ITEC Diploma In Holistic Massage

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(Optional online training)

What will you learn?

The foundation course for complementary therapy. The course provides students with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body so that they have complete knowledge of the structure and functions of each area on which they are working. The course includes holistic massage incorporating the classical movements treating the whole body.


Option 1-One Sunday a month.

2024 Course Dates:Sept 15th, Oct 13th, Nov 17th, Dec 8th(online Class), Jan 12th, Feb 9th, Mar 9th, Apr 6th, May 4th,Exam 11th May. Virginia, Cavan.

 ITEC exam date proposed for 11th May 2025.


iTEC practical exam 11th May 2025

Theory exam on course dates.  

Kildare Course commences Sunday Sept 15th 2025 Subject to minimum numbers.




European College of Reflexology and Massage, Main Street, Virginia, Co. Cavan.

European College of Reflexology and Massage, Kildare Town, Co Kildare.

Course Accreditation

  • ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage
  • ITEC Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology ( option to complete this module online)
  • ITEC Professional Conduct and Business Awareness ( option to complete this module online)
  • ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council), this prestigious Diploma is recognised worldwide and by all professional insurance companies. Successful graduates are insured to open their own businesses upon completion.


1,500 including Exam Fees of €200. Fees can be paid in installments each month. See payment schedule.

Special offer exclusive to ECRM. Option to sit aromatherapy exam at no additional cost other than iTEC exam fee . Two diplomas for the price of one! Included with classes delivered from Sept-May only.

We offer a € 300-course reduction to anyone who has anatomy level 5. You will still need to sit the multiple-choice exam if qualifications are more than 2 years old, you will not need to attend the class.

A deposit of €200 is required to secure your place. 

The deposit can be taken via our website.

Course fees Include

  • All tuition fees (practical and theory classes)
  • Course workbook and consultation forms
  • Assessment and marking of case studies
  • Students ongoing email or phone support and supervision throughout the course
  • ITEC exam fees. 
  • Class materials – Massage oil and couch roll
  • Pre assessments
  • Access to online tutorials.

Student Costs

Students will need to purchase a uniform, two-course books, towels, and a clipboard. Details will be given prior to the commencement date. 

1Day 19-12Cells/Tissues Skin1-2pmProfessionalism and Contra Indications2-5.30pmPractical200
2Day 29-1Skeletal and Muscular system2-2.30pmConfidentiality/ consultation and consent2.30-5.30Practical200
3Day 39-12Cardiovascular System1-2pmHygiene/ safety checks2-5.30Practical200
4Day 49-1Lymphatic system Urinary System2-2.30pmClient Care2.30-5.30Practical200
5Day 59-12Endocrine System1-2pmBasic First Aid and recording incidents2-5.30Practical
6Day 79-12Reproductive System1-2pmSalon set up Advertising/ Insurance2-5.30Practical250
7Day 89-12Nervous System1-2pmCPD and professional memberships2-5.30Practical250
8Day 99-12Digestive System1-2pmSalon Book Keeping2-5.30PracticalCourse Paid in Full
9Day 10Revision/pre assessment9-5pmRevision2-5.30Practical pre assessment
10Day 11Mock exam/pre assessment/ Theory exams
11Day 12Proposed Practical ExamProposed practical ExamProposed Practical Exam

*Please note that the proposed curriculum is a guide. ECRM reserves the right to change course dates, times and curriculum. Upon completion of this course you will have the skills, knowledge and experience to practice as a confident and effective Massage Therapist.

Frequently asked questions from prospective students.

Do I need to have any other qualifications to do this course?

No. This course is open to all individuals who are over 18 (Under 18 and over 16 will need parental/guardian consent) and can communicate and understand English. 

How much will I earn as a Holistic Massage Therapist?

This will depend on how many treatments you decide to do a day and how many days you choose to work. The average cost for a one-hour full-body massage treatment is approximately €60. 

Can I work abroad with this qualification?

Yes. ITEC Diploma is internationally recognised.

How long will the course take?

The training is delivered one day a month over 9 months in order to complete the theory and practical elements. Home study and massage practice are essential before the next session. Students will have access to course notes and tutorials.  Class notes will be emailed to you, to coincide with the theory delivered that month in order to enhance your understanding and learning experience. You will need to set aside approximately 3 hours a week to study.

How much does the course cost?

The course costs €1500 including the ITEC diploma exam fee. Special offer , option to sit second diploma in Aromatehrapy and just pay exam fee.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes. The initial deposit of €200 will secure your place, this is non-refundable. Payment plans have been set up for €200 per month with the exception of December and January as these are difficult financial months. All fees must be paid by March to be eligible to sit the exam.

What will I be qualified to do on successful completion of this course?

You will be qualified to work as a Holistic Massage Therapist in hotels and spas, on a cruise ship, freelance to Beauty salons and sports gyms, mobile therapist or open up your own business.

Do I have to go on work experience?

No. There is no requirement to participate in work placement. 

Do I need a uniform?

For a class time no. However, for your end-of-year exam, you will be required to wear a black tunic, black trousers, and black shoes. Comfortable smart clothing is recommended for classes. We find that students prefer to wear a black tunic as they feel more professional during their training. 

How will I be assessed?

Your end-of-year exams will be in May. They will consist of 3 theory exams and one practical exam. The theory exams are multiple-choice questions and sealed prior to the examination. ITEC exam board supplies the papers and sets the questions. Exams take place in a formal setting with an external supervisor.

Theory Exams:

Anatomy and physiology – 50 questions pass mark 50%. Mandatory.

Professional conduct and business awareness – 50 Questions pass mark 60%. Mandatory.

Holistic Massage paper- 50 questions pass mark 60%. Mandatory.

Practical Exam

The practical exam is 1 hour and assessed by an ITEC examiner. 60% pass mark.

Case studies- Mandatory

5 clients must be treated 4 times and findings recorded and presented to the external examiner.

Students successful in all areas will receive their Diplomas.

Am I too old to do this course?

No. Students of all ages (over 18) have taken this course. Mature applicants often excel as they are very committed and focused. Our Teachers are simply exceptional at working with all different abilities. 

What is the success rate on passing this subject?

We currently have 100% success rate from all students who attended this course. The Teacher delivering this course has a 100 percent pass rate from her students who attended her classes over the last 19 years, she is qualified in Bowen Technique, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, physiatrics, Hot stone and always works way beyond the massage syllabus which contributes to the high pass rate and professional standards. 

Where is the course available?

The course is available in Virginia, Cavan. Car parking is available on the street beside the college.

Apply online or for more information or to speak to a Teacher please phone 0876572683 or email [email protected].

For a more detailed course content please click here.

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