The Tutors

The Tutors here at School of Bodywork are dedicated to your learning, all highly experienced and experts in the modality in which they tutor.

The enthusiasm and passion of our tutors is infectious; providing you with new skills and a renewed enthusiasm for your career.

Louise Mockford Adv Dip APNT, BSc(Hons), EBW, BCMA Reg

School Director and Tutor

Louise has been a bodywork therapist for over 15 years, initially qualifying as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist, and spent many years previous to this teaching about the biomechanics between horse and rider. Her studies evolved into human bodywork and coupled with her interest in Psychology, after completing her Honours Degree as a mature student in 2007, she firmly believes that hands on therapy is the best approach to help others physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Louise is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience as both Director and Tutor at the School of Bodywork. She brings a fun, informal style of teaching to the classroom, is approachable and has a calm presence, inspiring students to become therapists with solid foundational skills upon which to build their own individual style. Being a good therapist is so much more than simply applying techniques, and Louise encourages development of interpersonal skills in her teaching also.

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As well as running the School and teaching, Louise has a busy private practice in South Somerset, offering Advanced Massage and Myofascial Release, Scar Tissue Release, Oncology Massage and combines a variety of approaches influenced by Eastern and Western styles to her treatments.


Louise has also been invited to judge at the UK National Massage Championships in London for the last 2 years, judging the Freestyle Massage, Chair Massage and Advanced/Clinical Massage categories and has been invited back for 2024. She feels very privileged to witness some hugely talented therapists showcasing their skills and inspiring others. She is particularly encouraged to see the sense of community and mutual support that the participants bring to the event, in what can sometimes feel like a solitary career. Louise is very keen to promote this sense of community between therapists for the benefit of all.


Tutor: Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic MassageIntroduction to Massage , Introduction to Myofascial Release , Myofascial Release Practitioner Diploma , Cranial & TMJ Workshop , Advanced Techniques & Level 4 Advanced Remedial Massage Diploma


Ruth Bell: APNT, MTI, ISRM

Ruth began practising massage and bodywork for over 15 years, after training with the Massage Training Institute in Sheffield. Her interest in the wonderful complexity and mechanism of the body began during contemporary dance training and ignited a passion for studying anatomy and the moving body.

‘My dance training has deepened my understanding of anatomy and has helped me to realise the importance of movement within our lives. Learning how bodies move also taught me to see how bodies don’t move’.

She has since furthered her training in Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapy, Thai Massage Diploma, Massage in Pregnancy Diploma, Myofascial Release, Acupuncture for Sports Injuries, Remedial and Advanced Massage Techniques, Kinesiology Taping and Chinese Cupping.
Ruth teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Thai Massage Techniques for the Table and Advanced Massage CPD. She is founder for Advanced Training for therapists in the Alps, France and has previously taught the original Level 3 Remedial Massage Diploma for the School of Bodywork and several modules on the Therapeutic Massage Diploma.

Ruth is an inspirational tutor with a deep understanding of bodywork and wealth of knowledge to share. She inspires students with her passion and knowledge within her work.
Her teaching is fun and dynamic; as an advanced bodywork practitioner she integrates many aspect of massage techniques and research into her teaching.

‘Ruth is friendly, accessible, professional and supportive. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate, a very inspirational tutor’. Tia Tamblyn, School of Bodywork Remedial Course 2018.

Tutor: Level 4 Advanced Remedial Massage Diploma, Thai Table Massage & Advanced Techniques

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Lisa Tate: Dip APNT, ISRM

Lisa has been a bodywork therapist for 18 years and uses a combination of physical treatment and pain education to help people struggling with persistent pain. She also specialises in two areas where access to massage has historically been restricted - pregnancy and cancer. She feels very strongly that people who are pregnant or living with cancer deserve the same access to and quality of treatment as anybody else.

Her passion about the incredible therapeutic effect of massage has led her to teach it in various forms for the past 12 years, including teaching massage to primary school children through the Massage in Schools Programme (MISP), hand massage to family, nursing and care staff of people with life limiting illnesses and general massage techniques to members of the public through introductory workshops.

For many years she worked with the University of Exeter medical school to introduce students to the benefits of massage and prior to 2020 she was Assistant Tutor for a Level 5 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage

Her teaching style is relaxed yet informative, giving people the knowledge and techniques they need while helping them develop the confidence and ability to truly feel the client’s body that will make them great therapists.

She particularly enjoys teaching and mentoring qualified therapists, helping them to become technically sound and confident whilst retaining their own individual style.  Every client is different so there is no “one size fits all” therapist – it is that match between client and therapist that builds the therapeutic relationship that is key to a successful outcome.

Tutor: Pregnancy Massage, Indian Head Massage, Level 4 Advanced Remedial Massage Diploma

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Joanna Woolvett: ITEC, Dip APNT, PGCE, BA (Hons)

Jo is an experienced therapist and teacher with a special interest in the face and the skin. She has developed a course exclusively for the School of Bodywork - Rejuvenating Facelift Massage - which is extremely popular, both as a treatment for clients and as a training course for students!
Jo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching and a clear passion for the face and skin. She has a calm, clear presence in the classroom and is a very popular tutor.
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Patricia Howe: Dip APNT

Patricia was born and raised in Berkshire, from a very early age you would find her on a sports field (track and field.) If not there then netball courts, gymnastics clubs, outside the family home playing football, cricket, tag, or whatever was being played. Wherever there was sporting/physical activity there was Patricia.

In her early 20’s she visited a gym for the 1st time, and from there a wild card journey began. She found herself in the world of Bodybuilding for the next 16 years. Setting and achieving personal goals and being presented with surprise challenges, self-exploration, connection, and self-taught anatomy physiology. She loved meeting people, loved every minute. In fact, Exeter was the place she qualified for the British finals on a few occasions, (winning the title for 2 consecutive years) and so her previous love for Exeter grew even more.

Fast forward 20 years, after owning a gym in Exeter, she re-invented herself incorporating her love as a personal trainer alongside enhancing her knowledge of anatomy and physiology. She trained as a Complete Bodyworker (now known as the Therapeutic Massage Diploma) at the School of Bodywork, and later went on to study and qualify as a Remedial Massage Therapist also with the School of Bodywork. She has never looked back.

She enjoys her time with family and friends, walking with nature, weight training, yoga, swimming, baking, reading, taking photos, listening and singing along to music, and learning. As she sees it every day is a school day.

"I feel both humbled and honoured to fill the role as an assistant tutor at the school where I learnt so much more than massage therapy, met new friends for life, and obtained high quality skills to enable me to run a successful practice of my own"

Patricia's motto: “Learning is an adventure, search within yourself”

Assistant Tutor: Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Massage


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Rachel: Dip APNT, BCMA reg, 

Administrator & Assistant Tutor

Rachel joined the School of Bodywork team in 2020 after completing the Diploma in Therapeutic Massage. From her varied professional background, Rachel brings a wealth of administrative experience, technical and business development knowledge to her advisory and administrative role with the school.
She has consolidated this knowledge and developed the 'Start at the Beginning - Start Up Guide to your Therapy Business' online business course which forms part of our Diploma in Therapeutic Massage course. This 3 module course provides newly qualified therapists, as well as other therapists who might be looking for some direction in their business, the basic knowledge to kickstart or refresh a successful, reputable massage therapy business.
Alongside supporting Louise and the team in her administrative role, Rachel runs her own successful clinic in South Devon having completed post-graduate courses in Rejuvenating Facelift Massage, Advanced Techniques and Remedial Massage, and has a particular interest in Women's Health. Rachel is a Menopause Wellness Practitioner providing support and guidance for women suffering symptoms relating to hormones, menstruation, perimenopause and menopause.
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