Training professional massage therapists with sensitivity, creativity and integrity


What is MTI?

The Massage Training Institute was created by a group of dedicated and inspirational massage tutors in 1988, as no accrediting bodies at the time offered a holistic approach.

By following its key values of integrity, sensitivity and creativity, MTI quickly became a highly esteemed organisation.

The model of training and practice created by MTI now forms part of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) standards for holistic massage in the UK.

The essential and critical difference has always been to teach students a wide variety of techniques that could be adapted to an individual client rather than applying a set routine to treat all.

MTI began accrediting training schools that were able to demonstrate a similar ethos and understanding. To maintain those high standards, on diploma courses an MTI examiner assesses every student's practical and theoretical skills individually. Our diploma course is also externally verified every year.

MTI registered practitioners maintain their skills through a programme of continuing professional development and participation in regional support groups.

MTI is dedicated to massage therapy and nothing else.

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Our Board explains what MTI is:

Our mission statement

  • To train, inspire and develop holistic massage professionals of the highest quality.
  • To support and nurture a community of creative, effective and compassionate therapists, who are empowered to build their own practice and contribute to their communities.
  • To educate government, the complementary therapy industry, clients and the public about the value of the MTI’s holistic approach to massage and the value of working with a professional massage therapist.
  • Living our values in everything we do.

Our values

  • Inspire, empower, educate
  • Sensitivity, creativity, integrity, quality
  • Community

Our Board shares what the essence of MTI is for them:

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