Holistic Courses


Elaine Hargreaves Cert. Ed, AAP


I qualified in 2003 as a Holistic Therapist in Classical Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Aromatherapy and Advanced Aromatherapy. Continuing my education, I have also trained in Deep Tissue, Reiki, Hot Stones, Hopi Ear Candling, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Remedial Massage, Access Bars and Crystal Therapy. 

After completing an introductory teaching course, I continued to complete both my Cert. Ed and Assessors Course. I have a passion for teaching, with my aim being to train students to reach their full potential through my accredited courses. I am also Secretary of the Cumbrian Complementary Therapy Group. Other interests include Ayurveda and Feng Shui.

I help organize Mind, Body & Spirit Events in Cumbria which I’m looking to expand to Portugal in 2020 with Retreats and Events.

I also love to learn, this year I will be training in Crystal Reflexology and Ayurveda

Certificate in Indian Head Massage

 10am - 4pm

Indian Head Massage is an ideal course if you are a therapist wishing to add Complementary Therapy skills to your field. A popular treatment which includes working on the scalp, neck, upper back, shoulders, upper arms, face, ears and includes energy work. Treatments can last 30 to 50 minutes. Full colour manual provided which includes history, benefits, contraindications and step-by-step photo and written instructions.10a

Certificate in Thermo Auricular Therapy

  10am - 4 pm 

Hopi Ear Candling (Thermo Auricular Therapy) can be used to heal many conditions as well as being a wonderfully relaxing treatment. The routine includes both ears being treated followed by a relaxing lymphatic drainage facial massage. Full colour manual provided which includes many ear conditions, benefits, contraindications. Candles are provided on the day

Certificate in Deep Tissue Massage 1

  10am - 4pm

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. Full colour manual provided which includes benefits, contraindications and step-by-step photo and written instructions.

Certificate in Deep Tissue Massage 2 - Trigger Point Therapy

10am - 4pm 

Progression from Deep Tissue 1, course includes ROM tests, body positioning, specific techniques, trigger point work (neuromuscular techniques), stretching, muscle energy technique, strain counter strain and proprioceptive muscular facilitation (PNF). Full colour manual provided which includes benefits, contraindications and step-by-step photo and written instructions 

Taster Courses

Hand Reflexology

 10am - 4pm

A deeply relaxing holistic treatment for the hands, accessing reflex areas of the body to help stimulate but balance the mind, body and spirit. This versatile treatment can be used as a stand-alone therapy or to enhance traditional foot reflexology

Introduction to Foot Reflexology

 10am - 4pm

Suitable for complete beginners and ideal for those wishing to use reflexology on friends and family. 

It would be of particular benefit to those considering a career in Holistic Therapies. Theory and practical work looking at history, precautions, benefits, foot maps, reflexology techniques and a full relaxation routine

Introduction to Body Massage

10am - 4 pm 

Suitable for complete beginners and for those wishing to use massage on friends and family. It would be of particular benefit to those considering a career in Holistic Therapies. This day will teach you how to learn and develop your massage skills by working with classical massage techniques. You will learn how to formulate a routine to use, pressure, mediums and posture 

Introduction to Aromatherapy

10am - 4pm  

This one day workshop is designed to give you an insight into the uses and discover the delights of aromatherapy, to use with family and friends. It will introduce you to the possibility of taking a longer accredited course. You will learn how to make a blend for use on yourself and a back neck and shoulders massage

Reiki 1

 10am - 4pm

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life. Once attuned, Reiki can be used alongside other holistic treatments. Reiki 1 focusses on healing yourself, Reiki 2 concentrates on healing people, animals and plants/trees

Chakra Balancing

 10am - 4pm

Chakra balancing is the process of restoring a harmonious flow of energy across your chakra system. When your chakras are balanced, you will feel relaxed, centered, grounded, energized, and/or aware.

Practice with crystal pendulums and copper dowsing rods.

Learn what they are, how they work and how to balance them. Full colour manual provided on the 7 main chakras