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iTEC Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage Course Including Deep Tissue Massage
Next Course Starts September 2023

iTEC Sports Massage Course
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Why spend a fortune and study over two years when you can study over 10 months and gain not one but THREE qualifications
Have a paying client base by the end of your course.

Sports Massage Mastery is where I go over and above the iTEC teaching criteria and show you how to become not just a good Sports Massage Therapist but an EXCELLENT THERAPIST with all of the tools to CREATE A THRIVING BUSINESS!

With over 11 years experience in industry I show you how I have built my thriving practice in Folkestone which has survived beautifully in spite of the pandemic and teach you all of the tips, tricks, and habits as well as show you my mistakes to give you the foundation to build your own thriving practice.


So what does Sports Massage Mastery include?

  • Technique Tango

    • Level 3 Sports Massage is where you will learn the classical massage techniques. Learning to give a massage ​is like learning a dance, you will learn up to date techniques to give the best massage tailored to your clients specific wants and needs leaving your clients feeling amazing! Shoulder tension? No problem! Lower back ache? You'll have that covered! I could go on but you get the gist.

    • Level 4 Sports Massage is all about injury prevention and rehabilitation. Not only will you learn the amazing tools and techniques that I have used to treat thousands of clients successfully but you will also learn how to tailor your treatment to their very specific requirements. Remember you may see 5 clients all with knee complaints however the causes for each may vary dramatically so understanding how to assess your client, create bespoke treatment plans and carry out treatments which have amazing outcomes for your clients is the aim of the game. You won't find any one size fits all culture here.

    • Learn how to look after your body after all we only have one. It is so important that as a therapist you learn how to avoid injuring yourself. You will constantly be guided, reminded and shown how to position yourself correctly, and use your body weight to your advantage to avoid injury, but most of all to make the treatment as enjoyable for you as it is for your client. 

    • You will learn how to manage clients expectations. Have you ever had a massage and the therapist hasn't done what you have asked, or have you left feeling that your issues haven't been addressed? I certainly have, clients usually know what they want from a treatment but it is not very often that they have an understanding of what they need. Understanding how to manage clients expectations so that you have given the client what they want and helped them by also giving them what they need is the difference between giving what you know is a great massage, and the client feeling like they have had a fantastic massage and experience.

  • Contraindication Controversy​

    • Be confident in treating complex conditions. There are very few reasons why you would deny a client a treatment and I teach you everything from my experience to give you the confidence to go ahead. When I was training I had a huge list of contraindications which would prevent me from giving a treatment​, however it turns out that the list is actually very small. What I lacked was the understanding of these complex conditions and the confidence to treat the client who had one. By learning about these conditions in detail through gaining a thorough understanding of how the body works, and by understanding how to gain proper consent prior to treatment you will gain the confidence to treat almost anyone. As a qualified therapist you will come across conditions that you are unfamiliar with (I do even now and I have been a therapist for over 11 years), and it is important that you learn how to manage this.

    • Learn when you shouldn't treat a client. There are a few cases where you wouldn't treat a client ​and not only do you learn about these contraindications, you learn how to discuss them with your client without effectively showing them the door.

  • Business Bravery

    • Learning the ins and outs of how to set up and run a business is imperative if you want to succeed as a therapist! There are hundreds of excellent therapists out there who have given up on their dream of helping people and making an impact and that is devastating for me. This is why the business element of this course is so very important to me because without this most qualified therapists will never get their business off the ground.

    • Learn who you are passionate about working with and how to communicate with them (too many therapists market to everyone and this is their downfall as their marketing gets lost in the noise of the online world)

    • Learn how to gain clients with grace and ease without the painful hustle and nasty sales pitch 

    • Understand and decide how you would like to run your business, are you thinking mobile? Renting a room? Owning your own clinic? It doesn't matter if you don't know I help you figure it out by guiding you through all of these options and more so that you can decide what lights you up.

    • I take the fear out of self employment, we look at the pro's and con's to help you decide which route is best for you and your business idea. 

What Qualifications do you gain?

VTCT (iTEC) Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage 

  • Sports Massage Treatments - In this unit you will learn all of the classical techniques; Effleurage, Petrissage and Tapotement and gain in depth confidence in understanding when to use each technique for three different types of treatment at this level ; Pre event, post event and maintenance treatments. This ensures that once you are qualified you can tailor your treatments to your clients needs and expectations. You will also learn how to look after your hands and your body by understanding how to be mindful of your posture and how to use specific techniques which take the pressure away from your wrists and thumbs. You learn how to treat the whole body as well as individual areas and how to identify and eliminate knots (fibrous adhesions) and muscular tension. You will also learn when it isn't appropriate to give a sports massage treatment and how to work within the scope of your qualification.

  • Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology - Giving you complete knowledge of the structure and functions of each area on which you are working as well as understanding conditions and diseases which may prevent or require treatment

  • Professional practice in sports massage
    You will the significance of maintaining a professional practice in sports massage which includes but isn't limited to the following: The implications of working with children and vulnerable adults, why informed consent is important and how to ensure you have consent from your clients, as well as gaining understanding the consequences of non-compliance.You will fully understand how and why it is important to work within your scope of practice taking into account contra-indications, contra-actions and referral procedures, you will understand why there must be standards relevant to the sports massage profession as well as the principles of professional practice and standard regulations.

  • Principles of health and fitness - By the end of this unit you will be able to understand and explain the principles and components of an active, healthy lifestyle which include: The benefits of what constitutes an active lifestyle, the short and long term effects of exercise on the body systems, The components of fitness as well as the general physiological implications of each training principle and signs and symptoms that may indicate overtraining. Finally  the benefits of healthy eating and the importance of hydration.

  • Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction - Within this unit you will learn and understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction which include: The difference between soft tissue injury and dysfunction, Common causes of both soft tissue injury and dysfunction, Factors that may influence soft tissue repair.

VTCT (iTEC) Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage 

  • Conducting subjective and objective assessment - to include identifying bony structures associated with major joints, identifying soft tissue structures located at the major joints, joint end feels, pre-dispositions to injury and dysfunctions, factors that influence recovery from injury, treatment planning, postural types and deviations, pathophysiology of common injuries, methods and purpose of a range of objective assessment techniques and carrying out subjective and objective assessments.

  • Treatment modalities to support soft tissue repair - to include the aims of treatment and treatment options during acute, sub-acute and chronic stages of injury, treatment protocol, use of and adverse reactions to cryotherapy and thermotherapy.

  • Sports massage techniques to prevent and manage injury - to include a range of soft tissue techniques, protocols to follow for each technique, evaluating the effects of each technique, preparing clients, monitoring tissue response throughout treatments, adapting the techniques and treatment plan to meet the needs of each client, adapting own posture throughout the application to ensure safe and effective application and presenting aftercare advice to the client The learner will also develop knowledge about client care and communication and health, safety and hygiene which is essential in order to work and be successful in the industry.

Your Massage course fee includes;


  • iTEC Level 3 & 4 Sports Massage qualifications

  • Deep Tissue Massage qualification

  • The unique Sports Massage Mastery & Business Bravery which you won't find anywhere else

  • Face to face and hands on tuition for practical training

  • Live online training for Anatomy & Physiology in the same way you would learn as if you were sat in front of me including class participation, with each class being recorded making it easy to catch up if you cannot make it for whatever reason.

  • Course registration fee, 

  • All course examination fees,

  • subject books, 

  • An online portal where you can re watch recordings of every theory class and access resources such as a videos of the techniques and routine, posture correction, handouts and much much more

  • Products to use during treatments at the college  

  • A polo shirt (your uniform) 

What do you need to bring? Yourself, pen and paper and a couple of large towels.


The course is 10 months in duration and will be held one Monday and Tuesday a month in person and three Friday mornings a month for the live online theory training, when qualified you will immediately be able to start working for yourself or gain employment within the sports or complementary therapy industries. 

All of the Anatomy & Physiology theory will be delivered live in a classroom environment via Zoom and recorded so that you can rewatch as many times as you like and catch anything you may have missed.


Prior to your examination you are required to have an emergency first aid at work certificate, if you do not already have this there will be an opportunity to sit this with us for £75. We don't include this in the course fees as some people already hold this certificate and it would be unfair to charge you for it if you already have it.​​

Course Dates: September 2023 - June 2024


Monday & Tuesday IN PERSON Practical & Theory sessions 9:30am - 4:30pm 

September - 25th, 26th

October - 30th, 31st

November - 27th, 28th

December - 12th,

January - 29th, 30th

February - 26th, 27th,

March - 25th, 26th

April - 29th, 30th

May - 13, 14, 20th - Mock Exam

June - 10th Examination date

Friday LIVE ONLINE Anatomy & Physiology Theory sessions 9:30am - 11:30am

October - 6th, 13th, 20th

November - 3rd, 10th, 17th, 

December - 1st, 8th, 15th

January - 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 

February - 2nd, 9th, 23rd

March - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

April -  19st, 26th

May, - 3rd, 10th, 17th, 

Exam date - Anatomy & Physiology - 21st May

Exam dates are provisional and will be confirmed February 2024

Course Fees: £2495

Pay in full and save £200 making this amazing jam packed course just £2295

Want to pay in installments? No problem! Pay the £200 registration fee and the remaining £2295 can be split in to 10 monthly installments of just £229.50


Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. The QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework) is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for units (small steps of learning) and enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes. To read the full QCF and OFQUAL information please click the button below.

College/Course Contract, Terms & Conditions

College Aims 

At Core Therapies College we provide excellent quality courses taught by experienced therapists in a relaxed atmosphere.To read the full course contract and terms and conditions please hit the button below.

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Pop us a message or give us a call

Core Therapies College LTD

74 Tontine Street


Kent, CT20 1JP

Tel: 01303 487220 or 07595395453

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