JL Meridian School of Massage & Bodywork CIC

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 CIC.

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 :   £ 1800
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 :    
  16th May 2019 (Weekends)
  19th October 2019 (Weekends)

Professional Holistics Massage Training

Massage Diploma course in BirminghamWhy Holistic Massage?

Holistic means “to see as a whole” - the mind, physical body, emotional self, as well as the more subtle energies. Holistic massage is not just a routine or technique - it is a way of feeling and of being. It gives us an opportunity to acknowledge someone’s difference and uniqueness - and also their essential beauty - it teaches us about trust and openness - working from the heart; it can be soothing and calming or it can energise. Physically, it can release tight, tense muscles. On a deeper level it can help us to find release from the past and present. It can encourage us to rest and de-stress. It is often joyous, and above all it helps us 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 being members of the learning team to share and learn from each other. The Diploma Course aims to create a balance between development of our intuitive massage - with the structure of acquiring knowledge about the physical body. It offers a unique path for your individual creativity, personal development and growth - mentally, physically and sp ritually. It is fun - and passionate about massage!

The short course programme is also growing, including post-grad courses for the continuing professional development 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 12 months consisting of regular weekend and 3 day 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 two supervised clinic practice sessions.

The time between workshops allows you to practice and complete theory / written assignments, a personal development journal, a project, plus a minimum of 50 hours massage practice of which at least 40 hours are massages given and at least 10 hours of massages received. Students will be required to write a comprehensive diary of this experience 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: fully body massage; diary of 50 hours practice outside the course (see course structure); personal development journal; at least one presentation; successful completion of all assignments.
External examination requirements: individual practical with an unknown client and an external examiner who will also scrutinise the diary and work folder; 3 hour written anatomy, physiology and pathology paper.

Course Assignments

Students will be set homework from each workshop. As well as the formal examination and completion requirements listed above, to support student learning there will be informal assessments and feedback throughout by the tutors, peers and by student self-evaluation. Within this there will be at least one individual tutorial, though 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

The set Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology text book can be purchased from Meridian. A comprehensive book list, with recommended texts, will be provided prior to the start of the course. The course workbook is included in the fee.

Course Fee:

£1800 plus exam fees - this includes full 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 £140 in total and are payable 2 months prior to taking the exams. Students will need to register with MTI  £35 plus £14 insurance or FHT currently £25 including insurance. We do discuss each Professional Association on the first training weekend and suggest that you explore the respective websites too for an informed decision. Course Development Loans are no longer available.



Course Commencing
October 2019:
Course Commencing May 2020: (Weekends) Course Commencing October 2020: (Weekends)

Course Commencing October 2020: (Week Days - Tuesdays)

Times: 9.30 until 6.00
19/20th and 26/27th October
*29/30th November 1st December
14/15th December 2020
4/5th January
1/2nd February
28/29th March
*24/25/26th April
23/24th May
19th June Theory Exam
20/21st June
3/4th Practical Exam
5th July
* Fridays
Times: 9.30 until 6.00
16/17th May
13/14th June

10/11/12th July

and 25/26th July
5/6th September

26/27th September

23/24/25th October
7/8th November
28/29th November
Additional weekends TBC
Times: 9.30 until 6.00
3/4th October and 24/25th October
13/14/15th November
12/13th December
9/10th January 2021 30/31st January
27/28th February
27/28th March
23/24/25th April
22/23rd May
18th June Theory Exam
19/20th June
2/3rd July Practical Exam
4th July
Times: 9.30 until 3.15
6/13/20th October
3/10/17/24th November
1/8th December
2021 dates to follow


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