Cost: £470, including booking fee of £135
Pre-Requisites: Massage & A&P Level 3
Course Length: 2 days

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage focuses on the different layers of tissue (muscle, tendons and fascia), working to relax, lengthen, and release strain patterns within them so that the body’s posture can realign itself.  Physical and emotional traumas can tighten and stiffen these tissues.  When this happens, the body moves out of a state of natural alignment and loses its flexibility and gravitational balance.  Working deeply does not necessarily mean applying lots of pressure.  The techniques used in deep tissue massage are also applied more slowly, so as to avoid causing the recipient discomfort when working deeply into the muscle and connective tissue, as well as allowing the nervous system to integrate the work. 

Course Content & Learning Outcomes: 
This is a hands-on course where by the end of the day you will be able to:

  • Understand the general stretching guidelines
  • Understand and demonstrate the difference between active and passive stretching
  • Advise and demonstrate active stretches on major muscle groups of the body
  • Advise and demonstrate passive stretches on major muscle groups of the body
  • Carry out neuromuscular technique (NMT) on selected muscles
  • Explain the procedure for developmental stretching
  • Carry out soft tissue release (STR) on selected muscles
  • Carry out proprioceptive neuro facilitation (PNF) techniques on selected muscles
  • Incorporate a variety of stretching methods into your treatments
  • Devise safe and appropriate stretching programmes for your clients

In addition:

  • Deep Tissue Massage
    • History
    • What is DTM
    • What clients can expect
    • Benefits
  • General Theories & Techniques
    • Principals
    • Reading the Body
    • Hierarchy of Power
  • Safety Caveats
  • Consultations
    • Contraindications
    • Client Consultation
    • When to Refer
    • Aftercare Advice
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Soft tissue dysfunctions/Musculo-skeletal imbalances
  • Common Conditions
  • Assessment Techniques & Postural Analysis
  • Treatment Planning
  • Location of Trigger Points
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safety & Hygiene
  • Health & Safety Regulations
  • Professional Ethics & Standards of Practice
  • Business Practices
    • Business plans
    • Treatment costings
    • Insurance, Complaints & Malpractice
    • Registering & running your business
    • Legislation
    • Marketing & PR
    • Record keeping
    • Cancellations
  • General Tips (e.g. how to review products, selling skills, tips to getting more traffic, marketing tips etc)


Course Structure:

  • Home Study (3 days guided learning)
  • 2 days practical
  • 9 Case Studies


Awarding Body: ThinkTree and approved with Towergate


This course is available at:

  • Essex (Ongar)
  • Northern Ireland (Derry)
  • Nottinghamshire (Newark)
  • Wales (Cardiff)
  • West Yorkshire (Halifax)
  • SPAIN (nr Albox, Almeria)
  • In-house training available