Woman lying on front getting massaged

Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy

On this course you learn a full body massage routine based on holistic, deep tissue and sports massage methods so that you can provide effective, healing treatments for clients.

You also receive guidance on massage business skills so that you can find out how to set up your own practice.

This course is ideal for complete beginners, or for existing therapists who want to upskill and earn more.

Upon completion, you will be qualified and insurable to carry out massage professionally, so that you can work for yourself or a company.

This course is great value-for-money, on most beginners courses you learn gentle spa style massage, whereas on this course you receive deep tissue massage training, meaning you do not need to take an extra deep tissue course (like most beginners have to), and you can start charging a high price right away.

If you want to feel the satisfaction of facilitating healing in others, the freedom of working to your own rhythm, the variety of options that therapy roles provide, and to earn money from enjoyable work; this is the course for you.


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Details & Booking


June 8-13 – Retreat course at Nab Cottage (inc meals & wellness activities) Rydal, Ambleside – £1495 Residential, £1245 Non Residential – Click here to open page

Sept 8-13 – Retreat course at Nab Cottage (inc meals & wellness activities), Rydal, Ambleside – £1645 Residential, £1395 Non Residential + Early bird rates til July 1st  – Click here to open page

Sept 28-29 + Oct 19-20 + Nov 9-10 (3 separate weekends) – Brathay Hall, Ambleside – £895 (Listed as ‘Sep 2024’ in drop down menu)

Oct 7-12 – Brathay Hall, Ambleside – £895

6 days of practical face-to-face lessons
+ self study after the course (Practice case studies and online anatomy work: 4+ weeks)

No previous experience required.
Over 18 & fluent in English.

Note: There is an additional £350 cost for the online modules in anatomy which can be paid for before or after the course (these modules are not applicable for everyone). Find out more.

Select a date and choose to pay the deposit or full fee.
The remaining course fees are due 21 days before the start date.
A buy now, pay with Klarna option is also available at checkout.
If the course is fully booked contact the school to be added to a waiting list.
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L3 Massage Therapy


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

”The course was fantastic and it exceeded my expectations! Exactly what I was looking for to fit around my busy family life. It’s well designed and packed with loads of information, in just 5 days you gain so much confidence. Devon is very skillfull and passionate about her school and that makes it even easier to learn (every question is a good question) and the skills you learn will save your body and hands with the right movements and posture. It’s worth every penny and more because this is just the start, and it will open many doors to you as you get so much support and information from Devon after the course!” Lucia Smith

About the course

Professionally accredited Level 3 diploma course with Thinktree; internationally recognised awarding body. Diploma course equivalent to Level 3 NVQ.
Ideal for beginners, or existing therapists.
Learn an effective routine and receive lots of massage in the process.
Practice real life client consultations and how to prepare a treatment room
Group size is small (8 max or 12 max on the retreat version), ensuring that you have lots of guidance and attention as you practise.
Interactive discussion based theory lessons and games to help you learn (no boring classroom stuff!)
Self care is built into the course, discover how to keep your body feeling good in between bookings with stretching + self massage
Receive a digital handbook with detailed videos to use in your practice.
Enjoy using nourishing premium quality Songbird Massage Wax
Receive photos and videos you can use to promote your business
Ongoing support after the course: receive news of work opportunities, promotional events, attend virtual/face-to-face past student meetups for treatment swaps and networking.
Get invited back to take 1+ days of the course again when there’s uneven group numbers.
Free massage in future: be invited back to be a massage ‘model’ when new groups have their assessment day.
Apply to feature in the school’s massage therapist directory
Receive 3 months free of Solo’s appointment booking system
2023 Courses: Get 50% off Grow Your Massage Business online course. 2024 Courses: Receive this for free


  • How to safely provide a full body massage treatment
  • Holistic, sports and deep tissue techniques
  • Anatomy & physiology, pathology, health & safety
  • The client consultation process
  • How to prepare a massage table and treatment room
  • Contraindications – different health reasons why certain clients may not be suitable for treatment, and how to adapt treatments to ensure client safety.
  • Massage therapist self care; boundaries, staying safe and looking after your body.
  • The principles of running a successful massage business


  • Start your own business working for yourself from a home (or garden) treatment room, by hiring space in a centre, or by providing home visits (mobile massage).
  • Work for a company such as a spa, clinic, hotel or abroad on a ski resort or cruise.
  • Get involved with NHS programmes to provide massage therapy to staff
  • Apply for local government wellbeing funding to provide massage in community settings
  • Set up your own massage clinic and manage a team
  • Progress to take the Level 3 Hands-Free Deep Tissue Massage and Onsite Chair Massage courses at Lake District School of Massage, or other holistic courses such as reflexology or pregnancy massage at other schools.

What you can expect


Save your hands: Learn how to use your forearms and elbows to prevent wrist and hand pain. Learn proper body mechanics to hold your posture comfortably to prevent fatigue.


Become highly skilled: This course equips you with the skills to carry out an effective full body massage routine with deep tissue massage and hands-free massage methods, whereas most beginner courses only teach a lighter spa style massage. So you can start charging a high price for your treatments straight away.


Business Skills: Learn how to set up and grow your massage business. Discover ways to grow your income so that you can enjoy more free time and money for doing rewarding work. Receive the Grow Your Massage Business guide for free.

Kind words from learners…

I found standards, teaching and support on the course impeccable (whilst the stunning location took the whole experience to another level.) Participants ranged from complete beginners to already established massage therapists. I witnessed Devon professionally, skilfully and compassionately, create a learning environment that benefited each individual learner. In addition to this, the ‘Learner Zone’ is an excellent resource that I have used before, during and after the course. I am amazed at the skills that I learned, particularly in such a short time, it’s given me a real sense of achievement and, if needed, the option of a new vocation. I would highly recommend this course, not only to those who may want to improve their massage skills but people who want to learn a new skill, in a safe, supportive (and beautiful!) environment.

Jo Kieft
(Level 3 Massage Therapy)

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)

I absolutely loved taking part in Devon’s L3 Massage course. Her teaching is excellent- intelligent, balanced, informative and fun -and the hands-free massage techniques you learn from her are brilliant (and body-saving!) The course is well structured with plenty of opportunities to ask questions, clarify movements and practise massage sequences. I felt safe, supported and engaged throughout.

Lucy Beaumont
(Level 3 Massage Therapy)

I recently took the level 3 massage course with Devon and I would HIGHLY recommend it – we learnt an amazing routine for deep tissue/ sports massage in the most stunning venue in the lakes. Devon is a natural teacher and really helped with the business aspect of massage also – it was a really great friendly vibe and have made good friends too!

Emily – Louisa
(Level 3 Massage Therapy)
Smiling adult learners holding certificates stood in front of Brathay Hall

Lake District venues…

This course takes 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 🙂

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

Accommodation Guide
Rydal Water in the Lake District in autumn

Massage Course Retreat at Nab Cottage

Nab cottage massage course students holding certificates outside the cottage

This is the residential version of the Level 3 Massage Therapy course, held at Nab Cottage in Rydal, Ambleside. Learn a full body massage routine on this professionally accredited course taking place at an all inclusive venue in the Lakes; a holiday and course in one!

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