ITEC Diploma in Massage – Bath

Tutor: Michael Gibbons

Start date: 21st October 2017

Course length: 7 months

Venue: Bath

Course Fees: £1800 plus VAT

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Why train in massage?

There are many reasons why people decide to train in massage.  Many choose to train to embark on a whole new and exciting career as a Massage Practitioner and Bodyworker.  Some train for their own professional development, others to provide a wonderful service to family and friends. Whatever your personal reason for training, the ITEC Diploma is the essential qualifying course designed to take the student from complete novice to professional practitioner.  On completion of this all-encompassing course, you will gain the nationally recognised ITEC QCF Level 3 Diploma in Massage, and the ITEC QCF Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. You will qualify for professional insurance so you can go straight to work!

Once completed, where can you work?

The Level 3 Diploma qualifies you to work independently and start your own practice, empowering you to select your own hours and be in control of your work/life balance.  Alternatively, you can be employed by a salon, clinic, health club or spa.  You may also find work in the NHS, hospice or other healthcare setting.

Why train with the College of Classical Massage?

  • The College Principal,  Michael Gibbons, is the main tutor on this course.  Michael Gibbons has over 25 years of continuing professional practice in bodywork and is highly regarded in the industry.  He shares his expertise teaching not only basic massage techniques but extra skills and training that will expand your skill-set way beyond a regular “Level 3” body massage course.  This will give you extra self-confidence and a high quality massage repertoire to take with you into your professional massage practice.
  • The College of Classical Massage exclusively provides massage training.
  • The College of Classical Massage was established in 1999 and has  a 100% pass rate.
  • All teachers and teaching assistants at the college have been hand-picked for their experience, passion and professionalism.  They all have successful massage practices.
  • You receive a full 16 days classroom based hands-on tuition to ensure you have the highest skill-set level and self-confidence to start your massage career.
  • Career longevity is at the heart of our training.  As practitioners, we understand the importance of protecting yourself : the practitioner – you will learn how to adjust your stance and posture to avoid stress to your body.  We will teach you how to work using your forearms and specific deep tissue techniques to save your fingers and thumbs!
  • You will cover all the basic techniques covered on a “usual Level 3 course” PLUS additional content on deep tissue and therapeutic massage.
  • We teach you to recognise contraindications and give you the confidence to adapt your routines and practice according to individual client’s needs.
  • We are here to support you as a bodyworker and committed to your on-going professional development.  In addition to the very best qualifying course, we also offer : post-graduate support, further training, 1-2-1 guidance on career development, social networking and professional practice events.
  • The College of Classical Massage is, in short, here to support you throughout your career right from the start!

Quite simply, we are a leading provider of Professional Diploma level Massage Training in the UK.  Come and join us to learn the highest level of professional massage training!

Course Tutor and College Principal, Michael Gibbons

This course is taught by Michael Gibbons, with highly experienced assistants for practical sessions, where necessary.

Michael Gibbons is an exceptional and highly experienced Bodywork Practitioner and Teacher.  He has gained extensive knowledge over his 25 years in the Bodywork Industry.  Originally training in Body Massage and Sports Massage, he has further developed his skills and experience with his training in Mc Timoney Chiropractic, studying for 4 years at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Oxford, gaining a Diploma in 1999.  He has also trained in Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage and Aromatherapy.

Michael is passionate about his clinic work and his teaching.  It gives him great pleasure to be able to impart his knowledge to others and to play an important part in the development of their skills.

What is included in the course fee?

  • All hands-on massage tuition at the College of Classical Massage
  • All classroom-based ITEC Diploma tuition in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • The course text book.
  • The ITEC examination fee
  • The College of Classical Massage high quality training DVD
  • The College of Classical Massage polo shirt!

Body Massage is a fantastic skill to learn and it offers an immensely satisfying and enjoyable career.

Body Massage is also known as Holistic or Swedish Massage.  We teach this massage course with a holistic approach.

Yes please! I would like to train as a massage therapist – what do I do next?

Please contact us by phone on 01273 562676 or 0749 674524 or email: to discuss your next stage, and if you wish, to arrange a meet-up with the College Principal, to see the venue and have your questions answered.

Or send us your “reserve a place” form and your registration fee – we will then send your receipt and full course information.

Body Massage

Classes are taught in a relaxed environment using talks, lectures, visuals and detailed practical demonstration. Students work closely with the tutor learning not only the techniques but also how to protect themselves from the strain and stress while carrying out body therapy. You will learn the classic techniques of massage – effleurage; petrissage and the percussions including hacking, cupping, beating, pounding, tapotement.  You will also learn frictions and vibrations and deeper massage techniques using forearms and elbows. An important part of training with the college is to trust and develop your intuition and blend massage techniques to suit each individual. Click here for the full ITEC syllabus and sample papers.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

It is important for therapists to understand how the body functions and heals itself. This is a fascinating subject to study. You will learn about the cell, skin, skeletal, muscular, vascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems. Students learn through classroom-based tuition and active participation. Regular homestudy is carefully designed to prepare our students for their examinations.  We find that the classroom-based tuition is the easiest and most effective way to learn Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology effectively. You will also learn about professional conduct, ethics, client management, setting up a business and contraindications.


“This is such a fantastic course. The learning of the anatomy & physiology is perfectly balanced with the hands-on, practical massage tuition. Michael is extremely knowledgeable and explains everything so clearly, always ensuring that when working practically you are taking care of your own body too, with correct stance and posture. You will find that your fellow students soon become friends and are a constant source of support. I worked full time during the whole of this diploma course, yet even when I was at college for the whole of Saturday and Sunday before returning to work on Monday, I felt like I’d been having such a good time I’d had a proper weekend. It helps that for some of that time, you’re getting a great massage! By the time you finish this course, you will be able to work confidently as a massage therapist.”  Beth Dabbs

‘I enrolled in the College of Classical Massage’s ITEC Diploma in Massage course after receiving the best massage of my life from a therapist who studied there.  The course did not disappoint, from the location to convenient class times, to Michael’s excellent knowledge and obvious passion for massage.  After completing the course I felt confident and motivated to make the career change and become a part-time massage therapist.

I cannot recommend this course highly enough for anyone looking for a fun, informative and friendly Diploma in massage therapy… not to mention all the free massages you get during the course!’ Anna, Brighton.

“The College of Classical Massage is like a home from home, a place full of warmth and togetherness. A wonderful antidote for those looking for something a little more than a stale college classroom for their learning environment.   I’m going to miss my regular weekly full body massage when the course finishes in a few weeks time. Through the miracle of mitosis one tutor becomes two when the lovely Anna arrives in the afternoon. Anna did the course with Michael many moons ago so knows what you’re going through. Both Michael and Anna are never far away if you need some advice during the massage and they are always there to offer a good dose of encouragement when it feels most needed. So if you’re thinking of taking this course. All the best to you. I can’t think of a better place to learn massage in the Sussex area. ”  Simon Thorn

“The training with the College of Classical Massage is excellent and I found it very professional and thorough within a relaxed and calming environment. My friends were amazed at how much I learnt and the different techniques that I was using in such a short space of time. The training was invaluable and the tutors inspiring and it has definitely set the foundation for my career in massage, thank you.”  Jade Maloney

“I had been wanting to attend a Massage course for years and it turned out i waited for the right one! Michael and Elaine have together whole heartedly and passionately dedicated them selves to providing an amazing learning experience. Well structured, thorough with a perfect balance of practical and theory based classes. Michael is highly knowledgeable, skilled and provides a safe, fun and energised learning environment. Having qualified with merit I left the course feeling very prepared to take my newly acquired skill out into the community. Highly recommended!” Nathan Synge

“Studying for the ITEC Diploma in Massage at the College of Classical Massage in Brighton was a thoroughly enjoyable and positive experience. Michael has created a relaxed, fun and nurturing learning environment and provides all the encouragement and support needed on what is an intensive but rewarding course. Michael and the other college tutors are all extremely knowledgeable and taught far more than was needed to prepare for the exam, giving me confidence in my practice from day one. I would highly recommend the College of Classical Massage!” Joanna Lines

“The ITEC Diploma in Massage was something that I really wanted to do as I’ve always been interested in massage and the holistic side of things. For such an intensive course, we covered topics on the anatomy and physiology and the practical emphasis of giving a treatment to a client. There is a lot to learn when studying, it tests your ability to absorb information quickly and finding the time to be a therapist in training, with other commitments on the go. The knowledge I’ve gained and the confidence as a therapist is immense. It is a transferable skill that I can use abroad or within the UK.  Michael’s enthusiasm for body massage really came across. It is a stepping stone to further my career and to be amongst others who share a similar passion.  Thank you Michael.”  Isobel Street

“Since joining the ITEC Diploma in Massage class at the beginning of this year, I have been astounded how much I have learned about the human body and systems and energy fields in relation to massage therapy, and all thanks to Michael and Anna (his assistant) who are both experts in their field.  Every single lesson I found to be both enjoyable and instructive.  I recommend Michael and Anna highly as massage therapy tutors.”  Kim Duke

“I qualified as a Holistic Massage Therapist in 2012 following the intensive ITEC Diploma course run by Michael Gibbons. From day one the course was relaxed and informal but with a very professional approach to the learning required. The course is broken into both practical and theory with ample opportunity to be “hands-on” at the start of the course. Michael had the patience of a saint with us all, as we sometimes took a while to grasp what was required of us but he always maintained a great sense of humour! As a result of Michael and the College, I was able to achieve what I believed at the beginning would be the impossible, and am now the proud owner of my own massage business, The Therapy Room. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone.”    Rachel Gosling

“Although very intensive, the ITEC level 3 course in holistic massage was well prepared and thorough, allowing me to start feeling quite confident after only a couple weekends of practice. Michael’s easy-going approach to teaching and his extensive experience, allowed us to learn more than the course requirements in a friendly, family-like atmosphere. As well as practicing a vast number of techniques, we learned the appropriate postures and methods to prevent injury to ourselves. Michael focused our learning on making the techniques our own to each create an individual and unique style of massage. Michael is also full of knowledge and advice about starting up a massage business, which has been invaluable to me as a complete business beginner.” Naomi Pauling

Course dates and times

Next Course:  Starts from Autumn 2017

October 21/22nd;

November 11th/12th;

December 9th/10th.

2018: January 13th/14th;

February 10th/11th;

March 10th/11th;

April 21st/22nd

May 12th/13th.

Exam date to be confirmed.

Times: 8.45am – 6pm

Course Fees and Booking

Fees (including ITEC exam):
Registration Fee (non-refundable):£250
 VAT @ 20%£50
Course Fee (payable 6 weeks before course start date):£1550
 VAT @ 20%£310
Total £2160

If you would like to book a place on this course please contact us to confirm availability and complete or download a booking form.

Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer, cash or paypal.*

To pay by bank transfer, the details are:

Account number: 40714701.  Sort code: 09 06 66.  Bank: Santander  Account name: CCM Ltd.  Please reference the payment with your surname and send us an email to let us know you have made payment.  We will then send your receipt and course information.

To pay by cheque, please make cheque payable to CCM Ltd and send to our office address: 35 Barnett Road, Brighton  BN1 7GJ.

To pay by cash, please contact us to arrange a convenient time.

There is also an option to pay over 4 equal monthly instalments – please contact us at for further details.  This does incur an administrative surcharge of £50.

*Paypal:  please note if paying by paypal there is a 3.5% surcharge.

Payment Options

These fees include

  • massage therapy tuition;
  • anatomy, physiology and pathology classroom-based tuition;
  • the course text book
  • a copy of our high quality instructional massage DVD (RRP£20)
  • professional conduct and business awareness tuition
  • ITEC exam fee
  • a complimentary College polo shirt
  • Massage course materials and complimentary refreshments also provided. 
  • Please note: These fees do not include any exam retakes.

QCF and Ofqual

Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. The QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework) is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for units (small steps of learning) and enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.

The QCF has four main aims: 1. To ensure a wider range of achievements can be recognised within a more inclusive qualifications framework 2. To establish a qualifications system that is more responsive to individual and employer needs 3. To establish a simpler qualifications framework that is easier for all users to understand 4. To reduce the burden of bureaucracy in the accreditation and assessment of qualifications.

Qualifications that use the QCF rules are made up of units. This provides flexible ways to get a qualification. Each unit has a credit value which tells you how many credits are awarded when a unit is completed. The credit value also gives an indication of how long it will normally take you to prepare for a unit or qualification. One credit will usually take you 10 hours of learning. Units build up to qualifications.

There are three different types of qualification in the QCF: Award, Certificate and Diploma. The title of a qualification will tell you its size and level. If a qualification includes a unit that you have already been awarded, you can use the unit you have already taken towards that qualification. Units awarded by different awarding organisations can be combined to build up qualifications.

This course is accredited by ITEC (International Therapy Examination council –  Practitioners can also join IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International; BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association – and CThA (Complementary Therapy Association) on graduation.

Course Requirements

No previous experience is necessary to attend this course.  It is recommended that candidates should have achieved a level of education equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A* – C prior to commencing the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage, however exemptions may be made for adult returners with experience of the work place.

If you don’t already have one, you will need to undertake an Emergency First aid course before the end of the training period.

You will need to bring 2 large bath towels all other equipment is provided. You should bring soft shoes/slippers or can work in bare feet. You should be of reasonably good health and not suffering from any current medical conditions which would hinder your ability to give and receive a treatment.  Please let us know if you have any medical conditions you feel we should be aware of.


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