Testimonials

If you have studied with us here at the Academy, we would love your feedback! 

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
So sorry this is a little late in coming, but thank you so much for the fabulous refresher course last week. I had a wonderful time and feel full of renewed enthusiasm for the most fantastic therapy I loved before having my children. I am already practicing on family and friends.
— Suzanne Bell- Reflexology Refresher | May 2017
Course was absolutely excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and teaching was to a very high standard. Chris clearly knows the profession extremely well and is able to communicate and explain things effectively and clearly. Chris is very patient, outgoing and approachable, I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Sports Massage
— Chris Heffernon - Sports Masage | May 2017
Thanks to everyone for a great course - I really enjoyed myself and thought that the course was very thorough and spot on . It was great to be able to come in on the Thursdays for practice and I would definitely recommend the course to anyone. Chris is a great tutor and a lot of fun .
— Lizzie Bendle- Level 3 Sports Massage | May 2017
I’ve had a wonderful Reiki journey with Janie. She has been nothing short of amazing; she oozes energy and love and I felt so safe and comfortable as I listened, trusted and learnt. After 2 days on the Reiki Level II course I left feeling astonished at the energy I felt pulsating through my body, quite incredible really. It was totally unexpected but very enlightening.
— Rhiannon Kitson - Reiki 1 & 3 | March 2017
A really good 2 day session with Janie doing Reiki II - Naturally more in depth than the first, and at times more challenging, but we were so well supported and instructed by Janie that I left feeling inspired, rejuvenated, positive and full of healing.
— Tessa Mills - Reiki 1 & 2 | March 2017
Wow. Just WOW. I spent an amazing day with Janie, and all my other Reiki Level One students, today and I already feel so transformed and full of such positive energy I didn’t even know I could access. This evening I just feel so strongly that I am doing the right thing on my path and at my time I can’t even explain. HUGE thanks to all involved today and I can’t wait to connect again in a month xxx
— Rachel Fisher - Reiki 1 | Feb 2017
Amazing teaching from Janie yesterday on the Reiki 1 day! She was so welcoming and approachable (which always helps when you’re trying something new!) and was very honest with discusssions, the Reiki world and her general attitude with the course was very authentic so the days structure flowed very organically.
Thank you for your time and knowledge Janie!
— Kirsten O'Neill- Feb 2017
I just wanted to thank you for running the spa reflexology course yesterday, I LOVED it! It was great for us all to have access to the right equipment and it was clear that there had been a lot of attention to detail in the planning.

I definitely plan to incorporate what I have learned into my treatments in the future. For me, the approach has struck just the right balance of holistic therapy and deep relaxation which I something I would love to offer my clients.
— Sam Palmer - Spa Reflexology CPD | October 2016
It’s been a week since I’ve finished the Sports Massage fast track course, and I really wanted to drop a line to say thanks to you and the whole team - particularly Chris & Claire. Whilst super intense, it was an incredible two weeks - I don’t think I’ve ever learnt so much or worked so hard - but I enjoyed every minute (I was concentrating so much I probably just looked worried most of the time!). The time and energy they spent with us has been invaluable and the feedback I’ve received from friends and family I’ve been using as guinea pigs is really positive. I certainly wasn’t expecting the course to be quite as good and thorough as it was, and I’m so relieved it has already given me more confidence to practice.
— Nicola Roberts - Level 3 Sports Massage | September 2016
The Massage Diploma Course at the Cotswold Academy was professional with very high standards of teaching. Annette was my tutor. The course was full of fun and laughter for two full weeks (with no dip days) . The course encourages all to be involved ..I believe this course brings out the best in all. The staff at the academy, Chris and Olivia, were very welcoming. They were enthusiastic and highly motivating. The environment is perfect for learning and networking with others . I would recommend this or any of the other courses.
Can’t wait to come back and learn more ..
— Amanda Munday - Level 3 Massage Diploma | March 2016
Hi Chris, Firstly I’m writing to say thank you. In a matter of weeks, my business now seems to be 80% deep tissue and trigger point massage. I’m also getting feedback like this:

”Just had my first session with Bear today, have had many massages in the past from others and always request deep tissue and they don’t deliver! - with Bear I was not disappointed!!! not only did he apply great pressure to much needed areas he found knots and tight areas I never even noticed! so so pleased! Made to feel welcome and relaxed very quickly. Brilliant techniques and pressure point finding! Recommend 100%! I’m going back!! Thanks bear!!! I feel great”

So, you’re awesome.
— Bear Burns - Trigger Point Massage CPD | March 2016
Excellent couple of days taught by Chris - now I have all the tools to perform deep tissue and trigger release
— Mel Crooks - Trigger Point Massage | February 2016
From the moment I arrived at the academy I felt at home and amongst like minded people. The quality and attention to each and every person is brilliant. I started out knowing nothing about massage and now am a fully qualified massage therapist in:
Swedish Massage Diploma LV 3
Hot Stone Massage
Pregnancy Massage
Thanks to the academy!
I come back again and again for support on Thursday evenings and also attend other courses...The Cotswold Academy is always my first choice for any course now!
— Beck Barnfield - Level 3 Massage + CPD's | January 2016
I have done a few courses here. Lovely Tutors and a good vibe! I can really recommend
— Sarah Chapell - Level 3 Diploma in Massage & Reflexology | January 2016
Great people, great teachers, done a few courses, learnt soon much!
— Yvonne Vergottini, October 2015
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
Amazing! I did a Myofascial Cupping course with the Academy and will definitely be studying the Sports courses to increase my knowledge and techniques for my business! Cannot recommend enough!
— Sally Evans, July 2015
Wonderful warm welcome this morning, thank you. Looking forward to future learning with you.
— Christine Crowton, August 2014
I fully recommend the Cotswold Academy to anyone. The tutors are so friendly and really helpful, and the learning environment is so comfortable!
— Carly Cooke, February 2012
I first joined The Cotswold Academy in March 2014 and its fair to say I have been a ‘Hot House’ student, having completed my A&P in 3 weeks and my Diploma in Massage and Reflexology and Pregnancy Massage in 6 months. This centre has been so supportive of my learning and helping to build my confidence in starting my own business which is still in its infancy but emerging onto the scene.
— Deb Jones – Infinity Therapies
I very much enjoyed the Deep Tissue course, fully recommend it to all massage therapists! Thanks to Claire for organising, and Annette for being a great tutor! And thanks to Chris for the help too :) Look forward to returning again for further training.
— Carly Butler, Cheltenham
Fantastic college, situated in the beautiful Cotswolds, with great tutors. Lovely atmosphere, I have done several courses here already and made some great friends in the process. Thoroughly recommend!
— Caroline Middleton, Cirencester
Chris’s method of teaching is relaxed yet informative, he has some innovative ways of helping you to learn anatomy which stay with you long after the course. Since graduating from the Academy I have worked with Rugby at Championship level, elite runners and triathletes and elite mountain bikers, and also used my skills learned on the course to benefit many members of the general public.
— Mark Mears, Plymouth