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New Skills, New Beginnings

Welcome to the York School of Holistic Therapies where we offer excellence in training for students to practitioner level in Reflexology and Body massage. (VTCT level 3 a nationally recognised award)

Our courses offer you the techniques, experience and knowledge you need to practice as a confident, effective therapist. Whether you are a complete beginner or have some existing skills we have created a space for you to grow and change. We put our hearts into our courses because as therapists ourselves, we love what we do.

Why choose to study with The York School of Holistic Therapies?

  • Teachers with experience and real therapists who still run their own private practices.
  • Day time courses for adults
  • Friendly City location used for our teaching venue
  • Small Classes (no more than 12 per class)

Body Massage Diploma

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Body Massage

Next course: April 2016 - March 2017
Monday Mornings from 9.30 to 12.30 - 36 weeks in total.

Summer Term 2015 (13 weeks)
11th, 18th, 25th April
9th, 16th, 23rd May
6th, 13th, 20th, 27nd June

4th, 11th, 18th July

Autumn Term 2015 (13 weeks)
5th, 12st, 19th, 26th September
3rd, 10th, 17th October
7th, 14th, 21th, 28rd November
5th, 12th December

Spring Term 2016 (10 weeks)
9th, 16th, 23th, 30th January
6th, 13th February
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March
Last date 27st March 2017

We have started taking bookings now, and as there is a lot of interest in this course, we suggest to get in touch with Mary Sarah Eldridge as soon as you can.

This course leads to an internationally recognized qualification to enable students to treat members of the public. Many learners use this diploma to work within the complementary therapies industry or as a self-employed Massage Therapist.

Please note that we run our YSHT diploma courses during school term dates  and take the same school holidays, bank holidays, half term dates and summer break (but not training days). Attendance on dates is extremely important.

What does the course cover?

All aspects of body massage are covered on this course. A wide range of practical techniques are taught and practiced so students really feel confident in their ability to treat others and adapt treatment. In addition to this, theory of complementary therapies and anatomy and physiology are examined and towards the end of the course a short business module helps students to prepare for their individual transition into the workplace.

How much does it cost?

£1,380- and it includes all course and registration fees, course books and reference materials. A deposit of £380 secures your place on the course followed by monthly payments of £100

Where is it held?

York School of Holistic Therapies is based at Millers Yard, Gillygate, York. We are a ten minute walk from York railway station and there is ample parking at Gillygate/Bootham car park.

Do I need previous experience?

No previous experience is needed. However, we are offering some short introductory and taster courses in the Autumn 2013 (from September) and Spring 2014 (from January) to wett your appetite and a chance for you to see if this is a therapy that you would like to study further. Your tutor will guide you step by step through accessible and widely beneficial tactile therapy.

Who is the facilitator?

The Body Massage Diploma Course is taught by Mary Sarah Eldridge,
Click here to discover more abour Mary Sarah.

How do I sign up? 

Send us an email, we will send you more information.
If you have any question we can also meet up or have a chat by phone.
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What is included?

  • tuition and assessment over 36 weeks
  • individual verbal and written feedback over 36 weeks
  • up to date equipment and resources
  • Anatomy and Physiology examination paper costs
  • course text books and resource material
  • course file in which to compile your portfolio of evidence
  • a V.T.C.T certificate to show you are qualified to practice

Payment terms

The total price is £1,380 split into:

  • Deposit of £380 to be paid on enrolment  by cheque or direct bank payment
  • Followed by 10 direct debit payments of £100 starting from when 1st May 2016 when the course starts
  • Enrolments start  now October 2015
  • On enrolment a payment contract will be set up with you.

Cheques made payable to The York School of Holistic Therapies.
If you wish to make a bank payment directly into our account please contact us via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualification Information

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Qualification Structure*

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 units and earn a minimum of 57 credits.

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Business practice for complementary therapies






Principles and practice of complementary therapies






Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies






Provide body massage for complementary therapies