Massage Certificate Course

This 5 day introductory Massage Certificate course allows students to quickly develop their skills and begin to massage effectively, assisting their client’s healing journeys.

Drawing on over twenty years experience and study of worldwide massage traditions, Brandon Raynor developed Raynor Massage as a unique style of massage designed to find and eliminate residual tension in the body.

You will quickly begin to learn and practice Raynor Massage, always keeping in mind the overall goal of the total release of residual tension in the muscles of the body. Raynor Massage draws on holistic understandings of the interconnectedness of body, mind and soul and as well as working on muscular tension. Raynor Massage also opens up the channels or meridians through which the chi or prana (life force) flows. People leave this massage with a relaxed body and mind, feeling re-balanced. On our short and intensive training course, you will learn how to massage using this holistic and very powerful technique.

More About The Course

Being taught in a group of no more than 16 students to one teacher, this five day intensive massage course is an excellent way to get started with Raynor Massage Therapy.

This unique form of massage is taught in a unique way, along with the expert tutor input and observing your teacher at work, you will be massaged and be massaging from day one of the course. You will work with partners of different body types and presented with different ‘problem areas’ so that you are equipped to deal with a range of clients on completion of your course. We do not teach by asking you to rote learn charts and diagrams, rather we teach you to feel tension, to track where it is held in the body and then how to clear it.

This is the way massage has been taught for millennia before it was ‘medicalised’ by those who do not believe in the power of healing touch and intuition. Your teacher will be on hand to offer advice and guidance, to demonstrate, correct and empower you to be able to develop your own massage skills.

Our bodies hold tension in muscles for all kinds of reasons; everyday stress, sports training, injuries, bad postural habits, hours spent hunched over the keyboard, problems experienced at work or home, all of these things are held in our muscles and lead to problems of residual tension and pain. Untreated this tension can lead to longer term problems both physically and in our mental and emotional wellbeing, as a trained Raynor Massage practitioner you can have a positive effect on people’s health, help many to be pain free and learn to release your clients from this muscular tension and any emotional tension that may underpin it.

Raynor Massage training is only available through the Brandon Raynor School of Natural Therapies and is run in locations throughout the world. All of our teachers have trained under Brandon Raynor and continue to develop their own skills as teachers and practitioners by their ongoing work with Brandon, each bring their own experience and backgrounds to their classes and all are existing practitioners, dealing with clients on a regular basis. You cannot get this training at your local college, you cannot do it online – this is hands on training taught by people who have developed their art and whose role is to pass it on to you and help you develop your massage. All teachers are appointed directly by Brandon Raynor to ensure that the quality of teaching and training is of the highest standard.

The five days are very intensive and usually run from 9-5pm with a 45 to 1 hour break for lunch. The teacher is available at all times to guide, coach and answer questions.

Students come to our courses from a variety of backgrounds. Some will have a background in another massage modality whilst others, perhaps the majority, will come with no experience, this course will be their first attempt at massage. Raynor Massage has at its heart the belief that every person you massage will be different and have different needs, therefore there can be no one set massage routine that will work for everyone.

People taking the course who have massage experience will have the advantage that they have hands on experience and are already confident working with people’s bodies and equally those without any experience have the advantage that they do not have to unlearn any techniques as they begin to work with the unique form of Raynor Massage. Our teachers work with you from wherever you start – whether this is your first massage or you have been in the industry for years, by the end of the week we expect you to be able to give an effective Raynor Treatment and will support you in that developmental process.

What Does The 5 Day Massage Week Comprise?

During the morning of day 1 of the Massage Certificate course you will discover and discuss:

  • The history of massage and an outline of the different types of massage.
  • What the contraindications to massage are – when is it safe to massage and when you shouldn’t massage. How to take a case history from clients.
  • Important hygiene issues when massaging. How to professionally drape your client to make them feel safe, warm and comfortable.
  • The professional ethics expected by a Raynor Massage therapist will be outlined and we will explore the qualities of a good massage therapist.

This will be followed by a demonstration of massage techniques by the teacher on a volunteer from the class and we will begin to explore strategies to loosen up tension and blocked energy in the back, the back of the legs, buttocks, feet, arms and hands. You will also be shown the bands “of tension” that interconnected the whole body.

In the afternoon, students pair up and begin working on each other, under the close supervision of our teacher, half way through the afternoon you will swap over so that each person in the pair both give and receive massage.

On day 2 of the Certificate course, the teacher will cover a side position that we use to release deep seated tension in the sacral area, which when released can help loosen up higher areas in the back, neck and cranial (head) areas. A good massage therapist will learn as much from receiving a massage as they will from giving one, which is why we put emphasis on you receiving massage as well as giving. You will learn how working to different depths feels and you will experience the powerful release of tension that your future clients will experience. As you work, revision of the previous days work will also be covered and your teacher will also discuss on the concept of the release of toxins in the body and the natural therapies term “the healing crisis” and what it means to you as you practice Raynor Massage.

On day 3 the massage teacher will cover the release of tension in the front of the body, especially the abdominal area and the head. Many people store emotional tension in their bellies as revealed by common expressions such as “it gave me knots in my stomach” or “I felt that in my guts”. Conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ulcers, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, menstrual problems etc. can be helped by Brandon’s techniques of releasing emotional tension stored in the abdominal area, combined with proper breathing techniques.

The teacher will again demonstrate on a (different) volunteer from the group how to massage to get this front of body tension release and in the afternoon you will pair up with a different person from the group to give and to experience this part of the massage. By this stage in the course you will be growing in confidence and will be impressed by how effective you can already massage.

Day 4 of the course is spent combining the techniques performed in the last 3 days to perform a complete massage and is spent examining how the tension in the muscles on the front of the body can hold the muscles on the back of the body tight. We will also explore massage in pregnancy, many massage schools regard pregnancy as a contra-indication to massage, but at Brandon Raynor’s School of Natural Therapies you will learn how massage in pregnancy is natural, has been the part of the anti-natal care of mothers for millennia and can be highly effective. You will be taught how to do this safely.

We will also examine the tools of the trade looking at different types of base oils used in massage and the properties of a good massage table.

On the afternoon of day 5, the teacher will conduct a practical assessment to make sure that students understand the concepts taught, this will involve assessing your practical massage skills, maybe even giving the tutor a massage so that your massage can be experienced by them! At the end of this day, provided that you have understood and can demonstrate the techniques and satisfy the professional conduct requirements of BRSMNT, then you will qualify at the introductory level with a Raynor Massage Certificate.


The Certificate level is enough to allow you to get started and begin to practice massage professionally in much of the world including most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, some parts of the United States and Canada, most of Asia and Africa.

Most students completing the Raynor Massage Certificate course decide to progress onto the Raynor Massage Diploma Course so that they can further develop their skills and add treatments such as aromatherapy into their practice. Some people choose to do this straight away and our Diploma courses almost always run the week following the Certificate courses, others choose to gain more experience first and then return to do the Raynor Massage Diploma Course.

Students can also study the two courses in different countries enabling them to combine training with holidays and travel. We frequently have students who sign up initially for the Certificate week but then, having experienced this massage for themselves, want to continue straight on to the next level, often before then going on to study for our highest level qualification, the Advanced Practitioners Diploma. Discounts are also available if you book for more than one course at the same time.

Enrolling In The Raynor Massage Certificate Course

Course Requirements

We intentionally do not set entry requirements other than being over the age of 18, having a desire to learn and to heal through massage, and also a reasonable understanding of English. If a parent or guardian attends with you, we are also happy to accept students aged over the age of 16. For more information please contact us.

How To Enrol

You can either call us and enrol over the phone, or enrol and pay online by choosing the course you would like to enrol in and following the directions. Demand for course places is high because we cap the number of students for each course at 20 per teacher. We recommend early booking in order to secure your place.

Upcoming Courses

We are constantly conducting courses around the world. To check the schedule of your city please see our upcoming courses.

Fee Structure

£1195. (£350 non-refundable deposit)

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Gain Greater Confidence And Success With Our Raynor Massage Certificate Course

I just finished the course and Raynor massage is certainly a very powerful tool to help people heal physical and mentally.

Brandon and Cori just compliment each other so well in teaching the course, I cant wait to use skills I learned and implement them on others as well as myself.

Thanks again for your time Brandon and Cori!

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Janine Johnston
30 Apr 2017

I have just completed the Raynor Massage course in Sydney and can't recommend it highly enough! I didn't have any experience in massage beforehand, and found the course easy to follow and the techniques super effective! Brandon's endless knowledge and experience, and holistic approach to massage is amazing (Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, shiatsu, thai massage, reflexology, accupressure etc). The techniques are simple, but I have never seen massage have such a instant and holistic effect on the body!

The course is very practical with lots of demonstrations and hands on practise, but little attention to detailed anatomy and physiology. Coming from a human movement background I appreciated this approach very much, but if you didn't have much understanding of the body and how it works, you might feel a bit more confident with a bit of self study before the course. Basic anatomy and physiology is simple enough to learn at home, and I'm glad we used class time on practical rather than learning the names of every muscle. Brandon is a wizard himself, and simply steaches students to FIND and FEEL tension, and how to get rid of it longterm. It's quite an intense course, but I graduated feeling confident and excited to start practising.

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Manda Curtis
10 Oct 2018

i recommend brandon Raynor courses to anyone, it was great having both his self and his lovely wife cori both really knowlegable never learnt so much in my life that i did in 10 days, it was also great having cori help out as she is very detailed which was great for me as i am more detailed and i learnt a lot from her. i have started to see things in a better way since the course being a better verson of myself so thank you so much guys i loved every minute :)

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Sam Palmer
01 Sep 2015

In May 2002 I did a remedial massage course it was held at Perth and I would tell you honestly it is a grate experience I learned a lot from Brandon he is a great teacher

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Hani Mezel
30 Jun 2019

I am a big fan of Brandon Raynor's School of Natural Therapies, I continue to be reaping benefits from his wonderful deep tissue massage. This has revolutionised my health and well-being as I have endured major surgery on 3 occasions; most of which was in my younger years... Brandon's deep tissue massage lifts out deeply rooted anxieties and stress hidden deep within various tissues, and the relief is wonderful and life enhancing. Also I have learned so much about flower essences from Brandon which has deepened my appreciation and knowldge of the sheer power of flower essences. He has given me flower essences readings too and these have had noteworthy effects on my life in such positive ways. I have purchased a number of excellent books on flower essences on Brandon's recommendations and I look froward in the near future to taking his Wholefood Nutrition course.

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Sripati Dee
08 Sep 2017

Hi everyone I'm Charles originally from Ghana and a Raynor's pratitioner in South Africa i can say that after my course in 2008 my life has changed I have been doing very well I work with Dr and sometimes they wonder how this technique works we have a very powerful massage technique that people need.

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Charles Clottey
07 Sep 2016

I have just graduated from the Diploma course held in Auckland, NZ June/July of this year. I am a Natural Therapist in Reflexology, Foot Massage and Foot Joint Mobilisation and in my first couple of days was apprehensive about whether I could do this form of massage but as the days progressed and with Brandons amazing teaching style it did become second nature. It is a course I would highly recommend to a trained professional or a layman. Not only for learning a type of massage that I believe is one of the best that will be of benefit to so many people but also for how the course helps you learn a lot about yourself. The teaching style is so relaxed that it is easy to retain what you have learned and from day one it is all about being hands on. Brandon and Cori make an awesome team and nothing is of trouble to them. They can adapt and cater for all course members learning styles. And a great style of massage as it is not a set routine it can be adapted to meet individual clients needs. The best course I have been on since I started on my "therapist" journey. I know continued support and mentoring will come from Brandon and the school. A trusted and valued tutor and man. I just hope I can do my qualification justice. Thank you Brandon and Cori

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Lesley Oppert
13 Jul 2016

Raynor Massage is so very effective at getting to and eliminating the deepest layers of tension including those held by negative emotions and traumatic experiences. I am not exaggerating when I say that Raynor Massage helped me overcome depression, anxiety issues and other health ailments. It was such a great experience when I took the Diploma course in 2007 and subsequent Advanced classes with Brandon that now Raynor Massage is embedded in my daily life. Extremely happy to be a teacher for this amazing organization and full to the brim with deep gratitude towards my mentor Brandon and the rest of his team. Thank You Brandon Raynor, Thank You!

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Terry Masson
04 Jun 2014

I studied with Brandon in 2004 in Walnut Creek, CA even though I lived in

eastern Montana at the time. There wasn't any massage therapy regulation

in Montana at that time and he gave me the knowledge I needed as a

naturopath to begin offering massage therapy services.

I have since then lived in Arizona where I studied to obtain my AZ State License and I continue to use Raynor Massage a lot in my practice. I currently have returned to Montana and live on the west side of the state. Because Montana now has regulations regarding massage therapy, I have obtained a Montana Massage License as well. I enjoy employing a lot of different massage therapy techniques in my practice, but the Raynor Technique is probably the most popular among my clients.

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Christine Mavis
19 Sep 2016

I really enjoyed completing the Diploma in Raynor Massage in Gympie. Great location, amazing teachers and fantastic group of students. Thanks Brandon and Cori for making everyday interesting and enjoyable!!!

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Julie Gear
19 Mar 2017

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