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About the London College of Massage

History of the LCM

Founded in 1987 by Fiona Harrold, our aim was and still is to make massage widely available to all and to improve the standard of training and position it as a recognised complementary therapy within orthodox medicine.

We have seen the power of touch transform the lives of many of our students. Massage brings a deep sense of peace through profound relaxation of mind and body. To experience this on an individual level is to begin to create it in the world around you. In this way we intend the study and practice of massage to enhance the quality of life for all.

There is no standard qualification or register that is regulated by the government education department although many training establishments offer government recognised qualifications such as NVQ, BTEC etc. Unless training is provided by Adult Education institutions, massage training operates in the private sector through individuals or companies.

The process of Government regulation for this industry is ongoing and we hope that in time it will come into force making it clearer and easier for the general public to recognise a well trained and knowledgeable therapist.

Our Diploma

Is recognised by the APNT, BCMA, FHT and various other associations and will enable you to get indemnity insurance and practice throughout the UK.

An important AND UNIQUE part of OUR Practitioner training is the community based project. The student spends a minimum of 30 hours volunteering massage therapy in various centres which can include schools, charities and carers etc., developing their skills and offering massage where it might not be readily available or affordable. 

Our Team

LCM is a well established school, OVER 30 YEARS, that takes a personal interest in the quality of the qualified therapist and the standard of massage achieved. The experience of the Directors and tutors ensures that the reputation of the LCM practitioners is upheld.

All of our tutors have graduated with us and have been selected because of their massage skills, knowledge and understanding and their determination & commitment to make you the best massage practitioner you can be.

The LCM team

Marc Salnicki – Director & Lead Tutor

Has been with the LCM since 1990 and teaches Beginners to Practitioner level as well as our popular Indian Head Massage workshop. Marc has also contributed to various books, most recently ‘Easy Massage’ published by Eddison Sadd.

Isabelle Hughes – Director, Principal & Lead Tutor

As Principal and an experienced tutor at the LCM since it was founded, she has strived to ensure the quality of training surpasses current standards. Isabelle teaches Beginners to Practitioner level as well as our baby Massage & pregnancy & Labour workshops. She is also an external examiner for massage therapy. Over time she has contributed to many books on various massage subjects.

Alison Dent – Tutor

Alison qualified with the LCM in 1995 and although she has built up her own massage practice she loved the college so much she became a teacher.

Sue Beamish – Tutor

Susan qualified as a massage therapist with the LCM in 2005. After qualifying she went on to study Indian Head Massage, traditional Hawaiian Hot Stone Massage and Sports Massage. She is also a qualified Reiki Practitioner. Sue has been teaching for us since 2009.

Laura Rayner – Tutor & Assessor

Laura qualified as a massage therapist with the LCM in 2003 and went on to study up to Remedial level. Laura runs her own successful practice in Berkhampsted. As a Qualified Assessor, Laura has been working with the LCM since 2007 not only as a great tutor but she supervises the Practitioner Clinical sessions & Assessments.

Mala Bissoon BCs, MNIMH, ITEC– Anatomy & Physiology Lecturer

Mala is a practising Medical Herbalist with a degree in Phytotherapy. She has been teaching Anatomy & Physiology for over eight years, at all levels from novice to undergraduate. Mala has been with the LCM since 2009

Amanda Thorpe – General Manager & Administrator

Originally involved with the LCM in the early stages (1990-1993). Although she is not a qualified practitioner or teacher she understands the needs of our students in achieving their goals and changing their lives to a more fulfilling career and is always on hand via the phone or email.

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