FHT-accredited remedial massage therapy (L3) for acupuncturists

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7th September 2024 - 28th June 2025, 9.30am - 5.30pm
Therapists and trainees
The International College of Oriental Medicine, Van Buren House, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1DZ

About the course

This FHT-accredited remedial massage therapy course aims to enable the student to gain the skills and confidence to provide remedial massage and specific soft tissue techniques in order to assess, treat and advise on musculoskeletal imbalances within the clinic environment.

This course places particular emphasis on the standard massage techniques as well as assessment procedures and specific techniques. The student will develop an understanding of the health benefits of remedial massage and, in addition to learning new skills, they will learn the importance of maintaining and restoring their own physical health by using the correct posture when working.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • The history and origins of massage.
  • Contraindications to massage.
  • Different types of massage and their physiological effects and benefits.
  • Attachment points and actions of major muscles and muscle groups.
  • Different types of muscle injuries.
  • The referral process – how to know when and when not to treat.
  • Range of movement assessment for axial and appendicular joints.
  • Postural assessment to determine muscular imbalance.
  • Remedial massage techniques including effleurage, petrissage and tapotement.
  • Deep tissue massage techniques.
  • Neuromuscular techniques; trigger points and friction.
  • Soft tissue release techniques.
  • Overuse syndrome.
  • The fascial network and basic treatment techniques.
  • Treatment planning and evaluation of results.
  • Advertising and marketing guidelines.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to recognise, assess and treat the most common musculoskeletal imbalances which present in clinic; provide a treatment plan, estimation of outcomes and evaluation of results.

2024 dates:

  • 7th September
  • 21st September
  • 5th October
  • 2nd November
  • 7th December

2025 dates:

  • 11th January
  • 1st February
  • 1st March
  • 29th March
  • 26th April
  • 25th May
  • 28th June

Entry requirements

This course is open to acupuncture students and acupuncture graduates alike. Level 3 or 4 anatomy and physiology exams must have been successfully completed within the past five years and proof of qualification in these subjects must be provided before qualification will be granted.

Practising acupuncturists will only need to provide proof of A&P qualification, irrespective of the length of time they have been qualified. No prior knowledge of massage is necessary, however, if you have previously completed a level 3 massage course, you may find this course will enhance your knowledge, range of techniques and general massage skills.

Please email cpd@orientalmed.ac.uk with proof of study prior to booking.

Duration/method of study

The course will comprise of 12 days of classroom attendance, including a final day for practical exams. The days will be staggered over the academic year and will vary depending on start date. The classroom days will be split into theory and practical sessions, mainly with the theory in the morning and practical in the afternoon. You will be expected to allow four hours per week of home practice for the duration of the course.


On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded fully accredited qualification in remedial massage Therapy. Once you have obtained professional insurance you will be able to work as a remedial massage Therapist and add this set of skills to your client/patient offering.

About the teacher

Alison has been working as a therapist since 1994 with massage, reflexology and aromatherapy and has specialised in sports and remedial massage for the last 15 years, working alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors in Asia, Spain and the UK. She has worked as one of the lead tutors at the London School of Soft Tissue Therapy, where she has been teaching since 2011.

Alison was awarded a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese acupuncture with Greenwich University, having studied a three-year full-time degree at the International College of Oriental Medicine. She is also proud to have been part of the teaching faculty at this prestigious college.
Alison incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element and Classical Stems and Branches approaches in her acupuncture treatments. She is a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage and of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and practices from The Perrymount Clinic in Haywards Heath.

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