Body Massage With Practical Training


This is the perfect course for anyone who hopes to break into to the beauty industry, or for anyone already working in a salon who hopes to earn a promotion into management. Not only basic business management techniques, but salon-specific skills and specialised marketing techniques will all be covered.

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About This Course

Do you have a natural talent for massage, and want to know how to turn these skills into a credible career? Our Body Massage Level 3 course can provide you with all the advantages you could ever need, as alongside its mountain of theoretical knowledge and resources, you will also receive 3 days of practical training (accredited by Professional Beauty Direct).

3 days where you’ll be able to experiment with hot stone, Swedish and Indian head massages, as well as learn about various other massage techniques and the best ways to apply them.
And this is a great way to jumpstart your career as a massage therapist, as once accredited you will be affiliated to Professional Beauty and Professional Beauty Direct Insurance.

This homebased course truly covers all of the bases…

From understanding human physiology and anatomy, to learning about different massage treatments and their corresponding tools; in just two years you will walk away equipped to handle a variety of client ailments, as well as knowledgeable on how to lead successful consultations and decipher different client bases.

More importantly, with this course you can experience the freedom of being able to learn on your own terms; in your own time and at a pace of your choosing.

This course has been exclusively designed for distance learning. This means, aside from the half-day session you are required to spend in a classroom; you can complete this entire course from the comfort of your own home.

You can even spread out your training days so you don’t have to complete them on consecutive days. Instead, you can take complete control of how you learn and benefit from a stress-free, convenient way to study.

With this course you will receive:

FREE Hand Sanitiser and massage oil (This will be sent to you when you have booked your practical days).

Please Note that alongside our 3 practical days of training, you’ll also need to attend a half-day session (in a classroom), where you’ll be expected to finish the GTi Anatomy and Physiology element of the course. You will also be given a copy of the Guild’s full colour 480 page anatomy and physiology text book.

Course Benefits

With a full two years to complete this course, you can confidently minimise the impact your studies and training days will have on your life, as you’ll be able to spread out your studies to work around you (and not the other way around).

In fact, this course is perfect for those looking to advance their career, develop their massage skills or pursue further studies; as you’ll walk away with a healthy balance of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Our practical training days are especially helpful as they’ll allow you to test out your comprehension of the course materials within a real setting. No theorising or imagining it in your head. You will be able to apply your newly acquired massage skills onto real life models.

With this course, you will be able to:

  • Improve your job prospects and develop a strong career as a massage therapist
  • Acquire a range of practical and transferable skills that will easily translate into the workplace
  • Learn on your own terms, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home
  • Benefit from a stress free, convenient way to learn – we will send all of your course materials straight to your door or inbox
  • Pursue further studies/qualifications
  • Achieve a healthy work-study balance – you can space out your training, instantly minimising the impact your studies will have on your work and family life
  • Access instant support from our personal tutors and Student Support team – help is only one click away


Massage Level 3:

Unit 1: Essential Anatomy and Physiology

  • Body systems
  • Nervous system
  • Muscular system
  • Muscle groups
  • The skeletal system
  • Joints
  • Tendons and Ligaments

Unit 2: Understanding Massage

  • What is massage?
  • Types of massage
  • Massage suitability
  • How massage works
  • Benefits of massage
  • Equipment
  • Hygiene

Unit 3: Contraindications and Special Populations

  • Special populations
  • Pregnancy and massage
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Contraindications
  • Massage modifications

Unit 4: Client Consultation

  • Therapist safety
  • Client assessment
  • Care plan
  • Massage environment

Unit 5: Massage Techniques and Components

  • Massage tools
  • Pressure
  • Direction
  • Duration
  • Speed
  • Massage techniques
  • Friction
  • Petrissage
  • Tapotement
  • Hacking
  • Prayer
  • Cupping
  • Tapping

Unit 6: Massage Positions

  • Prone massages and techniques
  • Supine massages and techniques
  • Guidance for seated message

GTi Anatomy and Physiology Theory:

Before you go onto your practical day you will need to have completed the GTi Anatomy & Physiology Theory part of the course. This is essential for your practical training day. This will cover all of the anatomy and physiology required for the Level 2 and 3 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for beauty, nails and holistic therapy treatments. It will require all-day classroom attendance and the rest is studied online.

Body Massage Practical Training (6 hours):

  • Understand key theoretical knowledge behind the Swedish body massage technique
  • Review and demonstrate effective massage techniques and routines
  • Gain health and safety knowledge required to confidently perform a tailored Swedish massage
  • Develop a professional understanding of anatomy and physiology required for practising massage
  • Learn about client consultation and aftercare advice


This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course syllabus. These will need to be submitted to your personal tutor for marking.

Once you have received confirmation that you have passed the theory part of our Massage Level 3 course, you will then be able to progress onto the GTi anatomy and physiology theory work. This will require half a day of attendance in a classroom and the completion of an online exam.

Once you have passed both the written assignments and your exam (all of which need to be done online) – as well as your half day attendance – you will be able book onto the practical training. There is one training day to be completed at a choice of over 20 centres. Simply give our team a call and we can book you into a centre of your choice.

Required Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience in body massage is needed in order to enrol onto this course.

Awarding Body

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.

ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

The Anatomy and Physiology theory part of this course will be accredited by The Guild of Beauty Therapists. Guild Accredited courses are recognised throughout the industry for their high quality content and delivery. Upon completion of this practical day, you will be able to obtain insurance and membership from the Guild, which will enable you to carry out and charge for treatments on members of the public.

This will cover all of the anatomy and physiology required for the Level 2 and Level 3 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for beauty, nails and holistic therapy treatments. Once you have completed this section of the course, you can apply for full guild membership (which includes insurance cover for over £6 million of treatment, public and product liability).

Your Swedish body and Indian head massage practical days will be accredited by Professional Beauty Direct. Professional Beauty Direct have arranged insurance cover for over 11,000 salon owners and individual beauticians, nail technicians and hair stylists – most of whom now manage their policies online. Once accredited, you will become affiliated to Professional Beauty and Professional Beauty Direct Insurance.


We take pride in our ability to support our students throughout their learning experience, so whilst our courses may be designed for home study; this doesn’t mean you will ever be alone.
Instead, you can enrol onto any of our courses rest assured that from day one you will be surrounded by a continuous network of support.

From our comprehensive study guides, course materials and resources, to the guidance of our personal tutors; you can harness years of industry knowledge and experience, and use their insights to inform, enhance and improve your learning experience.

All of our personal tutors are specialists in their field, meaning you can confidently reach out and ask them your questions, whilst benefiting from years of wisdom and information.
At the same time, you can utilise our Student Support Team, who at a click of a button will readily lend you their advice and get you the answers you seek when you need them.

At the same time, you can harness the tips of our Student Support Team – at a click of a button – and get the answers you want when you need them.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No interest charged on monthly payments
  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully accredited by Ofqual regulated awarding bodies
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

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All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

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This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.

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There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to pay between 3-12 months depending on what you choose.

Unlike other providers, we do not charge interest and there are no credit checks or application forms to complete!

Finance is provided directly via Association of Learning. To meet the criteria you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

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No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment is not up to scratch you can re-try as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

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No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

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Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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