Training professional massage therapists with sensitivity, creativity and integrity


Devon School of Massage and Bodywork

Address: The Link Centre, Two Lanes, Belvedere Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9JH
Tel: 07967 521397

About the School

Devon School of Massage & Bodywork is the sister of the Meridian School of Massage & Bodywork in the Midlands. It provides massage courses for beginners, those wishing to become practitioners and those who are already qualified. It welcomes applicants from different backgrounds, lifestyles and genders. Students are encouraged to contact the school for an informal chat about the course and their learning needs.

About the Tutor

Lorraine Horton is the Course Director. She founded the Meridian School of Massage & Bodywork in 2004 and having moved to North Devon, established the Devon School in 2013. She has 25 years experience of varied practitioner work, including being employed in the NHS for part of her time to provide touch therapy for people who experience sensory integration difficulties. Lorraine has undertaken research into communication through touch with Aston University. She has many years experience of training and teaching in the field of equality and diversity, and, of course in massage practice. Issues of inclusion for all are another passion and underpin her therapies and teaching. She is a national assessor for MTI, and some years ago served as MTI’s Chairperson.

“I love sharing bodywork skills at all levels, beginners, becoming a practitioner and with qualified folk: witnessing participants' personal growth and learning is awesome! It is a huge privilege to be a part of that.”

Holistic Massage Diploma

The Devon School aims to work with students to provide the grounding of a Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy and then encourage and support them to find their own massage and creative style within this. By the end of the course, students will feel confident to work with as many different clients as want to come for massage, so the course content is thorough and detailed. It is a mixture of practical and academic work, and, students have fun and laugh a lot! Its teaching is participant-centred, supporting students to become client-centred practitioners.

The teaching programme covers the therapeutic relationship with clients, active listening skills and attitudes, communication through touch, how therapists can look after their body while working, setting up a business and related legislation, awareness of subtle energies in massage work, detailed anatomy, physiology and pathology to support massage practice. This is an integral part of the course so that it can be applied in massage by students as they learn.

There are many massage techniques and theories to learn about, which form the ‘tool box’ of skills and approaches to apply to each client’s individual needs. These techniques and approaches include still work, soft and deep tissue work, an introduction to myofascial release therapy and other neuromuscular techniques. Each of your massages will be different for each client because they will all have different needs: part of the skill of the practitioner is recognising their physical, emotional, psychological and subtle energy needs.

There are 27 teaching days (usually over weekends) provided over 11 months with a structured programme of home study between these weekends.

It is a very supportive environment in which to learn.

The North Devon coastline is a beautiful place to visit and learn and live of course, so says the school dog Harvey!

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