, then an additional £900 paid before the course start date.

2. Monthly Instalments. Alternatively the fees may be paid as monthly instalments throughout the course; £195 non-returnable deposit, once accepted onto the course, then 5 payments of £200 each, the 1st of each month from February to June inclusive.

Additional costs

You may also want to consider the following additional costs for the course:

  • Futon
  • Course books
  • Receiving five Thai Massages (can include receiving from other students)
  • Insurance

Apply Now

The course is aimed at:

  • Massage practitioners and other body-workers looking to develop their professional practice.
  • Other professionals in a related field such as yoga & pilates teachers, dancers and fitness instructors.
  • People with a personal interest in massage who would like to broaden their knowledge and progress into professional practice.

To gain entry onto the course, students should:

  • Be over 18 years old at the start of the course.
  • Hold or be currently studying a recognised qualification in Anatomy & Physiology, equivalent to ITEC/VTCT Level 3If you do not already hold an existing Level 3 APP qualification, we usually recommend correspondence courses to help you complete this requirement. This must be completed in advance of starting the course.  Most courses take between 3-6 months to complete. Below are a few links to some suggested course providers:


Once your application has been received, it will be followed by an interview.

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.

Please note we are not accepting applications at this time. We are hoping to run the course again in 2018 – please keep an eye on our website for details

Apply now using our online application form. However, 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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