Massage Training in Devon
Fast-Track Massage Training Retreat In Devon
We now offer our massage courses in a spectacular Devon retreat tucked away in the rolling countryside. This format allows you to learn massage away from all of life’s usual distractions in a stress-free environment allowing you to take time and truly focus on yourself. Dave Taylor has teamed up with Lucy & Oliver from “The Retreat People” combining their passion for learning and living holistically to create this massage retreat.
A sneak peak of what to expect…shhh don’t tell everyone, only 8 students per course to give you that little more personal attention! Book now!
Upcoming Devon Massage Retreat Dates
Devon 7 Day Retreat – Combined Certificate & Diploma Massage Course – March23 March 2022 - 29 March 2022
Students are encouraged to check-in from 1800 on Tuesday, November 2nd.7 places left
Level 3 – Devon 7 Day Retreat – Combined Certificate & Diploma Massage Course – March23 March 2022 - 29 March 2022
Students are encouraged to check-in from 1800 on Tuesday, March 22nd8 places left
Included in the price:
- Accommodation included
Shared same-sex rooms sleep up to 2 students
Accomodation is also included for the night before course commence date
All meals including nutritious snacks & drinks
Raynor Massage Certificate & Diploma Course
Travelling to Natsley:
There are different transport options to get to Natsley Farm. The National Express Coach stops at neighbouring town, South Molton. You can also get the train to Barnstaple, which is a short taxi ride away. There are also plenty of parking spaces if you prefer to drive.
Fully Accredited Raynor Massage Certificate & Diploma Course Combined
The course being taught at the residential massage retreat in Devon is the full Raynor Massage Diploma. Normally this would be a 10 day course (with the first 5 days being the Certificate). However, with the luxury of longer days that the retreat environment offers it allows us to compress the training to 7 action packed hands-on days of learning. This qualification is fully accredited and will enable you to immediately get the necessary insurance required to work as a massage therapist.
An all-inclusive setting for one low price!
The massage training is held in Natsley Farm, a working farmhouse set within Exmoor National Park in Devon. The accommodation is fully equipped and finished to a high standard in a warm and homely way. Oliver from “The Retreat People” will be your Chef, preparing all the meals from fresh offering an exciting, nutritious menu. The bedrooms are both comfortable and spacious with no more than two students per room. After a day of learning you can take full advantage of the farmhouse’s facilities, maybe taking a leisurely dip in the outdoor pool, relaxing in the log fuelled hot tub or playing pool.
Is the retreat environment suitable for you?
There are a few things I like to point out to people about the retreat before they fully commit.
As lovely as the retreat environment is, (and it really is lovely) please don’t underestimate that its an intensive 7 days. So, with that in mind it’s important that the students are physically well enough to take part in the training and mentally strong enough to deal with the retreat environment. Each day you will be required to give and receive massage so its important that you don’t have any conditions or injuries that would prevent you from participating fully with this.
We also need students who can naturally fit into the retreat vibe. That means being ok with a shared bathroom, bedroom and dining table! Being understanding (and able to cope) if your roomie happens to be a snorer!
Oh and I bring my doggies to the Farmhouse so being dog friendly is a must!
An in-depth breakdown of each day of your combined course
Arrival at The Retreat
Day 1 - Training begins
- The history of massage throughout the ages.
- The contraindications of massage. So this will cover the times when it’s safe to massage and all the occasions when massage should be adapted or avoided all together.
- How to take a full medical case history of your client.
- Hygiene – How to follow essential hygiene routines.
- Draping your client. The different methods used to cover your client correctly ensuring their privacy is protected at all times.
- The INTA Professional Code of Conduct & professional ethics of Raynor Massage Therapists.
After lunch Dave Taylor will then demonstrate the Raynor Massage Technique on a volunteer student concentrating on the hands, arms and back.
Then the students will pair up and begin practising what they have been shown so far on each other, then swapping over. This means that all students will both give and receive massage. Dave will be on hand to guide you through this process.
- How important breath is when used with Raynor Massage.
- The different therapeutic effects that massage can have.
- A group focussed breathing exercise.
- The Healing Crisis – How to prepare your client and yourself for this.
After lunch there will be a further massage demonstration. Dave will go over everything from Day One and will also include new areas including the sacrum, back of legs, hips and gluteus.
- What is the duration of a Raynor Massage, how long should it last?
- The different therapeutic effects that massage can have.
- A group focussed breathing exercise.
- What are the qualities that a massage therapist should have?
There will be a group workshop showing how to massage the neck, face, jaw and scalp.
After lunch the main massage demonstration by Dave will include the front of the legs and also include the neck and head areas.
Then the students will pair up again and practise.
- How to deal with negative energy from clients
- Different oils that can be used for massage and the qualities to look for when choosing a massage table.
- Abdominal massage and how this affects the digestive system.
- We discuss pregnancy massage and how the techniques you have been taught can be adapted to safely massage someone through their pregnancy. We cover in great detail all the contraindications associated with pregnancy massage.
The morning workshop will be a demonstration of gentle stomach massage as well as Pregnancy Massage and working the side of the body including a detailed hip release.
In the afternoon there will also be a longer one-way massage swap (so 4 students giving the massage whilst the other 4 receive without massaging that day)
This will be followed by a massage demonstration.
In the afternoon the students will get the opportunity to massage Dave where he can help you improve your technique.
In the evening there will be a discussion about how to market your new Massage Therapy business and get it up and running without delay.
We will also discuss reflexology and the theories behind it. You will then be given a demonstration of reflexology and chance to work on each other.
The afternoon is all about aromatherapy, You will be introduced to a range of essential oils, learn about their individual properties and how to blend them correctly,
Student Clinic Day
On this last day of class members of the public will be invited in to receive a therapeutic massage. You will be assessed based on how well you understand:
(unspoken communication, making a client feel comfortable, developing trust)
Focus and Attention (practitioner maintained focus throughout the treatment, acknowledged and addressed concerns of the client)
(client-centred care, confidentiality, proper draping, dress code, no inappropriate jokes or comments)
(short nails, appropriate washing of hands, clean towels and table, being aware of own body parts & perspiration/odour)
(worked within the client’s breathing/pain threshold, appropriate pressure for the client while still being effective, did not overwork an area)
(applied Raynor Naturopathic Massage correctly)
Rhythm and Flow
(consistent and predictable movements, treatment was well integrated, did not feel rushed, finished massage on time)
(explained the importance of the breath in massage, ensured client was deep breathing throughout the treatment)
(courteous, appropriate questions, informative explanation of what the practitioner is trying to achieve, limited unnecessary talk)
(the massage provided benefit or relief to client)
At the end of the last day, after passing your assessment, you will receive your Raynor Massage Therapy Diploma.
If you really ‘are what you eat,’ then inspiring students to explore healthier options and enjoy authentic, restorative, home-made meals, is certainly our priority.
Modern day living leaves us spoilt for choice and we are bombarded with quick-fix, highly processed foods that make us sluggish and often compromise our bodies most important but fragile systems. With a background in pop-up restaurants and coming from a family of head chefs, Oliver Walkers’ passion for real food is infectious. Using local produce wherever possible and favouring super fresh, organic food, is a great way to pack a meal full of nutrients. Asked to share his secrets he says “Making home made meals from scratch and adopting a healthy love of ‘whole foods’ is an approach that your bodies and souls thank you for.
Obviously life is BUSY and sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to get creative in the kitchen again and to learn some quick tips and tricks to help you prepare ahead. Our retreats detox, re-charge and re-vitalise our students and even the vegan desserts are lovingly made by hand. Lend us your tastebuds and rejuvenate your souls in the stunning, peaceful, countryside of Exmoor National Park. Such a fantastic space to learn a new skill and embark upon a new career.
YOGA is also optional daily at The Retreat.
Our retreats are the perfect environment to try something new. Whether you’re a flexy yogi, a slinky soul sister or a little bit stiff and locked up, Natsley Farm is the place to quite literally ‘unwind.’ Yoga flushes your organs and detoxifies your whole body, improving your flexibility and posture.
Yoga increases blood flow, it helps protects your spine, prevents joint and cartilage breakdown, betters bone health, drains your lymphs, boost immunity and this is just to name a few benefits. So please join us for morning yoga and see what all the fuss is about.
The Retreat People…
Lucy B and Oliver Walker are “The Retreat People” and created this retreat concept.
Lucy took the training for Raynor Massage back home in Australia, continuing her studies in New Zealand and graduated in 2011. Upon graduating she bought a one-way ticket and moved to the island of Ibiza, taking along her massage table. That’s where she met Oliver for the first time and together they ultimately started The Retreat People, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful locations in the entire Mediterranean.
Combining their passions and massage skills they created some very unique retreats for people to come for healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. This is the perfect environment for gaining health and well-being, and for people to experience Raynor Massage for themselves.
Lucy and Oliver have now returned to London and are running spontaneous dining events. Oliver’s produces these events, working as a Chef and performing as a DJ, while Lucy does double-duty, working as a model as well as organising the events. Both continue to work as Massage Therapists in their own therapy rooms located at The Refinery E9.
They live holistically and are constantly striving to maintain a healthy balance in their lives. Their circle of friends and associates are people who are also determined to follow their dreams in life and believe in sharing their passions and knowledge with others. Lucy and Oliver continue to create retreats with the kind of atmospheres that can inspire and restore one’s soul.
Click here to find out more about ‘The Retreat People’