Vitality Holistic Massage and Beauty Training

Vitality Holistic Massage and Beauty Training 

Telephone:07708 995 892


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do colleges offer Indian Head Massage, Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy, Facial Massage, Reflexology and other courses over a long time period of time?

In order to make college courses viable business, they have to ensure a minimum number of student's are enrolled on a course at any one time and the tutors need to deliver the courses over a longer period of time to ensure all the students understand the techniques and routines. When I trained, I was  in a class of 16 students; can you imagine how long it took the tutor to check that each individual was carrying out the techniques correctly in order to carry out an effective massage? 

If we take Swedish Body Massage as an example, when I was at college I learnt how to massage an arm one week, then the front of the leg the next week and so on; it certainly made for a long drawn out course!  When a students trains with Vitality they learn the same techniques taught in colleges but over a short period of time and the beauty of  a small and often "one to one" class is that it allows your tutor to observe you closely at all times and as a student it allows you to absorb the information in a shorter period of time and ask any questions along the way. A HUGE plus is that you do not have to wait until the course is full to do your training as we will run a course to fit in with your schedule and can often teach you on a one to one basis if necessary at no extra cost so no worrying about your course being cancelled at the last minute.  

College courses are very expensive and can take up to a year to complete, so with short courses you spend less money to train and can be working in a shortened period of time. We want our courses to be available to everyone and for you to have the reassurance of professional teaching and quality training material which is why all our courses are registered with and accredited by The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists so you are able to obtain an accredited and verified qualification and obtain insurance cover which will allows you to work as a practitioner when you feel ready.

(Some courses do require the submission of case studies before the full Diploma is issued but students will take away with them a certificate of attendance on the day. All our courses are insurable through The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists and many are verified by IPTI for insurance purposes including our 2 day Swedish Body Massage Diploma, 3 day Aromatherapy Massage Diploma and our 3 day Reflexology Diploma. If you are planning to work in a spa or salon, you MAY need a nationally recognized qualification such as NVQ, VTCT, ITEC or City and Guilds.)

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What if I do not have Anatomy and Physiology?

We would always recommend students study Anatomy and Physiology and where possible, Pathology, as these two qualifications will give students a real understanding of how the body works and how illnesses can affect the body. We do offer both courses through the Beauty Guild and information is available by clicking on the link GTi Beauty Guild Courses

Can I learn Hot Stones if I have no experience of massage?

No, students will require a Full Body Massage qualification in order to train in Hot Stones Massage and Thai Compress Massage.

Many of your courses are one day. Can I learn what I need to know in a day?

We assess you before the course by sending out an Initial Assessment Form which we ask you to complete as it gives us an insight into your prior learning, knowledge and experience. We can then tailor the course to meet your individual learning requirements.  

The practical application of a modality is very important and we teach you to be competent and confident. Your course comes with a comprehensive manual which covers many aspects of working as a therapist as well as information on the modality. We give you the underpinning knowledge so that you can then go away and gain the experience.  

With only very small classes and often one to one tuition 99% of students feel one day is fine. Our feedback says it all and of course, we offer students ongoing support and a free training day if they feel one day was not enough or we feel that a little extra tuition would help.  We have all our courses assessed and accredited by The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists who have very high standards and all our tutors are highly skilled professionals, fully qualified, insured and registered with The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists so you can be assured you are in safe hands.

I am a beginner without any experience or qualifications in Anatomy and Physiology or Massage. What courses should I do first? 

We would always recommend students study for an A a P qualification and we can help and guild you with this but it is not essential for certain modalities.  We offer several courses where a Massage qualification and Anatomy and Physiology are not a requirement. Indian Head Massage, Ayurvedic Arm and Hand Massage, Thai Style Back Massage, Thai Style Foot Massage, Holistic Facial, Thermal Auricular Therapy, Combined Facial and Aromatherapy Blending.  Because all our courses are accredited you will be able to obtain insurance to practice these
modalities professionally. In some of our course manuals we include essential A & P and in all instances we provide students with a small and easy to understand book on A and P which they can take away with them and which forms part of the course material.


Will I be able to work in a spa or salon after my training?

We provide quality training at Vitality Holistic Massage and Beauty Training but it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the course they are studying will be recognised by their current employer or future/prospective employer or future training provider so they may need to look at NVQ, VTCT or ITEC course.

What "Level" are Vitality Courses?

Vitality courses are not "level graded" unlike national qualifications such as VTCT, ITEC, C and G etc.  but the accreditation process does mean that all our courses have been meticulously checked and verified for content and meet the high criteria standards set by the Beauty Guild.

What about working abroad?

Each county has it’s rules regarding qualifications, and it should be pointed out that our courses are designed for those wishing to work as self employed therapist. Those wishing to work in Spa’s,  Salons and in many cases, abroad, may need to look at college courses. Even then, some countries will not recognise UK qualifications and students may need to re-train to comply with the country's regulations.  IPTI offer insurance for therapist working abroad for short periods of time but it is for days rather than months, so this is something the student must look into herself before making a decision as to whether a Vitality qualification is suitable for their future needs.

Will I be able to set up my own business after my training?

For sole traders and therapist who wish to have their own Holistic Therapy Business, our courses are perfect.  Our 2  day course in Swedish Massage, and our 3 days courses in Reflexology and Aromatherapy have been written with The National Occupational Standard as approved by Skills for Health* in mind and are also verified by IPTI and of course, are accredited by the Beauty Guild, which mean that both IPTI and the Beauty Guild will insure therapists to carry out treatments on clients. 


Will I be able to get insurance?

All our courses are accredited by The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists who are happy to offer membership and insurance for all courses taught by ourselves. If a student already has insurance cover in place it is their responsibility to check that their insurers will offer cover for the modality for which they are receiving training BEFORE undertaking any Vitality Holistic Massage and Beauty Training Courses.  Vitality Holistic Massage and Beauty Training does not accept responsibility, nor will a refund be given, in the event of an employer, training provider or insurance company NOT accepting a Vitality Holistic Massage and Beauty Training qualification.

(Fast Track Swedish Body Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy Massage are now accepted by IPTI )

If you already have insurance in place please check that your chosen insurance company will insure one day Guild accredited courses.

How do I pay for my course? 

We do ask that all courses are paid for in full prior to the day of training. This can be done by cheque, bank transfer or we can send you a PayPal invoice so you can pay by credit card. (There is a 4% surcharge for Paypal) 

Do I need to bring a model with me?

No a model is provided and if there are two students attending a course you will work on each other, however, if you have a friend who’d like to act as your model on the day, they’ll be most welcome, but they need to be able to offer constructive feedback, not fall asleep! (though they probably will!)

Do I have to bring my own equipment and products?

No, everything is provided for you on the day of training. Your tutor will give you information on the best place to purchase equipment and products for your own personal use after the course. 
 We do ask that you bring your own lunch but refreshments are provided.

What are CPD Points?

All our courses have been awarded CPD points (Continuing Professional Development). There are a certain amount of points required by various bodies (IFPA, FHT etc) to ensure that members are up to date with knowledge and training. For example Aromatherapists are required every 3 years to keep their training in massage up to date and will look for CPD courses to be able to do this.