Swedish Massage Level 3 Course

This course is equivalent to a Level 3 course in accordance with the National Occupational Standards

Swedish Massage Level 3 Seven Day Practitioner Diploma Course

Cost: -   £805.00 (Booking Fee of £60.00 required to confirm booking)

Certifications/Qualifications Attained:  Zen Tranquility Holistic Beauty Training accredited/recognised diploma - Insurable allowing you to gain insurance and use therapy with the general public and charge.  This course is a Level 3 course in accordance with the National Occupational Standards Framework but it is not a national qualification such as NVQ, City and Guilds or VTCT course.  NOTE: You can gain insurance as a Level 3 Massage Therapist with this course to treat clients but some governing bodies may not accept it as a Level 3 Qualification as they may only accept National part government funded qualifications such as NVQ, City and Guilds and VTCT courses, so if you are a member of a governing body you will need to check with them to see if they accept this course before booking onto it.

Pre-Requisite:    None - suitable for beginners, although you do need to hold or be studying Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology alongside this course (we do offer a Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology course which costs £195.00 but is reduced to £155.00 when booked with Massage so total for both courses would be £960.00 - for further details on the A and P course please click here)

Insurance:  Our training courses follow the National Occupational Standards set out by HABIA and are validated and accredited by ABT (Associated Beauty Therapists) and are fully insurable allowing you to gain insurance and use therapy with the general public and charge.

Training Dates/Venues: Details at bottom of this Course Page

MODEL MAY BE REQUIRED::  If more than one student is booked onto the course then students will be practising on each other - NOTE: if no other students book onto the course then the course will run as 1-2-1 training on a model which you will need to bring with you to practise on.


Swedish massage was instigated by a Swedish fencing master and physiologist, Per Henrik Ling, who created a system known as the Swedish Movement treatment.  The massage was based on techniques he had learned in the Far East, which helped keep his fencing students supple and agile.  The use of these techniques developed in the West into what we now know as Swedish Massage.  This focuses on the musculo-skeletal system and uses recognised movements, such as Effleurage, Friction, Petrissage, Tapotement and Percussion, to manipulate the soft tissue of the body to reduce muscle spasm and relieve pain.  As well as affecting each of the physiological systems of the body for example cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, etc.  Swedish Massage also has the psychological effect of either invigoration or relaxation.

Course Content & Learning Outcomes

  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • Course Details
  • Course Aims and Objectives
  • Body Mechanics
  • History of massage
  • History of Swedish Massage
  • Benefits of Swedish Massage
  • How often should we have a full body massage
  • Posture of Therapist/Preparation
  • Contra-indications
  • Contra-actions/Healing Crisis
  • Client Consultation
  • Aftercare Advice
  • Consultation Form
  • Client Treatment Record
  • GP Referral Letter
  • Under 16 consent Form
  • Client Disclaimer
  • Health, Safety & Hygiene
  • Preparing Your Work Area
  • Carrying out a Risk Assessment
  • Sanitation, Sterilisatoin, Disinfection
  • Health & Safety & Regulations
  • Professional Ethics and Standards of Practise
  • Client Confidentiality
  • Principles of Practice of Complementary Therapies
  • History & Origins of Complementary Therapies
  • The Development and use of Massage and Therapies
  • Differences between Complementary, Alternative and Allopathic Medicine
  • Regulation, Legislation & Guidelines concerning CAM
  • Training routes and working within CAM
  • Business practice for Complementary Therapies
  • The Business Plan
  • The legalities of running a Business
  • Insurance
  • Registering and running your Business
  • Legislation
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Importance of Customer Service
  • Record Keeping
  • Anatomy, Physiology and & Common Pathologies for all body systems
  • Massage Techniques
  • Massage Mediums
  • Other products needed for Massage
  • Non-products needed for Massage
  • Therapists Posture
  • Cients Posture
  • Postural Faults
  • Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Lordosis
  • Treatment Planning
  • Adapting the Massage
  • Manual Massage Service Application
  • Effect of Manual Massage
  • Effects of Manual Massage on the the Systems of the Body
  • Mechanical Massage
  • Contra-indications for Mechanical Massage
  • Mechanical Massage Equipment
  • Pre-heat Treatments and Treatment Procedure
  • Massage times for specific areas
  • Preparation for Body Massage treatment
  • Client Postioning
  • Aftercare Advice
  • The Swedish Massage routine 
  • How to use Mechanical Massage equipment 


  • Home Study (12 guided learning hours)
  • Seven Weeks Practical (1 Day per week)
  • 150 case studies in Classroom and at Home
  • Final Assessment
  • Examination

Awarding Body: ABT (352 cpd points)

TRAINING DATES:  Training dates are booked by individual arrangement at each training venue - please complete the online Course Date Form advising which venue and what month you are looking to do the course (a list of training dates will then be sent to you and you pick the most convenient date for you)

    Click here for online Course Date Form


This course is available at:

  • Cheshire
  • Cumbria
  • County Durham
  • Derbyshire
  • Essex/Suffolk
  • Hertfordshire
  • Kent
  • Lancashire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Liverpool
  • Midlands
  • Norfolk
  • Scotland
  • Somerset
  • Staffordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Sussex
  • Wales
  • Wiltshire
  • Worecestershire
  • Yorkshire

Please read Terms and Conditions before booking or paying for this course 


All Booking Fees/deposits paid are non refundable but can be held and transferrred to another date for up to 6 months if 14 days notice of cancellation is given.

Zen Tranquility Training cannot be held responsible for any changes in regulations or insurances that may take place that is out of our control and can effect insurances in the future.  We give up to date knowledge to the best of our ability to all our leaners at the time of booking and participating on the course.  We advise all learners to do their own research especially checking with their own insurance company that they will accept this course before booking onto any courses.

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