Train to be a massage therapist

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Why Become a Massage Therapist?

Is massage therapy a good job? You can enjoy an abundance of rewarding, varied work when you become qualified as a massage therapist. Some work opportunities you can make the most of:

  • Work for yourself – break away from the 9-5, or add an additional income stream. Work from a room in your home or in a local centre.
  • Work as a mobile therapist, providing home or office visits.
  • Join a spa, hotel or ski resort, as part of a therapy team
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Typical questions people ask when embarking on massage training…

How do you become a massage therapist?
There are lots of different types of massage courses out there but a good place to start is a Level 3 Massage Therapy or Sports Massage course. You need to get lots of hands-on practice of providing a full body massage routine, to learn about anatomy, physiology and pathology and the health and safety considerations to safely treat the public. This includes learning about health conditions where caution needs to be taken when treating. Good courses will also provide business and marketing advice. Once qualified you are advised to take out insurance to work with the public (ie. provide treatments on paying clients). Then you can advertise your services and start helping people as your source of income.
What qualifications are needed to be a massage therapist?
Level 3 is the minimum in which good insurance companies will accept as adequate training to safely work on the public. Hotels and spas may take on Level 2 trained therapists. There are lots of Level 3 Massage courses available, make sure you choose a face-to-face course with lots of practical training. Employers and insurers will most likely turn down purely online massage qualifications.
How much do massage therapists earn?
Employed massage therapists working at a spa for example can earn around £25 an hour specifically for providing treatments. Or if you are employed full time the hourly rate might be lower and include admin and cleaning duties. Self employed massage therapists can earn a good amount if they market themselves well, value themselves and offer programmes and packages to their clients. You receive guidance on how to do this on Lake District School of Massage courses. There are also blog posts about this on the website 🙂

Benefits of massage work..


FreedomIf you choose to work self employed, with no boss, you can enjoy creating your own schedule and having free time when you want.


Satisfaction – Witness making a huge difference to your clients physical and mental health. See how their stress levels reduce, and mood improves greatly after just one session.

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Variety – Benefit from meeting all the different people you can help. Provide treatments in a variety of settings; a home treatment room, people’s workplace and events.

Which course is right for you?

If you are curious about learning massage professionally, or just want to try a routine which you can then practise on friends or a partner, the Introduction to Massage Workshop is a great place to start. After taking this you also receive a £50 token off a professional qualification course, should you wish to progress.

Ready to start working as a massage therapist? The Level 3 Massage Therapy course provides you with all you need to know to start your career with confidence. Ideal for beginners, or existing holistic therapists who would like to upskill and learn deep tissue massage.

Already a Level 3 massage therapist and want to learn some new ways to help clients with back tension? Check out other courses for advanced practitioners.

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Introduction to Massage

Introduction to Massage

A hands-on back massage workshop to learn an effective routine that can be practised at home. To enjoy learning as a hobby, or if you are curious about a career as a massage therapist.

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L3 Massage Therapy

L3 Massage Therapy

Gain a professional Level 3 massage qualification so that you can work for yourself or a company.

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Massage Course Retreat

Massage Course Retreat

A professional Massage Therapy course at a retreat cottage in the Lake District. Become qualified as a massage therapist and have a holiday in one.

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Kind words from learners…

After completing the course, Devon will have you providing an effective and amazing hands free massage by the end of the week. I met some lovely people and enjoyed learning in such a beautiful environment. The massage techniques have upgraded my deep tissue massage and I’ve been getting great results with my clients. Thank you Devon for creating such a great course; one of the best massage teachers I’ve come across with your attention to detail and care for your student’s success.

Natalie Bettina-Mason
(Level 3 Massage Therapy)

Devon is an excellent tutor. She allows plenty of time to practice all of the techniques which is really helpful to build your confidence when using hands free massage. The venue at Brathay Hall is just the perfect setting to learn. There’s plenty of parking and stunning views along with a huge amounts tranquility to help focus and ground you before you learn. Thank you for providing a great course Devon.

Rachel Mann
(Level 3 Massage Therapy)

I’d highly recommend massage training with Devon. I’m a qualified Swedish massage therapist but wanted to enhance my skills, specifically with Deep Tissue massage. She tailored the training to my experience and interests, showing me a range of techniques and guidance around correct posture. She created a safe, supportive training space and was very patient with my scribbling lots of notes! Looking forward to putting my new skills into practice!

Lauren Cape
(Advanced deep tissue course)
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Lake District course venues…

Courses take place at different scenic locations in the Lake District. Some dates are held at Brathay Hall in Ambleside which is right next to the lake (Windermere), it is a beautiful, peaceful setting and there is accommodation on site if you book early enough! (See the guide below) Some dates are held at Ambleside Parish Centre in Central Ambleside, close to shops and cafés making it convenient for lunch options. The Parish Centre is in Rothay Park, with mountain views, a field of sheep and a river 🙂 And Lakeland Wellbeing in Keswick, close to the town centre and glorious Lake Derwentwater is the base for the Introduction to Massage and Couples Massage workshops.

The Level 3 Massage course also has an all inclusive retreat option at Nab Cottage near Ambleside. Click here to find out more.

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Hope Park gardens in Keswick on a sunny day with mountains and blue skies