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Living Anatomy

Do you need to ‘brush up’ on your muscle knowledge? Or gain a much better understanding of the muscles & how they work?

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About this Course

Living Anatomy

Do you need to ‘brush up’ on your muscle knowledge? Or gain a much better understanding of the muscles & how they work? This interactive online muscle revision course will benefit Massage Therapists (& students), Yoga & Pilates teachers, Fitness Instructors & Trainers.


Course Duration

1 Day

Entry Requirements

To attend you must have a minimum nationally recognised level 3 body massage qualification such as Swedish Massage, Sports, Aromatherapy

Course Audience

Massage Therapists - also open to osteopaths, chiropractors etc.


Holiday Inn Express, Lakeside Drive, Newport, NP10 8BB

Enrollment & Tuition


Points Awarded

5 CPD Points


This one day course focuses on learning or brushing up on your identification of muscles in an applied ‘hands on’ way:

The sessions will be a really interesting & enjoyable hands-on identification of muscles in action! Using demonstration and interactive coaching, along with a range of on-screen visual aids – so no laborious memorising of muscles from text books or charts!

We’ll cover 40 main muscles/ muscle groups (and look briefly at a dozen others). You’ll be doing this on your own body (through clothing). There will be a maximum of 12 people in the group so that Darien can give individual attention to each person.

The day will be split into 3. 

Firstly, you will look at the main bones and the logic of muscle shapes and actions to understand how they work on the bones. We’ll identify a number of arm and leg muscles that demonstrate this in action.

Secondly, the course covers the rest of the limb muscles, including those that connect the arms and legs to the trunk.

Finally, we will cover the other main muscles of the trunk, and those in the neck and head.

We’ll initially locate muscles (or muscles groups) separately. Then we’ll consider (and feel) how they work with the other muscles in the same area and their common role/s in everyday living. We’ll also look at exercises that could be used to stretch or strengthen the muscle/s.

Within each section there will be a 15-minute mini-session for participants who do massage – to look at the most effective massage techniques for the muscles covered

Accredited by The Federation of Holistic Therapists

* An FHT Qualification Course is a training course that follows the National Occupational Standard (NOS) and Core Curriculum for the therapy and one which qualifies the student to Practitioner Level. Therapists qualifying in an FHT Accredited therapist qualification are able to gain FHT Membership, insurance and qualification verification for registration with the regulator for complementary healthcare, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Please note, holders of Anatomy & Physiology only, with no therapy qualification, can join the FHT as a non-practitioner member only, and cannot obviously be insured or join the CNHC.

Course Tutors

Darien Pritchard

Darien Pritchard has been a body-worker for over four decades. He trained massage professionals for 25 years, and has taught Professional Development courses for massage practitioners since the early 1990s. He is writing a book on Hands Free Massage and is preparing new editions of the student text Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Massage (2001/04) and his career-maintenance reference book Delivering Effective, Strain-Free Massage (2007)

Darien has been a pioneer in focusing on the practitioner’s bodyuse as an integral part of massage training in the UK. He pioneered ‘Hands Free’ Massage – the skilful, sensitive use of the forearms and elbows to save the practitioner’s hands. Darien has also been developing RhythmMobility® bodywork in his practice since the 1980s. He combined and extended elements of massage and the Feldenkrais Method® with his love of rhythm (enhanced through dancing and playing music).

What Our Graduates Have To Say

"I loved these Zoom sessions.  I found them informative, accessible and focused. Having tried hard to learn anatomy from pictures and tables in books I found that either I couldn’t retain the information or thought of muscles very two dimensionally.  Darien brought anatomy to life in an interesting and engaging way.  By finding muscles on my own body and learning and feeling how they worked in action I’ve been able retain the information and then translate that on to my clients.  My massage practice has improved because of this, I’m now able to have more educated conversations using the muscles proper names and being able to explain how they work.  As a fairly new therapist I’ve felt embarrassed and insecure by my lack of knowledge.  Under Darien’s kind and inclusive tutorage, I have found that my confidence and knowledge has improved significantly" Helen J 2021

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