JL Meridian School of Massage & Bodywork

MTI / FHT Massage Diploma Training in Birmingham with Meridian School of Massage and Bodywork

Massage Diploma Training Course in Birmingham UK with JL Meridian School of Massage and Bodywork.

Title :   Massage Diploma Course (Birmingham)
Description :   Professional Training In Holistic Massage Therapy. A part-time, one year professional course, accredited by the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
Venue :   The Natural Health Centre, 86 The Green, Kings Norton, Birmingham. B38 8RS
Duruation :   One year, part time
Cost :   £ 1900
Deposit :   £ 300
Contact :   For more information please call on 0121 244 1846 or 07595 901 909 or email here
Application :   For an application form, please click here
Dates :    
  14th February 2021 (Weekends)
  9th October 2021 (Weekends)

Professional Holistic Massage Training

NB: 2021 March Diploma Course

Meridian strives to deliver accessible, high quality massage training however, due to the current pandemic, guidelines around close contact services are frequently changing. For this reason, the 2021 course will be delivered initially using blended learning and hopefully switch to face-to-face training as the year progresses. Learning group size is also reduced to a very small group to ensure face-to-face training can take place in a covid-19 secure environment. Please do contact us if you have any questions. As always we look forward to hearing from you.

Massage Diploma course in BirminghamWhy Holistic Massage?

Holistic means “to see as a whole” and work with the physical body, the mind and the emotional self as well as the more subtle energies. Holistic massage is not just a routine or a technique, it is a way of feeling and of being. It gives us an opportunity to acknowledge an individuals’ differences, their uniqueness and also their essential beauty. It teaches us about trust, openness and working from the heart. It can be soothing, energising or calming. Physically massage may release tight, tense muscles or stimulate muscle tone. Holistic massage facilitates making a safe space, encouraging an individual to rest and de-stress. On a deeper level, holistic massage may support an individual in finding release from the past and the present. It supports finding that place to simply to ‘just be’. This is the art, science and love of massage.

Meridian School of Massage and Bodywork

At Meridian there is a positive attitude to learning combined with a personal touch. Teaching is supportive recognising students as individuals, as well as members of the learning team, to share and learn from each other. The Diploma Course aims to create a balance between acquiring knowledge and understanding about the physical body and the development of our intuitive massage. It offers a unique path for your individual creativity, personal development and growth - mentally, physically and spiritually. At Meridian we are passionate about learning and massage!
The short course programme continues to grow and includes post-grad courses for the continuing professional development (CPD) of qualified therapists. For more details go to CPD or contact on 0121 244 1846 or 07595 901 909. Other workshops include: Introduction to Massage and Reiki I, II and III attunements.

The Qualification

The Practitioner Diploma in Holistic Massage is awarded by the MTI (Massage Training Institute). The MTI is a national examining body and professional association specialising in holistic massage. It is a member of the General Council for Massage Therapy and the British Complementary Medicine Association. It is through these organisations that MTI is actively involved in the process of setting accreditation standards in this country and ensuring that the qualification is in line with European developments. MTI, and therefore the Meridian School of Massage and Bodywork, courses are recognised by the Government Department of Education and Employment. Our Course is also accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists  (FHT)– possibly the largest and most well known accrediting body for holistic therapies.

Course Structure

The course is part-time comprising 26 days over a minimum of nine months consisting of regular weekend workshops. The course is held in Birmingham with a maximum group size of 12. There is a variety of teaching methods, largely experiential and participative. During the course students will practice massage and bodywork on each other and there will be at least one supervised clinic practice session.

The time between workshops allows you to work with massage and complete written assignments. This work includes; keeping a personal development journal, completing short projects, delivering a minimum of 40 hours of massage and receiving a minimum of 10 hours of massage. Students are required to keep comprehensive clinic notes of massages experiences and practice.

Course Content:

The course aims to equip you in theory, practice, and confidence to begin your journey as massage therapists to a high professional standard, with close supervision and support throughout. It provides a foundation for you to explore this fascinating area of self, life and work. It will include:

Theory of Massage, Body use and Self-awareness:

  • benefits of massage and a historical context
  • appropriate conditions and environment for massage work
  • application of theory and practice from research
  • meditation, breathing and relaxation exercises for grounding and self-awareness
  • intention and intuition in massage
  • self-massage skills and the use of movement and rhythm to look after the therapist’s body whilst massaging
  • body posture in anatomical terms
  • acknowledging our own reactions and awareness when giving massage; our own personal development and growth.

Massage Technique:

  • wide rariety of massage strokes, stretches, passive movements and stillness; how to vary their use and combine them to meet different needs
  • use of oil and massage equipment
  • physiological basis of contraindications to massage
  • introduction to the human energy field, the aura and chakras
  • developing sensitivity to client’s responses to massage
  • taking part in supervised clinical practice
  • completing a minimum of 50 hours practice outside the course

Professional Issues and Practice Management:

  • assessment of individual client needs and wants; developing, evaluating and changing treatment plans; body reading
  • other complementary therapies; appropriate referrals
  • ethical and legal issues involved in massage work
  • setting up, managing, marketing and promoting massage therapy
  • business planning, accounting and pricing.

Relationship with Client:

  • equality of opportunity issues and access to massage for all
  • rapport with clients - effective listening and communication skills
  • nature of practitioner/client relationship
  • techniques to aid stress management, and its physiology
  • after care

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology:

Taught in a practical and experiential way and related to your massage practice. It will include:

  • Underpinning knowledge:
    • anatomical terms and language
    • terms of position and movement
    • concept of balanced health
    • main causes of disease
    • physiological benefits/effects of massage
  • Basic chemistry and physics
  • Cells, tissues and all systems of the body, i.e. Skeletal, Muscular, Skin, Nervous, Endocrine, Circulatory, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary and Reproductive.

Examination and Completion Requirements

Internal assessment requirements: a demonstration of a full body massage; documentation of the 50 hours of massage practice and experience outside of training days; personal development journal; at least one presentation; successful completion of all homework assignments.
External examination requirements: Successful completion of the 3 hour written anatomy, physiology and pathology exam. Delivery of a massage treatment with an unknown client observed by an external examiner. The external examiner will also scrutinise the folder containing anonymous client notes.

Course Assignments

In addition to the internal assessments listed above and the formal examinations, students will be set homework from each workshop. The aim here, is to support student learning with informal assessments and comprehensive feedback from tutors and peers. We also encourage self-evaluation. During the course there will be at least one individual tutorial however, students will have plenty of opportunity to access the tutor on a one-to-one basis due to the small group size.

Suggested Book List

Three texts are required reading and include: Relating to Clients by Su Fox. The Massage Therapists Pocket book of Pathology by Su Fox Anatomy and Physiology for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals by Ruth Hull.

While there are many excellent books available on AP&P and massage the following have been highlighted by previous students: A Massage Therapists Guide to Pathology by Ruth Werner The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Colouring and Workbook for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals by Ruth Hull A prescription drug book (e.g. BMA Guide to Medicines and Drugs) and medical dictionary ( e.g. Concise Medical Dictionary Oxford Quick Reference) can also be useful.

Course Fee:

£1900 plus exam fees - this includes a course workbook, on-going student support and supervision throughout the course. The fee can be paid monthly or quarterly if preferred. The deposit is £300 returnable up to 1 month prior to commencement of the course, beyond which it is non-returnable. Exam fees are £100 per exam and are payable one month prior to taking the exam. Students will need to register with MTI £35 plus £14 for insurance or with FHT currently £25 which includes insurance. We do discuss each Professional Association on the first training weekend and suggest that you explore the respective websites to make an informed decision.



Course Commencing Feb 2021: (Weekends)

Course Commencing October 2021: (Week Days - Tuesdays)

Please be aware that this course will be delivered with a blended learning approach.
All Sundays excluding Exam days
Start time is 10 am – 5.30pm
14th, 21st and 28th March
11th, 18th and 25th April
9th, 16th, 23rd May
6th, 20th June
4th, 18th July
1st, 15th and 29th August
12th, 28th September
9th (am) 10th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th
30th, 31st October.
Plus 3 other dates to be confirmed

Times: 9.30 until 3.15
Coming soon


Entry Requirements:

There are few pre-requisites, however students must be 18 or over and must be able to perform the massage techniques listed in the syllabus. The course will be taught in English with considerable technical detail.The course is offered to men and women. Students are considered on their commitment, interest and enthusiasm. Previous massage experience is not essential -sensitivity and respect for others is - as they are central to massage.

All students must submit an application form. You can download this here.

Taping and strapping course - this was delivered in a very simple way enabling full understanding of the concepts. Very enjoyable and thought provoking. Definitely 5 stars.

JA, St16 - Student