L3 Body Massage Course

The L3 Body Massage course starts in October and finishes in July. It covers all aspects of the history of massage, massage theory and the anatomy and physiology required for a massage therapist to give individual treatments. As well as attendance at the weekends, this in-depth course requires a minimum of 5 hours per week to be spent on self-study, treatments and assignments.

The aim of the school is to train massage therapists to the highest possible standards, giving them a thorough understanding of the therapy and practice of massage and its place within the whole culture of complementary medicine. Our students are taught the practical skills required to provide safe and effective treatments as well as the underpinning knowledge of anatomy and physiology. We aim to produce therapists who exhibit a consistently high level of professionalism within their practice and are ambassadors for this beneficial therapy. Once qualified, you would be able to join the CNHC.

The course includes:-

box Practical sessions in Southampton
box Full day remote session, where you will use Zoom and videos to cover theory, from your own home
box Regular Zoom sessions (Tuesday evennig 8pm)
box All course notes
Box Self-study assignments
Box Online content, including video and audio
Box Weekend preparation workbooks
Box Revision Zoom Sessions
Box Revision Packs
box Email and telephone support during the course
box Access to a student area of the website containing videos and learning materials
box Student Online Learning Facebook group
box Optional Tutorials
box Use of Calming Influences Massage Couches

Face to Face Teaching Sessions

As many of the non practical elements are now online and will be completed remotely, teaching sessions are primarily practical and so will be shorter than we have run previously. Times will vary depending on where we are in the course but will either be full days (10 until 4 or 5) of half days (afternoons).

The sessions are not long but it is suggested that you bring a snack; although complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day.

This course contains 4 modules:-

Body Massage
Complementary Therapies
Anatomy and Physiology

Please note that classes on common modules (e.g. Business, Complementary Therapies and Anatomy and Physiology) are taught with Reflexology and Aromatherapy Students

Teaching Sessions

An initial teaching day will be held in October and will cover everything you need to treat safely, and the routine for the back. Case studies can be started after this first day.

Teaching sessions held in January, February, March, April, May, June and July will both continue with the practical work and cover the 3 common modules (Anatomy and Physiology, Business and Complementary therapies).

Course start times vary but it is generally 9:30 and finish at 5:30. Lunch times are limited to 45 minutes courses and although there are cafes in the area, many students prefer to bring a packed lunch. Complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day.

Please see prices page for prices and this year's dates.

Body massage

You will learn the following techniques:-

  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Vibrations
  • Passive movements
  • Pressure point stimulus
  • Muscle stretching
  • Deep tissue work

You will cover the whole body, including the face, stomach and scalp, and be able to work with your client prone, supine and seated using a variety of different mediums including natural wax and carrier oil.

The aim of the course is to ensure you can adapt your treatments to ensure your client gets the most from their massage.

Complementary Therapies

This module will be taught using a mixture of videos, Zoom interactive sessions and onsite workshops. As part of the course we cover some aspects which are best covered face to face, such as when we are looking at chakras and auras and these are the subjects which will be covered using onsite workshops.

Anatomy and Physiology

This will be taught using a mixture of videos, Zoom interactive sessions and question and answer sessions whilst onsite. The approach of using videos and Zoom sessions has been trialled with my current diploma students, and has found to work very well. Students like the fact that they are still able to ask questions but also benefit from being able to watch the videos multiple times, and re-run the revision Zoom sessions. The revision packs, containing labelling diagram exercises and definitions has also proved very popular. As part of the anatomy and physiology you need to take two multi-choice tests, one in March and one in June. These sessions are carried out at the QE2 centre.


The business module will be completed with a mixture of videos, Zoom interactice session and a small number of workshops at the QE2 centre.



You will be required to complete

box 36 case study treatments.
box 3 practical assessments which are carried out in July
box Two anatomy and physiology multi-choice tests, one in March, the second in July
box Portfolio of evidence.

Certificates will be issued by VTCT.


Training takes place in Southampton just 5 minutes from junction 8 of the M27. There is free parking and the site is set in ancient woodland, creating a relaxing and calming environment. During the lunch hour it is possible to walk down to the River Hamble and take in the view.


Courses are taught mainly by the principal, Jackie James, but students will also benefit from the experience of other Calming Influences assessors.


This is an in-depth course and students will be expected to spend approximately 5 hours each week working on the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications required, although all candidates should discuss the course with Jackie James, the school principal, before they enrol to ensure this is the right course for them and they understand the commitment required.


In addition to the course fees See Prices Page the following costs will be incurred by the student:-

Student membership of the FHT if you are not already a member of a therapists organisation. This will include insurance cover for case studies

Massage Books. Although there are no set massage books it is recommended you buy 2 or 3 massage books during the course. During each teaching session many books are available to look at before you decide which books to purchase

Anatomy books: You should buy one anatomy and physiology book during the course

Uniform: White short sleeved T shirt or Therapists tunic. Black trousers and black shoes covering toes. Choose trousers and tunic with some give.

Two white towels, bath sheet sized, a massage couch or plinth, massage oil, pillow or bolster to allow you to carry out treatments at home. Additionally, you will need 3 A4 lever arch ring binders.

First Aid Course. Although not mandatory, it is recommended that you take a first aid course. Courses specifically designed for therapists will be run by Calming Influences however, any Appointed Persons course is acceptable. For details of the Calming Influences First Aid Course Click Here


Booking your Place

If you would like more information about this course please speak to Jackie James on 0780 5278 620, or e-mail her at Jackie@calminginfluences.com.

If you would like to apply, complete an application form Application Form. This is in MS Word format but other formats can be provided on request. Once completed, either mail or email the form to us with the deposit or full payment to:-

Calming Influences Holistic Training School
Oakside, Pylands Lane
SO31 1BH