Holistic Massage Diploma

The Unity Holistic Massage Diploma is a highly regarded professional certificate with the best governing body in holistic massage, Massage Training Institute (MTI). The next course will start in September 2025.


The Unity Holistic Massage Diploma is a highly regarded professional certificate with the best governing body in holistic massage, Massage Training Institute (MTI). Students enjoy a thorough, intensive and enlightening training that prepares and guides them in becoming an excellent holistic massage practitioner.

Successful graduates of the Unity Holistic Massage training may have the opportunity to join our team of therapists at Unity Centre Lewes where both individual and multi-bed clinics are offered.

About the course

A nine-month practical and theoretical journey through oil massage. Taught since 2002 by Sevanti, Unity Founder and Managing Director with small groups (of maximum 12). Students will explore a range of techniques from various bodywork modalities, Thai, Acupressure Massage styles, Pulsing and Sacred energy work, and Crystal Healing with a focus on Holistic Oil Massage. Yoga, natural movement, ritual and ceremonial techniques, and meditation will be included.

The well-being and self-development of the students as Practitioners are prioritised. This is an opportunity to dive deep into one’s self-awareness and meditative practice to support becoming an exceptional Holistic Massage Practitioner. Employment status and a focus on inclusivity are covered, with practitioners able to work compassionately with a diverse range of people and needs.

Including 40 hours of practice outside the course, plus in-class practices and clinic practices with the public. This diploma is accredited by the highly respected MTI.

Click here to view Sevanti’s welcome video.

The next Unity Holistic Massage Diploma will start in September 2025, see below to view the prospectus from 2023 as a guide.

“From the moment I stepped into the studio, I knew I was in the presence of a brilliant teacher. Sevanti’s teaching style was engaging, nurturing, and filled with compassion. She created an instantly warm and supportive environment that allowed for group and personal exploration. Her explanations were clear and concise, making complex concepts accessible, regardless of prior knowledge. I left the course feeling inspired, empowered, and equipped with valuable tools to navigate my own energy and support the well-being of others.” Patrick, 2023

The Diploma

  • A nine-month diploma, with over 200 hours of contact tuition time, recognised by MTI.
  • Monthly long 2-3 day sessions at The Unity Centre in Lewes with 21 days in total.
  • 9am-6pm over Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Course created and taught by Sevanti, assisted by Ali Walters, plus extra visiting tutors.
  • 50/50 Practical & Theoretical study including clinic practices.
  • Set coursework includes written assignments, a journal, Anatomy homework, receiving at least 10 treatments with written feedback, and giving at least 40 hours with written feedback; plus practical exam, anatomy exam and written paper set as homework.
  • The tuition of an extensive range of Swedish Massage techniques, plus workshops in Thai Massage, Acupressure head, neck & shoulder Massage, Aromatherapy, Pulsing, Reflexology, Energy work & Relaxation, Intuitive Massage, Crystal Healing & Ritual and Ceremonial techniques, Deep Tissue Massage and more.
  • Regular Yoga practice is included, plus workshops in meditational Movement & Dance, Tai Chi and regular seated meditation.
  • Group sharing & co-listening.
  • Specific sessions on Massage for the whole Community including inclusivity & diversity, pregnancy, children, the Elderly and those less able bodied), business & marketing and running your own business.
  • Specific Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology by professor in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Hertfordshire University and previous Chairman of MTI, Earle Abrahamson (6-day course).
  • Small groups; a maximum of 10 students to allow a supportive family-like atmosphere.
  • Supportive Teachers.
  • Beautiful, homely space to learn in.
  • A fun, awakening and inspiring personal journey.

“I found this diploma course to be excellent. The facilitator was both highly professional and gifted at imparting the knowledge in the best ways for us to learn as students as also was understanding, supportive and helpful when I came to experience challenges. I was particularly grateful for the support with the course in my own recovery from trauma.”Shanti

“The course quality, detail and thoroughness surpassed my expectations. Sevanti’s approach, delivery and knowledge was outstanding. I have learnt enormously, and feel very confident with the skills and techniques I have been taught.”Nicola


  • ​A telephone or face to face interview prior to acceptance to the course.
  • Students must read the the full terms and conditions and student learning contract. These are in the prospectus, which you can download from this page. We require signed contracts to show that you understand and agree with the terms and conditions, including that if the student chooses to not continue the course the full course fees must still be paid and no monies are refundable.


  • ​Ongoing support with admin and payment organisation.
  • Access to information and support through MTI, plus the inclusion on the MTI database of Practitioners.
  • ​A discount on student insurance.
  • Information regarding bursaries and grants for those on a low income. Please contact Lu at school@being-in-unity.com
  • ​Teaching manuals downloadable on Dropbox.
  • ​A one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course, accredited by ITC and valid for three years. A valid first aid certificate is required, this is an additional £100.
  • ​Reiki courses are available to supplement the training.
  • ​The opportunity to be a part of a multi-bed clinic or offer treatments at Unity with marketing support after the course.

To consider

  • ​As a student, you will be experiencing a powerful group journey together. We honour the holistic principles to create harmony and flow within the group.
  • ​Our values underpin the flavour of the atmosphere that we create at Unity. Please read through these on our Unity Core Values section and feel if this is in harmony with what you are looking for.
  • In addition to the internal and external assessment, the student is also assessed informally throughout the course in practical application, in addition to theoretical input and general conduct. The student must demonstrate the appropriate personal qualities expected of a massage practitioner during the course in order for them to receive their certificate.
  • ​When considering the diploma please factor in time for your written assignments, journal, anatomy homework, receiving at least 10 treatments with written feedback, and giving at least 40 hours with written feedback; plus practical exam, anatomy exam, and written paper set as homework.
  • Students are required to arrive to classes and exams on time and hand in assessments and coursework on time. Download the prospectus for the full Ts & Cs.
  • Unity has the right to terminate the students participation on the course. Download the prospectus for the full Ts & Cs (relevant to 2023).

For full information about the terms and conditions, syllabus and all topics covered in our Holistic Massage Diploma see the 2023 prospectus below or email Lu at school@being-in-unity.com

Click here to view Sevanti’s welcome video.

“Excellent course, not only granting an individual all the skills of a Therapist, but giving them the ethics and personal development to be a wonderful Practitioner. Briliant Tutor, very inspiring.”Caroline

“Thank you for your encouragement, and your wide vision of what makes an excellent practitioner.”Lawrence

Previous Students

Past students have succeeded in their teaching practice, establishing themselves as reputed holistic therapists, teaching on retreats around the world, as well as running the Affordable Holistic Clinic at Unity.

The Venue

The Unity Holistic Massage Diploma (MTI) will be held at The Unity Centre in Lewes. This new centre is housed at the old Turkish Baths in Lewes. The centre is fully equipped with yoga mats, bolsters, backjacks, blocks, belts, eye pillows and blankets. There is also treatment rooms, an Infra Red sauna, floatation tank and two beautiful rooms to teach diplomas and yoga classes, plus a range of different therapies. The Unity Centre is only 5 – 10 minute walk from Lewes train station.

“Thank you for all your patience, love and teaching. You have been someone who has been able to motivate me!”Maria

“It has been a beautiful, and complete course, and it has exceeded my expectations. I have learnt so much, and you have helped me grow.”Cherith

Holistic Massage Diploma – the diploma is due to start on September 2025.

The dates below are for the current 2023-24 diploma, and will be subject to change but can be used as a reference for what to expect on the next diploma.

  • Session 1 – Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th September 2023
  • Session 2 – Thursday 9th – Friday 10th November 2023
  • Session 3 – Thursday 7th – Friday 8th December 2023
  • Session 4 – Friday 12th – Sunday 14th January 2024
  • Session 5 – Thursday 1st – Friday 2nd February 2024
  • Session 6 – Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th March 2024
  • Session 7 – Thursday 25th – Friday 26th April 2024
  • Session 8 –Thursday 6th – Friday 7th June 2024
  • Coursework deadline: Sunday 16th June 2024
  • Practical exams: Thursday 11th & Friday 12th July 2024

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology dates 2023

​​Class dates TBC. These will run on weekends and the following dates are suggested:

  • A&P Sessions 1&2 (weekend): Sat 27th January & Sun 28th Jan 2024
  • A&P Session 3: Sun 25th February
  • A&P Session 4:  Sunday 24th March
  • A&P Sessions 5 & 6 (weekend):  Saturday 20th April & Sunday 21st April

A&P Mock Exam – TBC Friday 3rd May 2024

A&P Final Exam – TBC Friday 21st June 2024

First Aid Course 2023

  • Saturday 24th February 2024

“A thoroughly delightful learning experience. Theory and practical sessions were well planned and delivered with expertise. Attention to detail and a huge helping of compassion.”Iain Neilson

Cost & Payment Plan

Please see the costs for the 2023-2024 diploma below*.

*The costs below are for the current 2023-24 diploma and may be subject to change but can be used as a reference for what to expect on the next diploma.

Option 1

  • Students can invest £3500 for the course if the full fee is paid before the start date.
  • We require a deposit of £1000 (non-refundable) to be paid upon enrollment to secure your place
  • This is followed by the remaining balance of £2500, which must be paid by two weeks prior to the beginning of the course (28th September 2023)

Option 2

  • Students have the option to pay the full course fee in installments. The full cost of this is £3625 (this includes an additional £125 administration fee for this option)
  • Unity requires a deposit of £1125 (non-refundable) to be paid upon enrollment to secure your place
  • This is followed by 4 monthly payments of £625 on:
    • 1st October 2023
    • 1st November 2023
    • 1st December 2023
    • 1st Jan 2024

First Aid is an additional £100 (required unless a valid First Aid certificate is already held).

There is a reading list provided by MTI from which the students can choose the texts which best suit their styles. This will be provided once enrolled, and students are recommended to budget at least £20 for the recommended reading.

Students are required to receive at least 10 hours of treatments themselves.

PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 8 students are required to run this course, a full refund will be given if you book and this is not fulfilled

If the student chooses to not continue the course the full course fees must still be paid and no monies are refundable. Please download the prospectus to see the full student learning contract and terms & conditions. 

Grants & Bursaries

If you would like to learn more about the different grants and bursaries we recommend visiting the links below. Note that the Holistic Massage Diploma is Level 4.

  • Al Mizan Charitable Trust – Offers up to £500 for people to access training who would be in hardship – e.g. single mothers. Find out more
  • Turn2Us grant Search

Please contact school@being-in-unity.com if you would like to find out about the Unity Bursary or if you have any questions.

To apply for the diploma please fill in the application form. Once we have received this we will be in contact to arrange an interview.

Course Tutors



Holistic Massage Diploma Tutor
Ali Walters

Ali Walters

Assisting Tutor
Earle Abrahamson

Earle Abrahamson

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology Tutor

“This course has been fantastic. Sevanti has so much knowledge and experience in so many areas that it has been such a pleasure to be introduced to so many techniques. I feel the Meditation, Yoga and Dance really made me more conscious of taking more care of myself – in terms of massage, and life in general. MTI, you are so lucky to have such a fantastic Tutor on board!”Theresa Reid