The College of Classical Massage

Established in 1999, the College of Classical Massage is the longest-established private massage college in Brighton and Bath.  It was co-founded by Michael Gibbons who is still one of the main tutors on many of the Diploma Training Courses in Massage and Sports Massage.  He is an exceptional and highly experienced Bodywork Practitioner and Teacher. He has gained extensive knowledge over his 30 years in the Bodywork Industry. Originally training in Body Massage and Sports Massage, he has further developed his skills and experience with his training as a McTimoney Practitioner, studying for 4 years at the McTimoney College 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.

We have a range of highly experienced and inspiring tutors that teach and support on all of our training courses and one-day workshops.

The College of Classical Massage is a highly regarded massage training institute,  teaching various internationally accredited and recognised professional Diploma massage courses.  We are committed to being a centre of excellence in all aspects of massage training and massage therapy.

Courses are held in Brighton, Bath and Sussex.   Courses are held at weekends and on weekdays to cater for different studying needs and locations. We offer high-quality tuition with specialist tutors, in a supportive group setting

Career Opportunities

These massage courses cater to varying requirements. Many of our students intend to work as Professional Massage Therapists, often practising alternative therapy in addition to their current career or as a full-time occupation. Others study for the pleasure of learning about the body and its healing systems and the opportunity to work on their family and friends.

For beginners, we run ITEC Diploma courses in: Body Massage and Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology;  Sports Massage, Reflexology, and Introductory courses in Body Massage.

For fully qualified practitioners, we offer FHT accredited Certificates in On-Site Massage   and Deep tissue Massage.

We also have our pioneering and unique FHT-accredited Diploma in Structural Rebalancing, which we combine with our Levels 3 & 4 Sports Massage course.


Our Bath venue is easily accessed by the adjacent towns: Bristol, Cirencester, Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge, Warminster, Salisbury, Frome, Glastonbury, and Swindon.

Our Brighton venue  is easily accessed by Brighton and Hove residents,  from London, East and West Sussex,  Southampton, Chichester, Eastbourne, Portsmouth, Croydon, Hastings, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.

Our Sussex venue is located in beautiful rolling Sussex countryside just off the A23, and only 15 minutes from Brighton in the South and Crawley and Gatwick Airport in the North.  There is ample onsite parking and beautiful rolling Sussex.

We are proud that all students who have been entered for the ITEC exams have managed to achieve a 100% pass rate in their practical exams.  We believe this is a reflection of their hard work and motivation and the high quality of training they receive on the course.

Course Accreditation

All of our diploma courses are fully accredited and designed for maximum learning to an advanced standard. Our Diplomas in Body/Holistic Massage;  Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, Reflexology, and Sports Massage are accredited by VTCT/ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council).

Upon graduation, our students can join many associations or professional bodies once you have your insurance.  These include (but are not limited to), the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA), The British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA),  the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).  These associations all have strict codes of ethics and safe practice and some include insurance for practitioners too.

Our post-graduate workshops are FHT accredited.

Upon graduation from our Sports Massage Course, you can join the Sports Massage Association (SMA).

Upon graduation from our Reflexology Course in Bath, you can join the Association of Reflexologists (AOR).

Our Diploma in Structural Rebalancing is a stand-alone qualification that is accredited by FHT and insurance can be gained from IPTI and Balens, amongst others.

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