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Holistic Facial Massage

Course Syllabus

  • Anatomy of the face- Skeletal, muscles, lymphatics, nerves, and circulation
  • Anatomy of the upper back, neck and décolletage
  • Anatomy of the skin- skin cycle, epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous layer
  • Skin types and skin analysis
  • Skin conditions and disorders
  • Factors effecting the skin
  • Benefits and principles of holistic facials
  • Equipment, Preparation of client and treatment area
  • Application and knowledge of Products: Cleansers, toners, Exfoliator, natural masks, facial massage oils
  • Facial massage routine- including pressure points, facial rejuvenation massage techniques and eye massage
  • Consultation, contra-indications, and contra- actions
  • Aftercare and treatment plans
  • Health and safety, insurance, hygiene, and professionalism

Course Overview

Holistic facials add an extra element to treatments already provided by qualified massage therapists, Aromatherapists, beauty therapists- a holistic facial does not rely on fancy expensive products but specialist massage techniques and natural products to enhance the skin’s natural processes and provide deep relaxation for the client- Clients will experience a heightened state of wellbeing, a rejuvenated glow, smooth radiant skin, facial muscles relaxed and a reduction in stress and worry lines.

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

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...?

  • Cotswold Academy Accredited 
  • 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


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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