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Prolong the career of your massage therapists

For massage therapists working in hotels and spas, the workload can be physically draining, and subsequently staff turnover can be high.

Providing spa employees with training designed to protect the therapist’s thumbs, wrists, back and energy levels can boost their morale and safeguard your team.

Find out about professionally accredited training which is designed to make massage work easier for your employees.

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Massage style

Your staff will be trained in hands-free deep tissue massage. With hands-free massage the therapist uses their forearms and elbows instead of relying on their thumbs and hands. This protects the therapist from hand and wrist pain. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is incredibly common for massage therapists and can be painful, resulting in the therapist taking sick leave or having to find a different job altogether. Using hands-free massage techniques helps to avoid these issues and can prolong the therapist’s career.
This massage style is also based on providing the massage moves slowly, with any pressure coming from the therapist’s body positioning, instead of forcing through the arms. These techniques reduce the amount of energy the therapist spends on each treatment, and the result is relaxing, effective treatments for your customers.

Massage therapists in a spa providing arm massage as part of their spa training session

Training options

For staff who are already qualified in Massage:

Practical lessons in the application of deep tissue hands-free massage and therapist self care.

Option 1: Two day training resulting in a CPD approved certificate. Learn a full body deep tissue, hands-free massage routine. Therapists receive lots of massage in the process. Enjoy two self care sessions based on exercises and self massage methods.

Option 2: One day training session focusing on massage techniques for the back of the body and a therapist self care session. Therapists receive massage in the process.

  • Each day typically comprises a 6 hour schedule including breaks, for example 10am-4pm.
  • Members of the training also receive access to video resources demonstrating the massage techniques.


For staff who are beginners in massage:

Gain a Level 3 insurable qualification in Massage Therapy. The course comprises full body massage practice, lessons in client care, health and safety, anatomy, and therapist self care. After the training employees will be confident in safely carrying out soothing, healing treatments for customers.


All options will be tailored to the needs of your staff and establishment, whilst meeting insurable industry standards.


Onsite at your venue, or at a venue in Ambleside if required.


The cost of training varies depending on the number of employees being trained, the type and duration of the course and the location of the training. Get in touch with details of your requirements for a quote. Alternatively, employees can join one of the course dates held at venues in the Lakes.

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Protect your staff – The massage training involves using the forearms and elbow to deliver techniques. This takes the strain off the therapist’s hands and wrists, preventing RSI. Correct body mechanics are used to provide massage whilst minimising effort; helping your therapists to avoid fatigue. During the sessions, as well as learning massage skills, therapists are guided on self care massage and exercises to help relieve tension to maintain feeling healthy alongside working. They also receive lots of massage themselves throughout the sessions. Training can improve employees outlook and help them to feel cared for.


Flexible solutionsA bespoke package to allow your existing massage therapists to learn deep tissue massage; a popular and profitable service. Or to train team members from beginner level. Courses can be arranged on dates suitable for your requirements, or employees can join set course dates throughout the year.

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Satisfied customers – Your guests can enjoy effective, deep tissue massage treatments which relieve knotty, tense shoulders. They will leave feeling relaxed and content, and ready to recommend their treatment to friends. As a business you could also benefit from charging a higher price for deep tissue massage treatments.

Kind words from learners…

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)

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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About the trainer…

Devon Collier has worked in the massage industry since 2008. She worked as a massage therapist in a busy centre which caused wrist and hand pain from overwork. She retrained to learn new ways to provide treatments without the strain. Now she is passionate about guiding other therapists on how to work pain-free so that they can enjoy healing others with ease.

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