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Clinical Anatomy & Advanced Massage Techniques

Course Syllabus

Pelvis and Lower Back

Day 1:

  • Palpation skills to find bony landmarks and muscles in this area
  • Understanding the gluteal muscle group and common conditions such as piriformis syndrome
  • Understanding the relationship between lower back muscles and glutes
  • Developing new massage techniques including side line and seated work

Neck and Shoulders

Day 2:

  • Palpation skills to find bony landmarks and muscles in this area
  • Understanding the Rotator cuff muscle group
  • Understanding the relationship between anterior and posterior muscles in this area (Upper Cross Syndrome)
  • Developing new massage techniques including side line and seated work

Course Overview

Do you want a deeper understanding of what’s under the skin?

This two day hands on masterclass is designed for working therapists wishing to revisit and further develop their understanding and massage techniques when working with the lower back, pelvis and neck and shoulders. These are problem areas for lots of clients, so it’s essential we understand the relationships of muscles in these areas. 

The course is designed to enable each student to work at their own pace to build their confidence and develop usable hand skills; including palpation and treatment techniques.

We will be learning techniques to find the key muscles and the tissue between them, and additional massage techniques to help your clients.

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed throughout the day. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course to take away with you.

Certification and CPD Points: 

The Cotswold Academy Certificate of Attendance- 5 CPD points per day

Entry Requirements

In order to take part in this course, you must already have acquired a Level 3 diploma in massage or equivalent. We will ask you to provide a copy of your qualification. Please enquire if you are uncertain about your qualification.

Why Train with Us

Here at the Academy, we are passionate about delivering quality training in Complementary Therapies to ensure each student gains a professional qualification of the highest level. We believe the combination of expertly trained, passionate tutors,  quality assured certification, and our on-going support for students helps grow our students into highly successful therapists.

What set's us apart from the rest...?

  • Guaranteed small group tuition (max 10 per 1 tutor) for maximum individual support
  • Passionate, experienced tutors committed to the highest standards in the industry
  • Free Thursday evening support - available throughout your training and when you are qualified
  • A fun, friendly environment to study and meet like-minded people
  • All our courses are eligible to apply for an NUS Extra card, giving you savings on lots of retailers.
  • We continue to support you as you make your way into the industry as a qualified therapist, with free talks on setting up a business, Facebook groups with job opportunities and continued contact with your Tutor

About Your Tutor(s)

Chris Phillips


The Academy has a proud history as a private training provider in the complementary health sector for the last twenty five years.

One of my core beliefs at The Academy concerns training standards. I believe there is a real need to further raise and develop credibility in our industry, so that more clients can benefit from high professional standards. We can contribute to this by sharing our knowledge and working experiences with each other. This is the main drive behind my weekly evening groups; Thursday Evenings.

I trained as a Massage and Sports Therapist in 2000 and have been developing my private practice from my home just outside Northleach in the Cotswolds ever since. In 2006 I completed my Certificate in Further Education Teaching (CFET1) and I have been teaching Sports and Remedial Massage ITEC Level 3 & 4 here at the Academy since. I have a background of working with young troubled people and their families in a therapeutic setting, both as key worker and as a manager and supervising and training staff.


Just a quick email to say a very big thank you for another great course!  I really enjoyed the Advanced Massage with Chris and meeting other new people during the two days.  It was brilliant to be back at the Academy and see all the smiling faces again after far too long.  You all make it so welcoming and the courses are always delivered in such a fun way too – no dry and dull lessons with you lot! I learnt SO MUCH and it has boosted my confidence and given me new skills and consolidated stuff I knew so HUGE thanks to everyone!

Millie | Advanced Massage & Clinical Anatomy | July 2021

I wanted to write and thank you for the Advanced massage course that you ran last Monday and Tuesday (10th&11th February), it was 'just what I was looking for' even though I wasn't sure completely what to expect.  However, I learnt new techniques and extra knowledge, to go with the flow and trust my instincts, as is always with the courses you run it was all delivered in a fun and relaxing learning environment.

Since attending I have used lots of my new skills with my MS (Multiple Sclerosis) clients, necks, shoulders and lower backs are always the areas I am asked to work on, I have had some amazing feedback 'that's different to what you usually do', 'my back has never felt this good', 'you provide such relief, thank you'.

Thank you once again and I look forward to joining you again at some point.

Stephanie Davis | Advanced Massage & Clinical Anatomy | February 2020


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