National Qualification in Holistic Massage

A national qualification to offer full body holistic and relaxation massage to the general public.

Students will study the foundational concepts of massage including: posture, draping, positioning, hygiene and massage techniques.

NTC has been delivering health fitness and bodywork training for over 30 years and our qualified tutors are experts in their individual fields. They will ensure that your time with NTC is enjoyable, informative and rewarding and you will have the opportunity to study with some of the finest tutors the massage world has to offer.

If you are interested and would like to know more about this physical therapy training course, please call us now on 01 882 7777 or fill out the registration form to book a place now.

This course has been scheduled to run one morning per week or one evening per week to facilitate the busy schedules of mums, dads, school leavers, allied health professionals, carers, or anybody seeking a career change. Some participants may decide to do this course purely out of personal interest.

Course Details

For those who simply want to qualify to offer holistic and relaxation massage this is the only qualification you need, however if you are interested in progressing your education and advancing your skill set by learning to treat pain and injury there is a complete educational roadmap available from NTC:

  • National Qualification in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy
  • Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy (H. Dip. NMT)
  • Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy (MSc. NMT)

The National Qualification in Holistic Massage offers students an exciting and affordable route of entry into the profession and is entirely achievable through its part-time method of weekday morning timetabling.

There are no formal education requirements for participation on this course. Applicants should have a keen interest in learning about the human body and massage therapy in general. You will be expected to give and receive massage treatments during the course and this will mean using hands-on therapy with your fellow classmates.


Unit 1 Antomy and Physiology

  • The cells and an overview of the skin
  • The skeletal system
  • The muscular system
  • The Circulatory and lymphatic system
  • The Respiratory system
  • The Nervous system
  • The endocrine system

Unit 2 Lifestyle and healthy eating

  • Benefits of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • Short / long term effects of a sedentary lifestyle and it’s influence on health
  • Making the right food choices

Unit 3 Foundation of Massage

  • Theory History and benefits of massage therapy
  • Draping procedures
  • Contraindications and hygiene
  • Considerations for massage and special populations
  • Communication skills

Unit 4 Foundation of Massage

  • Practical Full body massage techniques for the following areas; leg, foot, back, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, abdomen, face, head and neck.
  • Use of lubricants and bolsters
  • Positioning of client
  • Posture of massage therapist

Unit 5 Ethics and professional development

  • Health Safety
  • Code of ethics and professional conduct
  • Business and self promotion
  • Professional responsibilities e. g insurance, taxes, ongoing CPD.


  • Theory Assessment 60 minutes
  • Submission of learner workbook
  • Practical Assessment

The cost of obtaining the National Qualification in Holistic Massage is €995.00. 

Places can be reserved by payment of a deposit of €145.00 with the balance of €850.00 due one week prior to the course start date.

A discount of €145.00 is available to individuals paying fees of €850.00 in full one calendar month prior to course commencement date. Places on this programme are available on a first come first served basis.

Schedule and Locations


The next 2019 Dublin morning and evening courses will run at the National Training Centre, 15-16 Saint Joseph's Parade, Dorset Street, Dublin 7 on the following dates and times:

FEBRUARY 2019 - One morning or evening per week 
Monday mornings 10:30am to 1:30pm
Monday evenings 7pm to 10pm

  • February 25th
  • March 4th, 11th, 25th
  • April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
  • May 13th, 20th, 27th
  • June 10th, 17th, 24th
  • July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • August 19th, 26th
  • September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

SEPTEMBER 2019 - One morning or evening per week 
Monday mornings 10:30am to 1:30pm
Monday evenings 7pm to 10pm

  • September 23rd, 30th
  • October 7th, 14th, 21st
  • November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • December 2nd, 9th, 16th
  • January (2020) 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
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National Qualification in Holistic Massage