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Key to Qualifications:



Orthopaedic Massage and Manipulation

This is the top qualification. Therapists at this level should have a lot of knowledge and experience, particularly of nerve related issues. In addition to the skills below they can perform both spinal and peripheral manipulations, assess for, and treat, compromised nerves and perform cranial mobilisations.

Advanced Remedial Massage

These should be experienced therapists who can deal with most  problems, In addition to the skills below they have the tools to quickly assess and resolve most back issues, including sciatica. They also have a wide range of assessments and treatments that enable them to deal with the full range of musculo-skeletal problems experienced.

Remedial and Sports Massage

This is as qualified as many therapists become and therefore the range of experience will differ  tremendously. All therapists at this stage should be able to make a basic but comprehensive assessment of the problem and have a range of tools with which to treat it.

Swedish Massage

This is the first qualification that therapists will achieve. They should have done a minimum of 8 months training and are qualified to safely give full body massages or massages pertaining to particular areas of the body, following a basic assessment. Swedish Massage Therapists are student members, as opposed to full members, of the Association of Massage Therapists Scotland

Additional Qualifications:

Some therapists have the following additional qualifications that you can add to your search.

Active Isolated Stretching

Muscle Energy Technique

Cranial Mobilisations

Myofascial Release

Cranial Sacral


Dry Needling

Peripheral Manipulation - Lower Limb

Gait Analysis

Peripheral Manipulation - Upper Limb

Kinesio Taping

Positional Release

Sports Therapy