Kings Cross: 455 Caledonian Rd,
London N7 9BA
Harrow: 10 Bonnersfield Lane,
Harrow, Middx. HA1 2JR
Birmingham: Avebury House
55 Newhall Street
Birmingham B3 3RB
Tel: 020 7700 3777


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"Massage Courses & Sports Massage Courses at the London School of Massage, the UK's most successful school for massage and body therapy training.  Massage courses and training in London and throughout the UK"

Some of the massage courses and training we offer include:



Getting started in Complementary Therapies


To help get us started, we will assume that you are reading this because you want to become a Therapist ... of some sort.  You may wish to simply become a Massage Therapist, or you may want to specialise in a particular massage such as Deep Tissue, Sports, Hot Stone or something even more specific. You may not even be sure just yet and that's ok - there's a whole world of therapies out there to choose from.

The following tabs help explain how to get started in each therapy at LSM, however please think of your first entry point being the VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Massage, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (A&P).  This would be your professional, entry-level or gateway qualification to becoming a Massage Therapist.  Once you have this accredited qualification a whole world of complementary therapies will open up to you. If you already have or are working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, you can, opt for the VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Massage only.

Some therapies don't need the Level 3 Diploma in Massage to get you started.  For example, the Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage course is a standalone, professional qualification that allows you to practice as an Indian Head Massage Therapist.  It's a great 3-day introduction to the world of VTCT (ITEC) qualifications and providing massage for people. 

If you wanted to become a Reflexologist, then you would get started with the Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology (including Pathology) then move directly into the Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology course.

Anyway, have a read of the following sections, jot down any questions you have, then give us a call to discuss in more detail.  At LSM we're all professional Therapists, so we know starting out in the industry can be a confusing blur of information. 

We're very happy to help, it's what we love doing!




Massage Therapy Things to Bring

Use the table below to give you an idea of what to bring with you for your training course.


Massage Therapy Purchasing Towels

Use the table below to give you an idea of what to bring with you for your training course.





Sports Massage Therapy Training Overview

Use the table below to see the course and lesson formats including exams and assignments.



Reflexology Training Overview

Use the table below to see the course and lesson formats including exams and assignments.



Indian Head Massage Training Overview

Use the table below to see the course and lesson formats including exams and assignments.



Once you enrol on a course, as a beginner or professional, we will give you a list of items to bring, as the requirements for each course are slightly different. 

However, if you are a beginner at the the London School of Massage, you will need to be prepared with the following items.  



Approx. Cost

Massage Table

During your training at the school you use our massage tables. However, to complete your practice and training at home you will need to purchase or have access to your own massage table.

These can be purchased from many online places, there’s lots to choose from.  You can discuss which table when you arrive on your course.

£70 to £90


This is not essential for your training, but if you’re planning to be a mobile Massage Therapist you may wish to consider a trolley to help move your table from place to place.  Massage tables get heavy – really quick!

£25 - £100

Towels and Covers

During your training you will practice on each other in class, the towels you bring will be for your use only.

2 x   Large Towels (approx. 100cm x 150cm), these will be used to drape over your body during the massage lessons.

1 x   Hand Towel (approx. 75cm x 30cm), this will be used for your face and head

1 x   Bed Sheet or Massage Couch Cover with face hole for covering the massage table.  You will lay on this whilst being massaged during the practical lessons.

These must be Dark Blue or Black, other colours cannot be used.  Towels can be purchased from most supermarkets or high street stores.

£10 - £15

£3 - £5

£10 - £15


During the massage lessons you will be required to bring a pair of Slippers or Flip Flops for stepping off into after each massage session.

This is to prevent bare feet from touching the floor.  You can wear normal footwear for theory lessons and giving the massage.

£10 - £20

Massage Oil Bottle and Holster

You will be required to bring your own Oil Bottle and Holster for use during each massage practical session. 

The holster is a belt designed to hold your Oil Bottle around your waist whilst you are massaging, so it is within easy reach during the massage.

£10 - £20

Massage Oil

You will bring your own massage oil, good quality, and organic Sunflower oil. We avoid ALL nut-based oils to prevent the risk of allergic reactions.

£5 - £8

Antibacterial Wipes

These are used for cleaning hands, feet and your oil bottle.  They must be antibacterial, baby wipes are not good enough.  We advise against using any type of household cleaning wipe also.

£2 - £5

Carrying everything!

You can use any large bag, holdall or small suitcase to carrying your items to the school.  The equipment whist light for a while, can get real heavy if you’re carrying it for a long time.