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Testimonials

If you have studied with us here at the Academy, we would love your feedback! Contact us on [email protected] with your comments. Below are a selection of our students experiences of studying at the Academy.


I wanted to write and thank you for the Advanced massage course that you ran last Monday and Tuesday (10th&11th February), it was 'just what I was looking for' even though I wasn't sure completely what to expect. However, I learnt new techniques and extra knowledge, to go with the flow and trust my instincts, as is always with the courses you run it was all delivered in a fun and relaxing learning environment.Since attending I have used lots of my new skills with my MS (Multiple Sclerosis) clients, necks, shoulders and lower backs are always the areas I am asked to work on, I have had some amazing feedback 'that's different to what you usually do', 'my back has never felt this good', 'you provide such relief, thank you'. Thank you once again and I look forward to joining you again at some point.

— Stephanie Davis - Advanced Massage & Clinical Anatomy | February 2020


Excellent course and Annette, the trainer, was knowledgeable, friendly and supportive - all in all, very well run and I was impressed throughout. I was disappointed when it came to an end and plan to do more courses with them in the future.

— Lauren - Aromatherapy | July 2019


I would like to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Indian Head course and the atmosphere and set up you have is fantastic. I came away feeling I had really learned a lot. Everyone I came into contact with was extremely friendly and made you feel at ease so thank you x

— Charlotte - FHT Accredited Indian Head Massage | April 2019


Please pass on my thanks to all the staff and tutors, especially yourself (Olivia), Annette, Yvonne, Yvette and Chris. It’s your combined effort that got me there so quickly. The Thursday nights really helped build my confidence. You all also ignited my passion for reflexology and making a difference in people’s lives through my treatments. It’s been life-changing for me to find something that I enjoy so much and it isn’t in the least bit stressful.

— Leanne - L3 Reflexology | February 2019


I found the Cotswold Academy team incredibly supportive and very knowledgeable and continue to provide support after the course is completed to help develop knowledge and understanding further in my chosen subject and provide a point of contact to help with an future issues or questions, I would highly recommend them as a provider for anyone looking for a change of career after leaving the army. I feel the course tutors went above and beyond what was required of them.

— Michelle Hordern- L3 Sports Massage | January 2019


Firstly , what an honour and privilege to have trained with you. I can say without doubt I have attended NO course like it before. From the welcome through the door to the end of the day; both instructors showed a love , enthusiasm and real willingness to discuss , share , debate and educate. Being in a room with so many other practioners and the willingness to share thoughts and ideas cannot be emphasised enough. So often the instructor is the boss; what they say goes; you follow THE TECHNIQUE and ONLY this. Instead I found myself watching specific applications for relevant therapists clients ; not just as a Q&A session but as real practical application , demonstration and discussion. I really could go on and on about how incredible the day was! I find myself already trying to find and excuse to travel the near 200 miles from Leeds to spend more time within the walls of the academy. So here’s to YOU! Thank you for being incredible hosts , teachers , students , information providers and biscuit providers Thank you for giving me a skills I will be using massively in my practice Thanks for BEING YOU!KEEP RISING!

— Sandeep Sian - Myofascial Cupping | September 2018


The course has been great! I have really enjoyed my days attending the course, which has been very well put together and designed. The lessons flow smoothly and are really enjoyable. I didn’t attend the theory mornings and actually felt as though I’d missed out as everyone was always so chirpy at lunchtime when I turned up! The venue is absolutely lovely and very well equipped. We always had everything we needed and it was easy to ‘feel at home’ and comfortable in the environment. You have really created a special place there and I’ll certainly come back for CPD if all goes well in December! I’ve saved the best to last - Yvonne! Yvonne is an amazing teacher. She is kind, lovely and professional throughout. She has the wonderful ability to provide feedback, both positive and negative in a sensitive and friendly manner which makes it very easy to learn! She is clearly very passionate about the subject which combined with her evident experience and in-depth knowledge of Massage theory (practice and theory) she is a joy to learn from. Yvonne really has made the whole experience truly fantastic and I would highly recommend the Cotswold Academy and Yvonne as a tutor to anyone! Thank you so much for providing this course and keep doing what you do!

— Andreia (Andi) Ferreira - Massage Diploma | September 2018


Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for the two weeks on my course. I absolutely loved every minute and despite being convinced not a word of the science had stuck in my head except scaphoid and levitar, I sound like I know what I’m talking about ha!

— Naomi Spicer - Massage Diploma | July 2018


Many thanks for all your help, advice and support today and throughout the course. I have loved learning and feel very lucky to have found a craft that gives me as much pleasure as the client. I will see you again, just want to keep on learning, and the academy is such a wonderful environment with caring, happy, kind and lovely people. Thank you again and all the very best.

— Stephanie Davis - Massage Diploma | February 2018


Thank you Annette for all the brilliant teaching and support over the last few months! Was it only November when we started?! Really happy to have passed today - couldn’t have done it without you lovely lot making me laugh, answering my (constant) questions and generally being so totally organised!! Phew, now to start massaging and learning lots more...Really glad to have done the course, achieved a pass and really really glad that I studied at the Cotswold Academy.

— Helen Grimwade - Massage Diploma | February 2018


Earlier this year I attended a one day course on Deep Tissue massage at Cotswold Academy. This has been, by far the most useful post qualification training I have attended to-date. Our trainer for the day, Annette said “Deep Tissue massage would be popular with our clients” and she was absolutely correct, my clients at www.mindfultouchmassage.co.uk really appreciate the deep healing pressure and it’s been great for business. The course was easy to book, with clear instructions. The academy has easy (local) parking and the building is smart yet welcoming. The course itself was well organised and predominantly practical. Annette was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, even letting us take photos for future reference.

— Ross White- Deep Tissue Massage | November 2017


So sorry this is a little late in coming, but thank you so much for the fabulous refresher course last week. I had a wonderful time and feel full of renewed enthusiasm for the most fantastic therapy I loved before having my children. I am already practicing on family and friends.

— Suzanne Bell- Reflexology Refresher | May 2017


Course was absolutely excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and teaching was to a very high standard. Chris clearly knows the profession extremely well and is able to communicate and explain things effectively and clearly. Chris is very patient, outgoing and approachable, I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Sports Massage

— Chris Heffernon - Sports Masage | May 2017