Complete Bodyworker Diploma.

Complete Bodyworker Diploma. APNT Accredited Diploma 

Our Complete Bodywoker Diploma, trains you to become a professional, competent and self employed massage therapist, therefore enabling you to have a deeply rewarding career.

The Complete Bodyworker Diploma is fun, informative and engaging. Here at School of Bodywork we pride ourselves on the progressive training we offer. We keep up to date with advances in the bodywork field. Our APNT accredited Diploma encompasses Swedish massage techniques, massage theory, anatomy, physiology and pathology. The in-depth syllabus enables you to work successfully in the field.

You will  leave with the correct certification, the skills and the confidence to become a self employed massage therapist. We train you the individual, to treat individuals with whatever they present with on the day of treatment. We provide thorough, high quality training. Plus we share with you our contacts in the industry, therefore helping you build your career. Start your journey here!

I found the Complete Bodyworker Diploma informative and fascinating. Lessons were varied with lots of time to practice practical skills. Each class member received support when needed to enable us to achieve our best and pass with flying colours. Emma and her team are second to none. I highly recommend this course to all.

Susan Vousden.

Complete Bodyworker Diploma: Swedish massage demonstration.


Meet the Tutor

A chance for potential students to meet the tutor and get a feel for the course. Come along to one of our current Complete Bodyworker sessions to observe how we do things here.

Contact us for more details and to arrange a suitable date.

Reasons to choose the Complete Bodyworker Diploma.

100% pass rate, with a high number of distinctions.

Inspirational, skilled and supportive tutors with as much as 20 years experience in the industry.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology is brought to life through exciting and interactive teaching methods. This will enhance your learning experience. In addition we gear our teaching to meet your needs.

Clinic days are integral to the course and you have the opportunity to work on real clients. You will therefore receive constructive feedback from clients as well as from industry professionals.

We train you to treat the individual and what they present with, consequently enabling you to deal with real life situations. We do not teach you a routine.

In addition:

We teach you how to protect your body from injuries and how to use your body-weight behind your strokes. Especially relevant if you wish to enjoy longevity as a therapist.

Whilst you study with us, you have access to treatment rooms free of charge to enable you to meet fellow students, practice and consolidate skills.

In addition, we support you to launch your career by using our network of employers in South West. Past graduates now employ newly qualified students trained by School of Bodywork.

Most of all, we offer continuous support and mentoring from enrolment to beyond qualification. We love to hear success stories from our graduates. So please do stay in touch.

Entry requirements: No formal qualifications are required. Introductory course or “meet the tutor” recommended. This will ensure the course is right for you.

Course Details: Diploma accredited by the APNT. The course duration is 10 months, attendance is over 23 separate days. This involves a minimum 80 hours anatomy, physiology & pathology plus 70 hours massage theory & practical. A minimum of 200 hours home study is recommended. At least 90% attendance is required. This ensures you leave as a competent therapist.


The Course includes:

Hands free techniques and awareness of good body mechanics; both essential aspects to protect the therapist.

Side lying techniques; extremely useful in a variety of situations including pregnancy.

Mobilisations; an essential component for a good treatment.

Palpation skills and their practical application.

Breathing, relaxation techniques, abdominal massage and lymphatic drainage.

Postural observations, grounding and protection.

A massage diary written by you, to encourage reflection and growth as a therapist.

On-going assessment and support.

Legal, ethical and professional considerations.

Branding, how to promote yourself and launch your career as a practitioner.

How to re-book a patient. All of the above enable to you be a great therapist, and as such build a successful business.

Take the next step on your exciting journey of discovery and call: 07711 656011 or email

Complete Bodyworker Diploma: Petrissage upper trapezius.

Making the decision to start the Complete Bodyworker Diploma was far more pivotal than I had imagined. The course is in depth and informative in its academic content. It is also supportive and encouraging in it’s approach to the profession we are training to enter. Ever challenging and rewarding on a personal level. There is a lot to learn in a year, and this is definitely only the beginning, but it feels like a strong framework upon which I shall build in the future.

Alice Pollak.

Results: 100% pass rate.
2015 Students.

90% Distinction.
10% Credit.

Complete Bodyworker Diploma

Current course: CB15 started Saturday 15th September 2018

Meet The Tutor: Please contact us for details (FREE session for prospective students)

Next courses: CB16 Dates HERE (Begins Friday 3rd May 2019)

CB17 Dates HERE (Begins Saturday 7th September 2019)

Tutors: Bel Silcox, Ruth Bell & Cathy Payne

EARLY BIRD FEE for CB16 (saves £200):

£350 Deposit required by 4th March 2019. Followed by 4 instalments of £350 throughout the course.

Total Fees payable: £1750 Exam Fee: £165

What to Bring: HERE

Sadly we cannot refund your deposit. If a minimum of 4 weeks notice is given, the deposit can be transferred to another course. Your deposit will confirm your place on the course and your commitment to training. In the unusual event that you do not wish to complete the course the full balance of course fees is still payable.

Exam: Entrance to the exam is at the discretion of the tutor. At least 90% attendance is required.

90 minute anatomy and physiology exam. Plus a 90 minute massage theory exam.
60 minute practical exam.

Case studies: 6 x 4 (not returned).
Massage diary: 100 entries.
On-going assessments: practical and theory.

Anatomy and physiology is included, but can be studied independently of massage.

Class sizes are small and therefore places are limited. Please book online.

Individual Tuition: If you miss class and need 1:1 tuition it can be booked HERE.

Once Qualified: In order to become an APNT member you will need a First Aid at Work certificate.  The first aid certificate ensures the safety of your clients if you are working alone. You will also need insurance. We recommend Holistic Insurance.

Work: We have contacts within the industry, therefore, we can help launch you on your future career. Please just ask.

“My journey as a massage therapist started in 2013 when I joined the Complete Bodyworker Diploma at the School of Bodywork. Little did I realise quite what a different direction life would move in when I discovered shortly after beginning the course that I was pregnant with twins! The twins were born in late April 2014, and I (just!) managed to complete the exams to enable me to begin work from home as a massage therapist. Enrolling on the course was one of the best decisions of my life. I absolutely love working as a therapist, using my hands and my head to make a difference to people’s health and well-being. I feel so lucky to have a business that can be flexible, and enable me to work from home. As it happens it also provides a wonderful counterpoint to looking after very small children. When I retreat into my therapy room, I take a moment to calm myself and focus quietly on the client’s needs, which somehow seems to provide therapy for me too! I am so grateful not only for the initial training that I received, but also for the ongoing development and support opportunities. I’m really looking forward to doing some additional training over the coming year. I hope to see some familiar faces, as well as meeting new ones!”

Tia Tamblyn.