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 never thought the diploma course will be transformative. But, I experienced transformation at the last week of the course which enables me to see myself in a different way. I have to thanks Brandon for that, he is just an awesome human being... ...I learned excellent massage techniques too, but I learned more about myself after the course... I’m Looking forward to taking the advanced course in the future!

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Mel Blando Adriatico
01 Jan 2018

Excellent teaching, great techniques, beautiful learning space! Would heavily recommend to anyone!

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Taylor Hamilton-Giggins
22 Dec 2018

Doing the Certificate and Diploma courses were totally life changing for me and I would highly recommend these courses!! Not only did I learn amazing skills and knowledge in a beautiful learning environment, I also met wonderful friends on the same path of healing and learnt a lot about myself. Thank you so much to Brandon and Cori for your knowledge and teaching style!!!

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Danielle Taylor
04 Mar 2018

I absolutely love this style of massage as it truly releases tension. Something that no one else has managed to do for me.

I love the other aspects of this style as well, like being able to give an emotional release to someone, unblocking chi and learning about reflexology and aromatherapy. Best course and massage ever!

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Karina Gerdum Cibrian
10 Feb 2017

Brandon Raynor Massage gave me the holistic approach to Healing Massage that I was looking for. The fact that I didn't have to study for 3 years while raising a small family was a huge bonus.

I didn't know what to expect despite reading the website thoroughly. Nothing will prepare you for your first emotional release - Raynor Massage is spiritual, healing and gets right to the core of the physical & emotional issue.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Raynor Massage and it's just a shame there aren't more of us around. Every client I've ever massaged has loved it, and have been in awe of what they feel during the massage (getting into the toes & fingers) and I love seeing their faces after I've finished - complete and utter relaxation.

Thank you Brandon and Maureen - this was the best decision Ive ever made! Adie Foster xxx

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Adrienne Foster
18 Jun 2014

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

Hello Brandon and Cory, I hope you had a safe trip back to Gympie. Thanks for coming to Perth to present your Certificate and Diploma courses in the Raynor Method of Massage. I very much enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it. Although I have come from a back ground in Swedish style massage concentrating on Injury prevention and rehabilitation, I have not been massaging full time for years and concentrating on a career in the Mining Industry instead. After my role was made redundant I decided to do the Dip Course as a way to learn new skills, techniques, inspire me and re-motivate me in the what has always been my passion and interest by helping people with massage. Your course ticked all the boxes for me. I believe your Bands of Tension theory is the key to unlocking the muscle issues so many people have. I will be getting back into the business of Massage. To this end I have registered my old business name (couldn't believe it was still available) TOTAL MUSCLE MANAGEMENT and will be based in Belmont WA. You have also inspired me into learning more about Aromatherapy and Ayadadic medicine so you will see me again in your correspondence course in the future. Thank you so much for all you have given. Kind regards Maryse.

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Maryse Jensen
16 Jul 2015

I have just finished my diploma course with Brandon raynor. The level of skill and precision in which I can now locate and delete tension is amazing. I would of never of thought I would of learned so much in a 2 week period. Brandon is very professional and I would not hesitate in recommending this course to anyone willing to learn how to truly help people. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 weeks in the course and will be pursuing the massage techniques in my medispa in Narellan. Thank you Legend.

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Steven Kola
06 Oct 2018

Both Brandon and Cori are very knowledgeable tutors and have a great teaching technique for those of us who haven't had any experience, aswell as those of us who did. The course is very informative and Brandon's technique is second to none. Thanks guys :)

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Hamish Herrick
25 Aug 2015

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

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