Professional Development Training Courses for Massage Practitioners

After 40 years as a bodyworker, I’m now focussing on what I can give back to the massage profession as a trainer, coach and author.

I continue to run professional development courses for practitioners (see list below), and to offer individual and small-group coaching focusing on your hands-on work in massage treatment sessions.

I love opening up massage for both new and experienced practitioners – enhancing their ‘tool-kit’, expanding their perspective on what massage can encompass, and helping practitioners to learn ways of looking after their hands and body so that they are able to maintain their career. I bring an attitude of supportive encouragement to all my teaching and coaching.

In addition, I am writing/rewriting massage textbooks.

If my work interests you, I welcome enquiries and look forward to the possibility of working with you in the future.

All the best
Darien Pritchard

Please get in touch

Please contact me if you would like further information or if you’d like me to come and teach or to coach your group.


Professional development workshops for massage practitioners

Each of the the courses that I offer is designed to teach you practical skills that you can immediately incorporate into your massage treatments (with a little practice). Each course is self-contained. You don’t need to do any of the other courses to be able to use the techniques covered.

Prerequisite: You must have a minimum Level 3 body massage certificate i.e. Swedish, holistic, aromatherapy or sports massage to attend these courses.

I bring an attitude of supportive encouragement to working with individuals and groups. All of my teaching and coaching emphasises:

  • helping massage practitioners to be most effective with least strain – practical guidance on looking after your hands and body and using them well in delivering massages (working smart, not hard) to maintain your career;
  • how to help clients to feel both relaxed and more alive in their bodies – by using a range of techniques to release muscle tension, and to regain joint mobility and suppleness;
  • and ‘listening’ and adapting to the client’s verbal feedback and body responses in order to tailor each massage session for the individual.

Deliver effective, strain-free massage; save your body, save your career (various duration’s)

  • Protect your Hands, Save your Back and Shoulders – looking after your hands and body, and using them well for massage (1 day course)
  • Hands Free Massage – learning to use your forearm and elbow to save your hands (1 day, 2 day and 8 day courses)

Expand your skills for common tension areas (1 day)

I offer three 1 day courses, each of which covers deep massage and mobilising techniques


Combined neck, shoulders and lower back (4 day)

  • Freeing the Neck, Shoulders and Lower Back – this course combines and extends the 3 separate days mentioned above

Anatomy Review (1 day)


Expand your repertoire of techniques (various duration’s)

  • ‘Rock and Roll’ (Rocking the body, Rolling the limbs (RhythmMobility®) – rhythmical techniques for release, mobilising and energising (1 day, 2 day and 8 day)
  • Seated Massage – ‘western-style’ massage with a clothed client seated in an ordinary chair (1 day) or including in a portable massage chair (2 day)
  • Massage without Oil – effective ‘dry’ massage, including working through clothing (1 day)
  • Percussion and Vibration techniques – effective use of these often neglected massage techniques (3 hours)
  • Stretches and mobilisation – effective use of these often neglected massage techniques (3 hours)

Please get in touch

Please contact me if you would like further information or if you’d like me to come and teach or to coach your group.

Courses 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all courses are suspended until we can set new dates.