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Holistic Facial Massage

Course Overview

Elevate Your Skills with our Holistic Facial Massage Course

Holistic facials represent a valuable addition to the repertoire of qualified massage therapists, aromatherapists, reflexologists and beauty therapists. Our comprehensive course is designed to empower you with advanced facial massage techniques, product knowledge, and the art of preparation and application for a truly transformative facial experience.

Course Highlights:

  • Natural and Effective: Holistic facials harness the power of specialist massage techniques and natural products, eschewing reliance on expensive, artificial products. This approach enhances the skin's natural processes while providing deep relaxation for clients.

  • Customised Exfoliators and Masks: Learn to craft and apply your own exfoliators and masks, offering a personalised touch to each facial treatment.

  • Client Wellbeing and Rejuvenation: Through holistic facials, clients will experience heightened overall wellbeing, a rejuvenated glow, smooth radiant skin, relaxed facial muscles, and a visible reduction in stress and worry lines.

Course Syllabus

  • Anatomy of the Face:

    • Explore the facial anatomy, including skeletal structure, muscles, lymphatics, nerves, and circulation, to gain a comprehensive understanding of the facial framework.
  • Anatomy of the Upper Back, Neck, and Décolletage:

    • Extend your knowledge to include the upper back, neck, and décolletage, vital areas often overlooked in holistic facial treatments.
  • Anatomy of the Skin:

    • Dive into the intricate layers of the skin, including the skin cycle, epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layer, to understand how each contributes to the skin's overall health and appearance.
  • Skin Types and Skin Analysis:

    • Gain expertise in recognising various skin types and mastering the art of skin analysis to provide tailored treatments.
  • Skin Conditions and Disorders:

    • Explore common skin conditions and disorders, equipping you to address these issues with knowledge and care.
  • Factors Affecting the Skin:

    • Understand the diverse factors influencing skin health and appearance, enabling you to provide comprehensive skincare guidance.
  • Benefits and Principles of Holistic Facials:

    • Learn the core principles and the remarkable benefits of holistic facials in promoting relaxation, rejuvenation, and skin wellness.
  • Equipment, Client Preparation, and Treatment Area:

    • Familiarise yourself with the necessary equipment, client preparation techniques, and setting up the treatment area for holistic facials.
  • Application and Product Knowledge:

    • Master the use and understanding of facial products, including cleansers, toners, exfoliators, natural masks, and facial massage oils.
  • Facial Massage Routine:

    • Develop a comprehensive facial massage routine, incorporating pressure points, facial rejuvenation massage techniques, and specialized eye massages.
  • Consultation, Contra-indications, and Contra-actions:

    • Learn the art of client consultation, identify contra-indications, and address contra-actions effectively to ensure safe and tailored treatments.
  • Aftercare and Treatment Plans:

    • Provide clients with aftercare guidance and create personalized treatment plans to maintain and enhance the benefits of holistic facials.
  • Health and Safety, Insurance, Hygiene, and Professionalism:

    • Comprehend the crucial aspects of health and safety, including hygiene standards and professionalism, ensuring the highest quality care and ethical practice.

Assessment Criteria

You will be required to complete the following as part of this course:

  • Completion of pre-learning course manual (to be completed prior to course contact day)
  • 9 Case Studies (3 people x 3 times)
  • Plus assessment date (in person or over Zoom) to be confirmed at the start of the course

Certification and CPD Points: 

Cotswold Academy Certificate of Attendance- 5 CPD points per day - additional points for pre-learning and assessment (further 5 CPD)

Entry Requirements

In order to take part in this holistic facial course, you must already have acquired a Level 3 Diploma in Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Sports 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

At the Academy, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality training in Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage, ensuring that each student attains the highest level of professional qualification. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to your success.

Here's why you should choose us:

1. Guaranteed Small Group Tuition: We believe in personalised support, so our class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 10 students per tutor. This ensures that you receive individual attention and guidance throughout your training.

2. Passionate, Experienced Tutors: Our experienced tutors are not just educators; they are industry experts committed to upholding the highest standards. You'll learn from the best in the field.

3. Free Thursday Evening Support: Your learning journey doesn't end when you're qualified. We offer free Thursday in person evening support, available both during your training and after you've earned your certification. We're here to assist you every step of the way.

4. A Positive, Inclusive Learning Environment: Our academy provides a fun and friendly atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in your studies and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for complementary therapies.

5. Exclusive student TOTUM Card Eligibility: All our courses qualify you to apply for a TOTUM card, granting you access to discounts and savings at various retailers, making your educational journey even more cost-effective.

6. Ongoing Industry Support: We are committed to your success as a qualified therapist. Beyond your training, we offer free talks on setting up your own practice, provide access to exclusive Facebook groups with job opportunities, and maintain regular contact with your dedicated tutor. We're here to support your journey into the industry.

When you choose the Academy, you're not just choosing a training college; you're choosing a pathway to a successful and fulfilling career in Complementary Therapies. Join us today and embark on a journey of knowledge, growth, and achievement.


I studied Aromatherapy and Deep Tissue with you. On Sunday I won silver at National Massage Championships. Just wanted to say thanks for all your support and inspiration during my course...please say thanks to Annette and Chris. It was great for me to get out of London and study somewhere different and really grateful for your academy.. I’m so happy I won, massage has been a huge part of my life since that course. 

- Tara Oakley | October 2021

Earlier this year I attended a one day course on Deep Tissue massage at Cotswold Academy. This has been, by far the most useful post qualification training I have attended to-date. Our trainer for the day, Annette said “Deep Tissue massage would be popular with our clients” and she was absolutely correct, my clients at www.mindfultouchmassage.co.uk really appreciate the deep healing pressure and it’s been great for business. 

The course was easy to book, with clear instructions. The academy has easy (local) parking and the building is smart yet welcoming. The course itself was well organised and predominantly practical. Annette was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, even letting us take photos for future reference.

— Ross White- Deep Tissue Massage | November 2017

I have done Swedish, deep tissue and hot stones at the academy! Small groups with tutors giving you individual attention! Great courses fitting around every day lifestyles. Highly recommend the Cotswold academy.

— Emma Dicker | August 2015

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