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About Us

Our Story

Who we are

Orchid Massage Academy was established in 2003 and is a leading professional training centre dedicated to creating exceptional therapists. We provide massage and holistic therapy courses of distinction in all areas of complementary therapies. These courses will give you the necessary qualifications and insurance to work as professionals in this fast- growing UK industry.  we have two centres located in the North West of England in Rochdale and also in Bangor, Wales.


Why we do what we do

Back in 2003 the complementary therapy industry in the UK was just getting established, and two holistic therapists were teaching at therapy schools and colleges in Manchester.

Everywhere they taught, they found themselves constantly frustrated by the lack of good quality, professional courses for therapists. All the courses out there seemed to be either full-time college courses aimed at school leavers, or fast-track courses designed to churn out mediocre therapists in as short a time as possible.

On top of that, most of the courses offered weren’t even awarding a real qualification; just a “diploma” from the school, which was neither nationally recognised nor particularly good quality.

One day the two friends were approached by some business-minded individuals who had attended one of their courses. Would they like to help open a massage school which:

  • teaches professional, high quality, insurable courses
  •  A school which prides itself on creating amazing therapists.
  •  A school where students leave feeling confident, professional, exited and passionate about their therapy.

“Yes!” Said the two friends,” We would love to!”  

And so Orchid Massage Academy was born.

Back to the present day… the two therapists still teach at Orchid Massage Academy. And one of them now owns it too!

Nikki Wolf still finds time to do some teaching as well as look after the business side of things –  teaching is really her passion. Look out for her running the more advanced massage courses.

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Janine Cotterill has less time to teach now as she is also studying for a masters in Chiropractic, but she still loves teaching the Massage Introduction and Hot Stone massage course.

Orchid Massage Academy now has more passionate, professional and quality tutors to pass on their knowledge and we are all devoted to creating successful therapists who make a difference to people’s lives.

                                    …and if that’s not enough – we also have a school dog 🙂

Our philosophy

Our aim is to create amazing therapists! We pride ourselves on our small, friendly yet professional and supportive approach to learning. We cap our classes at 6 people which ensure that our learners have individual attention from our tutors and our tutors are able to adapt teaching strategies to suit individual learning needs. As part of all our courses we provide comprehensive manuals on the therapies, relevant anatomy & physiology and health & safety and business for therapists.

Our tutors

Our dedicated team of tutors are here to guide and support you throughout the entirety of your course. All our tutors are hand-picked to ensure we’re able to offer the very best training to our students. All tutors are experts in their fields and have at least 10 years experience in the profession along with a teaching/assessing qualification.
Not only are they highly skilled and experienced in their subject matter, but they all share a special passion and love for holistic therapies.

Our training

Our accredited VTCT Certificates and Diplomas holistic therapy training programmes have been designed to allow qualification within 3 – 6 months. The structure of our courses allows you to choose your own pace of study, as case studies and written assignments are done at home. 


Our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops are one or two days and in addition to providing the standard courses, we pride ourselves on always looking to bring you something unusual such as Hands- Free techniques, Balinese Massage or Reflexology for Fertility. This means that as a therapist you keep updating your skills, earning those valuable CPD points and also learn new techniques to blend into your existing routines. You will always have something different to keep your clients returning time and time again.


All our programmes are recognised by a range of professional associations eg FHT, The Guild of Professional Beauty & Holistic Therapists, AoR, IPTI, Babtac, H&L Balen, PBT, Complementary Therapy Association and Embody.

Courses offered

Our therapy training subjects include: Maternity/Fertility Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, Aromatherapy introduction, Deep Tissue/Remedial Massage, Anatomy & Physiology, Hot Stone Massage, Hopi Ear Candling, Indonesian & Balinese Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Massage Mentoring and Massage Mastery.

Our venues & facilities

Our venue has been specially selected for its location; near to Manchester airport, the main M56, M6 & M60 motorway networks and within easy reach of main line train stations. Car parking is available on-site and cafes and shops are nearby. We provide accommodation lists for those wishing to stay over as part of our booking process. We provide liquid refreshments and there are kitchen facilities for those wishing to bring their lunch and snacks with them.

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