Training professional massage therapists with sensitivity, creativity and integrity


Meridian School of Massage and Bodywork

Address: The Shirley Centre, 274 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3AD
Tel: 0121 244 1846 or 07595 901909

About the School

Julie Linton

Now in the care of Julie Linton (right), Meridian was originally founded in 2003 by Lorraine Horton, who is now running the Devon School of Massage and Bodywork. Its aim is to provide training and learning experiences inclusive and accessible to all as far as possible. Its tutors value the life experiences that students bring to each course, and feel this further enhances the training journey, with an atmosphere of shared learning and personal discovery.

As a community interest company, it offers the opportunity to work with clients within the community during and after training. For clients, this enables affordable access to massage treatments, with the opportunity of experiencing the nurturing, healing potential of mindful touch. Also, it further supports student development and broadens skills.

Its courses are comprehensive. Its tutors are committed to delivering the opportunity for students to become the best therapist they can be, if they fully engage with the learning experience. In a nutshell, the training is: challenging, exciting, fun and very rewarding.

About the Tutors

Julie Linton is the lead tutor for the Holistic Massage Diploma and the Sports and Remedial Massage Diploma. Qualified in 2005, she is currently developing her skills in Rehabilitation and Injury Management.

Amanda SmithAmanda Smith (pictured right) is the lead tutor for Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. Qualified in 2009, she is fascinated with the interaction and potential of massage and the human body. Amanda is supported by assistant tutor Clare Price.

Emily Papirnik, Samantha Roberts and Fran Foster are assistant tutors for the massage element of the Holistic Massage Diploma.

Joce Turner is the assistant tutor for the Sports and Remedial Diploma.

Holistic Massage Diploma

The course equips students to be competent in massage practice and applied theory. It gives the confidence to begin the journey as a massage therapist to a professional standard. It provides a firm foundation for students to continue exploring and developing their working practice and personal growth.

It's a part-time course of 26 days over 11 months of weekend and three day workshops. There is a maximum group size of 12. Teaching methods are varied, largely experiential and participative. During the course students will practise massage and bodywork with each other. There will be at least two supervised clinic sessions and the opportunity for working in the community. During the time between training weekends, students will practice massage, complete self-awareness exercises and theory assignments. There is continued supervision, tutor and peer support throughout.

Sports and Remedial Massage Diploma

This course aims to equip students to be competent and confident in integrating and delivering advanced massage techniques as part of massage treatment sessions.

This is a part-time course of 31 days over 12 months, consisting of weekend and three day workshops. There is a maximum group size of 12. Teaching methods are a mix of lectures, discussion and high level hands-on practice. During time between training weekends students are expected to: practice integrating advanced massage techniques within existing practice, attend community and sporting events, complete theory assignments, continue to develop personal reflection and self-awareness. There is continued tutor supervision and peer support throughout.

Other Courses and Workshops

  • Massage for Beginners: for family and friends
  • Introduction to Holistic Massage Diploma
  • Holistic Sports and Remedial Massage Diploma
  • Introduction to Indian Head Massage: for family and friends
  • Indian Head Massage Certificate
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Theory and Practice of working at Sporting Events
  • Introduction to Postural Assessment.
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