Advanced Hands Free Massage Training

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This 8 Day Training (spread over several months) is designed to save your fingers, thumbs and wrists (the commonest areas of strain for massage practitioners) while applying firm pressure. The aim is to expand your repertoire and freshen your approach, to help you be more effective when applying pressure, and thereby to help you to maintain your career. The course assumes and builds upon a developed feeling for pacing and fluidity in massage, and monitoring and adapting to the client’s build, comfort and responses.

Give your hands a holiday and save your career

You will learn how to use

  • the soft forearm (the fleshy inner forearm) for applying widespread general pressure – this is firmer and uses less effort than using your palm
  •  the hard forearm (the ulna) and the bony areas around the elbow for applying focused pressure in an appropriate, skilful way in order to save your fingers, thumb and knuckles
  • the whole forearm for mobilising parts of the body and for applying stretches
  • all of these tools for both oil and non-oil massage

The Advacned Hands Free Massage Training covers

  • a range of forearm and elbow techniques that can substitute for and extend ‘classic’ massage techniques for varied pressures
  • how and where to best use them
  • how to moderate the pressure applied
  • how to adapt them to different client builds, tensions and responses
  • how to blend them smoothly into massage sessions
  • how to support this with good bodyuse, rather than working too hard with your arms and shoulders

Book on this course

More information and booking on the Hands Free Massage website.


This course is accredited with FHT (Federation of Holistic Massage Therapists).

Course Content

This course focuses on forearm and elbow techniques which can be blended into a ‘normal’ oil massage with the client on the usual height massage table, and with the client either seated in an ordinary chair or a portable massage chair. In each weekend, there will training on:

  • using the forearm/elbow skillfully to be most effective with least strain
  • dynamic bodyuse to support the work of your forearm/elbow
  • learning to feel with these massage ‘tools’
  • monitoring and adapting to the client’s responses
  • blending Hands Free Massage techniques smoothly into massage treatments

Please Note: These are strong, powerful tools, which can deliver bruising pressure to clients if they are used without care. Therefore, using them skilfully and learning how to adapt each technique to a range of builds, tolerances and reactions is a core part of the training. The trainers reserve the right to dismiss students from the course who consistently use these tools in an unnecessarily ‘gung-ho’ manner.

Note 2: These courses do NOT cover using the knees, legs and feet, because these work best when the client is lying on a low table or a futon on the floor (as is done in many Eastern massage traditions).

Class size: There is a maximum of 16 students in each course, so that participants receive satisfactory individual instruction, and also have a range of fellow students to practice on under supervision.

Class times: Each training day is from 10am- 5.30pm

Tutor along side Darien

Leora Sharp - Tutor and web designer The Webmistress

Leora Sharp has been a a massage practitioner for since 2008. She trained in Hands Free Massage with Darien, directly after her initial practitioner training. Since then she has been an assistant teacher in his Advanced Hands Free Massage Trainings and now runs her own trainings. She also designs websites for complementary health professionals.

 “I really love how your work [helped me deal with] the problems I was having with my hands and arms, ….. and I wish I had discovered it earlier.” RS, Massage Therapist, Bristol.

“My clients often comment that they’re amazed at how deep I can get without it hurting.” RP, Cardiff

“I just did two full days of massage that, in the past, would have left my hands and body aching, but I didnʼt have any aches….. My clients also commented on how much deeper the massage was.” LS, Massage Practitioner, Bath.

Book on this course

More information and booking on the Hands Free Massage website.

Looking for a shorter Hands Free Massage workshop?

Please read more about the 2 Day Basic Hands Free Massage workshops >

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