How To Become A Masseuse

Category: Therapists Posted: 19 Nov 2018

Posted: 19 Nov 2018

Student training to become a masseuse, massage school

If you are wondering what steps you need to take to work as a masseuse (or masseur) in the UK, then you have come to the right place. Read on to discover how long it takes, what qualifications you need, how much it costs and how much you could earn if you decide to follow a career in massage therapy. 


How Long It Takes 

Learning how to massage is a bit like learning to cook. Most of us can do it without any training at all, but some of us are naturally a lot better at it than others. The good news is that all of us can improve our ability to massage with training and practice. 

The most successful massage therapists are usually those who have loved massaging friends and family since they were young. We often receive applications to join our team from masseuses who tell us that massage has long been their calling in life! These applicants often go on to become our busiest and most popular therapists. Follow a career in massage if you genuinely feel it is your vocation in life, rather than simply a job to earn some money temporarily. 

Professional courses in massage can last as little as 1 day and as long as several years. When searching for the best massage training course for you, it is important that you choose a course that is independently accredited by a reputable massage body and insurable. 

Massage work is not legally regulated in the UK but various voluntary bodies, such as CNHC exist which provide an excellent framework and guidance for working professionally as a complementary health specialist. 


Qualifications Needed To Become A Masseuse 

In the UK, it is often stated that you are not legally required to obtain specific qualifications to become a masseuse. Although this may be true – anyone can perform relaxing massages and charge for it – to build a successful long-term career as a massage therapist, you should be qualified. 

Remember qualifications are not just academic. A fully qualified masseuse is one who possesses a suitable personality as well as obtaining appropriate training certificates. 

Personality skills 

Some of the most important personal skills that you should have if you want to work as a massage therapist are to be:

  • Calm and reliable
  • Kind natured and empathetic
  • Comfortable touching other people’s bodies
  • Happy to listen and adapt
  • Willing to travel (for mobile massage work)


Training Certificates 

There are many educational organisations in the UK that offer accreditations for massage courses. Some of the most popular and well recognised are:

  • City & Guilds
  • ITEC
  • VTCT


You can obtain certificates in massage from accredited training schools or colleges located all around the UK. Some of these schools now also offer remote learning online courses as well as traditional classroom attended training. 

An alternative to attending a massage course at a training school or college is to get an apprenticeship with a working business such as a beauty salon or massage company. 


How Much Does It Cost? 

You can obtain professional qualifications in basic Swedish massage skills from as little as £99 for a one-day course in London. However, for more advanced training and to increase your chances of success as a masseuse, a more intensive course, covering techniques such as deep tissue massage or pregnancy massage is recommended. These advanced courses usually range from around £350 up to £1000, depending on the level and type of training. 

When you begin working as a massage therapist, you may decide to be employed by a salon or to work as a freelance self-employed therapist. If you are self-employed, then you will have various other costs such as annual insurance (around £65 per year) and the cost of buying supplies to perform treatments such as massage oils, couches and candles. 


How Much Does A Massage Therapist Earn? 

The amount of money you can earn as a massage therapist working in the UK depends on a number of factors, including your level of experience and whether you are working as an employee in a salon or running your own business as a self-employed therapist. 

Junior therapists in salons in the UK typically earn around £12,000 - £15,000 per annum, rising to £18,000 for areas like London. A fully qualified masseuse who is trained in several popular types of massage therapy can expect to earn £25,000 - £35,000 as a manager in a salon.

Self-employed therapists generally earn significantly more, with some earning as much as £50,000 per year. However you will also have to manage the responsibility of ensuring you remain busy, stay healthy to avoid sick days and manage your own schedules. In London, a good self-employed massage therapist on our platform typically earns between £400 - £900 per week, depending on how many hours they are available. 

If you love massage and want to improve your career by joining one of London’s most successful teams of independent freelance therapists, click HERE to submit your job application now.